Sunday, October 24, 2021

Untamed Land/Like Creatures Seeking Their Own Forms/Napalm Records/2021 Full Length Review

 


  Untamed  Land  are  a  solo  project  from  Akron,  Ohio  that  plays  a  very  epic,  atmospheric,  cosmic  and  pagan  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  doom  metal  and  western  soundtrack  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Like  Creatures  Seeking  Their  own  Forms"  which  was  released  by  Napalm  Records.


  Epic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  Acoustic  guitars  and  folk  instruments  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  also  capture  the  atmosphere  of  a  classic  Spaghetti  Western  film  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  a  lot  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  some  operatic  female  vocals  also  being  utilized  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism  and  Darkness  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  Untamed  Land  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  and  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Nameless  Shape"  and  "The  Heavenly  Coil".  8  out  of  10.


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Sapientia Diaboli Interview

 

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

It's a new project formed out of ideas that I couldn't fit into other projects. I play in some other bands, mostly black metal, but there are always new avenues to explore and that's what this is for me. 


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

I wanted to capture a distinct atmosphere while maintaining an unrelenting intensity. All the songs are connected by brief ambient intros and outros and I only played blast beats with fills. No other type of drumming. They are separate songs but the entire thing works together as one connected piece. 


3.Some of your lyrics cover occult themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

My other bands and projects cover various topics from humanity and society, politics, philosophy, etc. I wanted something to exclusively dive into the occult and satanism. All the lyrics are in latin which is a bit cliche but I found the delivery to have the desired effect of mystery and ancient history.


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

The lyrics are all centered on darkness, the occult, and satanism. 


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

The name is latin and translates to The Wisdom of The Devil. That's the concept of the entire project. 


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

The cover is a picture of me. A lot of black metal artists are using similar pictures with elaborate frames for the album covers right now but that is not something I do with my other projects. So Sapientia I thought I would try it out. It's a very popular thing right now.


7.What part of the U.S is the musical project located?

I don't want to reveal too much at this time. The project stands on its own without ties to other bands and I'd prefer to keep it that way. Let's just say that the bible belt of the US is a treasure trove of black metal and I have become part of that collective.


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

This will remain a solo project. I have other bands for collaborations.


9.So far very little is known about the musical project other than a metal archives and bancamp page, are you planning on expanding your presence in the future or do you prefer to keep a lower profile?

I prefer a lower profile in order for the project to stand on its own. 


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

I do have cassettes coming out with an announcement to be made soon. There will be a European release and possibly a second label doing a US release. I've also had a lot of other labels reach out about cassettes and vinyl but some have ties to NSBM bands and I want to separate from that. The NSBM mindset is one of weakness and fear and I don't have time for that. Sadly in black metal it's almost impossible to not have some connection through labels past artists, band members, etc but I'm trying to avoid it if at all possible.


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

The reaction has been very positive. Black Metal Promotions premiered the EP and that was a big help. 


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

I don't know. I may not ever do a full length, just demos or EPs. I'm not sure this sound and aesthetic is well suited for a full length experience. I don't have any leftover songs so I'm not entirely sure if I will keep this musical direction or change it up on the next one. 


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?

I drew a lot of inspiration from bands like Templum Anima Morti. The monk type vocals mixed with traditional black metal shrieks. The mood and atmosphere. The first Gaahls Wyrd album, the live one, had a droning thing going on throughout that I really fell in love with. I wanted to incorporate that style. The songs that don't really build toward anything but still go on a journey. 


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

Thank you for your time and interest in this project. Look for some announcements soon.

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Saturday, October 23, 2021

The Wolf Garden/Woven Of Serpent's Spines/Naturmacht Productions/2021 CD Review

 


  The  Wolf  Garden  are  a  duo  form  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Woven  Of  Serpent's  Spines"  which  was  released  by  Naturmacht  Productions.


  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  keyboards  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  Acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks  while  most  of  the  songs  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding black  metal  screams.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  a  lot  of  the  guitar  riffing  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.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  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  along  with  a  couple  of  songs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount of  spoken  word  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  old  Norse  Tales.


  In  my  opinion  The  Wolf  Garden  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Flood  (Seeres)"  and  "The  Drought  (Weavess)".  8  out  of  10.


  

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K.F.R/Pure Evil/Impure Wedding Productions/2021 Full Length Review

 


  France's  solo  project  K.F.R  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  a  raw,  lo-fi  and  experimental  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Pure  Evil"  which  was  released  by  Impure  Wedding  Productions.


  Dark  ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  and  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  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.


  At  times  the  music  also  captures  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  chaotic  style  when  they  are  utilized.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  experimental  moments  along  with  some  of  the  vocals  also  adding  in  some  dsbm  touches.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts.  Gregorian  chants and  clear  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Religion,  Philosophy  and  Sorrow  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  K.F.R  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental, raw  and  lo-fi  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Infinite  Beast"  "Hail  Shaytan  !"  "Larva"  and  "Cannibalism  Of  The  Mind".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/Mxtg8Zvyc_Q


      

Bornholm/Apotheosis/Napalm Records/2021 Full Length Review

 


  Bornholm  are  a  band  from  Hungary  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Apotheosis"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Napalm  Records.


  A  very  epic  sounding  keyboards  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  demonic  sounding  spoken  word  parts  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  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.


  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount of  melody  and  keyboards  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  clear  pagan  vocals  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  some  songs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  regular  sounding  spoken  word  parts,  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism,  Heathenism,  Philosophy  and  History  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Bornholm  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "My  Evangelium"  "Spiritual  Warfare"  and  "I  Am  The  War  God".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/u3I20G0YgoI     

Friday, October 22, 2021

Bicephalic/Bellows Of The Black Depths/2021 EP Review

 


  Bicephalic  are  a  band  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic form  of   black  metal  with  elements  of  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  ep  "Bellows  Of  The  Black  Depths".


  A  very  dark  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  before  going  into a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a   very  powerful  sound  to  them.    


  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style,  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly.


  On  this  recording  Bicephalic  goes  for  more  of  a  raw,  melodic  and  traditional  style  of  black  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Vampirism  and  Horror  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Bicephalic  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  black  emtal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Upon  A  Bleeding  Castle"  and  "Satan's  Bard".  8  out  of  10.


https://bicephalic.bandcamp.com/album/bellows-of-the-black-depths


     

Predictor/...thus spoke death/Iron Bonehead Productions/Knekelput Records/2021 EP Review

 


  Predictor  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  ep  "...thus  spoke  death"  which  will  be  released  in  November  as  a  joint  effort  between  Iron  Bonehead  Productions  and  Knekelput  Records.


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  era.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  All  of  the  songs  also  avoid  the  use  of  any  solos  or  melodies  as  well  as  also  sticking  to  a  heavier  direction  and  the  ep  closes  with  a  cover  of  Besatt's  "Ave  Master  Lucifer".


  Predictor  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  goes  back  to  the  early  90's  era  of  the  genre.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  ands  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Luciferian  and  Darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Predictor  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t his  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  Altar"  and  "Infernal  Goat  Squadron".  8  out  of  10.


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