Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Grimah/Intricacies Of Bowed Wisdom/Vertebrae/2020 CD Review


  Grimah  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  nihilistic  and  triumphant  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Intricacies  Of  Bowed  Wisdom"  which  will  be  released  in  2020  by  Vertebrae.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off t he  album  while  the  faster  sections  of   the  music  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  The  vocals  are  also  done  in  a  very  deep  black  metal  style  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  some  crazy  sounding  screams  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  The  songs  also  add  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences   as  well  as  one  track as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  songs.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  existentialism,  misanthropy  and  nihilism  themes  and  the  closing  track  is  written  in  Spanish.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Grimah  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  nihilistic  and  triumphant  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Thus  Spake  The  Stone"  and  "Facade  Of  Futile  Reflections".  8  out  of  10.

https://grimah.bandcamp.com/   

Malignament/Demo 1/Purity Through Fire/2020 Demo Review


  Malignament  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  demo  which  will  be  released  in  2020  by  Purity  Through  Fire.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  vocals  being  done  in  a  very  angry  black  metal  style  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  old  school  influences  but  still  captures  a  modern  atmosphere.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also done  in  a  very  melodic  style,  the  closing  track  is  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Malignament  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic,  old  school  and  traditional  sounding,  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw   while the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Malignament  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  emtal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out t his  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Bloodlust".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/QL4sphCUE6M

Yoth Iria/Under His Sway/Repulsive Echo Records/2020 EP Review


  Yoth  Iria  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  very  mystical  form  of  occult  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  ep  "Under  His  Sway"  which  will  be  released  in  2020  by  Repulsive  Echo  Records.

  Dark  yet  ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  keyboards  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  added  into  the  background  briefly.

  Vocals  are  mostly  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  chants  also  being  utilized  at  times  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling,  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  classic  Greek  black  metal  style.  The  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Yoth  Iria  are  a  very  great  sounding  mystical  occult  black  metal b and  with  some  touches  of  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Sid-Ed-Djinn".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IocuCW47DBk



 

      

Monday, December 30, 2019

Into Pandemonium Interview

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

Saga: Our name is Into Pandemonium and we are a local 6 piece metal band from Dayton Ohio. The genre's that we play vary from Atmospheric metal to Technical Death metal and Melodic metal, we prefer to call Extreme metal for short.

2.You have an ep coming out during the beginning of 2020, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

Ethan:  For the ep Darkest Rise we wanted to try and go for something unique. We took elements and influences from other subgenres, each member is influenced by different things that we were able to blend cohesively. When a lot of the songs were made we intended to imbue what we were feeling into the progression of the songs.

3.Your lyrics cover transcendental themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

Saga: I read a lot of Sci-Fi books and think more than a person should about their own existence and the construct of what makes everything real. So lyrically I'm drawn toward topics that view the universe from multiple perspectives, sometimes these views are from creatures that I've made up for the sake of storytelling or from the views of beings I've read about in books that exist on a different plane or dimension. I enjoy the thoughts of what it would be like to exist as some conglomerate of fathomless beings to see the events of our universe in a way that I cannot as human.

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

Saga: The idea behind Into Pandemoniums' name is the way we write our music and how it sounds. The music is unpredictable, we don't really fit a specific genre besides the title of metal one song can be black metal then the other one can almost pass a folk metal song. It also is a pretty good way to describe our personal lives, none of us come from a great place we're all a mess and anytime it's time for us to gather as a band, it usually is incredibly chaotic. We have this saying in our band "When something goes horribly wrong, welcome to into pandemonium"

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

Saga: So the artwork was done by Heather Van Hoose, she actually came up with the design of the creature on the cover which we called The Colossus, which exist in the majority of the songs as Darkest Rise is mostly a concept album. The Colossus, in our lyrics, is apart of a race of other celestial beings like itself which are all chaotic in nature and composed of stars which is why he is floating in space. The circles around him represent Time, Space and Fire. Elements that "Colossus" is born from.

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

Saga: Summer Slaughter Tour 2019 Cleveland Ohio was definitely one of our best shows to date in my personal opinion we also had a show at the beginning of 2019 in Lima Ohio at Harry's Hideaway when we were without a bassist for that show. It was still pretty fun even with a member missing. It's hard to compete with the Slaughter Tour shows they are on a whole different level than what we're used to.

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

Saga: At the moment we do not, we would love to though. We do plan on playing some shows out of town though.

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

Saga: Currently, we are looking to build ourselves up more before go label hunting. We also have not received any interest at this time.

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

Saga: We've received some pretty good responses from fans of both genres that have heard our music. We've also had some negative responses usually people who just don't like the music genre overall or some who just don't like us musically.

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

Saga: I think that we're heading into a different sound from what is going to be on this ep. I think we'll probably go more melodic than we will be heavy sound wise that isn't to say that we'll be dropping the heaviness. We expect our next production will be better constructed and recorded than what we've done with this record. Hopefully, our sound will have matured will be much more definable for us.

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?

Saga: A lot of different influences go into our writing, there's some Marty Friedman, Watain, Leviathan, Emperor, Mayhem, Jeff Loomis, Shadow of Intent. There is a large variety of influences in the band and writing that goes into our music. As for what everyone is listening to I can't speak for them but I personally have been listening to some of the new releases that came out this year like Cattle Decapitation's Death Atlas, a little Mayhem, Hate. I've been pretty stuck on Dir En Grey's album The Insulated World.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Saga: Tough question as we all don't speak much outside of the band, I do know that some of us are big on literature, some of us do tattoos and art, some of us are gamers and history buffs. I personally enjoy fashion and video editing.

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

Saga: Thank you to occult Black Metal tomorrow for speaking with us!

https://www.facebook.com/IntoPandemoniumOfficial/ 
https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/intopandemonium/darkest-rise 

Drivdal/Leve/Death To Music Productions/2019 EP Review


  Drivdal  is  a  solo  project  from  Norway  that  plays  an  anarcho  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  punk  and  70's  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  ep  "Leve"  which  was  released  by  Death  to  Music  Productions.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  e  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  emtal  screams  along  with  some  deep  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  as  well a s  the  music  also  capturing  the  aggression  of  hardcore  punk.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  70's  rock  style  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  keyboards  onto  the  recording,  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  ep  progresses  a  brief  use  of clean  playing  can  also  be  heard.

  Drivdal  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  Norwegian  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  some  elements  of  punk  and  70's  rock  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover  anarchy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Drivdal  are  a  very  great  sounding  anarcho  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Verden  Hikster"  "Morkertid"  and  "Nederlagets  Svik".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KF9qrP4YYE&feature=youtu.be



    

Friday, December 27, 2019

Nyogthaeblisz/Abrahamic Godhead Besieged By Adversarial Usurpation/Hells Headbangers/2019 CD Review



  Nyogthaeblisz  are  a  band  from  Texas  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  with  some  elements  of  harsh  noise  and  power  electronics  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Abrahamic  Godhead  Besieged  By  Adversarial  Usurpation"  which  was  released  by  Hells  Headbangers.

  Harsh  noises  and  power  electronics  start  off  the  album  and  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.  Spoken  word  samples  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  war  metal  elements,  blast  beats  and  tremolo picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  bestial  death  metal  growls.  Some  of  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  mix  in  the  raw  aggression  of  grindcore  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  ritualistic  moments  as  well  as  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  mostly  sticks  to  more  of  a  fast  and  brutal  musical  direction  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  mid  tempo  sections  can  also  be  heard.

  Nyogthaeblisz  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  elements  of  grindcore,  power  electronics  and  harsh  noise  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Chaos  Magick,  Satanism,  Qabalah,  and  Anti  Abrahamic  Religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nyogthaeblisz  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  with  some  elements  of  grindcore,  power  electronics  and  harsh  noise  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Abrahamic  Godhead"  "Qabalistic  Matrix  Parasitism"  and  "Khao-Psionic  Merkabah".  8  out  of  10.

http://nyogthaeblisz.bandcamp.com/

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Death. Void, Terror/To The Great Monolith II/Repose Records/2020 CD Review



  Death.  Void.  Terror  are  a  band  from  Switzerland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  an  experimental  and  ritualistic  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "To  The  Great  Monolith  II"  which  will  be  released  in  2020  by  Repose  Records.

A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  the  vocals  being  a  mixture  of  grim  yet  tortured  black  metal  screams  and  deep  growls.  Elements  of  doom  metal can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the   songs  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  music  also  capturing  an  improv  atmosphere  at  times  as  well  as  having  its  experimental  and  ritualistic  moments.  Clean  vocals and  Gregorian  chants  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  dark  soundscapes  also  being  utilized  at  times,  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  adding  in  some  mid  tempo  sections.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  follow  a  concept  revolving  around  ''The  Great  Monolith".


   In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Death.  Void.  Terror  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ritualistic  and  experimental  black  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "( - --- )"  and  "( -- -- )".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YgwSPpqLCQ

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Asgrauw/IJsval/Death Kvlt Productions/2020 Full Length Review


  Asgrauw  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "IJSval"  which  will  be  released  in  2020  by  Death  Kvlt  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  angry  yet  spoken  vocals  a  few  seconds  later which  evolve  into  grim  black  metal screams.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  power  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also b e  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  style.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Synths  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  at  times  and  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing.  One  of  the  tracks  is  also  very  long  and   epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars  can  be  heard,  battle  sounds  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Dutch  and  cover  apocalyptic  and  misanthropic  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Asgrauw  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "IJsval"  "Broeihaard"  and  "Wanorde".  8  out  of  10.

asgrauw.bandcamp.com

Monday, December 23, 2019

Into Pandemonium/Darkest Rise/2020 EP Review


  Into  Pandemonium  are  a  band  from  Dayton,  Ohio  that  plays  a  very  melodic,  atmospheric  and  technical  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  ep  "Darkest  Rise"  which  will  be  released  in  2020.

  Melodic  yet  heavy  riffing  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  solos  and  leads  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  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  while  the  vocals  also  add  in a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  technical  sounding  and  as  the  ep  progresses  the  music  starts  having  it's  atmospheric  moments  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals,  synths  and  clean  playing  are  also  added  on  the  closing  track.

  Into  Pandemonium  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  atmospheric  and  melodic  side  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  technical  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while t he  lyrics  cover  transcendental  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Into  Pandemonium  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric,  melodic  and  technical  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  "Becoming"  and  "Fallen".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.facebook.com/IntoPandemoniumOfficial/     

Nobody Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1. I play acoustic black metal fused with Finnish pagan music influences from the pre-Christian era.

2.Can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the ep?
2. The Finnish pagan music involves the kantele, which is a harp-like instrument that is played on the lap like a lap-steel guitar. I mimic the phrasing of this instrument with my guitar. The scales in pagan Finnish music are usually Dorian or Locrian or Phrygian in terms of the musical modes, which correspond perfectly with those of black metal.

3.All of the music has been recorded acoustic so far, would you be interested in using heavier instruments on future releases?
3. I am definitely interested in using electric instruments in my future publications.

4.Some of your lyrics cover pre -Christian Finnish pagan gods, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this subject?
4. I spent my youth in the forests of my hometown in Finland, invoking spirits and performing blood and fire rituals while under the influence of psychedelic drugs and encountered spirits that inspired me to connect with my country's past that was still untainted by the slave-mentality of Christianity.

5.You also mentioned some interest in the works of Aleister Crowley and other forms of occultism, how long have you had an interest in the dark arts?
5. I was first acquainted with The Great Beast when I was 15, after reading the Book of the Law. Ever since I have consumed all his work I have gotten my hands on and his influence on me is constantly present in dream visitations and through transcendental meditation, that allows me to communicate with otherworldly entities. He is my prophet and guide, but not the only one. I engage in Magick rituals daily. The "dark arts" is a wide and hard-to-define subject, and every communion opens new doors, so I do not attest to be an expert on the subject.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nobody'?
6. "Nobody" is a derogative term in the field of arts, signifying someone who hasn't "made it" in the public arena. I have taken this term and all its negative connotations to turn them around into something positive.

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
7. The Master Don Satyr who made this artwork wanted to depict the long, black winters of the North and the spiritual animal of the raven, the chosen messenger of Ukko, the blood-thirsty leader of Finnish pagan gods.

8.On the ep you recorded everything by yourself, would you be open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
8. I am more than willing to work with other people in terms of recording and production, since it gives a new perspective to the work and lessens my workload, being a lazy soul at heart.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
9. The reaction has been at this point uniformly positive, though the style I play is unorthodox.

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?
10. A full length album is finished already. Just waiting to be published by my label, Inverse Records. I see myself creating new material at a relentless pace and touring around the world.

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?

11. I've been influenced by the great masters of old school black metal and still I am listening to them constantly. The influences are too numerous to list, and after I have gone through all the classics, I am definitely going to check out the new rising stars of the scene.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12. I'd like to thank you personally for choosing to spotlight my work. These days there are many great acts rising everywhere around the world, and so it is difficult to stand out from among them. I really appreciate the exposure you're giving me.

Perdition Hearse/Mala Fide/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2019 Compilation Album Review


  Perdition  Hearse  where  a  band  from  Norway  that  was  a  part of the early Norwegian black metal scene in the late 80's and 90's and played an earlier second wave style and this is  a  review  of  their  2019  compilation  album  "Mala  Fide"  which  consists  of  their  earlier  demos  which  was  released  on  December  31st  by  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions.

  Classical  guitars  start  off  the  compilation  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  synths  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  some  first  wave,  death  and  thrash  metal  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Synths  and  deep  ritualistic  vocals  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Throughout  the  compilation  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Classical  guitars  also  make  a  return  on  a  later  track  as  well  as  one  song  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  compilation  along  with  a  later track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing. The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  mythology,  perdition,  death  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Perdition  Hearse  where  a  very  great  sounding  early  Norwegian  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "My  Ancient  Gods  Behind  Them  All"  'Cerberos  Leads  Us  Through"  and  "Gloomy  Rotten  Skeleton".  8  out  of  10.

http://nuclearwarnowproductions.bandcamp.com/album/mala-fide

  

Coil Commemorate Enslave/The Unavoidable/2019 Full Length Review


  Coil  Commemorate  Enslave  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  album  "The  Unavoidable".

  Spoken  word  parts  and  post  rock  style  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  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  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  metal  style as  well  a  couple  of  tracks  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars  along  with  some  whispered  vocals  also  being  utilized  at  times.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  philosophical  writings  of  Leopardi  and  Cioran.

  In  my  opinion  Coil  Commemorate  Enslave  are  a  very  great  sounding  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out t his  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Anti  Prophet"  and  "ThE  Snake  And  The  Rope".  8  out  of  10.

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Sunday, December 22, 2019

Serpent Noir/Death Clan/W.T.C Productions/2020 CD Review


  Serpent  Noir  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  an  orthodox  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Death  Clan"  which  will  be  released  in  2020  by  W.T.C  Productions.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  a  few  seconds  later.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  emtal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  album.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  ritualistic  sounding  as  well  as  some  demonic  voices  also  being  utilized  at  times  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  modern  and  old  school  elements  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  also  make  a  brief  return  on  a  couple  of  tracks,  spoken  word  parts  and  melodic  chants  are  also  added  onto  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Kabnalah  and  the  Qliphoth  and  are  written  by  occult  author  Thomas  Karlsson.

  In  my  opinion  Serpent  Noir  are  a  very  great  sounding  orthodox  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "Cutting  The  Umbiliical  Cord  Of  Hell" and  "Astaroth:  The  Jaws  Of  Gha'Agsheblah".  8/5  out  of  10.

http://wtcproductions.bandcamp.com/album/death-clan-od   

  

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Greve/Nordarikets Strid/Purity Through Fire/2020 CD Review


 
  Greve  are  a  duo  from  Sweden  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  old  school  and  synth  orientated  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Nordarikets  Strid"  which  will  be  released  in  2020  by  Purity  Through  Fire.

Synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  along  with  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  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.  The  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length,  deep  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  The  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  one  track  introducing  evil  laughter  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard.  at  times  the  music  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  darkness,  death,  occultism  and  mysticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Greve  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  old  school  and  synth  orientated  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vid  Dodens  Troskel"  and  "Ur  Nordiskt  Vrede".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/QJFn4UchGcQ  

Goats Of Doom/Tie on Hanen Omilleen/Purity Through Fire/2020 CD Review


  Finland's  Goats  Of  Doom"  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  melodic  occult  black  metal  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Tie  on  Hanen  Omilleen"  which  will  be  released  on  Purity  Through  Fire.

A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  some  clean  vocals  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  Finnish  style  but  also  very  modern  at  the  same  time,  deep  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  briefly.

  On  this  album  Goats  Of  Doom   moving  away  from  the  synth  style  and  goes  into  more  a  guitar  driven  direction  of  black  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  Satanism, Thelema  and  Misanthropy  themes.

  In  mu  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from Goats  Of  Doom  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS INCLUDE  "Musten  Unen  Aiti"  "Vakaumus  ja  Kuolema"  and  "Aamen".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/d7Ao0gY-kvw    

Mavorim/Axis Mundi/Purity Through Fire/2020 CD Review


  Germany's  solo  project  Mavorim  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  stark  and  austere  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his   album  "Axis  Mundi"  which  will  be  released  in 2020  by  Purity  Through  Fire.

  Ambient  orientated  soundscapes  and  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  while  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.   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.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  The  songs  also  bring  in    decent  amount  of  old  school  influences  which  are  also  mixed  in  with  a  more  modern  day  aggression.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length,.

  A  couple  of  the  songs  are  also  ambient  style  instrumentals  as  well as  a  later  track  also  adding  in  some  session  vocals  from  Revenant  of  Sarkrista  and  the  album  closes  with  a  cover  of  Minenwerfer's  "Kaiserjagerlied".  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  death,  murder,  paranormal  activities,  hate,  paganism and  Germanic  folklore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mavorim  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Aus  Asche  auferstanden"  "Die  letzie  Festung"  "Axis  Mundi"  and  "Wie  ein  Sturm".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/9Xz19eiKy1g


Kloct Interview

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

The recording process (including mix and mastering) is finished since June 2019 but I decided to let the album aside for a bit... to comeback with a fresh ear and see if I was satisfied with what I've made. In the meantime, I took care of the graphic part... commissions for artworks and new logo, create the layout and new graphic chart in accordance with the new album, update of the website etc... Right now, as I am answering this question, I am preparing everything for the pressing plant, for the release on streaming platforms and all these kind of things which take as much time as creating the music unfortunately...

However, Kloct isn't the only project I have and lately, I have been focused on rehearsing and playing shows with my other bands (Maïeutiste, Caïnan Dawn, South of Hell, Ohio Slamboys)... That is what has really been going on since the recording.

2. In 2020 you have a new album coming out, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

On one hand, I believe that it doen't really differ from what I've made in the past.. it's more of a continuation or evolution of the music... Of course the first album I've recorded "Frei" was completely different but since the second album "The human mind path", I just feel like I am crafting my musical path step by step, trying new things, improving others whether it is technically, musically or soundwise... but in the end, I keep the same way of doing it ... spontaneous and simple! I avoid calculating what I do, hit the record button and just play.

On the other hand, the thing that differs the most compared to my previous work is that I have the feeling that I am starting to find my musical orientation...Something really melodic blended with atmospheric touches and less violence in it... I could even say "rock" sometimes. As time goes by, what I produce is becoming softer and "rocker" even if it may not be perceived this way at first. If a following album see the daylight, I could even consider have as much crunchy / clear sound as distorted one...

3.The lyrics on the new recording are a concept album, can you tell us a little bit more about the story you covered?

"Years of silence" is the story of a man who closes the door of his home for the last time and burns all the bridges with what he considered as a life for years. The title refers to the life of silence and solitude he chose by finding a place in some gigantic forest, far from all human life, to spend the rest of his days, focused on his self development, reconnecting with nature and crafting his spiritual path.

Nothing fancy nor complicated as you can see... I just decided to tell this story because this is what I sometimes feel like...

Take a step back and look at what we call life today. Our personal and social needs have been crushed by life-consuming careers and alienating systems of urban and political development that have rendered community cooperation and self development irrelevant... Our self-esteem and capacity to think freely is summarily executed through the process of public education and the search for “meaningful” work that follows. Overwhelmed and lobotomized, how could we have the opportunity to really discover ourselves and take the time to know what we individually and collectively need to fully appreciate what life has to offer? The bleakness of this modern lifestyle is devastating for us, our beings and our
minds. At least, from my small point of view..

Each album is initiated by an emotion, a thought, a feeling or an event... all you just read is what brought "Years of Silence" to life.

4.On a previous release you also went into the concept of chakras and eastern mysticism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

We could easily say that the previous album, HEALING, and the new one, YEARS OF SILENCE, are strongly linked. Indeed, as I explained a little bit before, our modern society prevent us from focusing on everything which could make us better and improve ourselves as individual beings. Mental strength, physical development  (from an energetic point of view) and spiritual path are three linked aspects of life often underestimated in our occidental ways of life...

That's why I am looking into these themes on a personal level and through my music... The previous album HEALING was more like a proper study of chakras, what they are, what their mastering could bring to us physically, emotionally, mentally etc... This is a "practice / science" that we're not encouraged to explore in the ouestern part of the world... whereas it could be a first step into healing ourselves from all this life make us go through...

The upcoming album Years of silence could be considered as the "next episode" of Healing as it deals with the story of a man who literally leaves his life to isolate, reconnect with himself, with his environment,  to maybe master everything that has been studied in the album HEALING... He decides and chooses a sort of Hermitage life in his own way...

5.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music?

Through my albums, I mainly deal with Humanity in general through multiple thematic's and approaches. Spirituality, the way societies are built, religions, quest to the inner harmony... As Kloct is just an expression of my spontaneous emotions at a given time, due to specific events, experiences, or a period of my life, lyrical content are generally no more than what I am searching, looking or experiencing at these times... This approach could appear as simple or even naive but this is how I like to create.. I like when the music is spontaneous and doesn't need too much thinking while being created and I appreciate when lyrical content seems to be out of what you daily experience...

Anyway, if I had to briefly sum up and give a general picture by album it would be :

FREI : This album deals with our relationship with the intangible world and the religious questions. Evil, God, Death and men...The daily presence of the devil, side by side with men, instilling them his seed and guiding them to the decadent side of life. It highlights the true human’s weakness and face, willing to sacrifice his sibling to get where he wants...How are we gonna repent

THE HUMAN MIND PATH : Humans are sinners by essence.  All along their life, Mens are torn between choosing to be someone good or letting themselves drown into the darkest places, thoughts and acts. While walking on the road of life, their mind evolve and changes but in the end, history repeats and they will have to face choices and follow one path or another.

HEALING : The way we live in our nowadays societies, focused on professional responsibilities, materialism, the number of followers we have on social networks ....and several other factors, prevent us from seeing the true purpose of our presence down here. We forget to take the time to know ourselves as Human beings, to elevate our minds spiritually and to develop our real potential individually and collectively.
What I attempted through this album is to explore some keys to start a process of self development, to find the balance guiding to the path of the inner unity and mindfulness which allow to access another level of vision...to see clearly, beyond what the physical world shows us.


YEARS OF SILENCE : see question 3

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

When I started the project, I already had the album recorded but did'nt have a name. Based on what I was talking about in the lyrics and the thematic's, I was looking for something corresponding to the idea of "wisdom" or "wise"... Indeed, through my music and lyrics, there is no certainty, I'm constantly searching, trying to go step by step in the life process, finding a path without thinking it is the unique or good one... I try to be wise and humble as much as I can in my approach because you never know...no one never know.

As I was young and inspired by northern pioneers of the genre.. long story short, I didn't want an english nor french name and simply looked up for words in Finish, Swedish or Norwegian corresponding to "wise or wisely" and ended up with "Klokt" which mean "wisely" in finish...to finally make KLOCT which sounds the same...

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

I am really satisfied and happy with this artwork designed by ALTAR OF SORROW whom you should check out the work. I sent him some ridiculous drafts (even a 2 years old would draw better) and he turned it into something better than I could imagine.

There is no secrets or particular concept in this cover, it is just a picture of the albums story.. you can see a man on the right bottom corner, standing here and beholding at the forest for which he left the life he has been living for years.

8.With this project you record everything by yourself but have experience working with a full band, how would you compare the two?

Create as a band or alone are totally different processes which both have their benefits from my point of view. Band work is something interesting because it stimulates "collective creativity" to finally come up with ideas you may have never imagine by yourself. You make some arrangements, propose, try and see how whole thing works. It is a team effort but at the same time, it allows you to focus more on the execution of your own instrument when the time comes to record !

Creating and recording by yourself is something else. You are alone with your feelings, your moods, sailing in an wide ocean of freedom and potential directions to take... The negative side of it is that you may not take enough steps back to look at your work and maybe try something else, improve, modify, because you do as you feel and think at the time. You also are facing your capacities and limits as a musician. In my case, I am originally drummer but with Kloct I play everything and sometimes, I don't have the skills to reach what I want... Same thing about all the production and recording parts, I am not a sound engineer and can encounter some difficulties to get the sound i want or find a function in my software... But in the end, I really like to have my own thing going on because it forces me to learn every aspect from the creation to the production, how to find my way around problems or limits. It even helps me learning a lot about all the "post album" tasks such as promotion, making layouts for pressing plants etc...

Both experiences are useful to me.

9.The new album is coming out on 'Ultra Mundum Nostri', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Well, I wouldn't tell Ultra Mundum Nostri is a "label" as we generally mean it. To sum up the idea behind the project, U.M.N is a black metal collective focused on a circle of bands sharing common members, crossing paths, thematic's and aspirations.

If you look at the U.M.N roster, you can find Kloct, Caïnan Dawn, Maïeutiste and Allobrogia at the moment. To explain a little bit more how the bands are linked, we can say that I am the drummer for each of these projects, Keithan who plays with me in Caïnan Dawn as bassist is also composer, guitarist and singer for Maïeutiste, Allobrogia is Avrguun's project who also is guitarist in Caïnan Dawn...you get the idea, we're not the first bands to have mixed line up.

The main objective behind this collective is to create one single channel of communication and informations about these bands (new gigs, new reviews, new albums, general promotion etc...) but also to merge forces and bring support to each other to evolve in our respective paths. When I say helping each other I mean, sharing contacts , lending equipment's, teach Technics to one another in terms of mix, instruments, videos etc...We mutualise our knowledge's and capacities.

Beside this "collective" aspect, U.M.N is meant to be a small support label / distro for bands of the circle by releasing new materials like the upcoming Kloct's album, limited editions, repressing sold out materials, distributing already released albums. You could also find ephemeral projects or musical essays by any member of the circle released through the label.

I just would like to precise that bands of the U.M.N circle are not obviously signed with U.M.N. At the moment, Kloct is the only entity signed, other bands have their respective labels (Les Acteurs de l'Ombre, Osmose production, Asgard Hass).

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

The real question is, are there people listening to my music outside of my friends and myself ? (hahaha) ..  I have to say that I'm not sure my music is listened to a lot or not... I am not playing shows, I am not promoting a lot, I have few reviews... but that is fine you know... in the over saturated and wide market, my music is just like a water drop in the ocean....maybe one day I'll get more recognition maybe not... I play in 3 Black Metal Bands and 2 Death Metal bands, it is enough gigs and reactions... Kloct is primarly for myself and I prefer to have 10 people listening to one of my album 100 times rather than 100 persons listening to it 1 time and swipe.

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

I've recently joined Maïeutiste, just before the release of their new album VERITAS (https://maieutiste.bandcamp.com/album/veritas) which I have to say, is one of the most refreshing and fine things I've listen to in a long time. Try to picture this : Opeth progressive parts mixed with an Emperor melodic feeling, executed with an Enslaved vibe... at least this is how I perceive it and this is why I joined them with no hesitations beside the fact that there is a level of musicianship in this band which forces me to push myself. Due to the release of the album we are actively looking for gigs and have already book some shows for 2020.

About Caïnan Dawn, the latest album FOHAT has been released in 2017 through Osmose Productions and after an active year of shows in 2018 we are now focused on composing the next opus.

Allobrogia on his side has been on "stand by" for quite a while...We're are thinking on what is going to happen next but really take our time. Furthermore, Avgruun, Heruforod and myself are also playing with Caïnan Dawn and when a band is actively playing or composing, we put the other one on stand by.

Outside of the Black Metal world I also compose and play guitar for OHIO SLAMBOYS (brutal death metal / slam - FFO Dying Fetus, Internal Bleeding) and play drums / sing for SOUTH OF HELL (old school death metal).  Ohio Slamboys started as a studio project but we plan to bring it to the stage late 2020.

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

I don't really know... music takes an important amount of time in my life between gigs, recordings, drums sessions for other projects but i can't say that I could earn a living from it... at least not from metal music.
All members of my bands including myself have a "casual" job and music finances itself with merch and cd sales... We are satisfied with it.

However, I have other projects outside of the metal world that I will try to implement and earn from, maybe not a living but something anyway. Because even if metal will always be what I love to play the most, I like experiencing and composing other types of music (rap beats, Ost for videos or other types of shows)...

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?

If you take a look at my walkman right now, you could find anything but metal music... except for some albums that never leave me (Inveracity - Circle of Perversion / Cradle of Filth - Damnation and a day / Suffocation - Soul to Deny)...

I listen to lots of Movies OST composers : Clint Mansell (Requiem for a Dream, Ghost in the Shell, The Fountain),  Johann Johannsonn (The Theory of Everything, Mother), Hans Zimmer (don't need to tell you who he is), John Murphy (28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later) and also  Nick Phoenix et Thomas J. Bergersen who's firm 2 steps from hell produces nice albums of epic musics. I also listen to a lot of US Rap and pop punk and rock music such as Real Friends, Chunk No Captain Chunk, Deaf Havana, From Monument to masses.

Concerning metal, if I have to give you 5 bands I am regularly listening to I would say Suffocation, Inveracity, Nehemah, Rinoa, Der Weg Einer Freiheit,  Meshuggah

Any music I listen to influence my creations in a way but what has the most influence on it is daily life I think.

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

First of all, I'd like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to tell a little bit more about what I make... As I told before, it is not often that I have the occasion to speak !
Years of Silence out January 18 2020 through Ultra Mundum Nostri and all streaming platforms.

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Aethyrick/Gnosis/The Sinister Flame/2020 CD Review


  Aethyrick  are  a  duo  from  Finland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  melodic  and  satanic  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Gnosis"  which  will  be  released  in  2020  by  The  Sinister  Flame.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  a  decent  amount  of  synths  onto  the  recording  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling.

  You  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences  in  the  music  but  done  in  more  of  a  modern  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  acoustic  guitars  also  make  a  brief  return.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  and  Mysticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Aethyrick  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic,  satanic  and  occult  black  emtal,  you  should  check  out t his  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Will  Embodied"  "Your  Mysteries"  and  "Golden  Suffering".  8/5  out  of  10.


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Daemon Of Oa/Ασέληνος Νύκτα/2019 Full Length Review


  Greece's  Daemon  Of  Oa  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  a  traditional  style  of  Greek  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  album  "Ασέληνος  Νύκτα".

  A  very  epic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  and  also  introduces  synths  and  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording.  The  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  old  school  Geek  style  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  as  the  album  progresses  synths  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  On  this  recording  Daemon  of  Oa  goes  into  more  of  a  90's  Greek  black  metal  style.The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Geek  and  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Anti  Christianity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Daemon  Of  Oa  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  Greek  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Archangels  Of  Antichristian  League"  "Sigil  of  Magog"  and  "Nocturnal  Wanderings'.  8  out  of  10.