Thursday, February 28, 2019

Drastus/La Croix de Sang/Norma Evangelium Diaboli/2019 CD Review


  Drastus  are  a  duo  from  France  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "La  Croix  de  Sang"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Norma  Evangelium  Diaboli.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  A  lot  of  the  music  also  brings  in  more  of  a  modern  yet  aggressive  style  of  black  metal  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  some  dissonant  structures  at  times.

  Melodic  yet  ritualistic  chanting  can  also  be  heard  on  one  of  the  tracks  along  with  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  being  added  onto  a  couple  of  the  songs  and  as  the  album  progresses  an acoustic  instrumental  is  added  onto   the  recording  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Chaos,  Evil,  Cosmos  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Drastus  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ashura"  "Hermetic  Silence"  and  "Constrictor  Torrents".  8  out  of  10.

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Aihos/Havityksen Maa/Helter Skelter Productions/2019 CD Review


  Aihos  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  old  school  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Havityksen  Maa"  which  will  be  released  on  March  29th  by  Helter  Skelter  Productions.

  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  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  some  of  the  riffing  also  adds  in a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  A  lot  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  the  songs  also  being  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  classical  guitars  onto  the  recording.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  air  raid  sirens  along  with  classical  guitars  also  returning  on  some  of  the  later  songs,  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  mysticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Aihos  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hetki  Ennen  Kuolemaa"  "Ikuiset"  and  "Ancestors  Blood".  8  out  of  10.

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Deviser/Howling Flames/Sleaszy Rider Records/2019 EP Review



  Deviser  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  Greek  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Howling  Flames" which  was  released  by  Sleaszy  Rider  Records.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  epic  sounding  synths  a  few  seconds  later.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  vocals  also  adding  in  more  of  a  deep  black  metal  style  that  is  very  close  to  the  90's  style  without  sounding  outdated.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  some  grim  screams  also  being  used  at  times.  When  the  music  speeds  up  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  some  stringed  instruments  also  being  utilized  briefly  as  well  as  both  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  spoken  word  parts  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  song.

  On  this  recording  Deviser  remains  true  to  the  melodic  and  atmospheric  style  of  Greek  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Luciferian,  Occultism  and  Evil  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Deviser  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  melodic  Greek  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Where  Evil  Dwells".  8  out  of  10.

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Aethyrick Interview

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

We have been working on new songs that will be the flesh and bones of our sophomore full-length which we'll start recording in the coming summer. Apart from that, nothing that significant has happened. Some interviews here and there but that's about it.

2.In December you had released your first full length, musically how does it differ from your previous demos?

I don't think it differs that much from the demos to be honest. Praxis is a clear continuation of what we started on the demos and also a manifestation of what forms the very basis of Aethyrick's musical philosophy in the first place. The only difference, to my mind, is the fact that things are done a notch better on the album, which is the way it should be. So the blade is certainly the same one as before but it's a bit sharper now and cuts deeper.

3.Your lyrics deal a lot with Occultism and Witchcraft, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the esoteric arts?

Once the siren song of the shadows is heard, it cannot be silenced ever again. With this in mind, I think using the word 'interest' is a bit inaccurate. In other words, it goes a lot deeper than being just curious about such matters. This calling, if you will, is something I cannot turn away from even if for some reason I wanted to try to do so. It defines me and I have come to recognize it as my most central attribute. My objective is to immerse myself in this Art as completely as possible and to harness my latent abilities to their fullest extent. Not an easy task, that's for sure, but meaningful things in life tend not to come without dedication and hardship anyway.

4.Can you tell us how long you have been a practitioner of the occult arts and are there any authors or esoteric orders that have had an influence on your thinking?

Without resorting to unnecessary name and term dropping, I can say that along the years my road has been paved with several sources of insight without which I wouldn't be the seeker I currently am. Even the publications and ideas I have felt to be completely alien to me have served their purpose in the sense that my focus has become clearer because of them and as a consequence knowing what to leave behind or what to skip altogether has been easier. The steps have been many, some of them sidesteps and some downright false even, but I have eventually come to find my spiritual haven under certain branches of the tree called Traditional Witchcraft.

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

Aethyric as an adjective is pretty self-explanatory, being basically anything that originates from or is related to aethyr, or the aethyrs for that matter, but also kind of vague as different people and traditions define the concept of aethyr itself with a bit of variation. In our use of the word it is best understood simply as something pertaining to the world of spirit or the more subtle planes of existence. I personally associate it also with dream-like sensations and such and this certainly matches perfectly what we do musically. The alternative spelling with the letter K at the end is lifted directly from a certain passage in Andrew Chumbley's writings which we hold in very high regard both language- and content-wise. Using this word and this spelling as our band's name is our way to pay tribute to this particular body of work which has had such a profound impact on us both.

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

The basic idea of the symbolism is to underline the continuously recurring murder of our clayborn self which we must perform time and time again if we wish to partake of the light of the sacred stars. In other words, the lower impulses and the poisonous influence of the ego and our everyday selves must be overcome in order for us to be able to awaken our senses to the world of spirit. This doesn't imply any kind of 'flesh is bad, spirit is good' dualism. On the contrary, it's about aligning one's whole being, both carnal and the more subtle one, with what truly matters.

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

I don't see it very likely that we would be recruiting new members any time soon. After all, the whole thing came into existence because of very strongly aligned esoteric and musical preferences between the two of us, and as coming across such like-mindedness is in my experience rare indeed there aren't really any people we currently know that could bring that same thing to the table even if in theory we might be open to expand the line-up beyond this duo setting. And that's good for us because we don't have any need to look for new members. Possible live situations are of course a different matter, but even then we're talking about session members only.

8.You also have a compilation coming out this year with both of the demo's on it, can you tell us a little bit more about your decision to release the compilation?

The demos form a coherent whole both conceptually and musically so this idea of releasing them together works nicely in my opinion. They were released in rather limited numbers (81 and 93 respectively) so this way people get a chance to get the demos in a physical format in case they missed out on them for one reason or another back when they were initially released.

9.The new album was released on 'The Sinister Flame', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

TSF is a label with a very strong sense of Satanic conviction and vocation at its core. In addition to the philosophical side of things, TSF functions on a 'quality over quantity' basis and is definitely not another label that further saturates the market with a plethora of pointless releases. We are very pleased over the fact that this collaboration came to be as TSF was the number one option for us when we started thinking about possible labels we might want to work with. It was nice to see that Northwind was very enthusiastic about Aethyrick already when we sent him the first demo, and it seems he still is which is of course great. A perfect match between a band and a label, I would say.

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

The feedback has been both positive and negative, but at least on the basis of what I've seen the latter is in the minority. Whatever the truth of the matter may be, I'm pleased to see so many positive comments out there. Naturally it's not the reason why we do this stuff but it's always great to hear if also other people can get something out of what you pour your heart and soul into, you know. Those who haven't liked the material tend to say it's too soft or it lacks edge and so on, and I kind of understand where they are coming from with this, but like with all opinions it simply boils down to personal preferences and taste really. Just like Black Metal in general, Aethyrick isn't meant for everyone.

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

I don't think there will be that many surprises awaiting around the corner in this respect. I'm sure there will be natural variation and evolution as we don't deliberately aim at repeating the same recipe over and over, but we're not exactly too keen on forced transformation either. We're not innovators, we're just honest artists doing what makes us tick the most.

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

I believe everything we listen to influences us to different degrees, so I can't really point out any clear sources of inspiration. That said, we are very much into certain type of Black Metal that conjures up strong feelings of unexplainable nostalgia. It doesn't have to be a release from the nineties, it can be a very recent release too as it's about the atmosphere that has been created and not about the year when it was made. There is always room for the more violent and rawer variety too, but for the most part our hearts pound for the atmospheric and more melodic stuff such as In the Nightside Eclipse, early Gorgoroth and Gehenna, and so on. Of the more recent bands and releases than the above-mentioned, for example Sarath's  Siste Indre and everything by Nasheim deserve a mention in this context. Ideologically rather neutral stuff but the music on those releases is simply brilliant and can each time elevate the soul to considerable heights.

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

Not really. But thank you for doing this interview!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Andeis/Servants Of The Cold Night/Lunar Apparitions/Esfinge de la Calavera/2019 CD Review


  Andeis  are  a  band  from  an  unknown  area  that  plays  a  very  timeless  and  primitive  form  of  black  metal  and  this is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Servants  Of  The  Cold  Night"  which  will  be  released  in  March  as  a  joint  effort  between  Lunar  Apparitiona  and  Esfinge  de  la  Calavera.

  A  very  dark,  ritualistic  and  nature  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  which  also  introduces  keyboards  onto  the  recording  that  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music  also  has  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  but  also  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  time. Some  of  the  songs  also  capture  a  good  amount  of  hallucinating  passages  which  also  gives  the  music  a  lot  more  originality.

  All  of  the  heavy  riffs  stick  to  a  very  fast  direction  while  one  track  is  also  an  ambient  instrumental  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  track  that  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  death  and  sorcery  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Andeis  are  a  very  great  sounding  timeless  and  primitive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hailag  leik"  and  "The  Black  Oath".  8/5  out  of  10.     
https://lunarapparitions. bandcamp.com/album/servants- of-the-cold-night

UTU Interview


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

Necromaniac: The UTU is a band of Raw Black Metal from Brazil, we played the Black Metal style of the 90's and we are loved by them, the themes of our music is based on Christianity and Misanthropy, we have 4 eps released 2 compilations and now we are launching in May our first FULL with 8 Musicas, UTU is NECROMANIAC: Vocals and UHTRA: Instruments.

Uhtra: I decided to make some sounds after a period when I was listening to quite a few bands that I consider Black Metal classics like Immortal, Impaled Nazarene, Dark Throne, Marduk and other more underground like Horrid Cross, for example. In Brazil we have great bands of the style, but a lot ends up being restricted as well. Utu started as a personal project in 2013 with the release of the play "Imperivm" by the label Depressive Illusions. In 2017, Necromaniac came in and now we are what we are for all your commitment and dedication!

2.So far you have released demo's, compilations and singles, how would yo describe your musical progress from the first to recent recording?

Necromaniac: We have released Eps and compilations so far and since the beginning we have followed the same line of recording and production, all homemade by ourselves, I believe that our sound has never changed, we always maintain the same purposeful and ideal influences. The true Misanthropic Black Metal simple and raw.

Uhtra: The idea is to be as simple as possible. We do not seek virtuosity in our songs. We strive to remain true to style, but always seeking to implement different things that sound right to our ears.

3.From 2013 to 2017 there was no music being released can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time span?
Necromaniac: We are a band without pretensions and the initial ideal was to produce the first ep and play on the net ... The Depressive Illusions has released our first ep and I believe that as everything happens naturally in 2017 following the basis of doing something for simple motivation and pure and unpretentious we launched the Black Rituals vol 1, but it was to be released again in k7 but it took a slightly bigger and natural course that made us a little better known, and the band started producing more in the latter years.

Uhtra: I had several difficult periods between the years of 2013 and 2015 and during this time I decided to keep what was until then, a project, saved for a better time. It is worth mentioning that there was never any pretension whatsoever to make several releases just to do. We are sincere about what we are looking for and what we are doing with our band today.

4.Your lyrics also cover a lot of misanthropic and anti Christian themes, can you tell us a little bit more about what these terms mean to you?

Necromaniac: We talk about what we live, I'm basically a misanthrope, I do not know any hope I have in mankind within me, so I deal with UTU issues, and that's very true. About anti-Christianity, I do not believe in religions and I do not like them despite being a student of the subject, I believe it is created by humans to enslave them being a hypocritical excuse to be a loser with others. Religion is the cancer of the earth and the church is the largest representative of that cancer.

Uhtra: Until our second release, I tackled themes against society as a whole. After the entry of Necromaniac, I chose not to write more and leave the letters at their own risk.


 5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name "UTU'?

Necromaniac: UTU is a Sumerian god, is that of the sun god, justice, law enforcement, and the dispensation of the fate of the dead. It symbolizes the pagan, it is all that the Judeo-Christian culture tried to erase with the times, to fear and to be arrogant, UTU symbolizes for us the strength and the proof of the weakness of the Christianity. Proof that the Church has failed in her domain.

Uhtra: I have always enjoyed studying different cultures, especially distant (or not so distant) cultures of Western culture. After some research I found UTU and that's exactly what Necromaniac said. And as I came across the story, I decided that it fit perfectly into what was being created at that time.

 6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
Necromaniac: We work very well in a duo and we do not have the idea to increase or change it, inside the UTU the two heads work together with each other, besides we have similar ideas, musical tastes and influences, we would hardly find someone who fit.

Uhtra: True, we perform very well as a duo and we have no pretension to become a band to do tours,
or even a performance.

7.Would the band members be interested in doing live shows if the opportunity ever came?
Necromaniac: We thought, but very difficult to find musicians invited to play with us in the places we want to spend, very difficult today we find also committed people, but who knows in the future?

Uhtra: I agree.

 8.So far you have worked with Depressive Illusions, Pagan Hammer Zine and "Balrogh Records' on the physical versions of your releases, do you feel these labels have been very supportive when it comes to getting your music out there heard?

Necromaniac: We had our first work released by Depressive Illusions, Ep Imperivm, then we released the Black rituals vol 1 on 7ep by Demon Productions and in k7 by Ballrogh, there came the 2013-13 by Balrogh and compilation by Pagan Hammer, we released Black Rituals 2 in 7ep by Demon and in k7 by Balrogh, we launched a 7ep split by Balrogh and we came back with the Depressive Illusions with the Omnipotents UTU k7, and now we will launch our FULL by Wolfblasphemer and Balrogh, we only have to thank all those stamps by the support given to us, were all very important in this journey, as we said from the beginning we did not and did not know that we would do so many things ..

Uhtra: Certainly, thanks to these people we had the chance to spread our work in an honest and sincere way.

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

Necromaniac: We have the support of the Depressive Illusions that spread to us from the beginning in foreign lands, and I get sometimes contacts from people from other countries and this one being very good, some bands wanting to do split and some releases, we are open to new proposals ... and we thank you for your support.

Uhtra: All contacts are made and cared for by Necromaniac.
 10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during th future?

Necromaniac: As I said earlier we are now launching our FULL in May, and we are quite anxious, and we will work hard to publicize this work and distribute it, this is what my mind has been busy at that moment in what it is about our future.

Uhtra: Some full songs were made at different times, retrieved from old files (from 2014 onwards) and reworked for this release. It was an intense work to give textures and the way I had in mind (I mixed and mastered the album).

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?

Necromaniac: Basically what influenced me is the classic Black Metal, Mayhem, Dark throne, Burzum, Gorgoroth, Marduk ... I have listened a lot this as always, but I also listen to some of the new bands that are coming up. Mgla, listen and I really like old bands like Mortuary Drape, Tribulation, Sarcófago, Amen Corner, Azaghal, Taake, Tjuder among others.

Uhtra: Impaled Nazarene, Dark Throne, Gorgoroth, Immortal, Marduk, MGLA, Carpathian Forest…

12.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?
Necromaniac: The Occult yes, Satanism itself, but the satanic yes, everything that opposes the church is satanic, so in a more comprehensive way our music is satanic!


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

Necromaniac: Thank you  for the interview and the support given to us by UTU. Keep yourself true to yourself, trust only yourself and expect only you, no more be in the insight and your mind will be unshakable. See you.

Uhtra: Thank you so much for the space and for your work with zine! Cheers!

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Ultra Silvam/The Spearwound Salvation/Shadow Records/2019 Full Length Review


  Ultra  Silvam  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  raw,  old  school  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "The Spearwound  Salvation  which  will  be released  in  March  by  Shadow  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  The  vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Elements  of  thrash  and  first  wave  black  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark,  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  style.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  more  of  a  different  style  than  most  of  the  Swedish  bands.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  while  the  mostly  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  past  it  still  sounds  very  modern  at  the  same  time  as  well  as  the  music  always  sticking  to  a  very  heavy  and  aggressive  style  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  drones.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Swedish  and  cover  submission,  worship  and  devilry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ultra  Silvam  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  old  school  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Spearwound  Salvation"  "Wings  Of  Burial"  and  "The  First  Wound".  8/5  out  of  10.

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Trespasser Interview


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

The band was started by me (XVI)  after my latest project went to shit. I´ve always played hardcore punk in one form or another but always tried to broaden the horizons for what punk really is. One day I got tired of punk. The scene is pretty small and no one gives a shit about learning how to play their instruments.

I´ve always had love for the metal scene in that aspect. As a multi-instrumentalist with at least a little bit of music theory and ambition to get better at my instruments the metal scene is an example. The backside of the metal scene is its total neglect of the relation between politics and music. That´s why I got stuck in the DIY punk scene for so many years.

I felt I needed to bridge the gap. I missed a band that had a relentless extreme left stance but could make music as interesting and exhilarating as the far right black metal bands I adored. So steeped in the DIY-ethos as I am, I started that band myself.

I don´t consider TRESPASSER a black metal band at all. For me and everyone else that takes black metal serious (an oxymoron perhaps) black metal and satanism is inexorably intertwined. But black metal philosophy can also be seen as an existentialist movement. And I consider anarchism, which is TRESPASSERs main lyrical topic, to be equally existential.

2.Recently you have put out your first full length, musically how does it differ from your previous demo's?

The full length is the first serious recording. The only demo I made is “1361” and it featured programmed drums and all the instruments were tracked at home using only plug-ins. The vocals were recorded in the rehearsal room.

The songwriting is similar. With TRESPASSER I want to conjure a sublime feeling in the listener. A feeling somewhere between ecstasy and despair. A gut-wrenching and tear-jerking feeling that there is no point to anything, a feeling of nihilism if you will, and still inspire hope, faith and the will to fight. In that aspect it touches on traditional black metal song writing and lyricism; it is deeply religious music in a sense.

This might seem contradictory. But I see it as crucial to be able to both stare down in the abyss and claw at the skies.



3.The lyrics on the new album have a concept involving Ukraine under the anarcho-communist revolutionary Nestor Makhno, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting and your interest in anarcho and communist politics?

Nestor Makhno is an inspiring character to begin with. If you don´t know much about it I think the lyrics of the record might be a good start. I also included all my references in the lyric sheet.

I stumbled across the Makhnovist movement around the same time I started to develop the theme and image for the band. The WWI aesthetics fits very well with the kind of music I wanted to do. I listened a shit load to Marduk at the time as well, but i felt that WWII is done by so many bands.

It just lined up. I found a part of history that was obscure but very interesting. The Makhnovists had such integrity in their revolutionary strife. Their slogans were almost already the perfect black metal hooks. They gave up everything for their dream, they died for their beliefs and their faith. It was just meant to be. And I was astounded that no band had ever done anything about this before.

Plus I saw it as an opportunity to educate myself on the political movement I claim to be a part of - anarchism.

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

The full length isn´t exclusively about Makhno. “To the Barricades” is from the Spanish Civil War in the 30´s. “Black Flags on a Blood-Red Horizon” features phrases from “Les Anarchistes” which I think was recorded in the 60´s.

It´s really a cut´n´paste collage of anarchist history. But it isn´t all just tributes. I´ve tried to nuance it a little bit and provoke self-critique in the anarchist community. But as always, when an artist puts something out there it´s no longer the artists work - it belongs to the listener.

The first demo was about “the Battle of Visby” which was a medieval battle on Gotland between the Danes and the Gutnish peasant population. A total massacre with a clear class perspective. Read about it!


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

I wanted something with ties to the primary axiom of anarchism - “property is theft”. I also wanted it to have some religious connotations. A trespasser is both someone who does not respect the physical property of the bourgeoisie but also a sinner within the theological world. To forgive the trespasses that has been brought against us is essential to building a better world.
And either way - if you identify with the trespasser of theology or not - the name and the concept awakens a lot of feelings. In me anyway.


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

It´s basically pictures from the Ukrainian/Russian Civil War that I have stolen. Together with the people at Heavenly Vault Records we created the final artwork.

I wanted it to look old and more or less accurate for the epoque I was addressing in the lyrics. Also I didn´t want another black and white black metal cover. I wanted the background to be white, or at least light. And the pictures from that era are so beautiful so I wanted to use as much of them as possible. Plus I love horses.

The full length cover is a spin off of the “Tachanka”-single cover. That design I stole from an old Ukrainian folk-record. I can´t tell you which, cause I don´t know myself anymore. I had the original in front of me when I made the single cover, but then I never found it again.

The poster is modeled after an old Soviet propaganda-poster originally meant to rally the Cossacks for the communist revolution. But the picture is from the Black Army (Revolutionary Insurrectionary Army of Ukraine).

The vinyl circle is the part which I´m most happy with. That is also copied from an old Soviet-era vinyl circle. I just remade it, piece by piece, but with anarchist revolutionary imagery.

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

Yes. For the tour that´s planned for September 2019 I have recruited two additional members.
Леопольд will be handling the drums and Gyða Hrund will play guitar together with me. We are still in the process of finding a bass player.

8.Recently 'Heavenly Vault' released the album on vinyl, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

They contacted me when I had released two songs online and I was looking for a label. They´re based in Leipzig and have released some sludge and black metal stuff before. It´s a really small label which fits perfectly for me. Really nice, warm and hard working DIY-idealists that share my world views. Check em out: https://vaultofheaven.bandcamp.com/

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

The reactions have been great. So far I´ve gotten three good reviews and a bunch of appreciation on the Youtube-upload. Some offers to release the songs on cassette. And booking the tour is going great. But I think its mostly in the more political DIY/punk milieu.

Black metal fans probably don´t like it that much. At least in Sweden they have a tendency to be quite orthodox. And to mix BM with politics is haram. I´ve posted in one of the bigger groups for black metal in Sweden and didn´t even get a response. I guess that´s all well and good. I´m not looking to be a part of the Black Metal Scene, as it were, I just want to make epic music for epic people.


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

More blast beats! Jokes aside, my vision is to create something that´s more than music. Be a part of a political network that works for the world revolution.

Music-wise I think the next release will be similar. I want to create brutal, relentless extreme metal with a lot of variation that makes you feel shit. I want to make film music, an epic sonic drama that transport you away from the boundaries of this world. Both spiritually and physically.

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?

Marduk, Immortal, Dissection. But that kinda goes without saying if you listen to the album. Apart from that I really love Martyrdöd and Wolfpack/Wolfbrigade when it comes to both production and emotional impact.
I still hold Nile's “Black Seeds of Vengeance” as the paramount of death metal greatness. An album I return to year after year, and one of the albums I´ve listened to the most times in my life, since my best friend in 8th grade and I discovered it when it came out.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Reading. Writing. Drinking. Doing drugs. Laughing. Discussing.

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

Stay curious and keep the faith!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Beorn's Hall/In His Granite Return/Naturmacht Productions/2019 CD Review


  New  Hampshire's  Beorn's  Hall  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  folk  influenced  pagan  black  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "In  His  Granite  Return"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Epic  pagan  battle  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  riffs  and  folk  music  influenced  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later.  When  keyboards  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  an  epic  atmosphere  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  deep  growls.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  clean  vocals  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.

  A brief  use  of  psychedelic  sounds  can  also  be  heard  on  one  of  the  tracks  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  One  track  also  introduces  flutes  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  spoken  words  when  they  are  utilized  giving  the  music  more  of  a  fantasy  type  of  atmosphere.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  album  closing  with  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism,  Nature  and  Sorrow  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Beorn's  Hall  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  folk  influenced  pagan  black  metal,  you  should check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Old  Man  Of  The  Mountain"  and  "In  His  Granite  Realm".  8/5  out  of  10. 

https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Beorn%27s_Hall/3540423022
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Gardu Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Gardù was conceived in winter 2016 as a solo project, after thinking it was impossible to develop the stuff I had in my mind with some other persons. The project is all about telling stories set in the woods and the mountains that are just outside my house. I live in a 70 people village in a valley (Valle Camonica) located in northern Italy within the Alps, a place not so easy to reach from the main cities and that is worldwide known for its mysterious prehistoric art, the stone carvings that covers thousands of rocks all along the valley. I wanted to create a project whose musical direction would have been a very raw black metal, open to experimental stuff which I've been always used to play with several bands and, as soon as this idea was clear, I started writing and recording the songs and the project was born.

2.Recently you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
When I started to write the songs for "Gardeternalismo", it was obvious I wanted to play some real fast and raw black metal, mainly led by the guitar riffing and the blast beats and that was the starting point. Then I started to develop further arrangements in the direction to create different musical environments that would go together with the lyrical concept and would help to create a more diversified sound. I wanted the vocals to sound extreme too.

3.Your lyrics have a concept to them dealing with some stories from the valley where you are from, can you tell us a little bit more about what you covered lyrically with this ep?
I start from history or nature more then from stories, remembering for example the rites that were done in the prehistoric age while the stone carvings were made (it's quite sure people from central Europe too came into this valley for those rites, also because of the shape - masculine and feminine - of two mountains located in the middle of the valley, one on the left side and one on the right side, and what happens during equinoxes with sun light). Other ideas come from historical events like the witch burnings of the Middle Ages; WWII brought death and devastation too: I imagine the spirits of all these dead gather in the woods driven by the wind and hidden by the fog, telling themselves stories and looking for revenge or justice or whatever. I like to play with words too, Gardù would have no sense if the village's name wouldn't have been Garda (and that's also explained the title "Gardeternalismo"), which is under the municipality of Sonico, that means "sonic" in english and so on... Other lyrics are about my nihilistic and pessimistic view of the world or strongly anti-religious.

4.You also write the lyrics in both Italian, Gai and English, what was the decision behind using 3 different languages on the recording?
Well, italian is my language and english has always been first choice for songwriting. The decision of using Gaì is because this language is so forgotten that real few people can speak it nowadays and it's always been so mysterious, a kind of code-language just shepherds knew. The stone carvings too are so mysterious, no one really knows their meaning and so you can see there's a lot of interesting mysteries in this valley, and Gaì is meant to make Gardù's music even  darker.

5.I know the project was named after The Devil in 'Gai', do you have an interest in the occult?
Much more in blasphemy. I believe god is a lie and in history has been used only with the purpose to enslave people.  Satan too does not exist, but he can somehow represents a way to stand against religion and what it means to human life: he is the allegorical guide against all powers that affect people. Living in a catholic area then make it easy to use a name that means the maximum expression of evil... Another reason I choose that name is because I wanted to play with words once again and Gardù was the right name for a black metal project based in Garda!

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
The cover artwork is a picture taken by a friend in the woods of Garda. I thought it was good for the artwork because it shows a side of the landscape in which the songs are set, while giving the feeling that something's going to happen...

7.With this project you recorded everything by yourself, are you open to work with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
As I said before, Gardù is a solo-project because I don't think I can find anyone around here who'd have the same musical idea and I think it'll stay like this in the future.

8.The ep was released on 'Tropo Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Tropo records is my personal music label. Born in 1997, it's always been the mark pressed on all the releases I ever played on or produced: it's the symbol of my way of doing things in a D.I.Y. way. I've been playing in lots of bands with lots of different music styles, so Tropo records' productions are really different from each other, mainly punk-hardcore or experimental. You can find more at these soundcloud pages: https://soundcloud.com/tropo-records - https://soundcloud.com/tropo-records-2

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
I guess by now the project is like Gaì language, unknown to most people!

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I'm already working on new songs, too early to say if next release will be a full length. As a musician in general I don't know, 'cause I'm always working on different projects and different music styles, at the moment I'm also working on new songs for my experimental project Ustahiad and for my sci-fi garage-surf-punk band Superinvaders, which is also planning a tour to China... I'll probably be doing some music!

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?
In Gardù you may easily find influences from norwegian bands of the 90's (like Darkthrone or Mayhem) and that way of playing black metal in general, but Gardù is also influenced by bands like Fantômas or musician/composer John Zorn and punk-hardcore music.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanx a lot for the interview (and the review)! At the moment I'm just hoping to reach more people with this music. Last but not least, italian blasphemy "Porco dio!".

https://soundcloud.com/tropo-records/gardu-birth-of-blasphemy

LeMarchand/Labirinto de Leviata (Leviathan's Maze)/2013 Demo Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Brazil's  LeMarchand  which  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  raw  and  mid  tempo  black  metal  direction  and  the  demo  was  self  released  in  2013  and  called  "Labirinto  de  Leviata  (Leviathan's  Maze)".

  Spoken  word, movie  samples  and  epic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  demo  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  some  melody  at  times  along  with  most  of  the  songs  sticking  to  a  mid  tempo  musical  direction.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  riffs  also  displaying  a  great  amount  of  raw  aggression.  Demonic  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  you  can  also  hear  some  influences  of  death  and  thrash  metal  at  times  as  well  as  some  synths  also  being  added  into  this  recording,  on  the  last  track  classical  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  On  this  demo  LeMarchand  moved  away  from  the  ambient  elements  of  the  previous  recording  and  focused  more  on  a  raw  style  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  The  Hellraiser  Series  and  Black  Metal  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  LeMarchand  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Art  do  Infiel  (The  Infidal  Art)"  and  "Junte-se  a  Nos  (Join  Us)".  8  out  of  10. 

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LeMarchand/A Batalha Continua (The Battle Continues)/2012 Demo Review



  LeMarchand  are  a  duo  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2012  demo  "A  Batalha  Continua  (The  Battle  Continues)".

  Dark  sounding  synths  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  demo  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Deep  growling  vocals  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  some  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  also  being  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording.

  Blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  at  times  the  music  also  captures  an  epic  war  like  atmosphere.

  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  spoken  word  parts  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  One  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  second  side  of  the  demo  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a   dark  ambient  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  War  and  Negativism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  LeMarchand  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A Batalha Continua (The Battle Continues)"  and  "Destrutivo  Sentimento  de  Negativismo (Destructive  Feeling  of  Negativism)".  8  out  of  10.

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Gravrose Interview

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

Gravröse is a project by myself, Axtherius. I wanted to do raw, primitive and vile black metal that stray away from the over produced emotionless mainstream black metal.

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

I wanted to put emphasis on creating a brute force of hateful black metal. No more, no less. Aimed to connoisseurs of underground metal.

3.The lyrics on the recording are a concept album dealing with haunting's and ghostly creatures, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting?

Yes you are right. Before I recorded the album I spent some nights in an isolated abandoned house with no food, just some to drink. It put me in a almost mad, hallucinating state. I started to see things and started to write down the lyrics. Then I went in the studio as soon as I left the house to record the material in one day. I was tired and frustrated and I really think it added that extra atmosphere of purity to the recording.

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

Gravröse means cairn. I thought it was a fitting name for the project and went with it. It has several meanings to me.

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

The artwork was made by Tim Nordstedt who also played session drums on the album. It is an abandoned house on Gotland, Sweden. I think the artwork turned out great and really fitted the albums material.

6.With the exception of a session drummer you recorded most of the music by yourself, are you open to working with a full line up or do you prefer to work solo?

No, not open to work with other musicians.

7.You also had a couple of quests on a couple of tracks providing some keyboards and lyrics, can you tell us a little bit more about their contributions?

Tony Stark who runs Beastmaster Management is a friend of mine and since he is a keyboard player I asked him to put some extra touches on one song. I think it turned out well.

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

Actually the album will be released on Gate Of Horror Productions and perhaps another label as well. It should be out fairly soon I hope.

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

Just after the release on bandcamp I got contacted immediately by 3 labels plus interviews started to arrive so I think there are some interest out there for Gravröse.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

I don’t see anything except continuing my quest of recording more albums. If its appreciated, its nice, if not, that’s fine too.

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?

Mainly underground black metal that probably no one has heard of. I listen very randomly these days. I can’t tell you any specific bands.

12.Does Occultism play any role in your music?

Yes for sure.

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

Thanks for the interview. Look out for the debut album of Gravröse to be released soon on CD but for now you can pick up the album on bandcamp if you are interested.

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Abduction/All Pain Is Penance/Inferna Profundus Records/2019 Full Length Review


  Abduction  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  modern  yet  traditional  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "All  Pain  Is  Penance"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Inferna  Profundis  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  ritualistic  soundscapes  and  atmospheric  elements  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  riffs  also  start  incorporating  more  melody.

  Acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  which  also  gives  the  recording  a  lot  more  diversity.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  one  of  the  later  tracks  adds  in  more  of  a  drone  style  before  returning  back  to  more  of  a  black  metal direction  on  later  tracks. The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  anti  religion,  depression  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Abduction  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  and  aggressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Infinite  Ancient  hexes"  "Embattled"  and  "The  Funeral  of  Cosmic  mastery".  8  out  of  10.

http://infernaprofundusrecords.bandcamp.com/album/all-pain-as-penance

Akasha/Canticles Of The Sepulchral Deity/Grey Matter Productions/Les Fleur du Mal Records/2019 Full Length Review


  California's  Akasha  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  vampiric  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "Canticles  Of  The  Sepulchral  Deity"  which  will  be  released  in  March  as  a  joint  effort  between  Grey  Matter  Productions  and  Les  Fleur  du  Mal  Productions.

 Clean  playing  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  riffs  throughout  the  recording.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  A  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  which  also  mixes  in  some  dissonant  structures  at  times.

  Clean  playing  also  makes  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  the  album  progresses.  A  lot  of  the  music  brings  in  more  of  a  modern  style  of  black  metal  while  also  remaining  true  to  the  traditional  side  of  the  genre,  a  later  track  is  also  a  very  ritualistic  sounding  instrumental  while  a  later  song  also  introduces  synths  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Death  Worship,  Spiritual  &  Mental  Vampirism,  Hatred  and  Nihilism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Akasha  which  also  shows  a  great  amount  of  progress  from  previous  releases  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  vampiric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Akasha  (Canticles  Of  The  Sepulchral  Deity)"  "Sepulchral  Oath"  "Vibratory  Waves Collapsed"  and  "Worship At  The  Threshold  Of  Her  Womb".  8  out  of  10.

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Necromutilator/Black Blood Aggression/Terror From Hell Records/2019 CD Review



  Necromutilator  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  evil  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  :Black  Blood  Aggression"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Terror  From  Hell  Records.

  Ritualistic  spoken  word  and  horror  movie  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  blackened  metal  screams.

  Elements  of  death  and  thrash  metal  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  some  touches  of  war  and  bestial  black/death  metal.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  demonic  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times.

  A  great  amount  of  80's  and  80's  influences  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  but  with  a  more  up  to  date  take.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  raw  and  chaotic  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  spoken  word  samples  also  make  a  brief  return  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction,  all  of  the  musical instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Evil  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Necromutilator  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  evil  black,  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Armoured  Antichrist"  "Putrefaction  Rites"  "Goat  Eye  Hypnosis"  and  "Cold  Sperm  Of  Sathanas".  8/5  out  of  10.

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Krigere Wolf/Eternal Holocaust/Lower Silesian Stronghold/2019 CD Review


  Krigere  Wolf  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Eternal  Holocaust"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Lower  Silesian  Stronghold.

  A  very  dark  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  rain,  thunder,  horse  and  battle  sounds  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction.  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Vocals  also  bring  in  a  mixture  of  grim  black  metal  screams  and  deep  death  metal  growls  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  A  lot  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  Swedish  black  metal  style while  the  death  metal  elements  makes  the  music  stand  out  a  lot  more.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  post apocalyptic  atmospheres  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Dissection's  "Night  Blood"  which  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  death,  violence  and  blasphemy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Krigere  Wolf  are  a  very  great  sounding  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  "Eternal  Holocaust"  and  "Vision  Of  Death".  8  out  of  10.

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