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Friday, September 25, 2020

Chrome Waves Interview

 

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

We actually began tracking drums and guitars and piano a week before we released “Where We Live”. Since COVID-19 cancelled all our plans for touring we stuck to writing new music and have an album and split schedule for 2021.


2.So far this year you have released a full length and a split, musically how do they differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Starting with our split in March with Grid Failure - this was a bit more experimental and had less overall vocal performance in favor of different instrumentation. Our new album, “Where We Live”, is a continuation into post-black metal and post-rock, with a bit more grunge and shoegaze elements.


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

Lyrical topics have included grief, death and dying, addiction, political themes, apocalyptical, ect… As songwriters we’ve stopped trying to put anything in a box - and avoid what we find easy to write in favor of what we are passionate about, while continuing to evolve in sound.


4.All of the band members are also involved with other bands, what is it that you bring into the music of Chrome Waves that you are not able to do with your other groups?

 We like to explore more basic song structure, and simpler instrumentation in favor of melody, textures, and hooks.


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

 It is a song by Ride.


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

 It was created by our friend Brian Sheehan of Legerdemain Art.


7.From 2012 to 2018 there was no music being released, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

The band members were all involved in other projects at the time, and the band was essentially “restarted” in late 2018 by Jeff, the only remaining original member, shortly followed by James.


8.Recently you were a part of a split with 'Gridfailure', what are your thoughts on the other project that participated on the recording?

Gridfailure makes very reality challenging music that is on par with soundtracks in my opinion. He would do a great job with a movie or video game.


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

 I can only speak to the last year since we reformed and began playing live, but some of our “local” shows in Indianapolis and Chicago have been the best in my experience. Also not local, Ottawa Canada, all in 2019. We are very performative and haven’t relied on backing tracks yet at this point, we pull a wall of sound out of our instruments and enjoy creating something different than the record at every stop.


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

To be honest, it’s not really a genre we’ve followed closely. I think it has been overall pretty positive, but most people aren’t sure what genre to throw us in, because it varies a bit by each release, especially the new LP, Where We Live. We’re comfortable with whatever genre tag is given.


11.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?

James is releasing an album with his band Amiensus on 10/02/2020, and his other band Comatose later this year. Jeff just released his first album under his solo project Deeper Graves, and has another project in the pipeline. Dustin is working on new albums with Wretch and Demicurous


12.I heard that the band is currently working on a new album, what can we expect musically once it is released?

Indeed, we have actually been tracking this whole week. Without giving too much away, don’t expect it to be metal, and don’t expect harsh vocals.


13.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?

Some influences include indie rock, 80’s and 90’s rock, as well as grunge and shoegaze, and 80’s City Pop. Speaking only for myself, i’ve enjoyed albums by Tricot, Ringo Deathstarr, Deftones, Narrow Head, Nothing


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

 We hope everyone enjoys the new album and takes a dive into our discography after if they are new to the band and enjoy a diverse collection of music produced over the last 2 years. Please stay safe, wear your mask, and we hope to see you in 2021 on tour in support of this album and the next!


Griim/Bete immonde/Purity Through Fire/2020 CD Review

 


  Griim  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  an  experimental  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Bete  immonde"  which  will  be  released  on  September  30th  by Purity  Through  Fire.


  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  programmed  beats  also  add  elements  of  electronic  music  and  hip  hop  onto  the  recording  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  but  also  remaining  experimental  at  the  same  time.  Clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  the  tremolo  picking  also gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Non  sampled  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  some  ethnic  style  tribal  vocals  as  well  as  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  distorted  yet  melodic  style  when  they  are utilized.


  The  music  also  has  its  avant  garde  moments  along  with  all of  the  tracks  also  having  a  very  different  sound  to  them  as  well  as  all  of  the  songs  also  sticking  to  either  a  slow  or mid  paced  direction,  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  French  and  English  and  cover  dark,  disturbing  and  depraved  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Griim  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  black  metal, you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nymphe  decharnee"  "So  Long  Fuckers"  and  "Serotonin".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/jvucF9cLJmo



Desaster/Decayed/Hellprod Records/2020 SPlit EP Review

 


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Germany's  Desaster  and  Portugal's  Decayed  which  will  be  released  on  Halloween  by  Hellprod  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Desaster  which  shows  their  music  going  into  more  of  an  old  school  black  metal  direction.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  dark  yet  melodic  riffing  along  with  some  whispered  vocals  a  few  seconds  later.  When  the  music  speeds  up a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  which  also  adds  in  some  first  wave  touches  at  times  as  well  as  the  song  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  melody.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Desaster  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.


  Next up  is  Decayed  who  return  with  their  old  school  style  of  black  metal. 


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  aggressive  and  old  school  style  along  with  some  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later.  All of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music  shows  influences  of  both  the  first  and  second  wave  as  well  as  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Portuguese  and  cover  Occultism  and  Ritual  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great sounding  track  from  Decayed  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.


  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  8  out  of  10.


Bandcamp | Soundcloud


www.facebook.com/666Desaster666
www.facebook.com/DKD666


 

Sad/Misty Breath Of Ancient Forests/Purity Through Fire/2020 CD Review

 


  Sad  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Misty  Breath  Of  Ancient  Forests"  which  will  be  released  on  Halloween  by  Purity  Through  Fire. 


  A  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  as  well  as  all  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  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.  One  track  also  introduces  rain  and  thunder  sounds  onto  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  music  also  sticking  to  a  very  dark,  heavy  and  raw  direction.   


  Sad  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  in  the  90's  Nordic  Tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  mysticism,  death,  darkness  and  negativity  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Sad  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Enjoy  Your  Pettiness"  "Hellish  Ride"  and  "Hades  Gazing".  8  out  of  10.


www.hordeavsad.webs.com


https://youtu.be/ng1n7otWkEM

Khaos Labyrinth Interview

 


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


- Hello. We recently returned from a russian mini-tour. Now we are on vacation, after which we will start recording a new album.


2.Your last album was released in 2019, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?


- Each of our albums is different from the others. I do a lot of experiments with the genre that bring a lot of interesting things to the music. Now we are rehearsing songs for the upcoming album, in which the influence of post-punk and post-rock is noticeable. We develop as authors and our creativity grows with us. The first album was a reflection of what I liked at the time of its creation. The second was a ready-made work that we did ourselves.


3.You also released 2 different versions of the album, one with vocals one without can you tell us a little bit more about this decision?


- I like instrumental black metal. This was the reason for this decision. My second project NMLSS_VGR was a continuation of this fascination. There I create completely silent music.


4.In addition to black metal you have also released some ambient recordings, how would you compare the 2 different genres?


- In the early 90s, black metal artists made extensive use of ambient in their creations. I love albums from that period. You put on a record and you find yourself in another world. It's a great mix of genres. Just listen to the album Burzum - Hvis Lyset Tar Oss, and you will see what I mean.


5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?


- Our lyrics have changed over time from teenage Satanism to scientific theories. At the age of 20, I believed that if the songs were evil and directed against Christians, that was enough. Now I am 30 and I know that the best weapon against religion is knowledge. I am an atheist and materialist. Humanity will not fly into space with a load of religion around its neck. Education and critical thinking is the best path to the future.


6.You also had  at least 2 different name changes, what was the cause of the bane changes and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Khaos Labyrinth'?


- In fact, this is the first name. I created this group on the shards of the previous one and just took my material from there.


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


- For the cover, I used NASA photos of Pluto's surface and reworked them a lot. You can see the result on the art of the album.


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


- Best show was in 2016 with Abbat in Moscow and our concert this year in St. Petersburg.The show usually looks - we go out and play.


9.Currently you are unsigned you have released an album on a label in the past, are you open to working with another label again in the future?


- We are absolutely open to suggestions for the release of our next album. Working with the label on the first album disappointed me greatly, so we released the second ourselves. Our first label still owes us money and only sent us a financial statement once. So fuck Russian major labels.


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


- On a global level, black metal fans are not aware of our existence, I supposed. But I would be interested to know their reaction.


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


- The new album will be released in 2021. After which the group will most likely cease to exist.


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


- The influence of black metal in the 90s is above all. But I also often use music that has nothing to do with not only black metal, but in general with extreme music. Post Rock, Post Punk, Depressive Rock... Doom Metal i think. 


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


- Think your head, guys. Read the books. Cosmos is not for lazy men. And not for stupid people. Good luck!


https://www.facebook.com/khaoslabyrinth
https://khaoslabyrinth.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/KhaosLabyrinth
https://www.instagram.com/the_true_khaos/
https://vk.com/khaoslabyrinthofficial

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Chagrin/Memories Never Die/2020 EP Review

 


  Australia/Norway's  duo  Chagrin  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  atmospheric  style  of  post  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  self  released  2020  ep  "Memories  Never  Die".


  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  programmed  beats  a  few  seconds  later  which  also takes  the  music  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  post  metal  elements.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.  One  track  also  introduces  synths  onto  the  recording  along  with  anothe  song  also  bringing  in  some  spoken  word  parts,  stringed  instruments  and  shoegaze  touches  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  wither  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.


  On  this  recording  Chagrin  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  post  black  metal  style  that  was  established  on  previous  releases. The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.


  In  my  opinion  his  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Chagrin  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  post black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Destruct  Myself"  and  "Our  Autumn". 8 out  of  10.


Bandcamp
Spotify

Kyrios/Saturnal Chambers/Caligari Records/2020 EP Review

 


  Kyrios  are  a  band  from  New  York  that  plays  a  very  dissonant  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Saturnal Chambers"which  will  be  released  on  cassette  in  October  by  Caligari  Records.


  a  very  dark,  heavy,  melodic  and  dissonant  sound  starts  off  the  while  the  synths  also  give  the  songs  more  of  an  avant  garde  edge.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  emtal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  The  songs  also  add  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  while  also  adding  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  one  song  also  being  a  horror orientated  instrumental.


  Kyrios  plays a  style  of  black  metal  that takes  the  old  school  style  of  the  90's  while  also mixing  it  with  a  more  modern  avant  garde  and  dissonant  style  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  ancient  ruins,  dark  age  mysteries  and  abstract  horrors.


  In  my  opinion  Kyrios  are  a  very  great  sounding  dissonant  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this musical genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "A  Mare  in  The  Wire".  8  out  of  10.


http://caligarirecords.bandcamp.com/album/saturnal-chambers            

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Narbhasaklanti/Self Titled/Nailed Nazarene Industries/2020 EP Review

 


  Narbhasaklanti  are  a  solo  project  from  Russia  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  lo-fi  mixture  of  ambient  black  metal and  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2020  ep  which  was  released  by  Nailed  Nazarene  Industries.


  A  very  raw  and  lo-fi  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  being  added  into  the  music.  At  times  the  music  also  adds  in  touches  of  harsh  noise  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  ambient  elements  along  with  one  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  experimental  moments.


  Narbhasaklanti  plays  a  music  style  that  takes   raw  black  metal,  noise,  dark  ambient  and  experimental  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Narbhasaklanti  is  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  lo-fi  mixture  of  black  metal, experimental,  noise  and  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Cross". 8out  of  10.


https://nailednazareneindustries.bandcamp.com/album/narbhasaklanti    


    

Vyrion/Nil/2020 Full Length Review

 


  Vyrion  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  very  progressive  form  of  black'n'roll and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  album  "Nil"  which  will  be released  in  October.


  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  progressive  sounding  along  with  some  growls  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  black'n'roll  elements,  one  track  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  album  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  and  cover  the  stories  of  civilizations. 


  In  my  opinion  Vyrion  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  black'n'roll band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Belaguered"  "Crave"  and  "Infect".  8  out  of  10.


http://www.vyrion.com 
https://www.facebook.com/vyrion 

https://vyrion.bandcamp.com          

Gruzja/Neon Scaffold/Konflikt/Devoted Art Propaganda/2020 Split Album Album Review

 




This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Polands  Gruzja  and  Neon  Scaffold  called  "Konflikt"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Devoted  Art  Propaganda  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Neon  Scaffold  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  experimental,  psychedelic,  rock  and  black  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  drones  along  with  some  distorted  yet  melodic  riffing  a  few  seconds  later.  The  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  some  melody  and  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  grim  black  metal  style  along  with  some  avant  garde  style  clean  singing  also  being  utilized  at  times.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the music  also  has  its  experimental  moments.  Shouts  and  spoken  word  parts are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  elements  of  electronic  music  onto  their  side  of  the  recording,  saxophones,    pianos  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and a   couple  of t heir  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Neon  Scaffold  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  experimental,  psychedelic,  rock  and  black  metal.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Obsession"  and  "4CC".


  Next  up  is  Gruzja  a  band  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  more  of  an  experimental  and  avant  garde  style  of  black  metal,


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  drum  beats  and  spoken  word  parts  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  screams  along  with  some  clean  avant  garde  style  singing  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling. Electronic  music  beats  are also  utilized  briefly  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  experimental  sounding  at  times  as  well  as  the  synths  also  bringing  in  elements  of  post  punk  when  they  are  utilized,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  brought  onto  the  recording  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  alcohol, sex  and lowlife  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Gruzja  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  and  avant  garde  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Gruz  2020"  and  "Spacer  na  wschod".  


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


Gruzja online: FBBC

Neon Scaffold online: FB


      


  

  

Epitimia/Allusion/Onism Productions/2020 Full Length Review

 


  Russia's  Epitimia  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows the music  going  into  more  of  an  atmospheric  post black  metal  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Allusion"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Onism  Productions.


  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  and  programmed  beats  which  also  introduce  elements  of  post  rock  onto  the  recording  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.


  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody while  all  of  the  musical instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  the  music  speeds  up a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  violins  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  a  later  track  also  adding  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  album  which  also  adds  in  a  touch  of folk  music,  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  growls  can  also  be  hears.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  inner  struggle  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Epitimia  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Animist"  "Altered  State  Of  Consciousness"  and  "Post  Scriptum".  8  out  of  10.


www.facebook.com/epitimia


https://youtu.be/Rqdm4gARmXI  

Guignol Noir Interview

 


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


The band has been around since 2007. We have played two full shows and collaborated a special show with Suamanucaedere.  



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


We went for an experimental, psychedelic and more technical style of black metal. I also wanted to be able to sing songs in different voices,

some with growls others with shrieks and whatever I just felt like at the time. Our music is joyful but it's not meant to be interpreted als funny music or unserious. 

Our motivations are afterall pretty disturbing to most people. Our music clearly has a lot of death worship and tells tales of hate and destruction.



3.The band has been around since 2007 and so far has only released one single and a full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the gaps in between releases?


At first we struggled with recording the album the way we wanted. We are both in other projects and also have day jobs. We focus more on making a great piece of art instead of being commercially successful.  



4.A lot of your lyrics cover Occultism and Left hand Path themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?


Wouldn't be very occult if we'd talk about that openly. What I can say is that we practice rituals of several cultures and 

currents and that we experiment with little or no regards for safety. We mainly want knowledge and to bring harm on those we despise.



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


Drug abuse, Mental illness, Philosophy, Murder, Anti Cosmic themes. 

Our first song was about Cthulhu but that was more as a homage than as a serious statement.



6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Guignol Noir'?


When we first met we had the idea of making Guignol Noir an audio-visual project. We still plan to do that at some point if possible, but this would take a long time preparing. 

The main idea used to be a stop-motion clip about the decay of sun and moon after the black puppet rises. This was mainly inspired by Leehardcastle and other similar stop motion / claymation artists.

Guignol noir is the abyssal puppet, a personification of a force able to swallow even the greatest of stellar bodies. 



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


We wanted perverse versions of medieval woodcuts. Something familiar but forein at once. 

Something that most have seen and know but also something new and fresh.  



8.In the studio the band works as a duo, are you open to working with other musicians in the studio or expanding the line up? 


Yes we are open for collaborations with bands that we hold in high regard or personal friends of ours. 

We don't even care if the other bands play other genres the only thing that matters is that we like the music and the people we work with.



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


Every show we did was special in some way. The last one was a few months back in the alps of Fribourg. There are a few pictures on our instagram 

but they only give a small glance at the majestic mountain backdrop we had there. If i'd had to describe the performance i'd say it's pretty straightforward.



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


- Taifl is on hold because of the pandemic. But we still are working on an EP.

- Cheib is playing Bass with Hån and they are very active and have a new album coming soon. Furthermore he has his personal projects and Suamanucaedere also is still active.  



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


We are already working on our next release. Musically Guignol Noir is always a wild card, but we don't plan on playing anything softer or less technical. Our music is always meant to be dirty evil stuff.



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


Hell Militia, Darvulia, C.Y.T., Watain, Ofermod, Dissection and the song Bacterium Dei from Wolok have had a direct influence on Guignol Noir. 


Bands we like: Watain, Armagedda, Arckanum, Cobalt, Winterblut, Lugubrum, Silencer, Oranssi Pazuzu,

Thy Darkened Shade, Fides Inversa, LIK, Mortuus, Ondskapt, Ofermod, Nefandus, Dissection, Odraza,

GG Allin, Inquisition, Chaos Invocation, Sektemtum, Black Lodge, Corpus Christi, Urfaust, Funeral Mist, Ascension, 

Septuagint, Devathorn, The Meads of Asphodel, Acherontas, Deathspell Omega, One Tail One Head, Avichi, Aura Noir, 

Cultes Des Ghoules, Bergraven, Circle of Ouroborus, Dodheimsgard, Wędrowcy~Tułacze~Zbiegi, Vom Fetisch der Unbeirrtheit, 

Whiskey Ritual, Forgotten Tomb, Gruzja, Malhkebre, Midnight ...to name a few important ones.



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


Hail Death & Never Stop the Madness



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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Ba'al/Ellipsism/Clobber Records/2020 Full Length Review

 


  Ba'al  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  post  black  and  sludge  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2020  album "Elipsism"  which  will b e  released  in  October  by  Clobber  Records.


  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the tremolo  picking  also gives the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Blast  beats  are  also  utilized  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  while  high pitched  black  metal  screams  are  also  a very  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.


  All of  the  musical instruments  on  the  album  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  add in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  post  metal   elements  and  the  slow  riffs  also  add  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  metal.


  The  vocals  also  add  in  deep  growls  into  some  part  of  the  songs  along  with  the  guitar  solos and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  brief  instrumentals  and  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  atmospheric  sounding  synths,  stringed  instruments  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  sadness  and  melancholy  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  Ba'al  are  a  very great  sounding  mixture  of  post  black  and  sludge  metal and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Long  Live"  "Tarred  And  Feathered"  and  "Rosalia".  8out  of  10.


 www.facebook.com/baalsheff


https://youtu.be/SaTl_lhddH8

Flora/II/2020 Full Length Review

 


  Flora  are  a  solo  project  from  Chile  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2020  album  "II".


  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched black  metal  screams.


  At  times  the  vocals  also  sound  like  they are  also  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  atmospheric  yet  melodic  style  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  all  of  the  tracks  also  sound  very  different  from  each  other.


  Flora  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  sounding  yet  very  aggressive  at  the  same  time.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  cover  melancholic  and  nature  orientated  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  Flora  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Stream  of  Subconsciousness"  and  "The  Ebb  And  The  Flow  Of  Aeons". 8 out  of  10.


https://florasolemnis.bandcamp.com/album/ii 

Bovary/Mes racines dans le desert/Sanit Mills Records/2020 Vinyl Re-Issue Review


  Bovary  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  demo  "Mes  racines  dans  le  desert"  which  will  be  re-issued  on  vinyl  in  October  of  2020  by  Sanit  Mills  Records.

  Clean  playing  start  off  the  demo  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  while  clear  singing,  whispers  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  also  goes  into  a  heavier  direction.

  The  vocals  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  high  pitched  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  while  the  guitar  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  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  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  synths  onto  the  recording,  clean  playing  also  returns  in  some  parts  of  the  demo  and  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  as  the  recording  progresses  clear  vocals also  make  a  brief  return.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  depression,  hate and  misanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Bovary  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ta  vie  c'est  mes  chiottes"  and  "Autonme".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUBZ5UZBBog     

Monday, September 21, 2020

Burguli/Runes/2020 EP Review

 


  Burguli  are  a  solo  project  from  Spain  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  raw  and  lo-fi  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2020  ep  "Runes".


  A  very  fast,  raw  and  lo-fi  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed  while  the  vocals  are mostly  tortured  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  has  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences  as  well as  keeping  it  modern  at  the  same  time.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  one  track  also  throwing  in  more  of  an  avant  garde  style,  a  small  amount  of  dark  and  melodic  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard briefly  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  melody. 


  On  this  recording  Burguli  moves  away  from  the  ambient  elements  of  his  previous  release  and  focuses  on  more  of  a  raw  and  lo-fi  style  of  black  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Catalan  and  English  and  cover  Occultism,  Darkness  and  Paganism  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Burguli  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  lo-fi  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Where  There Is  Darkness" and  "The  Dark  host".  8  out  of  10.


https://open.spotify.com/album/464yDRvWRYLVXJtHCT2fQL?si=LMtWV1yAThCQXF1MhkQbgg  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftZFv-CCL5M&ab_channel=BURG%C3%9BLI 


  

Baume/Aout Approche/2020 Full Length Review

 


  Baume  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  and  on  this  recording  moves  away  from  the  post black  metal style of previous  releases  and  goes  for  more of an  experimental  style of  post  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self released  2020  album  "Aout  Approache"  which  will  be  released  in  October.


  Dark soundscapes  start  off  the  album  while  electronic  music  style  programmed  beats  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording.  When  synths  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  touches  of  ambient  while spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  on  all  of  the  tracks  along  with  the  clean  playing  also  adding  in  elements  of  post rock.


  At  times the music  also  gets  very  experimental  sounding  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  thy  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  influences  of  shoegaze  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow or  mid  tempo  style.


  On  this  recording  Baume  moves  away  from  the  black  metal  elements  of  previous  releases,  expands  on  the  spoke  word  parts  goes for  more  of  a mixture  of  experimental, electronic  music,  post  rock  and  shoegaze.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics    are  written  in  French  and  cover  darkness  and  nature  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  decent  sounding  recording  from  Baume  and  while  some  black  metal  fans  might  not  like  the  new  style,  I  can  see  this  appealing  to  fans  of  experimental,  electronic  music,  post  rock  and  shoegaze. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rien  ne  Dure"  and  "Aout  Approche".  7/5  out  of  10.


 https://www.facebook.com/Baumeband/

https://baumeband.bandcamp.com/          

Woeful Echo/Dampering Existence/Share Your Pain Records/2020 Full Length Review

 


  Woeful  Echo  are  a  solo  project  from  Cincinnati,  Ohio  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric,  depressive  and  suicidal  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of his  2020  album  "Dampering  Existence"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Share  Your  Pain  Records.


  A  very  fast and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are mostly  high  pitched  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  while  synth  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  Throughout  the  album you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  the  vocals  also  getting  very  deep  in  some  parts  of  the  recording,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  some  songs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be heard  in  the  closing  track. 


  Woeful  Echo   plays  a  style  of  social  and  depressive  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  depression  themes.      


  In  my  opinion  Woeful  Echo  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric,  depressive  and  suicidal  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Apostles  Of Nihilism" "Dampening  Existence"  "Better  Layers  Of  Ether" and  "Dreaming  Of  Unrest".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Woeful_Echo/3540440813 


    

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Mezereum Interview

 


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


Mezereum is a black metal band from Vilnius, Lithuania, formed in 2018. Currently it consists of one member - Skir. The self-titled debut album is set to be released in September 2020. The album was recorded as a duo, with Skir on guitar, drums, and synth simulation, and former member Anisoptera on bass, and session vocals.


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


It's rooted in classic 90s black metal, and the objective was to write interesting songs, which don't sound too alike, while also taking a musical approach to songwriting.


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


Mainly dark themes. Some based on certain negative aspects of life, some related to nature, and others fictional, based on fantasy and imagination.


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


Mezereum is a plant, found in forests, and it grows red berries which are fatally poisonous if consumed. The plant itself looks visually pretty though, and therefore possibly deceptive. So I like the word Mezereum itself, and what it may symbolize.


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


It's a desolate forest landscape, which fits the music.


6.Originally the project was a duo but now is only one person, are you open to working with other musicians again in the future or do you prefer to work solo?


I do like working solo, although I'm aware that I can't do everything all by myself properly. But I'm trying to make it work within the limitations on the upcoming second album, which should be released next year. And I'm open to playing live with a band someday. 


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


I'm not actively looking for a label, but I would definitely consider it if a label expressed interest in a proper physical release.


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


Mostly positive.


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


Hopefully just being able to create more albums.


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?


It's difficult to answer briefly, because I like a lot of very different music. In Lithuanian there is a word "melomanas", for which there is no direct translation to English, but it implies being a serious fan of music. When it comes to Mezereum in particular, I've been listening to black metal for over 10 years, so I've accumulated many influences. But my favorite black metal band has always been Darkthrone. And my favorite metal band in general is Katatonia. 

 

11.What are some of your non musical interests?


I've had an on-and-off fascination with the pro wrestling business since age 12. I find that it has many parallels with music, 


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


Thanks for reading, and thanks for the interview.


https://www.facebook.com/MezereumBand

Akheron Thodol/Rituals Of A Sovereign Heart/Naturmacht Productions/2020 Full Length Review

 


  Akheron  Thodol  are  a  band  from  Bozeman,  Montana  that  plays  a  very  ritualistic  and  nature  orientated  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Rituals  Of  A  Sovereign Heart"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Naturmacht  Productions.


  Clean  playing  and  ritualistic  chants  start  off  the  album  before going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  at  times.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high pitched  black  metal  screams. 


  When  the  music  speeds up a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


   In  my  opinion  Akheron  Thodol  are  a  very  great  sounding  ritualistic  and  nature  orientated  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Archonsbane  In  Bloom"  and  "Void  Secretion".8  out  of  10.


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  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.  as  well  as  all of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style,  experimental  soundscapes  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Nature  themes.