Friday, February 28, 2020

Lebenssucht/-273,15°C/Thanatoskult Records/2020


Lebenssucht are  an  international  band  with  members  from  Bulgaria, Belgium,  Austria  and  Germany  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  depressive  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "-273,15°C"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Thanatoskult  Records.

  Melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length. Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in a   decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  lot  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  tracks  also  having  their  atmospheric  moments.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  one  of  the  songs  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  recording.  At  times  the  vocals  get  very  deep  sounding  bringing  in  a  few  death  metal  growls,  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion t his  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Lebenssucht  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "   

Curse Upon A Prayer/Infidel/Saturnal Records/2020 CD Review


  Finland's  Curse  Upon  A  Prayer  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  raw,  blasphemous  and  anti  Islamic  style  of  black  metal  from  their  previous  release  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Infidel"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Saturnal  Records.

  Chanting  vocals  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  Acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  some  of  the  tracks  while  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  which  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  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  good  balance  between  modern  and  old  school  influences  along  with  the  music  being  mostly  rooted  in  the  Finnish  style,  one  of  the  tracks  is  also  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  Islamic  and  misanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Curse  Upon  A  Prayer  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  misanthropic  and  anti  Islamic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Infidel"  "Al-Masih  ad-Dajjal"  and  "Fitna".  8  out  of  10.

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Ulvdalir/Hunger For The Cursed Knowledge/Inferna Profundus Records/2020 EP Review


  Ulvdalir  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  orthodox  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Hunger  For  The  Cursed  Knowledge"  which   will  be  released  on  March  20th  by  Inferna  Profundus  Records.

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  ep  and  they  also  appear  on  the  later  songs  while  Gregorian  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  along  with  seem  dark  sounding  melodies.

  Most  of  the  music  is  also  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  screams.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  an  old  school  style  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,

 Slean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  songs  also  capturing  a  ritualistic  atmosphere  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track. The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  death.  the  devil,  nihilism  and  philosophy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ulvdalir  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  orthodox  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Road  Of  Knowledge"  and  "Out  Of  The  Darkness  of  The  Depths".  8  out  of  10.

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

  

Saarkoth Interview

1.Can  you give us an update on what is going on with the band since the recording and release of the new ep?



The recording and release of the EP is the most recent thing that we’ve worked on. Since the release we’ve just been promoting it on social media and trying to get it sent out to reviewers. Outside of that we’ve been rehearsing for some upcoming shows.



In terms of the recording of this release, though, it was very much done in the typical way that we do things where one of us will have an idea and pretty much write the entire song from start to finish, often without the other party even knowing, and then present their ‘finished draft’, as it were, to the other to add their flair and ideas to it. This process alone can change big parts of a song, just by us then being in the room together and being able to bounce ideas as to what could better off of each other, for example the section of the song where there’s a few seconds of just bass before it kicks back in wasn’t in the original draft. That section and the melodies in the bars before and after it were spawned entirely from us sitting down together with the first draft infront of us and just seeing what we could come up with.



2.Recently you have released a new ep, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?



It’s a much darker sounding EP than what we’ve previously released. Obviously it’s a single seventeen minute track, so by that point alone it’s a little bit more complex than anything we’ve released previously. The production is different too, since we went for a more raw sound inspired by more classic Black Metal albums, though admittedly not quite that raw.

It’s more melody driven, too. There less of the atmospheric side to it than our previous releases, those being Jera and Memories of You, which was on the ‘The Wanderer’ Single, both of which had much more obvious atmospheric sections. That’s not to say this is without atmosphere, but rather the atmosphere is more like a hillside at night with fog near choking you as opposed to a brightly lit, light filled forest.



3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores on the new release and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?



There’s some hints towards religion on the EP, a topic which we haven’t covered before and likely won’t touch much again in at-least the near future. Though, for the most part the lyrics are a collection of just what was going through my (Ellis) head at the time. I suppose I was angry and upset about some recent events which manifested itself through lyrics such as “As the rays of your holy love are hidden by gathering clouds” and “I feel the plague as it eats my flesh and rots me from the inside.” Though, the lines referring to “The Cult of Nature” have a sort of double meaning in that, without revealing anything, they are referencing future plans, but are also a bit of a commentary about how we’ve recently had a multiple amounts of natural disasters which seem to awake more and more people to the many crises affecting our world at the moment, hence “For once life has died, the cult of nature will arise.”.



As songwriters I’d say we’ve just gotten better at writing, I’ve become a better lyricist and we’ve found ourselves finding it easier to write shorter and longer songs, whereas before a typical song length was around the six or so minute mark, with not much in the way of deviation from that. Obviously this EP was an example of that progression.



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



I feel like this is quite typical for Black Metal, but it’s origins are actually a little bit geeky. It’s a slight rework of the name of an NPC from a game.













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



The artwork is the ‘Jera’ rune, which is the rune which symbolizes ‘Year’ and ‘Harvest’ in the Elder Futhark set of runes. It’s a rune we adopted as our symbol on our debut album titled ‘Jera’.  We wished to have a personalized version of that, one which had a bit of detail which will hopefully be recognisable as ours, to people who knows us, and not one that you could just be off of Google.



So, in that respect, consider that artwork as our ‘Second logo’, our emblem as it were. It’ll likely crop up again.



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



We’ve been trying to fill the ranks since 2018. We spent a year and a half as a trio with our bassist, Asa, but he left us at the end of 2019 to pursue other musical interests with his other band. But yes, we do want a full band. It’s been a thorn in our side ever since the drummer pulled.



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



Without a doubt, our best shows have been Oakfest 2019 and The Blackwood Gathering 2019. Those were two times where we walked off the stage just knowing we’d killed it. For the last two shows we’ve played, we have begun to add a small bit of flair to the show in the sense of a solidified dress sense. But I like to think that our show is engaging to watch, I know that I try to put on a bit of an aggressive presence.



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

Touring would be nice, but it’s a stage we aren’t at yet unless we were touring in support of a fellow band. This year we’re cutting down a little bit on the shows and we’re trying to be a bit pickier about the shows we play. We want to fit on bills, whereas there’s been a few shows in the past where we a bit left field and the crowd weren’t there to see that kind of music.



9.Currently the band is unsigned but has worked with a label in the past, are you open to working with another label again in the future?

Yeah, we’re more than happy to work with labels. We just decided we wanted complete control over this release so that we could just drop it. We didn’t want any beforehand promotion and we figured the best way to do that would be to self release, as it’s more than understandable that labels will want to promote beforehand in order to secure sales, they’re businesses afterall.



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



I’ve not heard anything bad so far! As of writing this we’ve had two reviews back, averaging out at 8.5/10 so we’re more than happy with that. On a one to one level, we’ve been told by multiple people that they’ve really enjoyed the release and the changed sound.





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



Hopefully this year. We’ll decide that when it comes to it. We’ve tried a planned release before, but it just didn’t work out, so it makes more sense to just see what comes out when you sit down to write rather than try and plan how you want to sound however many years down the line.



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



I wouldn’t say our influences changed, when I was writing this I was mostly listening to the same stuff I always do, a lot of UK bands and a lot of old school bands. I think the only influence I tried to incorporate into this release was a bit of the more recent sound of Behemoth, specifically The Satanist era.



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


Just a thank you to yourself for offering us this platform to talk on and for the kind words in your review, as well as a thank you to everyone who has supported this release by either buying it or sharing it with friends. It all helps and we appreciate it all.

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Burzum/Thulean Mysteries/Byelobog Productions/2020 Double CD Review


  Norway's  Burzum  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  showing  him  moving  away  from his  black  metal  style  and  bringing  in  more  of  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient,  dungeon  synth,  electronic  and  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  double  album  "Thulean  Mysteries"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Byelobog  Productions.

  Dark  ambient  style  synths  start off  the  album  and  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  as  well  as  using  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  instrumentals.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  short  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  great  amount of  dungeon  synth  elements.

  Programmed  beats  are  also  added  on some  of  the  tracks  while  folk  instruments  are  added  on  some  of  the  tracks.  One  song  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  good amount  of  variety  and  also  differing  from  each  other  and  at  times  the  music  also  captures  the  atmosphere  of  a  fantasy  movie  soundtrack.

  One  track  also  adds  in  some  tribal  percussion  and  ritualistic  chants  and  spoken  word  parts  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  clean pagan vocals  onto  the  album,  At  times  the  music  also  captures  a  very  medieval  and  dark  ages  atmosphere  and  as  the  album  progresses  there  are  also  a  few  songs  that  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  elements  of  electronic  music  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  Norse  Paganism,  Thule  and  Fantasy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Burzum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  his  dark  ambient  and  dungeon  synth  material  as  well  as  neo-folk  and  electronic  music,  you  should  check  out  this  double  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Thulean  Perspective"  "The  Lord  Of  The  Dwarves"  "The  Road  To  Hel"  and  "The  Loss  Of  Thule".  8  out  of  10.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Membaris/Misanthrosophie/W.T.C Productions/2020 CD Review


  Membaris  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Misanthrosophie"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  W.T.C  Productions.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  emtal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Clear  vocals  are also  utilized  at  times  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  songs  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Deep  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in  a  good  balance  between  old  school  and  modern  influences  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  synths  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  German  and  English  and  cover  fatalism,  nature,  darkness  and  anti  Christianity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Membaris  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  misanthropic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nebel  Haras"  "The  Only  Reason  To  Stay"  "Pulsar"  and  "Aus  Tiefen  empor...".  8  out  of  10.

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Hecate Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

Recording, mixing, mastering and all the organization behind have already required a lot of energy on our part, so for the moment, we are taking a short break, although we have already played two gigs since that. We are currently focusing on promoting the album and its release and are also planning some upcoming concerts.

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

Broadly speaking, Ode au désert suspendu follows on from Une voix venue d'ailleurs, but we tried to push the influences and overall quality even further. Our previous album laid the foundations for a style that we were trying to find before, by experimenting with different orientations, from a Black Metal tinted with Heavy or more epic roots, to a heavier and more ritualistic kind of Black Sludge. Now that we have defined the style of a Black Metal playing on musical chiaroscuro and based on a variety of emotions and tessitura, we wish to explore this path more deeply. Also, this latest album can be influenced by Black as well as Post-Rock, Classic, or even videogames and OST from Japanese animation. This is without a doubt the release we are most proud of since the creation of the band.

3.Your lyrics cover literature, myths and cosmos themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?

The informations written on Metal Archives are not up to date, alas. These themes were central for us several years ago, when we had a very romantic way to write our lyrics: influence of Baudelaire’s poetry, themes revolving around myths or literary figures, et cetera. But the more time passes and the more our lyrics are influenced by contemporary poetry, although they are still written in rhyming Alexandrines. About our lyrics, we try to focus more on formal beauty, plays of sonority or explosion of the meaning of language than on well-defined themes; but some of them can be recursive, as the flow of time, the matter of human desire and body, loneliness or oniric dreams.

4.I know that the band was named after an ancient goddess in Greek Mythology, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

With Selene and Artemis, Hecate constitutes the lunar Triad. She is often associated with the new moon or the black moon, that is to say with death or shadows, but she cannot be taken independently of the two other goddesses that complete her ; hence the fact that it is often depicted with a triple body. But even in herself, she bears a kind of bipolarity: she is as much goddess of fertility, wealth and wisdom as the goddess of shadows and dead souls. This bipolarity perfectly illustrates the chiaroscuro we wish to embody in our music, solar and lunar as well. On the other hand, we do not associate ourselves at all with the meanings more versed in black magic that can be found in certain interpretations of this goddess; not that they are false, but we don’t fit into it.

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

As for our previous album, the artwork was made by Jibus, who already, for Une voix venue d’ailleurs, had perfectly illustrated the lunar and twilight glow that we wanted to transcribe. As far as the present artwork is concerned, we have taken inspiration from several existing works. First of all, from a preparatory illustration by Schinkel, dating from 1815, for the staging of Mozart's The Magic Flute (it shows the great starry vault that forms like a celestial cone). Another example is Friedrich's Wanderer above the Sea of Fog, for the compact mass that the perspective brings out, which seems as much liquid as vaporous. Thirdly, we wanted to include once again a female figure on the cover, already to create a link with Hecate (who remains associated with fertility), but also by drawing inspiration from the representations of the muses: here, the divine, manic inspiration comes from an unctuous juice that flows directly from the moon and lodges itself into the cup of the muse. We believe that this cover, in its richness and refinement, is a perfect representation of what our music embodies.

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

We really have great memories of a gig we played in Paris alongside Deathcode Society and Acherontas; all the bands made excellent sets, and our performance was clearly up to all our expectations. Very recently, we also played a private concert for our tenth anniversary, in our homeland, side by side with Wyrms, Devilspit and other Black formations: we had planned a special one-hour show covering all the periods of our career, and it was frankly moving to play on this occasion. Aside from that, our shows remain very regular, there’s not a lot to tell about them. We sometimes try to experiment with specific sets or costumes, but it really depends on the capacity or regulations of the venues. In general, we focus more on the effectiveness of our performance than on formal details.

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

For the moment, we have already planned a few concerts in France, alongside bands such as Aetheria Conscientia and Smerter. About another project we're working on right now, we'd really like to do a small tour with two great French bands, A/Oratos and Étoile Filante, but that's still very much in the embryonic stages at the moment. Finally, we may have another tour planned in the coming year with our label, but we'll reveal more in due course.

8.The new album is coming out on 'Mourning Light Records', how did you get in contact with this label?

They're the ones who contacted us, quite simply! We hadn't even originally planned a label for our previous album and released it independently. Mourning Light liked it very much and contacted us asking if we were interested in joining their roster; they had just been created and we were one of the very first bands to join them. But we don't regret a single moment, the collaboration always went very well, we have a lot of latitude to act and they are very attentive to our requests; so we sincerely hope to keep on this way.

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

Apart from the comments we can read on the links where our music is broadcast, and a few messages we may receive, we don't really know what the listeners think about us, even if the echoes we may get are always very positive, enthusiastic and warm. We ourselves are very demanding of our own band, and we always know which points to improve first. So the pressure for Ode au désert suspendu wasn't really the opinion of the public, but our own satisfaction, and that was something much more difficult to achieve! We can in no way control the opinion of Black Metal fans, so the reactions will be as they will be, no more.

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

Libra, our bass player, is extremely invested in his Folk/Pirate project, Toter Fisch: they play a lot of gigs throughout France and even Europe, so he doesn't have time to get bored. F.V., our rhythm guitarist, is also doing some gigs with his Slam/Death band, Scumbags, and will be playing a few dates in France with them during the mouths to come. For the rest of the members, Nox, Veines Noires and Silence are still part of the Depressive Black Metal band Ostium, which is at a standstill for the moment, although new compositions have been written. Nevertheless, with the evolution of everyone's personal and professional situation, we can't do too much either, so from now on, we give priority to quality over quantity.

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

We have absolutely no idea, and all the beauty lies here. Our existence is a constant renewal of surprises, and we prefer to wait to see where the destiny leads us rather than to multiply plans which will never succeed

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 can't really talk about well-defined influences for the band because in fact, Hecate has never claimed to fit into this or that particular lineage or to follow a trend that works particularly well at a given moment T to run out of steam later: the goal remains to make music with our guts; even if there are undoubtedly multiple unconscious influences that have forged each album as it is. We think it clearly depends on the steps we’ve gone through: at the very beginning, we were more influenced by bands as Dissection, Immortal, Naglfar or Lord Belial, bands that mix Black as well as Death or Heavy with their music. We have crossed a very short period in which you could find more Sludge or ritualistic roots (in particular on our EP from 2017, Apeiron). For the last two albums, we can just as well base ourselves on totally experimental bands like Krallice or on much more traditional and efficient schemes, coming from the Quebec Black from Forteresse or Csejthe, as well as bands like Mgła, Plaga, Misþyrming or Naðra. Nowadays, about the bands we’re listening to, and without mentioning the bands even quoted here, we could quote others like Blut us Nord, Deathspell Omega, Yeruselem, Borknagar, Atlantean Kodex, (DOLCH), Midnight Odyssey, and many more…

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

Absolutely none, thank you for your interest!

Aspidium/Harmagedon/2020 Full Length Review


  Aspidium  are  a  duo  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  album  "Harmageddon"  which  will  be  released  in  April.

 A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  High  pitched  black  metal  screams  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  utilizing  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Elements  of  death  metal  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  most  of  the  music  is  done  in  more  of  a  modern  yet  extreme  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  atmospheric  sounds  are  also  added  onto  the  recording.

  Aspidium  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  modern,  atmospheric  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  and   mixes  it  with  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  socially  critical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Aspidium  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Harmagedon"  "Todliche  Begeirde"  and  "Falscher  Prophet".  8  out  of  10.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Leiru/Ido/Sun & Moon Records/2020 CD Review


  Leiru  are  a  band  from  Hungary  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  heavy  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Ido"  which  will  be  released  on  March  15th  by Sun  &  Moon  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and the  vocals  are  done  in  more  of  a  clean  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  bring  in  more  of  a  70's  influenced  style  mixed  in  with  some  more  modern  influences  also  being  used  at  times.  The  songs  also  mix  in  elements  of  traditional  metal.

  The  vocals  also  add in  more  of  a  grim  blackened  approach  on  one  song  along  with  some  whispers  also  being  utilized  briefly  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  length.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Hungarian  and  cover  personal  relationships,  dreams  and  nightmare  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Leiru  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  traditional  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ido"  and  "A  kardok  lehullanak".  8  out  of  10.

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Artach/Lords of A Frozen Domain/2020 Single Review


  Newfoundland,  Canada's  Artach  have  returned  with  a  new  track  which  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  raw,  melodic  and  epic  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  single  "Lords  of  A  Frozen  Domain".

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  song  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  a  lot  of  melody  along  with  the  vocals  being  done  in  more  of  an  angry  black  metal  style.

  Throughout  the  track  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  song  is  also  over  7  minutes  in  length  along  with  the  song  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  80's  and  90's  influences  but  also  keeping  it  modern  at  the  same  time,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  ice  and  winter  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Artach  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  melodic  and  epic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  single.  8  out  of  10.

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  Recently  all  of  the  other  singles  that  where  reviewed  have  been  compiled  on  a  full  length  album  which  you  can  get  here.

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Gaylord Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording of the new album?
01) I'm very methodical when it comes to recording music. I wrote Wings of the Joyful and immediately moved on to a new project. I don't play live shows due to health concerns, so a constant stream of recorded material is my way of keeping busy. The Gaylord album is in the pre-release stage right now, so in between doing interviews and working through the boring admin side of things, I am recording tracks for the full length release of Cronenberg, my latest death metal project. The EP "Body Horror" was well received, so it's time to do a proper album for that project.

2.In March you have a new album coming out, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
02) The new Gaylord album Wings of the Joyful is a huge leap musically and lyrically from the first album. For the first Gaylord album I wanted a raw old school black metal vibe, so I turned down the bass, added some distortion to the vocals, and wrote some fairly minimalist songs. But I didn't want to do that for the followup, so I have added inspiration from thrash metal, death metal, neofolk, and viking metal. The album is much more listenable this time to help carry it past what some people have described as a "meme band" - Gaylord is here to stay and the new album definitely shows it.

3.The new album has a different style than the earlier releases that had more of a raw style, what was the decision behind going into a different musical direction?
03) While The Black Metal Scene Needs to Be Destroyed has been my best selling album to date, I didn't want to just copy it for a followup. Especially since it's rotten. *Laughs* I want people to hear the riffs and say "oh okay this guy actually knows what he's doing."

4.Can you also tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the newer album?
04) As for lyrics, I wanted to explore similar topics as the first album, but in a more serious manner. The first album has a lot of silly toilet humour jokes and references to memes and while the album definitely turned heads with the "humour" aspects, this time around I wanted to show I am serious about these topics. The lyrics are much more poetic this time around because I didn't want jokes and memes interwoven into an important topic like Holocaust denial (Borne From Inferno Winds.)

5.The lyrics on the new album also seem more serious than previous releases but you still subscribe to the same political beliefs, do you feel your older lyrics made you look more like a novelty project?
05) Yeah you are absolutely right. Novelty project, meme band, joke band, etc. I've been writing antifascist music since 2015 (Sea Wolves of the Atlantic) so I take politics very seriously in my music. Gaylord started off as a joke to "try something new", but we're not just a flash in the pan, we're the real deal

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
06) The artwork on the album was designed by a Columbian artist named Degeha. He's actually done some additional art for the project that will be revealed soon, but all I said for the cover art was: "It's called Wings of the Joyful, put a winged figure on there" and it came back looking awesome. I envisioned an angel, but he straight up drew Death with angel wings. The scythe was an added touch! Wings are a major poetic icon in the album's lyrics, so I am glad he's put together a very striking image to accompany that!

7.You are also a part of a great amount of musical projects, what is it that your bring into the music of 'Gaylord' that you are not able to do with your other groups?
07) Gaylord is my vehicle for political discussion. I have another black metal act called Suicide Wraith that is very much tied up in emotional events of my past. For the full length albums, I don't print the lyrics, the topics are that personal. Gaylord is different though. Gaylord let's me focus on topics that affect all of us.

8.You have also released a great amount of material with your other musical projects over the years, do you spend most of your time writing and creating music?
08) Yeah I sure do. Like I said, due to health issues I can't really tour around playing live, so recording loads of albums is my way of making up for that. I've always got something cooking whether it's a couple riffs, a notepad full of lyrical ideas, or just a good idea for a band logo. Sometimes the logo actually comes /before/ a single note is written. *Laughs*

9.You where also a part of'The Meads Of Asphodel' a band that made references to Jesus being a jew and also had a song called 'Jew Killer', how have your anti racist and anti fascist fans react to your being a a part of the band in the past and while they are not NSBM it is still offensive to people that have such views?
09) My time in the Meads was a confusing time for me, but I never back down from talking about it. My time in the Meads was the first time I was asked to join a "relevant" band, a band with an established fanbase. The vocalist / lyric writer Metatron has several "codices" where he explains (through thousands and thousands of words) that he's not a racist and here's what the songs "really mean." For example "J*wkiller" is a song about Pontias Pilate - the man who put Jesus to death. I only ever met the guy twice, my point of contact was the actual songwriter JD Tait - who oddly enough is a Jewish guy. I basically convinced myself "okay this band isn't racist" - and I maintain that JD and the drummer Andre aren't, those two guys are very down to earth people - but they are stuck in a band with Metatron. I left the band because I cannot associate with that man. While I find my time in the band regretful, I never turn away from my mistakes and /try/ to tackle them head on. In fact, the song "Silencing the Voice of God" is a diss track directed at Metatron. Oddly enough, another ex-Meads artist - Jaldaboath - has also written a diss track about Metatron. Anyway, at the heart of it, I have made mistakes and I never try to sweep them away. I fucked up and I will continue to try and make myself better.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of black metal?
10) Reaction to Gaylord falls directly into one of two camps. People who absolutely love it and people who absolutely hate it. Most people get that the purposefully bad production and simple riffs are meant to be a joke lampooning the genre, but a lot of people who hate the band are convinced that the old school black metal albums sound awesome - but I used all the same techniques Burzum, Mayhem, and Darkthrone used! *Laughs*


11.What is going on with some of your other bands or musical projects these days?
11) Most of my projects are in a queue for their next release! Like I said, I have the new Cronenberg on the way, then it's probably time for a Sea Wolves followup, and then... who knows! Maybe Antitheist, maybe Olivia Neutered John. My imagination will always be pursuing new ideas for music.

12.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?
12) That's a hard question tbh. I can't see myself playing live or traveling much in the future. For me, what I would love to achieve is just hit that sweet spot where my musical output is enough to live on without needing a so called "day job."

13.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
13) Lately I've been listening to a lot of Archspire, but I can't say they are an influence because I have absolutely no idea how they perform the way they do! *Laughs* There's a song on the new album called "Odd" where I was influenced by Billy Eilish for the verse vocals, but it just ended up sounding like Depeche Mode? So I guess everyone wins. *Laughs*

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

14) Tell your friends and family that you love them, because you never know when someone will disappear from this plain of existence. Reach out to and stay in touch with those who are important to you.

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All My Sins/Plamen i Led/Casus Belli Musica/Beverina/2020 EP Review


  All  My  Sins  are  a  band  from  Serbia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Plamen  i  Led"  which  was  released  as  a joint  effort  between  Casus Belli  Musica  and  Beverina.

  The  ep  opens  up  with  a  cover  of  Luna's  "Ogledalo  Lune"  which  starts  out  with  some  semi  clean  playing  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later.  Synths  are  also  utilized  at times  as  well  as  mixing  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount of  melody.

  Grim  black  metal  vocals  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  clean  pagan  vocals  are  also  utilized  at  times. They  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Old  Wainds's  "Daleko  And  Juga"which  is  also  done  in  more  of  a  melodic  and  atmospheric  style  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  synths  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  they  close  the  ep  with  an  original  track  that  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  introduces  acoustic guitars  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  South  Slavic  Culture  and  Mysticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  All  My  Sins  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  atmospheric  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Where  The  Wild  Winds  Blow". 8 out  of  10.

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Satan's Cross/Celebration Of The Fallen/Sun & Moon Records/2020 EP Review


  Satan's  Cross  are  a  duo  from  Mexico  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  doom  and  heavy  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Celebration  Of  The  Fallen"  which  will  be  released  on  March  15th  by  Sun  &  Moon  Records.

  Horror  movie  style  synths  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a heavier  and  melodic  direction  while  elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  music.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  by  both  the  80's and  90's  era's.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  which  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  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

 When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  remain  very  true  to  an  old  school  style  and  the  music  also  brings  in  some  traditional  elements  and  the  closing  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  synths  also  return  on  the  closing  track. and  bring  in  a  mid  60's  occult  rock  atmosphere The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Satan's  Cross  are  a  very  great sounding  occult  black  metal  band  with  some  elements  of  doom  and  traditional  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Third  of  The  Fallen".  8  out  of  10.

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Solipsism/Trhliny v (ne)skutočnosti (The Ruptures in (Un)Reality)/Sun & Moon Records/2020 CD Review


  Solipsism  are  a  band  from  Slovakia  that  plays  a  negative  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Trhliny  v  (ne)skutočnosti  (The  Ruptures  in  (Un)Reality)"  which  will  be  released  on  March  15th  by  Sun  &  Moon  Records.

  Acoustic  guitars  and  fire  burning  sounds  start  off  the  album  while  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  briefly  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  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  while  some  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  keyboards  acoustic  guitars  also  returning  on  some  of  the  later  tracks,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  a  couple  of  track  also  introducing  whispered  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording.

  Solipsism  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic,  atmospheric  and  old  school  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Slovakian  and  cover  negativity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Solipsism  are  a  very  great  sounding  negative  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Posledny  nech  zhasne"  and  "Ozveny  buducnosti".  8  out  of  10.

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Efemero Interview

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

A: In 2017 I had some ideas that didn't fit into this new era of Forgotten Winter, both musically and lyrically, it could fit if we still played symphonic black metal, so instead of let them go waste I built a base around them and developed the songs. Thus Efémero was born.
Some of the Efémero's songs are spiritual sucessors of Forgotten Winter's "Chuva" and "Chuva II", so if you liked those you might want to give "Movimento Efémero do Cosmos" a shot.


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

A: There were some guide lines I knew I wanted to follow, heavy keyboard driven music with emphasis on pianos, simple and slow melodies the evoke a somewhat feeling of melancholia and nostalgia.
Apart from that things just flowed without anything specific on mind, some stuff was improvised on the recording, for example the lead guitar on Geosmina, the lead pianos on Desvanecer, the arpeggiator on Antártica and a couple more, some other stuff was changed as I recorded, so it was shapped as it went, nothing was set on stone from the beginning.
On the mix aspect I asked the producer to set guitars on the back in order from them not to draw much attention.
It might have begun with some musical style on mind while I composed, namely symphonic or atmospheric black metal, but it quickly changed to "lets see where this is going" kind of setting.


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

A:Each song has different topic.
Desvanecer is about the feeling of being eager to die, and rejoicing about it, in order to get a whole new set of experiences.
雨女 is not about the yokai from japanese mythology as the title suggest, it is about the rain "caressing" a dying man and giving him comfort as he passes away, thus rain is portraited, metaphorically, as a woman.
Geosmina is a nature song about how petrichor covers the smell of rotting corpses on a humanless earth, the last triumph of nature above mankind.
The topic of Antártica is about being forgotten, it is the ultimate death that all things go through, it is based on a quote by an anime series called Serial Experiments Lain "If you're not remembered, then you never existed", I think Antarctica is a good metaphor for being forgotten.


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

A: Efémero (Ephemeral in english) means something that lasts only a short time. The bands name was supposed to be the same as the title of the album "Movimento Efémero do Cosmos" (Ephemeral Movement of Cosmos), movement representing life, meaning something like - all life lasts only a short period of time - later it was decided that this name was too long, so it was changed to Efémero, that has a similar meaning.


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

A: This album is the most personal stuff I ever wrote musically speaking, I wanted to cover to also reflect that. The cover represents a memory I cherish about when I was a child, I lived far from school and we had no car whatsoever, so we had to walk from home to school and vice versa. In the autumn, when we walked from school to home the landscape was similar to the cover on the album, low light and raining, dry leaves on the ground, few and far between lamps on the way, hence why I composed that cover.
So it doesn't mean much nor it as a secret meaning, it's just a memory of mine.


6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

A:The future is unknown but as of now I don't know if I will release some more stuff with Efémero and If I do what kind of music will it be.
But I can tell you that the reason this album took so long to be made (2017 - 2020) was that I had some problems gear wise, I considered releasing the album without guitars, similar to Profanum but the comopositions didn't allowed it, later I spoke to some people to record the guitars but that didn't went through, so later I recorded the guitars.
All this to say that in the composition aspect on Efémero, I prefer to do it all by myself, like I said it is a personal project but recording on the other hand - nothing is off the table.


7.The new album is coming out on 'Loudriver Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

A: Loudriver Records is our label (J.Fausto and mine), it is a subsidiary of a J. Fausto label called Slowdriver Productions. It was a label created to release our projects (Forgotten Winter, Omitir, Efémero) since we prefer to do it all by ourselves, labels we worked with ended up failing one way or the other, this way if it fails we can only blame ourselves.
Loudriver Records was firstly a label for all styles of metal but we have chosen to focus on Atmospheric/Ambient/Symphonic Black Metal now. We focus on digital releases but we always end up doing some limited editions of physical copies.


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

A: We just began the promotion, in fact your zine was the first one to review the album. It is too soon to have a good answer for that, the few people that gave feedback gave a really positive one. Let's see...


9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?

A: I think all musicians are always evolving, I mean when I look at my first works I'm kind of embarrassed, I can only hope that in the future to be embarrassed to listen at "Movimento Efémero do Cosmos" too.
In the short term future I'm now working with Trovador (J. Fausto) on the new Forgotten Winter's album, that is the main focus right now, to release an album a step above "Vinda".


10.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?

A: When "Efémero" was created I mainly listen to doom metal, I think some of that drained into the album, particularly on the first track. But I listen to a ton of different stuff however mainly metal and rock.
Some stuff I've been listening in the last weeks/months has been Angellore - "Rien Ne Devait Mourir", Band-Maid - "World Domination", Skyforest - "A new dawn" and all Summoning influenced bands that are released like Belore and Forlorn Citadel, to name a few.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?

A: Reading horror, fantasy, paranormal and some new age'ish stuff.
Seeing some anime, in fact I tend to follow like five series each season.
Playing games, I've been playing Ori as of late, stunning visuals there.
Laying down just thinking about what comes to mind is also a favorite hobby of mine.


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

A: Thanks you for the interview and support. Stay tuned on the coming weeks to listen to the album in its entirety. The album will get released on 20 March so visit efemero.bandcamp.com . Thanks!

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Infernal Angels/Devourer Of God From The Void/My Kingdom Music/2020 CD Review


  Infernal  Angels  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  melodic  form  of  occult  black  metal  with  some  touches  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Devourer  Of  God  From  The  Void"  which  will  be  released  on  February  28th  by  My  Kingdom  Music.

  Ritualistic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Vocals  are  mostly grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  a  lot  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Growls  and  death  metal  elements  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  along  with  a  couple  of  tracks  also  adding  in  some  session  work  from  Ad  Noctem  Funeriis,  Vajass,  and  Necandi  Homines,  clean  playing  and  melodic  vocals  are  also  added  in  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  qliphoth,  the  antithesis  of  divine  light  and  of  the  cosmological  orders  of  creation.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Infernal  Angels  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  occult  black  metal  with  a  touch  of death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Light  Of Lucifer"  "Ancient  Serpent  Of  Chaos""The  Corrosive  One"  and  "Empress  Of  Sitra  Achra".  8  out  of  10.

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At The Altar Of The Horned God/Through Doors Of Moonlight/I, Voidhanger Records/2020 Full Length Review


  At  The  Altar  Of  The  Horned  God  is  a  solo  project  from  Spain  that  plays  a  ritualistic  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "Through  Doors  Of  Moonlight"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records.

  A  very  ritualistic  and  ethic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  chants  while  shamanistic  and  tribal  sounding  percussion  can  also  be  heard  at  times.  The  heavier  side  of  the  music  also  mixes  in  the  ritualistic  and  tribal  elements  and  ambient  style  synths  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  Clean  pagan  vocals  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  very  dark  and  religious  atmosphere  at  times.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  and  when  the  music  speeds up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling.

  Grim  screams  can  also  be  heard  during  the  more  aggressive  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  also  sounding  very  different  from  each  other.  Elements  of  folk  music,  psychedelic  and  goth  rock  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks,  one  of  the  heavier  songs  also  adds  in  some  slow  to  mid  tempo  riffing  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  and  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  At  The  Altar  Of  The  Horned  God  is  a  very  great  sounding  ritualistic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  that  is  very  original,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Prayer  I"  "Perdition  In  The  Oneness"  and  "A  Circle  of  Swaying  Leaves".  8  out  of  10.

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Profeci/Matecznik/Godz Ov War Productions/2020 Full Length Review


  Profeci  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Matecznik"  which  was  released  by  Godz  Ov  War  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Clean  vocals  are  also utilized  at  times  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  melancholic  moments  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  angry  black  metal  screams  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording.  Most  of  the  music  also  brings  in  more  of  a  modern  style  along  with  some  blast  beats  also  being  used  briefly  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  on  a  few  tracks,  at  times  the  clean  vocals  also  give  the  songs  more  of  an  avant  garde  vibe  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style.

  Profeci  plays  a  style  of  misanthropic  black  metal  that  is  very  heavy,  mid  tempo,  dark  and  modern  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  Misanthropy,  Philosophy  and  Nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Profeci  are  a  very  great  sounding  misanthropic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ciemna  Gora"  "Wynaturzenie" and  "Szeol".  8  out  of  10.

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