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Friday, January 31, 2020

Gravitnir/NaHash/Clavis Secretorvm/2020 CD Re-Issue Review


  Gravitnir  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  melodic  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  album  "NaHash"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  February  of  2020  by  Clavis  Secretorvm.

  A  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Swedish  style.

  The  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  along  with  a  couple  of  tracks  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Luciferian,  Qabalah,   Dark  Heathendom  and  Witchcraft  themes  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  also  written  in  Swedish.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Gravitnir  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Luciferian  Flame"and  "Sphere  Of  The  Acausal".  8  out  of  10.

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Grift/Budet/Nordvis Produktion/2020 Full Length Review


  Sweden's  Grift  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  him  going  into  more  of  a folk  music  inspired  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "Buder"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Nordvis  Produktion.

  Field  recordings  start  off  the  album  while  folk  instruments  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  melancholic  and  depressive  sounding  black  emtal screams  onto  the  recording.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  thy  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  album. Acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  songs  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and   epic  in  length  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  At  times  the  album  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  and  spoken  word  parts  also  make  a  return  as  the  album  recording  progresses,  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  man;s  insignificance  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Grift  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  folk  inspired  atmospheric  and  melancholic  black  metal,  you  should check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Skimmertid"  and  "Vita  arkiv".  8  out  of  10.


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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Lurker Of Chalice/Tellurian Slaked Furnace/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2020 Compilation Album Review


  Lurker  of  Chalice  are  a  solo  project  from  San  Francisco,  California  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  dark,  militant  and  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  also  consists  of   Wrest   better  known  for  his  work  in Leviathan  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  compilation  album  "Tellurian  Slaked  Furnace"which  consists  of  his  demo  work  recorded  in  the  early  2000's .

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  compilation  and  they  also  use  a  good  amount  of  finger  picking  and  full  chords  along  with  some  dark  soundscapes  in  the  background.  Demonic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  underneath  the  acoustic  guitars  at  times  as  well  as  the  programmed  beats  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  militant  atmosphere.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  a  some  spoken  word  parts  and  grim  black metal  screams  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  compilation.  When   synths  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  elements  of  ambient  as  well  as  some  clean  playing also being  utilized  at  times.

  The  music  also  has  it's  heavier  moments  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  also  being  instrumentals.A  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  experimental  moments.  All  of  the  musical instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slower  direction  and  the  production  also  sounds  very  dark  and  lo-fi.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  from  Lurker  Of  Chalice  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal  and  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "II"  "VIII"  "XI"  and  "XII".  8  out  of  10.

http://nuclearwarnowproductions.bandcamp.com/album/tellurian-slaked-furnace   

Pessimista Interview

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

Well, Pessimista was born as an idea about 9 years ago. I wanted to create a band that showed a darker side that exists in each person. At the time I was listening to a lot of bands with more depressing themes, but it wasn't exactly black metal yet. Initially it was supposed to be a power trio but unfortunately the other members and I were unable to get together to complete the creation process. I already wrote the songs and composed the arrangements but ended up not recording, not least because I had no access to equipment or recording techniques. The first song that would be released by Pessimista was a song that I ended up launching with my other Project called Tiffo, in the single “Desesperança Crônica” (https://tiffocrust.bandcamp.com/album/desesperan-a-cr-nica).
I'm from a very punk line, and I couldn't leave out my origins, so Tiffo's musical process ended up being taken that way. Tiffo was another project that I had since 2004 (in the construction of songs and lyrics but it was not yet black metal either).
Meanwhile, I continued to write “Pessimista” lyrics that refer a lot to the reality in which I lived and still live and the things that happened around me and hurt me deeply. Themes like drug abuse, suicide, alcoholism were things that were evident in my heart and those who know me know that, but on the other hand things like misery, racism, homophobia, police and state violence made me deeply sad and distressed, because despite of taking this debate with people to a level of knowledge, combat and social understanding, they continue to happen, regardless of my efforts. It depresses me a lot, to see people being taxed and treated like garbage. Which led me to sink even more into these social escapades of alcohol and drug abuse and consequently write and compose more and more.
So the Pessimista deals with these points. My pessimism as a human when I see this violence against life and self-destruction and also. But on the other hand, the search for improvement in everyone's social life, questioning each other's intimate things and opening up the debate for people's mental health.
The Pessimista is actually the sum of several factors (and influences) that explode in endless anguish and nihilism for hours, others explode in a fit of rage against my own inability to change the world.

2.So far you have released an ep and a split, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on those recordings?

I have been a very musical person since I was a child, so I had access to various musical instruments and experiments. At home I have ukulele, harmonica, flute, violin, guitars, guitar, bass, drums and I always do experiments with various things. This opened up my range of possibilities. In the musical process I end up gathering a lot of influences, trying my best not to make a copy of other existing things.

I record the same riff several times and record several riffs and short periods of time until I define what I want in a song. At that point I start recording the songs and the process can take a few months to get ready, because after recording a song, I try not to listen to it to clear my mind and later decide whether or not to enter a release.

Curiously, the songs materialize in the moments when I feel more fragile with the things that happen around me and with myself, that's why they express a lot of feelings of despair or anger. So everything ends up becoming a reflection of my feelings linking reality with art. I believe that this is felt by the listener and that is exactly what I want to happen. A synesthesia.


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

Many of the things I ended up writing in the last two works were done at a dark time in my life. I was in a deep pit of alcoholism and drug abuse. The lyrics express a lot of that. This combination, coupled with my impotence to solve the world's problems, as an individual, took me to the point of almost suicide, several times.

However, despite dealing with negative and pessimistic themes, my idea is to open the debate on mental health. I believe that talking about the problems we are fighting them head on.

I want to take this debate closer to the listener, in an upcoming work (which is already being done), I will add a zine with my considerations about mental health both for people involved in underground culture and in social struggles.

I hope that this theme will reach several people who are living this difficult moment in life and who will be able to find a healthy way to follow through the pessimism experienced daily and the search for autonomy, freedom and a dignified life and where they can achieve a balance or total abandonment of the use of substances that are negative both for them and for the people around them.


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

Pessimism is the feeling I have towards the world, but in a way that tries to be constructive and positive with it.

I have the constant impression that everything is going to go wrong and that I am a scam. In fact, I suffer from a disorder called Impostor Syndrome, in addition to anxiety and a lot of other social paranoias, caused by the way of life in which we have.

I believe that if we don't do an exercise in self-knowledge and start to abandon the surveillance machines that are cell phones and computers (at least we decrease the load and importance that we put them in our lives) we are basically digging our own pits. Using social networks without reflecting on what they really represent, makes us self-centered people who can only see the smartphone screen and our own navel. With each passing day, we are more buried in our own ego and in the mud that the powerful want to keep us trapped.

My pessimism is about the human being's way of life and greed. If we do not change that, the only way we will be allowed is through pain and total suffering. The worst of it is that even though we all know that we will all die someday and complete our cycle on earth, we are digging trenches full of disease for the next generations. Impossible any chance of having a dignified and equal life.


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

I worked a long time making art for the market, that is, for other people to consume a product that they don't need. I ended up losing a little of the notion of creating art by art and to make questioning.

In that first work, I tried to make a composition of something that expressed what I was feeling. He is completing a year of self rehabilitation and his head is still lost and creative block.

I try to work entirely on the copy left scheme, but I try not to harm independent artists. Searching for inspiration on the Pexels website, I came across that image of the girl with her black cloak and hood on the empty beach as if she was waiting for someone or something that could take her suffering away and with a total feeling of desolation and at the time I was very touched by that photo. . At the time I knew that I needed to use that image as art for some of my projects and ended up marrying what I had just recorded. The responsible artist is Engin Akyurt who does incredible work. Since then, I rely on images from that site to develop any work. Nowadays I do a treatment, isolation and develop the art based on the pure images of the website. Many people come to tell me how surprised they were by the cover idea and the final result of the musical work with the art. As well as properly including the link for the artist's recognition, I think it is worth saying that the work is practically his total, although we don't know each other, he ended up expressing all my feelings in a single image at that moment.


6.With all of your musical projects you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

I really want to open up the works for other musicians hahaha. Unfortunately I haven't found a drummer yet to join Pessimista. I recently did a search, but to no avail. It makes me wonder if I really should open the project to include other musicians.

About the creation and recording process, I prefer to do it myself. But I would really like to be able to do shows and be able to open the space for other people, besides being able to get close to new minds and enrich some conversations and experiences. I have already had invitations to do shows in other countries, which is unfortunately not possible due to the lack of musicians in this project.


7.On your website your mentioned having some libertarian and anti fascist views, can you tell us a little bit more about what these mean to your?

Now 30 years old and looking back I can see that I was already showing signs of having a libertarian vision, when I was 10 years old I was already indignant with the situation in the country and I felt very bad when watching the wars around the world on TV. It made me extremely sad.

I was born at a time when Brazil was still crawling out of the aftermath of the dictatorship and lived in a place where there were (and still are) extermination groups that are groups composed of police officers who go out in civilian cars in the slums to carry out massacres.

Today we managed to link this racist culture directly to the slavery that our ancestors and the indigenous population suffered during the colonization period.

Being one more in the sights of the police, it is impossible to ignore this whole situation and not write about the daily life lived in the favelas of Brazil and the world. We still live in regimes that are extremely racist and genocides.

I've been an atheist since I can remember, and I think it's kind of childish to talk about Satanism. Even understanding that talking about Satanism is opposing a Christian society (as in the case of Brazil), I would not be able to write anything that was not direct about the reality in which we live. I am not criticizing bands that do, I am saying that in my position I cannot talk about things that seem distant from the reality of most people.

In the situation in which the world finds itself, I believe that even if you don't speak openly about politics in your music, you should openly state your political position. We live in a time when people hide behind their fantasies and personalities created on social media to hide their racist, homophobic and sexist inclinations.

In the case of Pessimista, I think that people may not make the link between my lyrics, because my political posture is very personal, so I think this only happens because I speak openly on which side I am.

Here in Brazil (and I believe in the rest of the world) there is a group of people who think that politics and music do not mix, but they are just hiding behind a false neutrality flag to turn a blind eye to the actions of their members and / or friendly bands.

All acts in our life are political. We are extremely social beings and even when someone raises a flag of neutrality, it is a political act, as it influences debates and the experience of the people around, leaving the possibility of knowing the real situation of the world blurred.

If what R.A.B.M is doing is a crack in the Metal subculture, then that's exactly what will happen. Let's crack this shit up so we can name and cap people and their political positions. Either you are on the side of those who fight for the individual freedom of all beings on earth or you are one more who preaches racial segregation, genocide, destruction of the planet and we are going to expose all this rot.

So for people who still don't understand what Pessimista is: Anarchy, Freedom, Veganism and Mutual Support through my pessimistic views of the world we live in.


8.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Noctilium', what are your thoughts on the other musical project that had shared the recording?

I think Noctilium is an extremely creative and incredible band. I think they mix a series of references that are not just black metal. I found folklore and popular culture references in his music.
I think Silvio from Nailed Nazarene made a great link between them and me, because in addition to being able to make this cultural exchange, from country to country we have two sides of depressed views of the world with two different languages. I hope soon to be able to hear a full album from them, as it is a band that inspires me a lot.

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

Funny that question hahah. Despite having a good sense of English, Italian and Spanish, I sing on purpose in Portuguese and here in Brazil I found it difficult for people to know my projects and be able to talk to them. Perhaps the style here in Brazil is very, very underground. Perhaps even more than in the rest of the world. Or maybe, because I don't use social networks, I can't reach people where they are.
The reception of my work in other countries is much greater. I received great reviews and contacts, including invitations to shows.
Today I am able to communicate with people from all over the planet who are involved in social struggles. Now, at the end of 2019, to my surprise, I ended up being included in two lists of notable works of the year. Extremely important people and collectives for me. One is the list of guys from the old blog (http://r-a-b-m.blogspot.com/) on Reddit and also Kim Kelly (https://twitter.com/grimkim) who does an amazing job as a writer and always gives tips from amazing bands. This for me is very rewarding and even more important than the financial support for my project.
I would like to be able to open more dialogue with people from other parts of the world and even more here in Brazil.

10.Can you tell us a little bit more about your other musical projects?

As I said before, I do a lot of riffs and write a lot. I sometimes end up understanding that a certain riff or a certain song would not be legal in a certain project. In addition, each project expresses exactly what I feel at each moment.
With Pessimista I follow a lot from my punk school. Where the beginning of the project started very dirty. I recorded everything with a guitar and used distortion, nowadays I record guitars and other instruments in line which gives a slightly better and intelligible feature. Perhaps this is the most important project I have done, as it has become a school for others.
The debate here is more direct, I speak explicitly about the violence suffered by society and me, and I ended up sometimes incorporating my addiction problems that I had, including near-death experiences. (PS: in one of the covers there is something hidden that is me on a stretcher in a broken hospital hahaha)
In Lerna I express more violence and a more poetic debate, literally speaking and the historical process of domination and colonization of America. I try to open a debate about a philosophical gap between the violence of the oppressor and response violence of the oppressed. Here there is still a lot to roll hahaha.
At Auto exilio it's more of what I'm going through. For about a year and a half I have been excluding myself more and more from living with other people. This project is more experimental, since it is a synth dungeon. It is sad, but I try to express my search for self knowledge. Personal limits that I try to break and places in my mind that I haven't explored yet.
In Uz there is no lyrics, just a sound avalanche and screams of moments of extreme anguish and anger at seeing the destruction of the land. This project was born at the time of burning in the Amazon (at least those that were most publicized to the world).
There are other projects that I may be forgetting to quote hahaha.
I am still in the process of recording another project, now of Dark Folk that I will announce shortly.

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

Right now I'm producing some songs for Pessimist, in reality they are almost ready. I intend to launch them between the second half of February and the beginning of March. It all depends on the zine I'm writing to be ready to be able to launch them together.
I have a huge difficulty in producing full some, because I am an extremely anxious person hahaha. When I release an EP I'm already planning and composing a next one and the songs end up not talking to each other, so several times I end up releasing only EP's.
From now until the end of the year I have already planned at least one more split. This is already 90% right. I think a full album should come out in the beginning of 2021, but don't be discouraged because this year there is still a lot to happen at Pessimista and maybe this full could happen later this year.
In the future as a musician I would very much like to organize a recording workshop for the needy community here in the regions of Brazil. I am putting together a schedule and material so that I can present in areas of community assistance. Totally free! My interest is to be able to open the cultural range to children / teenagers and any other age groups. It will not be exactly and specifically about black metal, but general notions of how to set up your studio or record your music cheaply and with the materials you have in hand, which are mostly very cheap materials and equipment.
I am self-taught and if I can transmit the little knowledge I have to people who do not have access to these basic things, my career as a musician will already be complete and I will feel extremely grateful and fulfilled.
But still, I intend to release a lot of albums and I intend to do a tour with some band, be it my project or not.

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 have always listened to different styles. My repertoire ranges from popular music to more extreme sounds.
In metal, I'm currently enchanting with bands (unfortunately) less known as the German Brache (https://brache.bandcamp.com/album/brache), the fantastic and Brazilian Ìsinkú (https://isinku.bandcamp.com/ ) and Hereticae (https://hereticae.bandcamp.com/album/new-aeon-trinity), Wolves in Throne Room, Panopticon, Etxegiña, Dakhma, Dawn Ray'd, Vazio among others.
In the Dark folk there is the Sangre de Muerdago, Crown of Asteria and Amanda Aalto and what always has in my playlist is Belchior, Daniel Viglietti, Rolando Alarcón, Cartola, Noite Ilustrada, Quinteto Armorial, Facção Central, Eduardo, M19 and many others things that are extremely incredible and important to my musical formation, but are not part of the Black Metal scene.

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

I would really like to thank you for the space provided and already apologize for the amount of things I wrote hahaha.
I hope to have been clear in my words and to thank the support of everyone who listened and indicated my projects, especially Silvio of Nailed Nazarene, Biano of the blog Noise Red, Kim Kelly.
I hope that we as people will overcome this advance of the extreme right in the world and will be able to increasingly create a world where many other worlds fit without sexual, racial and ethnic discrimination and that we can increasingly open our horizons to discover new cultures and conscious ways of life.

If you want tell me something, write to me pessimistacrust@gmail.com.

Health and freedom to all!

Jaketeme / Pessimista

Idolos/Ahi Cab/Anthrazit Records/2020 EP Review


  Idolos  are  a  band  from  an  unknown  location  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Ahi  Cab"  which  was  released  by  Anthrazit  Records.

  Clean  playing  along  with  some  sci-fi  style  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  ep along  with  some  synths  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  which  also  get  deep  at  times  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  atmospheric  style  and  clean  playing  also  makes  a  return  on  later  tracks.

  Idolos  plays  a  style  of  black  emtal  that  is  very  aggressive  yet  atmospheric  sounding  at  the  same  time.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Atlantean,  Egyptian,  Aztec  and  Mayan  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Idolos  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Summoners".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.facebook.com/cosmosidolos/  
https://anthrazitrecords.bandcamp.com/album/ahi-cab    

  

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Itnuveth/Enuma Elish/Base Record Production/2020 CD Review


  Spain's  Itnuveth  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  pagan  black  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Enuma  Elish"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Base  Record  Production.

  An  intro  starts  off  the  album  which  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  and  flutes  onto  the  recording  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  on  a  few  tracks  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  Growls  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  while  clean  pagan  vocals  are  also  utilized  at  times.  Nature  orientated  soundscapes  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  and  flutes  also  returning  on  some  of  the  later  songs  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  whispered  vocals.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  good  amount  of  melody  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  couple  of  interludes  are  also  added  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Sumerian,  Norse  Mythology,  Warriors,  Battles  and  Witchcraft  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding album  from  Itnuveth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Enume  Elish"  "The  Abyss  Of  Immortal  Flames"  and  "Powerful  Energies".  8  out  of  10.

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Monday, January 27, 2020

Necroroots/Distorted Visions Of Death/2020 Full Length Review


  Necroroots  are  a  duo  from  Mexico  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  album  "Distorted  Visions  Of  Death".

  A  very  demonic  and  ritualistic  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  being  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Growls  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  as well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  dark sounding  melodies  at times,  all  of  the  music  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  they  close  the album  with  a  cover  of  Azazel's  "Longing  For  Dark  Forest"  which  also  introduces  a  small  amount  of  keyboards  onto  the  recording.

  On  this  recording  Necroroots  remains  true  to  the  old  school  style  of  black  metal  they  had  established  on  their  previous  release.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  pain  and  night  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Necrorrots  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Pain"  "Die  In  mt  Name"  "An  Infinity  Curse"  and  "A  Falme  Inside".  8  out  of  10.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3Vumc7YqiQ&t=405s
  

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Aodon/11069/Willowtip Records/2020 CD Review


  Aodon  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  post black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "11069"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Willowtip  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in a   great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  solos and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Elements  of  post  metal  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  music also  having  its  atmospheric  moments.  Some  of  the  riffs  and  leads  also  add  in  a  dissonant  touch  at  times  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Aodon  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Les  rayons"  "L'instinct"  and  "Le  parfum  des  pluies".  8  out  of  10.

Todesstrafe/Under The Sign Of The Storm/We Are At War Records/2020 CD Review



  Todesstrafe  are  a  duo  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  national  socialist  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Under  the  Sign  Of  The  Storm"  which  was  released  by  We  Are  At  War  Records.

  WWII  era  music  samples  which  also  return  on  some  of t he  later  tracks  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams.  RAC  influences  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the r recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  The  songs  also  mix  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  era  second  wave  influences  while  one  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  marching  sounds.  When  guitars  solos  and  leads  are  utilized they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  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  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  and  most  of  the  music  is  very  power  chord  driven,  the  closing  track  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  War,  Europe  and  National  Socialism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Todesstrsafe  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  national  socialist  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Shining  Banner"  Ceremonial  Flames"  and  "Fortress  Europe".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Todesstrafe/3540424916 .

    

Abhomine/Proselyte Parasite Plague/Osmose Productions/Hells Headbangers/2020 CD Review


  Abhomine  are  a  duo  from  the  United  States  that  plays  an  old  school  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Proselyte  Parasite  Plague"  which  will  be  released  in  February  as  a  joint  effort  between  Osmose  Productions  and  Hells  Headbangers.

  Grim  black  metal  screams  start  off  the  recording  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.

  Death  metal  growls  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  tracks  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  style.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  album  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  musical  direction.

  Abhomine  plays  a  musical  style  that  goes  back  to  the  early  90's  era  of  black  and  death  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  modern  warfare,  disgust  and  hatred  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Abhomine  are  a  very great  sounding  old  school  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Herest  Pulpit"  and  "Progeny  Devoid".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/LrTXzJamegk

  

Grave Sediment/...To Gaze Into The Abyss/2019 EP Review


  Grave  Sediment  is  a  solo  project  from  Florida  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2019  ep  "...To  Gaze  Into  The  Abyss".

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  old  school  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  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  The  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Some  of  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  touch  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Grave  Sediment  plays  a  style  of  black  emtal  that  is  very  fast,  raw  and  aggressive  in  the  90's  tradition  but  mixed  in  with  a  more  modern  approach  to  the  solos  and  leads.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Grave  Sediement  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sediment"  "...To  Gaze  Into  The  Abyss".  8  out  of  10.

https://gravesediment.bandcamp.com/album/to-gaze-into-the-abyss    

Hellhole/The Hate I Bear/2019 Full Length Review


  Hellhole  is  a  solo  project  from  Australia  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2019  "The  hate  i  bear".

  Rain  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  brings  elements  of  post  rock  onto  the  recording  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  heavier  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  songs  also  mix  both  the  heavy  and  atmospheric  parts  together.  Clean  playing  also  returns  on  the  later  tracks  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  grim  sounding  whispers,  one  track  also  adds  in  torture  samples  and  all  of  the  songs  also  stick  to  a  slower  direction  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  sound  very  powerful.

  Hellhole  plays  a  style  of  depressive  black  metal  that  is  very  slow  and  atmospheric  sounding  as  well  as  adding  in  elements  of  post  rock  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  depressive  and  suicidal  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hellhole  is  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive  post  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dissolving In  The  Rain"  and  "When  I  Die,  No  One  Will  Cry". 8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCEkZl9XXO0   

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Wandering Martyr/House Of Memories/2019 Full Length Review


  Wandering  Martyr  is  a  solo  project  from  Australia  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  depressive  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2019  album  "House  Of  Memories".

  Spoken  word  samples  and  dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  some  clean  playing  and  atmospheric  elements.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  depressive  sounding  along  with  the  songs  being  mostly  rooted  in  more  of  a  modern  style  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  and  at  times  the  recording  also  adds  in  touches  of  post  black  metal.

  Wandering  Martyr  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  sounding  with  some  depressive  touches.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressing  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Wandering  Martyr  is  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  depressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Everyone  Lies"  and  "House  of  Memories".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HB8M85KFZU  

Wandeing Martyr/Destined To Suffer/Ruined Life/Chagrin/Hellhole/Sing Me One Last Time/2019 5 Way Split Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  self  released  5  way  split  album  review  between  Australia's  Wandering  Martyr,  Destined  To  Suffer,  Chagrin,  Hellhole  and  Russia's  Ruined  Life  called  "Sing  Me  One  Last  Time"  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Wandering  Martyr  a  solo  project  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  clean  playing  and  atmospheric  and  post  rock  elements before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slower  direction.The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Wandering  Martyr  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  Destined  To  Suffer  a  solo  project  that  returns  with  his  atmospheric  style  of  post  black  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split starts  out  with  some  rain,  thunder  sounds  and  whispers  before  going  into  a  heavier  and  atmospheric  musical  direction.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  grim  black  metal  style  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  second  track  also  adding  in  more  of  a  depressive  atmosphere,  both  songs  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Destined  to  Suffer  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Torment".

  Next  up  is  Ruined  Mind  a  solo  project  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  the  sounds  of  suicide  along  with  some  atmospheric  elements  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  Vocals  are  mostly  depressive  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  synths  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times.  The  second  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slower  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ruined  Mind  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  and  atmospheric  post  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  "Rotting  World[Inside]".

  Next  up  is  Chagrin  who  returns  with  his  atmospheric  style  of  post  black  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with some  water  and  nature  sounds  before  adding  in  some  clean  playing  which  also  introduces  elements  of  post  rock  onto  his  side  of  the  recording.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  the  atmospheric  and  heavy  parts  together.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to a  slower  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Chagrin  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Leaving This  World".

  Closing  the  split  is  Hellhole  a  solo  project  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts out  with  some  clean  playing  along  with  the  track  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  music  also  mixes  the  heavy  and  atmospheric  elements  together  as  well  as  the  guitar  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  tortured  black  metal  style,  whispers  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hellhole  is  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  post  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XT7Qy7dlIFI

     

Chagrin/Endless Night/2019 Full Length Review


  Chagrin  is  a  solo  project  from  Australia  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2019  album  "Endless  Night".

  Melodic  yet  depressive  sounding  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  sounding  black  metal  screams.  The  music  also  mixes  both  the  heavy  and  atmospheric  parts  together  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  stringed  instruments  onto  the  recording.

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  elements  of  post  rock.  The  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  radio  noises,  some  tracks  also  add  in  thunder  and  rain  sounds,  all  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.

  Chagrin  plays  a  style  of  post  black  metal  that  is  very  slow,  melodic  and  atmospheric  sounding  with  some  depressive  touches.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  depressive  and  suicidal  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Chagrin  is  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  post  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Left  Alone  I'm"  and  "My  Heart  Will  Burn".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hi7f8ONazPM 

Destined To Suffer/Rotting World/2019 Full Length Review


  Destined  To  Suffer  is  a  solo  project  from  Australia  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2019  album  "Rotting World".

  Nature  sounds  start  of  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  while  whispered  voices  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly.  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  heavier  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  the  atmospheric  and  heavy  parts  together  as  well  as  the  clean  playing  also  adding  elements  of  post  rock  onto  the  recording  when  it  is  utilized,  one  track  also  introduces  keyboards  onto  the  album  and  all  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid tempo  style.

  Destined  To  Suffer  plays  a  style  of  post  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  mid  tempo  sounding  along  with  some  depressive  elements.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death  and  depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Destined  To  Suffer  is  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  post  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rotting  World"  and  "From  The  Cradle  To  The  Grave".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWSJfbOXWb4

    

Lifeless/Oraculum/2020 Full Length Review


  Lifeless  are  an  international  duo  with  members  from  Australia  and  Norway  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  album  "Oraculum"  which  will  be  released  in  February.

  Apocalyptic  sounds  start  off  the  album  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Clean  playing  and  synths  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  some  clear  vocals  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  all  of  the musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along with  the  music  also  mixing  the  heavier  and  atmospheric  parts  together.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  while  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  are  also utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  whispered  vocals  onto  the  recording  along  with  one  song  also  bringing  in  a  brief  use  of  death  metal  growls  and  all  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style  and  elements  of  post  metal  are  also  utilized  at  times.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Lifeless  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Shadow  That  Haunts  You"  "The  Sadness  That  Holds  Us"  and  "Lifeless".  8  out  of  10.

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

  

Thrown Away/Turn 180 Degrees/2020 Full Length Review


  Thrown  Away  is  a  solo  project  from  Australia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal  and  shoegaze  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2020  album  "Turn  180  Degrees".

  Ocean  sounds  and  atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  voices  in  the  background  briefly  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  post  metal  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  good  amount  of  shoegaze  elements.

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  The  songs  also  mix  the  heavier  and  atmospheric  parts  together  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  spoken  words  also  being  used  briefly,  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style  and  the  album  also  closes  with  an  instrumental.

  Thrown  Away  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  atmospheric  depressive  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  post  rock  and  shoegaze  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  nature  and  depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Thrown  Away  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  atmospheric  depressive    black  metal,  post  rock  and  shoegaze  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres, you  should  check  out  this  solo project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Weather The  Storm"  and  "Long  Way".  8  out  of  10.

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La Mer/Silence/Roadtrip God Inc/2020 CD Review


  La  Mer  is  a  solo  project  from  Scotland  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  with  some  Balkan  and  Caucasian  folk  music  influences  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "silence"  which  was  released  by  Roadtrip  God  Inc.

  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction.  Atmospheric  elements  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavy  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  a  couple  of  tracks  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  When  synths  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  epic  atmosphere  as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in  some  influences  of  Balkan  and  Caucasian  folk  music  at  times  along  with  some instruments  from  those  areas  also  being  used  briefly,  some  of  the  tracks  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  bass  guitar  also  gets  more  powerful  sounding  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  La  Mer  is  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  with  some  influences  of  Balkan  and  Caucasian  folk  music  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  that  is  different,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Silence"  "True  Ruler  Of  Men"  and  "Cometh  the  Hour".  8  out  of  10.