Sunday, October 20, 2019

Tragediens Trone/Self Titled/Osmose Productions/2019 CD Review


  Tragediens  Trone  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  cold  and  esoteric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2019  album  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Osmose  Productions.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  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  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  deep  yet  angry  black  metal  screams.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem  while  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Ritualistic  chants  are  also  added  on  one  of  the  tracks  along  with  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  but  modern  at  the  same  time.  Synths,  throat  singing  and  whispers  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  riffs  start  adding  in  a  small  amount of  melody,  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  spiritual  awakening  and  apocalypticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Tragediens  Trone  are  a  very  great  sounding  cold  and  esoteric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cold  Depths  Of  Solitude"  "Stygian  Fluke"  and  "Siphon  Anima".  8  /5  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/zsd0IKyCmSs   

  

Bestial Goat Desecrator Interview

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

I am M.F (Vocal) who answers the following interview.

Yes, the band was created between a talk with H.B with whom I maintain good communication and we work separately each in their country.



So far you have released a demo, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

We have just released our DEMO and it has had very good acceptance among the underground movement, they have written to us from everywhere asking how to obtain our material and our plans for the future.

The style we use or rather we look for is the old WAR BLACK METAL Fast and violent riffs with a battery that does not give truce for breaks.



Some of your songs cover satanic themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

Of course, Satanism has always existed in lyrics like ours. We are thinking people and worshipers of darkness, having as reference a supreme being who is Lucifer who guides us and empowers us to continue spreading his word. I am Luciferian one more warrior.

Not the "Christian Metal" that's pure bullshit.


You also cover war themes, are there any historical wars that have had an influence on your songwriting?

Personally yes.

The armed conflict that we live in El Salvador and the fascinating attraction that I have towards the Second World War. I believe that the world should continue its course and we as a human plague must be exterminated as such.


What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Bestial Goat Desecrator'?

He is our character with whom we express ourselves. A desecrating goat which is dedicated to exterminate and sodomized damn Christians. A war goat, that is us.

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

It was created by: Mortensis a Mexican illustrator artist.

Some ideas and details were provided by me.

A mini army of goats ready to recruit to begin the extermination.


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

At the moment we are working well and do not need anyone else.


The members live in Mexico and El Salvador, what kind of impact does this have on the musical style?

We each live in their country of origin and choosing gender and style was not complicated since we seemed to do so in that style.


The demo was released on 'Nebula Forest Productions', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

It was launched online by Nebula Forest Productions on the official YouTube channel and is about to appear in physical format.

The Label is mine (M.F).

I have been proud to work with bands from many countries and I plan to continue doing so.


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

We have received quite a few good comments about the demo and the music we are making. A lot of maniac lover to the genus write to us in private that we are doing things well as it should.


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?

For my part continue working in the best possible way, for everything there is time.

H.B continues its projects in the same way working and producing material.


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

The full-length album is already being prepared and it is something we hope to show you very soon, I have thought of an outside label to edit it in all types of Vinyl, Tape, CD format.

Presentations if we think there are contacts from both H.B and mine to be able to play in Mexico and Colombia and possibly visit some countries of Central America.


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?

Ampütator is our greatest inspiration to create B.G.D.

I listen to BLACK METAL today as many years ago, that will not change.


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

Support the Underground!

Goat as Fuck !!!

https://www.facebook.com/bestialgoatdesecrator/

Dawning Eclipse Interview

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



We value anonymity. According to us it doesn’t matter who we are and where we come from. We want the listener to solely focus on the music rather than the persona behind it.



2.Recently you have released your first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?



Our goal has always been to create music with a deep atmosphere and a certain melancholic vibe.

Since it took us several years to complete the writing process and the recording of the album the music definitely evolved over time as more and more layers and instruments were added. Considering that we did not had any experience in the beginning the arrangements of the songs have been re-worked a couple of times until we were satisfied with the outcome and the general vibe of the songs.



3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored with the music so far?



In the beginning we had a lyrical concept for the album in mind which we quickly abandoned due to the fact that we didn’t want to limit ourselves from exploring various topics and other emotional states. However, some of those ideas are still present on the album. In general, we draw inspiration from nature, self reflection and mainly our own daily struggle. And although some lyrics are quite personal, our main goal was to paint pictures with words that would fit the vibe of our songs.



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



It represents the everlasting battle between light and darkness and in a more abstract form the constant change from hope to despair and vice versa. Once you think you came out on top and have successfully dealt with certain issues the pulse of the void will drag you back down.



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



The original album cover has been created by Erlend Mørk with a minor color tone adjustment done by us. We have been considering several artworks that would fit the concept and the feel of the album and we do believe that we found the perfect match. Forever grateful to be able to use Erlend`s art for our purpose.



6.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?



For the time being we have no plans on performing live and we believe that our kind of music isn’t really suitable for live performances. We rather would appreciate it if people get completely lost in the music while listening to the songs in solitude and surrounded by nature.



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



For now, our album is only available at bandcamp but we are looking for a suitable label that would help us to release our music in a physical and more appealing form.



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



Since we mainly compose and play music for ourselves we didn’t had any expectations how the album is going to be received but so far the reactions have been surprisingly positive. We would have never imagined that other people seem to be able to relate and appreciate our music.



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



For the moment it is difficult to say as we haven’t started working on new material. However, we feel like that we don’t want to stagnate and do the same album over again but we will definitely continue to write atmospheric music. And since we would have access to more advanced recording equipment by now new material wouldn’t sound quite alike.



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 all started with discovering several acts of the second wave of black metal many many years ago. Nowadays all of us listen and appreciate various types of music and our interest for different genres increased over the last few years. Regarding our influences, we cherish a variety of bands that paved the way long before us and helped to create the atmospheric sub genre. Some influences are pretty obvious whereas other might not be that apparent. However, we feel like that it would be somehow unfair to mention just a few albums/bands in particular.



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



Thank you for your interest and anyone who can relate and appreciate our music.

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Moribundus Christus/The Morbid Cult/2019 EP Re-Issue Review


  Moribundus  Christus  are  a  duo  from  Chattanooga.Tennessee  that  plays  a  very  satanic  and  blasphemous  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  "The  Morbid  Cult"  which  was  re-issued  in  2019  on  cd  with  a  bonus  track.

  A  very  fast  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  bass  guitars  have  a  very  dominating  sound  to  them.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  add  in  more  of  an  old  school  death  metal  touch  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams that  also  have  their  high  pitched  moments  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  as  well  as  some  of  the  slower  riffing  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  doom/death  metal,  some  of  the  music  also  shows  a  touch  of  blackened  grindcore  at  times,  one  of  the  tracks  is  also  an  instrumental. 

  Moribundus  Christus  plays  a  style  of  satanic  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  blasphemous  in  the  90's  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Anti  Christianity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Moribundus  Christus  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  and  blasphemous  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Slay  The  Prophet"  and  "In  Nomine  Sathanas".  8  out  of 10.

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Voltumna/Ciclope/Extreme Metal Music/2019 CD Review


  Voltumna  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Ciclope"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Extreme  Metal  Music.

 A  very  dark  and  epic  sounding  synth  interlude starts  off  the  album  before  adding  in  a   very  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  which  also  takes  the  music  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  also  bring  in  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  while  the  songs  also  add  in a   decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Synths  also  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  a  couple  of  tracks  also  adding  in  some  elements  of  electronic  music.

    Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  technical  moments  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clear  vocals  can  also  be  heard  and  the  music  is  also  very  different  from  the  previous  album  that  was  released  in  2017,  one  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  which  is  also  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Etruscan  Paganism,  Apocryphal  Transcripts  emerging  from  the  dawn  of  time,  forgotten  civilizations  and  imaginary  legends  handed  down  through  oral  tradition  and  native  folklore.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Voltumna  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Collapsed  Island"  "Divine  Bloodline"  and  :When  Giants  Walked  Upon  The  Earth".  8 out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/585eSUD1Ong  

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Golgot/Estrangement I: Floodline/2019 Demo Review


  Golgot  are  an  international  duo  with  members  from  Germany  and  the  United  States  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  demo  "Estrangement  I"  Floodline".

  Powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  start  off  the  demo  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later.  Elements  of  death  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  riffing  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  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.  Some  of  the  slow  riffing  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  doom  metal  as  well  as  all  of  the  music  also  sticking  to  a  heavier  direction and  as  the  demo  progresses  a  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard.

  Golgot  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  style  while  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  gore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Golgot  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  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  "Carrion  (My  Leprous  Son)"  and  "Flesh  Adoption".  8  out  of  10.



Artach/The Singles/2019 Review


  Artach  are  a  duo  from  St.  John's,  Newfoundland,  Canada  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  epic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  the  singles  they  have  released on  youtube  so  far  and  I  am  going  to  start  from  the  oldest  to  current  and  review  it  like  it  is  an  album.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  first  single  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Vocals  are  done  in  more  of  a  grim  spoken  black  metal  style  which  also  has  a  touch  of  the  first  wave  style  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  clean  singing  also  being  used  at  times  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing.

  On  each  youtube  single  the  cover  artwork  also  changes  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  some  more  thrash  and  traditional  metal  influences  as  well  as  one  song  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  whispers  and  as  the  tracks  progresses  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  vocals  also  evolve  into  more  of  a  screaming  style  at  times  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Celtic  Frost's  "Jewel  Throne"  and  the  last  track  is  an  actual  video.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  on  each  song  while  the  lyrics  cover  winter,  nature  and  forest  themes  and  some  of  the  video  singles  also  have  lyrics  printed.

  In  my  opinion  Artach  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  melodic  and  epic  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  these  singles.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Eternal  Black  Winter"  "Frozen  In  Time"  and  "When  The  Forest  Ends".  8  out  of  10.


Teitanblood/The Baneful Choir/NoEvDia/2019 CD Review


  Teitanblood  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  mixture  of  war  and  bestial  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "The  Baneful  Choir"  which  was  released  by  NoEvDia.

  A  very  dark  and  apocalyptic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  post  apocalypse  style  synths before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in   a  very  dark and  melodic  style  while  bestial  death  metal  growls  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording.

  Black  metal  screams  are  also utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  album   along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.  At  times  the  music  also  captures  a  cavernous  atmosphere  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences  but  also  keeps  it  very  modern  at  the  same  time.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  war  metal  elements  can  also  be  heard  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  guitar  leads  also  having  their  chaotic  moments,  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  at  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.

  Armageddon  soundtrack  orientated  sounds  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  couple  of  brief  interludes  are  also  added  onto  the  recording  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  atmosphere,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  Gregorian  chants.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  evil,  occultism  and abomination  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Teitenblood  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  Veretebrae"  "Inhuman  Utterings"  and  "Verdict  Of  The  Dead".  8/5  out  of  10.

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Ofdrykkja/Gryningsvisor/Art of Propaganda Records/2019 CD Review


  Ofdrykkja  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a mixture  atmospheric,  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  melancholic  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Gryningsvisor"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Art  Of  propaganda  Records.

  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  while  stringed  instruments  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.  Elements  of  folk  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  synths  also  mixing  the  synths  and  atmospheric  parts  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.

  Vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  grim  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  clean  singing  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  on  a  few  tracks  as  well  as  some  Celtic  lyre's  also  being  utilized  at  times,  one  track  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  horns  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  sticking  to  a  very  slow  direction,  the  album  also  closes  with  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Swedish  and  English  and  cover  isolation  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Ofdrykkja  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  depressive  black  metal  and  melancholic  folk  music,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Swan"  "wither" "Herr Mannelig"  and  "Grey".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/Ju7nlM_-23Y

    

Friday, October 18, 2019

Fosch/Per Chi ela la Nocc/Vacula Productions/2019 CD Review


  Fosch  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Per  Chi  ela  la  Nocc"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.

  Classical  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  keyboards  and  grim  black  metal  screams  also  being  introduced  onto  the  recording  a  few  second  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.

  A  lot  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  along  with  some  growls  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  keyboards  and  classical  guitars  also  making  a  brief  return  on  a  couple  of  later  tracks  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  life  of  peasants,  Orobic  traditions  and  legends.

  In  my  opinion  Fosch  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  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  "Crof"  "La  Procesiu  di  Morcc'  and  "Rosen".  8  out  of  10.

https://vaculaproductions.bandcamp.com/album/per-chi-ela-la-nocc

  

Front Beast/Shadows/Helldprod Records/2019 EP Review


  Front  Beast  are  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  ep  "Shadows"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Hellprod  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  old  school  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  also  adding  in  some  first  wave  elements  and  a  touch  of  the  early  Darkthrone  style.  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.

  Vocals  are  done  in  mostly  a  deep  black  metal  style  while  the  solos  and  leads  stick  to  a  very  dark  and  old  school  style.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  music  sticks  to  mostly  a  mid  tempo  direction  as  well a s  adding  in  some  elements  of  thrash  metal.

  Front  beast  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  influenced  by  both  the  first  and  second  wave  era  while  also  adding  in  some  touches  of  thrash  and  heavy  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Front  Beast  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  black/heavy  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Satan"  and  "A  Life  Beyond".  8  out  of  10.

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Dusk Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We are an INDUSTRIAL BLACK METAL project from Costa Rica.

2.Recently you have released an ep, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
In the past we had a much more mainstream Industrial sound now we focus on atmospheric black industrial.

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?
The main subject now is occult writings and demonology.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Dusk'?
DUSK is the absence of light, the darker stage of twilight.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new ep cover?
The cover of the EP Threnody is the ruins of the very first Catholic Church ever built in Costa Rica and marks the beginning of the Catholic regime in our country.

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 will have our first live show ever this October 2019, opening for the legendary SAMAEL, our show is incredibly unique and extreme.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new ep?
After opening for SAMAEL we will probably have tour plans coming soon.

8.The new ep was released on 'Ritter Records’; can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
RITTER RECORDS is our own music label where we publish our music for the moment, we have received other Label offers but there is no contract just yet.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of industrial and black metal?
We have received incredibly positive feedback, even though Industrial Black Metal is a very underground genre

10.When can we expect another full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We are planning right now another “EP” same style but with a different approach.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music on also what are you listening to nowadays?
I have to say: ABORYM, ANNAL NATHTRACK, BLUT AUS NORD, THE AXIS OF PERDITION, MISTICUM, IPERYT, and others.

12.Does Occultism play any role in your music?
Plays a great influence but we don’t follow any rules lyrically or musically.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Keep your mind open for INDUSTRIAL BLACK METAL!

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Benighted In Sodom/Carrier Of Poison Apples/I, Voidhanger Records/2019 CD Review


  Benighted  In  Sodom  are  a  solo  project  originally from  the  United  States  but  now  resides  in  Finland  and  plays  a  depressive  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "Carrier  Of  Poison  Apples"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records.

  Spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording.  A  great portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  rock  and  shoegaze  direction.

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  sounding  very  powerful.  The  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  depressive  black  metal/rock  elements  as  well  as  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  goth  and  darkwave,  grim  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  there  is  also  a  cover  of  Nirvana's  "Heart  Shaped  Box"  and  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  on  the  closing  track  which  is  also  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  negative  existentialism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Benighted  In  Sodom  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  post  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical,  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dead  By  33"  "Raised  Southern  Baptist"  and  "Never  Ever  After".  8  out  of  10. 

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Ploughshare/Tellurian Insurgency/I, Voidhanger Records/2019 EP Review


  Ploughshare  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  with  some  elements  of   with  some  elements  of  doom  metal,  noise  rock,  post  punk  and  electronic  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Tellurian  Insurgency"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records.

  Distorted  soundscapes  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  touches  of  harsh  noise  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  elements  of  doom  metal.  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  tremolo  picking  in t he  fast  riffs  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  the  music  also  adding  in  elements  of  post  punk  and  noise  rock.  Dissonant  structures  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  riffs  and  guitar  leads  and  the  solos  are  also  done  in  a  melodic  style  at  times  and  as  the  ep  progresses  electronic  ambient  sounds  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  scientific  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ploughshare  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Abreactive  Trance"  and  "Indistinguishable  Beast  Of  Flight".  8  out  of  10.

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In Human Form/III/I, Voidhanger Records/2019 CD Review


  Massachusetts's  In  Human  Form  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  progressive  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "III"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  all  3  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  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  it's  progressive  and  technical  moments.

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  saxophones  also  being  used  briefly  and  keyboards  are  also added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  album  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  avant  garde  and  prog  rock  elements. The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophical  and  mythological  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  In  Human  Form  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  progressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Weeping  Stones".  8  out  of  10. 


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Shadow's Mortuary/Kuoleman Portit/Purity Through Fire/2019 CD Review


  Shadow's  Mortuary  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  traditional  form  of  Finnish  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Kouleman  Portit"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Purity  Through  Fire.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  punk  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  Finnish  style.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  or  tremolo  picking  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.

  On  this  recording  Shadow's  Mortuary  remains  true  to  the  old  school  style  of  Finnish  black  metal  from  previous  releases.  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  darkness,  misanthropy,  hatred  and  anti  Religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Shadow's  Mortuary  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  Finnish  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sielun  Tuhkaa"  "Virran  Viemi,  Tulen  Tuomo"  and  "Ouroboros".  8  out  of  10.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Plaguewielder/Suffering From Self Inflicted Wounds/Disorder Designs/Recordings/Akashic Envoy Records/2019 EP Review


  Plaguewielder  are  a  band  from  Ohio  that  started  out  in  more  of  a  blackened  sludge/doom  metal  direction  and  on  this  recording  have  evolved  more  into  a  punk  influenced  black'n'roll  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2019  ep  "Suffering  From  Self  Inflicted  Wounds"  which  will  be  released  during  the  end  of  November  on  digipack  and  bandcamp  by Disorder  Designs/Recordings  with  the  cassette  version  coming out  in  January  2020  by  Akashic  Envoy  Records.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  out  the  ep  along  with  some  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later.  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  as  well  as  showing  a  more  traditional  approach  to  the  genre,

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  second  track  also introduces  elements  of  hardcore  punk  and  d  beat  onto  the  recording.  Touches  of  black'n'roll  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  adding  a  more  modern  approach  to  black  metal  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  G.G  Allin's  "Bite  It  You  Scum"  and  they  close  the  ep  with  an  acoustic  track  which  also  adds  in  some  semi  clean  yet  rough  vocals.

  On  this  recording  Plaguewielder  move  away  from t he  blackened  sludge  and  doom  approach  of  previous  releases  and  goes  into  more  of  a  punk  and  black'n'roll  influenced  style  of  black  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Plaguewielder  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  punk  influenced  black'n'roll,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Do  You  Hear  Them  Howling"  and  "Coffin  Filled".  8  out  of  10.


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Profane Order/Slave Morality/Sntient Ruin Laboratories/2019 CD Review


  Profane  Order  are  a  band  from  Montreal,  Quebec,  Canada  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  by  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  bestial  form  of  war  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Slave  Morality"  which  will  be  released  on  October  18th  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  A  very  synth  orientated  intro starts  off  the  album  which  also  introducing  grim  yet  tortured  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  before  going  into  a  very  fast war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats,  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Bestial  black/death  metal  growls  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  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  chaotic  style  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences  but  also  keeping  it  very  modern  at  the  same  time  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies,  war  sounds  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  some  elements  of  grindcore  also being  utilized  at  times.

  On  this  recording  Profane  Order  remains  true  to  the  bestial  war  metal  style  that  was  established  on  previous  releases.  The  production  sound s very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  blasphemy,  anti  religion,  death,  war,  occult  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Profane  Order  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  bestial  war  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Righteous  Spawn(Of  The  Plague  Child)"  "Perverse  Demoniac"  and  "Entrance  By  The  Morning  Star".  8  out  of  10.

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Avslut/Tyranni/Osmose Productions/2019 CD Review


  Avslut  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Tyranni"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Osmose  Productions.

  A  very  heavy  and  aggressive  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  being  heavily  rooted  in  the  Swedish  style.

  The  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Some  of  the  riffing  also  shows  an  influence  of  death  metal  as  well  as  some  demonic  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

Spoken  word  samples  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  music  also evoking  a  very  dark  atmosphere  at  times  as  well  as  one  song  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing,  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  synths  can  also  be  heard  and  the  closing  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  hatred,  misanthropy  and  misery  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Avslut  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tyranni"  "Allt  Forgas"  "Pestens  Larjungar"  and  "Andlost  Slaveri".  8  out  of  10.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Qayin Regis/Doctrine/BlackSeed Productions/2019 Full Length Review


  Qayin  Regis  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Doctrine"  which  will  be  released  on  Halloween  by  BlackSeed  Productions.

  Ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.  All  of  the  tracks a re  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  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.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  demonic  growls  which  also  brings  elements  of  death  metal  onto  the  recording.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  also  brings  in a   good  mixture  of  modern  and  old  school  influences.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  giving  the  music  more  of  an  occult  atmosphere  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style and  as  the  album  progresses  synths  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  spiritual  gnostic  syncretization  of  Spanish  black  magick,  the  cult  of  death  and  left  hand  path  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Qayin  Regis  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "Via  Sincretica  Obscura"  and  "Deo  Aironis".  8/5  out  of  10.

Draept Interview

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



ML: DRAEPT is my studio/recording project where I do all the song writing, playing, recording, producing and so on. One of the general ideas was to invite other musicians to contribute to my songs and recordings. This far both releases features singer Martin Abraham. Most of the recording process is made in my home with my instruments and a computer with a DAW, but some of the stuff is recorded in a proper recording studio. When it comes to the composing or song writing I’ve worked from an idea that I’ve recorded and then let inspiration or whatever do the rest and record what has come to mind at the moment. Guitar is my main instrument so I usually compose on guitar.



2.With this project you have released 2 ep's so far, musically how do they both differ from each other?



ML: The big difference is that I’ve worked more with the songwriting and the production on the second release. The material on both releases has derived from riffs or ideas that I’ve gotten from when I play guitar on my own, and that has inspired me to go on and make songs of them. For the second release I worked the material over more thoroughly and tried different stuff for the arrangements and the different parts. I’ve also experimented with different tunings on the different instruments on each song to create harmonies that sound interesting. I also put more work into mixing the second release.



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



MA: Western mysticism and occultism. Eliphas Levi, Israel Regardie and the likes  are currently a big influence in my writing. But also modern writers like HP Lovecraft has left a big impression on me.



4.You also release solo music under your real name, musically how does 'Draept' differ from your solo material?



ML: My other work as a soloartist is either very experimental sort of industrial soundscapes or rhythmic techno songs. With DRAEPT I’ve made music that is more traditional in the sense that I’ve mostly used the normal rock music instrumentation with drums, bass, guitar and vocals. I’ve played in bands from when I was like 16, but this is the first time I’ve released rock or metal or whatever on my own.



5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name ’Draept'?



 ML: The word ’draept’ is a word that means ’killed’ in Swedish and Norwegian, but I’ve spelled it a bit different from how it’s now usually spelled in either of those languages. I wanted the name to match the overall black metal sound of the music and the transgressive approach of that particular genre.



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



ML: The cover art is always kind of a problem for me since I am totally focused on the music and all the different aspects of writing, recording and producing it. When it comes to releasing the stuff I always find myself not having a slightest idea of how I want to present it visually. So usually I just start searching for a picture that I can use and that I think fits the overall approach of the music and then I basically make a cover with that picture. The artwork for the latest release has a picture from a Japanese movie. I haven’t seen the film but I like the picture.



7.With the exception of a session vocalist you record all the music by yourself, are you open to expanding into a whole band or do you prefer to keep 'Draept' as a studio project?



ML: I would say that Martin is more than a session singer. He has written all the lyrics and arranged the vocal parts and he has also given me input and feedback on the final mixing of the songs. I consider him a big part of the whole project. He is also a very good friend of mine and we’ve had musical collaborations since about ten years back. We also played together in the same band for seven years. So there is more to him singing on the recording than the fact that he has a great voice for those songs. When it comes to expanding DRAEPT into a proper band I am totally open to that idea. With the right people and a plan I think it would be a great band.



8.All of the material with both musical projects has been released on 'Entartete Muzak Productions', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?



ML: It is simply a name to release my music under and a way for me to keep track of copyrights and such.



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



ML: The reactions I’ve gotten are all positive. But with all the music released today it is hard to get through to people. I love the possibilities of the internet with cheap and easy ways to release music, but so does everyone else also. The result being that there is so much music released that it is impossible for anyone to keep track of everything that might be interesting to check out.



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



ML: A third release with DRAEPT is planned and partly recorded already. Besides from that and having a full time job I also play guitar with my band KHARVA and work with a bunch of other music projects. I want to keep some of them a secret so for now I won’t tell more than that. There’s really more going on than I have the time for. But I love making music. That is what keeps me going. I don’t make any money from it. At least not enough to live on. But it keeps me alive spiritually.



11.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?



ML: I listen to so much different music and I like to discover music that I haven’t listen to previously. I try to keep my mind open to music and learn from it to develop myself as a musician. With DRAEPT there’s an obvious influence from the bands in the black metal scene. I love the early Norwegian stuff like Darkthrone but also bands like MGLA and Blut Aus Nord to name a few.



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



ML: Yes. Thanks. And to everybody else: Love one another.

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