Thursday, July 9, 2020

Basma/Witchblood/Lunar Apparitions/2020 CD Review


  Basmu  are a  solo  project  from  Edmonton,  Alberta,  Canada  that  plays  a  very  raw and  lo-fi  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Witchblood"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  August  by  Lunar  Apparitions.

  Ambient  style  soundscapes  and  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  and  early  2000's  influences.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  some  dark  sounding  melodies  at  times.  A  lot  of  the  music  also  captures  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere along  with  some  of  the  ambient  elements  also  making  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  songs.

 The  music  also  has  its  ritualistic  moments  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  vocals  start  getting  more  deeper  and  demonic  sounding  as  well  as  a  later  song  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  recording. The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  Traditional  Witchcraft,  Satanism,  Vampirism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Basmu  are a   very  great  sounding  raw  and  lo-fi  occult  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Witchblood"  "The  Crooked  Wand  Of  The  Ophidian  Craft"  and  "Crytalin  Prison  Of  SOuls".  8 out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/9Kk-g6uus1Q     

Lucifer's Dungeon/Within Vast Abyss/Sepulchral Silence/2019 Full Length Review


  Russia's  Lucifer's  Dungeon  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  them  going  into  more  of  an  old  school    black  metal  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Within  Vast  Abyss"  which  was  released  by  Sepulchral  Silence.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts   while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  also  bringing  more  of  a  deeper  and  grim  style  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  as  well  as  the  whole  album  sticking  to  a  heavier  musical  direction  and  the  album  also  closes  with  an  instrumental.

  On  this  recording  Lucifer's  Dungeon  moves  away  from  the  dark  ambient  sounds  of  their  previous  releases  and  focuses  more  on  an  old  school  black  metal  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian  and  Nihilism  themes.

  in  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Lucifer;s  Dungeon  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Unchained"  "Legion  Of  Lucifer"  and  "Cuts".  8  out  of  10.

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Forfallet/Self Titled/2020 Full Length Review


  Forfallet  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  and  self  titled  2020  album.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  bears  can  be  heard  along  with  the  vocals  also  being  done  in  an  angry  black  metal  style  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  metal  style  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Forfallet  plays  a  style  of  post  black  metal  that  is  very  bleak  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  darkness,  nature  and  philosophical  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Forfallet  are  a  very  great  sounding  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Regim"  and  "Allt,  ett  tocken".  8  out  of  10.

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Dynfari/Myrkurs er porf/Code666/2020 Full Length


  Iceland's  Dynfari  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  atmospheric  style  of  post  black  metal  from  their  previous  released  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Myrkurs  er  porf"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Code666.

  Distorted  amp  sounds  start  off  the  album   along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  introduces  elements  of  post  rock  onto  the  recording  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Vocals  are  done  in  a  grim  yet  somewhat  melodic  style  along  with  some  clean  vocals  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  some  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts.  Clean  playing  also  makes  a  return  on  the  later  tracks,   at  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  some  shoegaze  elements.  one  of  the  later  tracks  is  also  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Norwegian  and  English  and  cover  philosophy,  life,  death,  loss,  hope  and  sorrow  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Dynfari  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Langar  nætur  (í  botnlausum  spíralstiga)"  "Ég  tortímdi  sjálfum  mér"  and  "Of  Suicide  Redemption".  8  out  of  10.

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Precambrian/Tectonics/Primitive Reaction/2020 CD Review


  Precambrian  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Tectonic"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Primitive  Reaction.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  deep  growling  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music.  At  times  the riffs  get  very  repetitive  sounding  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  primitive  atmosphere  along  with  a  small  amount  of  melody  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  riffs  and  the  while  album  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Precambrian  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  repetitive  and  primitive  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature  and  earth  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Precambrian  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fossilization"  and  "Volcanic  Winter".  8  out  of  10.

http://primitivereaction.bandcamp.com/track/cryogenian   

Dominion Of Suffering Interview


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1.) Greetings to Occult Black Metal Zine and your readers. DoS is black/death metal project that came into existence in 2008 in Slovakia.
At the beginning it was a 2-piece project or band paying the tribute to old school black and death metal bands.
We have released “Served to the Worms” demo from 2011 and debut album “The Birth of Hateful Existence”, released this year as MC on Hexencave Productions, CD on Slovak Metal Army and LP edition that was released on Necroeucharist Productions.
Nowadays we are the studio project of people from Slovak and Swiss underground scene.

2.Recently you have released a new album musically how does it differ from your previous demo?

2.) The demo and debut album differ in a lot of things. Primarily it is the sound, but also the mood or atmosphere of the recording itself is different.
“Served to the Worms” was mainly in death metal course and its production is very dirty and raw.
During the writing process of “The Birth of Hateful Existence” we have implemented a lot more death metal elements.
We even dared to reach also for the keyboard intro and outro in “A Starborn Overlord” track. The whole sound and also visual production of the new album is on a better level.
After the release of demo there was a silence around us for almost 10 years, so we wanted to come with something not less than mediocre or unoriginal.

3.This is also your first release in 9  years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
3.) The band was more or less hibernated since the year 2012. DoS was revived in 2013, but after the death of guitarrist Virgin Killer (+20.7.2013) the project returned to non-activity again for the several next years.
In these times I was a member of other bands. I was active in heavy metal band Thunderdeath, in black metal band Traumalice, or as live drummer in Asag.
I tried to renew DoS several times, but with no success.

4.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?
4.) Comparing it to the demo, our lyrical face has totally changed. The lyrics on the demo were written by Martin Lukáč (ex-Nomenmortis) and dealt mainly with the topics of war and death. On our debut album various topics are hidden, like the arrival of torturer, death and carving for it, or the fall of Lucifer and his exile.
All the lyrics are written from the view of first person and in some moments are written a bit less concretely, like more abstract concepts, but in general, all the lyrics have one thing in common. I mean resistance and my attitude towards the world and the direction humanity has taken.
The process of composing the tracks is always the same at us, first we write the music and later we complete and adapt the lyrics.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Dominion Of Suffering'?
5.) At its very first beginnings Dominion of Suffering was unnamed project for a long time. It all has changed after reading the book “Imajica” from my favorite author Clive Barker.
There are five dominions in the book and the last dominion is the God. The Dead God, so the all world consists of dead, rotten flesh and pus. And there the inspiration for the name came from.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
6.) Lot of people see the connection between the artwork and Covid-19 pandemics nowadays, gut it really has nothing to do with this topic.
The cover art of the new album embodies the title of it, “The Birth of Hateful Existence”. I, as an artist, don’t like to explain the ideas of what I wanted to say with this or that.

The explanation of the lyrics or cover I leave upon the listener and his imagination. But basically it’s a birth of something evil, dark, and hateful. Something like prime and clear essence of evil, if you want.
Maybe it is the birth of the galaxy where the “Event Horizon” ship just came from. Who knows?

7.While the band is based in Slovakia you also have members living in Switzerland, can you tell us a little bit more about it?
7.) Yes, you’re right. DoS was founded in Slovakia, but since I live in Swiss for 8 years, I cooperate with the people of both “fronts” of metal underground.
We have very good friendly relationship. We have cooperated in Nomenmortis for years and he also played the solos on “Served to the Worms” demo as a guest.
It was always very good to work and cooperate together, so it was logic that even this time it won’t be different. With the guitarist Odia we worked together in Traumalice band. We are very good friends as well and I am very glad he accepted my invitation to play in DoS.
The last, but not least important member is the vocalist Quasar. We know each other for years and I like all his bands and projects. So for me he was the clear and definitive choice. Because of living in different countries, the studio works are divided between studios in Slovakia and Swiss.


8.Has the band had any opportunities to do live shows in the past?
8.) DoS always was a studio project. We have never performed live. There are various reasons behind this situation, but the main is lack of time because of work, or members active playing in other music projects.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
9.) Reactions on our new album are very good on our domestic (SK/CH) scene and abroad as well. We have quite a strong fan base in Czech Republic.
There are a MC edition in Phillipines in works, the release is planned for the end of September. The average rate of “The Birth of Hateful Existence” is 8/10.
People and reviewers all around the world write us, and it’s a surprise for us, of course.

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?
10.) Quasar, the vocalist, is active in Antiversum, Blakk Old Blood and DSKNT. With the firtst two mentioned he also plays live and in this very moment he is in studio with Antiversum working on the new album.
Dr.Channard, the guitarist, is active also in death/grind/metal bands Cruent and Zombiemoles.
The guitarist Odia plays in Punish and became also a member of totally new band called Morsch.
I (Neptun) play in DoS and also in another black metal project Herecia, which we founded with the guitarist from Antiversum and these days we are recording our first demo.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
11.) As a founder of the band I’d be very glad if DoS would become a respected project in the future.
I rely on being a strictly underground band playing uncompromising, dynamic and kicking old school black/death metal with the element of thrash, which will crush your head and piss into it!!! :-D /,,/

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?
12.) I’ll speak for myself, but I’m sure the other members of DoS will agree with me, if I say that I was hit mostly by the second wave of black metal consisting of the bands like Darkthrone, Gorgoroth, Mayhem, old works of Keep Of Kalessin, but also Dark Funeral and Marduk.
Of course the first wave and bands like Hellhammer, Venom or Bathory were shaping my psyche as well, but the second wave was that most significant one. Nowadays I enjoy the bands like Katharsis, Urgehal, Cultes Des Ghoules, 13th Moon, Celestial Bloodshed, One Tail, One Head, Clandestine Blaze, Holocausto Em Chamas or Nocturnal Blood.
I would like to highlight especially the works of the bands like Kult Ofenzivy and Triumf Genus, As wello as Malokarpatan, Krolok, Goatcraft and Infer. This is the stuff that I listen to most often.


13.Beforewe wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
13.) To end this interview, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to tell your readers something about DoS and its work. Thank you for the space and support.
Stay Metal!!! /,,

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Mortis Mutilati/The Fate Of Flight 800/2020 CD Review

 
  France's  Mortis  Mutilati  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  funeral  style  of  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  album  "The  Fate  Of  Flight  800"  which  will  be  released  in  September.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic style  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  it  is  finally  utilized,  one  of  the  tracks  is  also  an  instrumental  and  as  the  album  progresses  cello's  and  synths  can  be  heard  briefly  and  the  vocals  also  get  deeper  sounding  at  times.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  Flight  800  and  the  mysterious  stories  behind  the  crash.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mortis  Mutilati  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  that  is  different  in  the  black  metal  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Road  To  Nowhere"  "The  Smoke  Of  Your  Corpse"  and  "Ashes".  8  out  of  10.

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