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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Bloodshed Walhalla Interview

 

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

Hi guys, thank you for giving me the opportunity to answer your questions, I am truly honored.  So, we have to start from the beginning.  When we started writing the Ragnarok material which was later released in July 2018, we realized that we had written 8 songs with a total length of about 2 hours and 30 minutes.  It was a bit too much for a CD, and the intention was to release a double CD for the public.  But in retrospect, it was finally decided to offer the public a trilogy entirely focused on Ragnarok, and in the space of 5 years to release a single story divided into 3 chapters.  In the end it seemed like a great idea.  Ragnarok, the first, was released in 2018, Second chapter should have been released in September 2020, then postponed by a few months in agreement with the label due to the pandemic and the third, which I will not reveal the title, two years later.  So as you can imagine, Ragnarok and Second Chapter are very similar because they were conceived at the same time.  The first is all done in my studio, while the second was recorded in my studio, mixed and mastered in two different studios in my city by sound professionals.


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


Well, as I said before between Ragnarok and Srcond chapter there is not much difference precisely because they were conceived in the same period.  With the other three albums the listener will surely have noticed that the band has grown and matured significantly.  "Legends of a viking" and "The Battle will never end" were recorded roughly, with very few instruments, in a basement but with a lot of passion and desire to amaze.  I liked the album "Thor" a lot, but there were a thousand problems with the old label and it went a bit quiet.  Now I think I have found the right path, the qualitative leap has not yet taken place and I don't know if there will be, but maybe I don't even want it because making and proposing music nowadays is not easy, I guarantee it.  But that's another story.


3.All of your lyrics are based upon Norse Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about how you got interested in this topic and would you also consider yourself a practicing pagan?

 have been approaching Norse mythology for several years now and I have to thank the teacher, Quorthon, thanks to him and his music I have approached the music of BATHORY.  As you all know, the BATHORY, after the dark beginnings, also came across mythological themes related to their homeland.  I loved reading their lyrics, HAMMERHEART was the record that marked the turning point for me on the path towards a musical world that was completely new in those times.  I loved that music and its words, and I still enjoy listening to it nowadays.  Perhaps one day, however, I will stop talking about the Gods of the North, to maybe come across more homegrown topics, the growth of the band can also be seen from these radical changes.  Also because I am not a practicing pagan and I and only I decide on my music which theme to face today or tomorrow.  For now on with the gods of the north and the Vikings, tomorrow we will see!


4.Do you also have an interest in the mythology of your home country?

I have read something but have never really delved into it.  I would like to do it because it is about my land.  I know what we are talking about, the Romans made history, full of myths and legends above all, they were pagans, they believed in the Gods.  But there are also the Etruscans or something like that.  Each Italian city has its own folklore and traditions.  My city, which is Matera, has many stories to tell, it is no coincidence that Bloodshed Walhalla made an EP on the popular songs of my city.  Ep which has been a huge success, they write to me from all parts of the world to compliment, and that it will surely have a successor.  I don't know when but Mather's successor will be there


5.Originally the project was called 'Bloodshed' what was the decision behind expanding the name into 'Bloodshed Walhalla'?

The explanation is very simple, initially we were looking for a name that would define the project I had in mind.  And the moniker that seemed most suitable among the other chosen ones was Bloodshed.  I also recorded some demos under this moniker.  Soon after I realized that in the world of bands called Bloodshed there were about twenty of them and at this point it was no longer possible.  So we decided that it was necessary to find a second word to accompany the first to make everything more unique and original.  The word we chose was Walhalla.  We all know what walhalla is according to Norse mythology and we chose this word that matched the first one very well.  Bloodshed Walhalla ... 100% original


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


"Richard Wagner Rheingold", as the painting representing the new album is called, is a true work of art by André Kosslick, a German artist of great craftsmanship. Set design concept painting for Richard Wagners music drama "Das Rheingold". 4.Scene,Finale. The God Freijr strains the rainbow as a bridge to the God castle. Now the Gods can take in into the newly built fort. Box however looks into the depth of the valley and hears the complaints of the Rhine daughters, be will destroy fire later in the God twilight Wotans castle. I really like his works and already in our first two albums there is his signature.  The whole thing was elaborated by Andrea Curse Vag of the "Curse Vag Graphic" an exceptional graphic designer from Sassari who transformed a painting into a CD cover in a truly excellent way !!!


7.In the studio you record everything by yourself but have a line up for live shows, do you prefer to work solo in the  studio?

Bloodshed Walhalla started out as a one man band, and they still are in the studio today.  Lately, before this damn pandemic, we recruited four excellent musicians to share our music even live.  For now it is an experiment, unfortunately at the most beautiful, covid-19 stopped us and now when they reopen everything we have to understand who we are.  If we want to be honest I have tried in every way to maintain the status of one man band but the different requests from fans and the music world have led us to take another path.  In the studio, actually, I give my all, the passion for music and musical instruments, I isolate myself and create music, what I like, without being accountable to anyone.  I don't have the problems that full bands have in general, and trust me there are.  The times and the ways I decide them only and exclusively me.  I am not in a hurry and I dedicate a large part of my life in my studio.  Maybe one day we will be a full-fledged band but I guarantee you that when I want I can go back to basics without any problem.  For now let's see what happens with the reopening, when there will be, of the stages.


8.With the live line up what are some of the best shows that you have played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Bloodshed Walhalla until early 2019 was a fully-fledged one-man-band.  The undersigned was the only member of the band.  So for that reason we have never done concerts or anything like that.  As I explained earlier with the arrival of Ragnarok, which was a really satisfying album, something has changed.  At the same time as the Bloodshed Walhalla project I was engaged in other musical experiences, in particular I was playing and singing in an Iron Maiden tribute band.  With the same line-up we tried some Bloodshed Walhalla songs and it was quite tempting.  As the invitations to participate in some shows arrived it was decided to study some more representative songs and bring them live.  The debut was spectacular.  We played on the same stage as Antropofagus, then we shared the stage with Furor Gallico, Benediction, and listen listen in Milan we were the band that would have played before Dark Funeral, not bad!  It was a hit, Slaughter Club was packed, we couldn't believe our eyes, and our legs were shaking.  It was a success, we were proud of what we were doing, with so many sacrifices.  Our stages were really adventurous and we had a lot of fun accumulating a lot of experience.  In particular, I play the guitar and sing live, which is why I am a bit limited because actually you can't play well and sing decently as you would like.  It takes a lot of study and several hours of rehearsals in the hall.  After Dark Funeral, like everyone else, we stopped.  At the very moment this cursed pandemic has broken our dreams.  In the hope of starting over stronger than before we have signed a contract with an agency that will take care of our live dates.  Fingers crossed...



9.In 2017 you also did a whole album of 'Bathory' cover tunes, what was the decision behind doing this album?

Bloodshed Walhalla was born in 2006 and the initial idea was to form a coverband of Bathory (Viking era).  Quorthon had died a few years earlier and I don't know why I wanted so much to play his music and surprise myself with an unreleased piece that sounded damn similar.  Unfortunately I never managed to form a real band, so with my few chances and a lot of luck I was able to buy the bare minimum to be able to do everything by myself.  This is how the first covers were born, which I jealously guard. Recorded horribly, but I'm proud of it.  The first ever was "One rode to Asia Bay".  Then another dozen followed over the years.  And nothing, in 2017 I collected them in a single folder that is now available almost everywhere.  I recently recorded my own version of Hammerheart featured on "Twilight of the Gods".  I invite you to listen to it, nor will you be ecstatic.


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


Eleven years have passed since the first album was released.  In the meantime 4 more albums have been released plus a couple of EPs and a collection of covers dedicated to Bathory.  We are certainly not rock stars but simply a band that produces to amaze a certain number of followers around the world who are passionate about viking metal.  We never wanted to make commercial songs open to everyone but we have always dedicated ourselves exclusively to the people who follow us, who are not few in the world, our music is not for everyone, even those who review us sometimes are not able to give us  an objective judgment.  There are endless bands, but I know very few that sound like us, maybe a couple.  However, we are very satisfied, there is always a positive response at every exit.  People write to us from all over the world to compliment and buy our CDs.  Second Chapters like Ragnarok, in a certain sense they opened us to the world of the underground in a decisive way.  In Italy when it comes to Viking Metal our name is always at the top.  We are highly regarded in Germany, Brazil, Russia.  Scandinavians are a suspicious people and they are right because we write topics related to their popular culture and perhaps this is a bit annoying.  Few in those parts appreciate our work and even those who review us are not very happy to do so.  Maybe it will be our impressions, but that's okay!



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

 I don't know where I see myself and the band in the future.  I'm not used to going any further, but I like to be realistic and see what happens day by day.  Now I only see our creation, Second Chapter, and I see that we have done a really good job.  One thing I can tell you, in this sad pandemic period, musically speaking I have been very active.  The third chapter of the saga is already in the pipeline, and soon you will have news about it. Regarding the live scene we are still at a standstill, but as soon as they give us permission we will work hard to prepare ourselves as best as possible.


12.What are you listening to nowadays?


I listen to the music i was listening to yesterday ... I am traditionalist and nostalgic.  I always listen to the same music with the addition of new releases from past bands.



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

I just wanted to thank you for giving me the chance to chat with you for a while.  I sincerely thank you and wish you all the health of this world.  This cursed pandemic has made us more vulnerable and insecure.  Some of us are afraid, some of us think it's all bullshit.  I think that the truth is always in the middle but in this case you have to have faith in science and go ahead according to the rules.  I have had some friends die from this damn virus, so I'm really pissed off at anyone who says the virus isn't there.  You just need a lot of patience.  I don't want to dwell on it.  Thanks again.



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Ouija/Selonophile Impia/Negra nit/2021 EP Review

 


  Ouija  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very aggressive  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  ep  "Selonophile  Impia"  which  will  be  released  on  May  28th  by  negra  nit.


  Sounds  of  wind  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast beats  and  tremolo  picking.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  a  couple  of  of  the  tracks  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  keyboards  before  returning  back  to a   heavier  direction  and  at  times  the  vocals  also  get  very  deep  and  demonic  sounding.


  On  this  recording  Ouija  goes  into  more  of  an  aggressive  style  of  black  metal  than  previous  releases  as  well  as  remaining  true  to  the  old  school  and  traditional  aspects  of  their  90's  material.   The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ouija  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  aggressive  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Therianthropic  Involution".  8  out  of  10.


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https://ouija-spain-official.bandcamp.com   

Vallendusk/Heralds Of Strife/Northern Silence Productions/2021 CD Review

 


  Vallendusk  are  a  band  from  Indonesia  that  plays  a  very  epic,  atmospheric  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Heralds  Of  Strife"  which  will b e  released  on  May  14th  by  Northern  Silence  Productions.


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a raw  feeling.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  lot  of  melody  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  When  keyboards  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Acoustic  and  classical  guitars  can  also  be  heard on  most  of  the  songs  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  some  influences  from the  more  melodic  side  of  death  metal.


 Elements  of  doom  metal  are  also  added  into  the  slower  sections  of  the  album  as  well  as  one  song  also  introducing  clean  vocals  into  the  music  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  touches  of  folk,  martial  and  ambient  music.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature,  nostalgia  and  feelings  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Vallendusk  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic,  atmospheric  and  melodic  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  last  Soar  As  The  Feathers  Faal"  "Ethereal  Echoes  Of  Devotion"  and  "The  Sovereign".  8/5  out  of  10.


Bandcamp: vallenduskmusic.bandcamp.com
Facebook: facebook.com/vallendusk
 


        

Archaeopteris/Vision Chaotiques D´un Songe Halluciné/Personal Records/Void Wanderer Productions/2021 EP Review

 


  Archaeopteris  are  a  band  from  France  with  members  from  Croc  Noir,  Supertzar  and  Toward  that  plays  an  experimental  and  avant  garde  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  ep  "Vision  Chaotiques  D´un  Songe Halluciné"  which  will  be  released  in  June  as  a  joint  effort  between  Personal  Records  and  Void  Wanderer  Productions.


  A  very  dark,  distorted  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  ad  in  a  great  amount  of  dissonant  structures  and  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  songs  also  getting  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  sounding  at  times,  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  on  the  second  track.


  Archaeopteris  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  dissonant  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  with  elements  of  experimental  and  avant  garde  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw w hile  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  chaos,  nothingness  and  void  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Archaeopteris  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  and  avant  garde  mixture  of  dissonant  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Vision  Chaotiques".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/-FApGnCuMRk


  

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Malgöth/Primordial Dawn/Iron Bonehead Productions/2021 EP Review

 

 

    Malgöth  are  a  band  from  Toronto, Ontario,  Canada  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  ep  "Primordial  Dawn"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.


  Apocalyptic  soundscapes  and  throat  singing  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  a  mixture of  bestial  growls  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  era  death  metal  elements.


  A  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  tremolo  picking  is  also  added  into  some  of  the  fast  riffs.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts   along  with  the  vocals  also  having  their  guttural  moments  which  also  gives  the  music  more  fo  a modern  death  metal  brutality  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  leads  and  synths  are  also  added  on  the  closing  song.


  Malgöth  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  violence  and  death  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Malgöth  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Possessed  Sword  Of  A  Thousand  Deaths"  and  "The  Opposer".  8  out  of  10.


http://malgoth.bandcamp.com      

Auld/...of Petrichor and I/Eschatonic Records/2021 EP Review

 


  Auld  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  folk  influenced  form  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  rp  "...of  Petrichor  and  I"  which  was  released  by  Eschatonic  Records.


  

Folk  instruments  and  atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  and  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  faster  parts  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  lot  of  blast  beats  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them

 

   Vocals  are  mostly  deep  yet  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording.


  Auld  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  melodic  sounding  as  well  as  adding  in  some  touches  of  folk  music  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  melancholy  poetry  and  Scottish  folklore  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Auld  are  a  very  great  sounding  folk  influenced  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Hollow  Mews".  8  out  of  10.


  

  

Winter Eternal/Land Of Darkness/Hells Headbangers/2021 CD Review

 


  Winter  Eternal  are  a  solo  project  originally  from  Greece  but  now  located  in  Scotland  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Land  Of  Darkness"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Hells  Headbangers.  


  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  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  90's  era  Swedish  style  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  the  bass  guitar  lines  also  show  an  influence  of  the  90's  Greek  style.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  At  times  the  music  also  captures  the  epic  structures  of  the  mid  90's  Norwegian  pagan  black  metal  style  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  classical  guitars.


  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  one  of  the  tracks  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  album  as  well  as  a  couple  of  songs  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  stringed  instruments,  a  later  song  is  also  an  instrumental  and  the  recording  also  closes  with  a  cover  of  Gates  of  Ishtar's  "Dawn  Of  Flames".  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  pain  and  sorrow  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Winter  Eternal  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  old  school  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Crossing  The  Blackest  Skies"  "Crown  Of  Stars"  and  "Isolation".  8  out  of  10.


http://winter-eternal.bandcamp.com/album/land-of-darkness


https://youtu.be/O8IhjBP0xQI

Roraima Interview

 

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

1  Roraima arose from an idea he had to fuse Black Metal with some melodies of Venezuelan music, It also includes the national instrument, the "Cuatro Venezolano." It was something experimental I started with themes instrumental until it took shape and style

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

2  This WR album adds vocals, compositions are faster and with more Atmospheric essence of Black Metal, but keeping the Venezuelan folk lines. There are also more presence of acoustic guitars that provide a certain natural environment.


3.The musical project started out as being instrumental before adding lyrics on later releases, can you tell us a little bit more about going into this musical direction?

3  Yes, at first it started as an instrumental project, I thought I should add more energy to Roraima and I decided to include the vocalist "T. Rodríguez" and myself in the clean voices, so that we could express our art more.

4.A lot of your lyrics deal with the ancestral heritage and folklore of your homeland, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?


4  The idea is to rescue traditions and make them known to the world, we have a large number of stories told by our aborigines and also popular among the peoples of the country, it is something that fills me a lot and they are worthy of representing those stories in poetry.

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

5  Roraima is one of the oldest geological formation places in the world, where it brings many mysteries and a lot of energy, I wanted to pay tribute to that beautiful place located in Venezuela and very close to Brazil and Guyana. Each Roraima album is dedicated to the nature of the country, its flora, fauna and landscapes.


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

6  This cover is an image of the mountain "Waraira Repano", so called by the aboriginal ancestors and Also called in the city as "El Avila". This album is dedicated to that great mountain that is in me city and that I have visited a lot.

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

7  For now I work well as a duo, but I do not eliminate the possibility of including other members, whether national or international. Likewise, when the opportunity for a live event presents itself, I would look for musicians from session.

8.According to the facebook page you recently formed partnerships with 'Vacula' and 'Earth And Sky Productions', how did you get in contact with those labels?

8  I already knew them through the networks and they do an excellent production job on this new album that I wanted seek contact with them and they kindly accepted the proposal.


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

9  The reception has been very positive, in the first two albums that were instrumental there were obviously other types of fans who really liked that musical concept, after this new WR album, it has been more received, since its sound is more Atmospheric Black Metal and the integration of the voices gave a greater impulse. Something that draws a lot of attention from Roraima is the interpretation of the folk instrument of Venezuela.


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

10  I plan to further strengthen the folkcore of the compositions but keep the essence of Black Metal.Atmospheric, and will integrate more acoustic sounds. We will see how it will flow little by little since the ideas they come by surprise


11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on the musical styles of 'Roraima'?

11  Of the musical styles it is mainly Venezuelan music as a base, its melodies open my mind to create some riffs and chords, artist from my country Vytas Brenner, foreign bands I like the essence of the Ulver's early albums, also Obtained Enslavement, Aeternus. They are bands that inspire their atmospheres.


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

12  Thanks for the interview to Occult Black Metal Zine, an honor for Roraima, you can listen to our albums at

www.roraima1.bandcamp.com

Let's keep the flame of Black Metal without religions.



Durthang Interview

 

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


 


Hails. Durthang was created in 2005 by Ylghanon and me (Nhaarg). We are friends since we were childs and we share the same interests in music, life and philosophy. It is not very common here, because we raised in a small village. We started to write music and record some rehearsals till 2020 that we finished our first EP.


 


2.A few months back you had released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


 


It is what we understand as Pagan Metal or Heathen Metal. Just Black Metal mixed with epic and folk influences, but not shitty happy Folk Metal as you can hear in the most bands of today. We do BLACK METAL. It is very easy to sound folkish using a whistle. A simple melody performed with an Irish whistle sounds like Celtic music. But we try to sound epic by using just Metal instruments and an old keyboard.


 


3.The music was written between 2005 and 2009 but you waited until 2020 to release the music, can you tell us a little bit more about the long wait?


 


We have other projects and we have also jobs that force us to move outside for months and it is impossible for us to continue with all our projects from time to time.


 


4.A lot of your lyrics cover Paganism themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?


 


We have a different cosmovision of our environment. We are forced to live in this moment and society, but for sure we don’t take part of the nowadays of the typical citizen. I mean, we rarely use Internet. We hate social media, Facebook and other stupid things like that. We are not in the “Internet scene”. We hate it. We use to live in a small village and we try to continue with this life. It is hard, but we don’t care it.


Pesticum, Durthang, Thangorodrim or Nhaarg projects won’t have any social media. We only support old school scene.


 


5.Both of the band members are also involved with other bands or musical projects, what is it that you bring into the music of 'Durthang', that your are not able to do with your other groups?


 


I have a solo project simply called Nhaarg. Ylghanon has another solo project of Dark Dungeon Music and we both have another Black Metal band called Pesticum, with Xhaarm (Ylghanon’s brother) on drums.


 


Xhaarm (Pesticum drummer) lives in England from time to time. It makes very hard for us to try all our ideas with Pesticum. In fact, we wanted to play a mid tempo Epic Black Metal that doesn’t fit with Pesticum concept, which is raw and faster.


 


We both created Durthang due to this. I know there is some mistaken information in Encyclopaedia Metallum about the year of creation of the projects, but we cannot change this in this fucking web.


 


6.I know the bands name came from the writings of J.R.R Tolkien, can  you tell us a little bit more about your interest in his work?


 


Of course, Tolkien saved my childhood. There is not much to do for a child in the area we raised so we were all the time reading books, playing to rol games, videogames and, after of this, drinking and playing the evil music we were hearing for years.


 


I love even the films of TLOTR. Something that much people hates. We don’t care.


 


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


 


It is just an idea I talked to the designer. All the art is made by him with the ideas we considered good for the project. It has the perfect mood.


 


7.The ep was released on 'Crush The Desert Records, how did you get in contact with this label?


 


They contacted us through our Bandcamp. We upload our music to this web to show it. We put it by free download. He heard it and he contacted us very fast, interested in all our projects. He works very fast and, in fact, he did a perfect work. He has supported us very much and it is very appreciated.


 


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


 


We have not much idea, really. We are not all the day watching videos in YouTube or looking for reviews. We don’t like to waste our time with it.


 


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


 


Well… we are working in a full album for Pesticum. I think it is the time, after a lot of demos and rehearsal recordings. It is hard to say something about it now, because all is stopped for the moment due to our jobs.


 


About Durthang, maybe we could work in another full album with some better songs and production.


 


I am writing some new stuff with Nhaarg also, my solo project. Not sure what will I record.


 


Xhaarm (Pesticum drummer) is working with a Death Metal band from England too. They are doing something in the vein of Incantation or something like that. Not much info I have, because I have not heard them more than a couple of songs in rehearsal.


 


Anyway, it seems that this year will see some other stuff out.


 


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


 


Maybe, we could record something new this year. We are working on it just now and we have renewed our energies thanks to the EP release.


 


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?


 


We just hear old school stuff and 90s Black Metal. The influences of Durthang comes from the very early stuff of Falkenbach to Isengard, Darkthrone or early Summoning stuff.


 


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


 


Thank you so much for your time and interest in Durthang. I hope some other true Metal maniacs can enjoy our epic darkness.


Hails!!!

The Winter Woods @ Bandcamp

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Blot Mine/Porphyrogenesis/Vic Records/2021 CD Re-Issue Review

 


  Blot  Mine  where  a  band  from  Sweden  that  consists  of  members  from Setherial  and  played  a  very  fast,  aggressive  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1998  album  "Porphyrogenesis"  which  also  consists  of  bonus  tracks  from  their  1997  demo  "Kill  For  Inner  Peace"  which  will  be  re-issued  as  a  single  album  in  June  of  2021  by  Vic  Records.


  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  Swedish  style  melodies.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


 A  couple  of  tracks  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  as  well  as  the  demo  tracks  starting  out  with  a  keyboard  orientated  intro  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  the  bonus  songs  also  bring  in  an  even  more  raw  style  but  also  maintaining  the  melodic  side,  classical  guitars  can  also be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  song  along  with  the  keyboards  also  making  a  brief  return.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Death,  Darkness,  Sadness  and  Sumerian  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  from  Blot   Mine  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  fast,  aggressive  and  melodic  Swedish  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Greater  than  Life"  "Fragmented  Red  Sun"  "Off  To  War"  and  "Cold,  Deserted  And  Dead".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/Blot-Mine-113023087505676  


  

Volkolak/My Blacky/Crush The Desert Records/2021 CD Review

 


  Russia's  Volkolak  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  band  moving  even  more  far  away  from  their  earlier  black  metal  style  and  focusing  more  of  an  pagan  folk  music  style  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "My  Blacky"  which  was  released  by  Crush  The  Desert  Records.


  Field  recordings  and  winds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  dark  soundscapes  a  few  seconds  later  before  adding  in  some  percussion.  Folk  instruments  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  album  while  5the  vocals  are  also  done  in  a  very  rough  yet  melodic  style  and  the  music  also  captures  the  atmosphere  of  pre  Christian  Russia.


  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  acoustic  guitars  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording.  Slavic  style  instruments  are  also  added  on  most  of  the  songs  along  with  each  track  also  sounding  very  different  from  each  other  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  ritualistic  and  tribal  moments.


  On  this  recording  Voolkolak  continue  to  expand  on  the  Slavic  pagan  folk  music  style  of  their  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Russian  and  cover  Heathenism  and  Ancient  Traditions  with  some  reference  to  both  Nordic  and  Slavic  Pagan  Gods.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  VOlkolak  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  folk  music,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Freedom  Or  Death"  "Valley  Of  Witches"  and  "Raven  Calling  to  The  Sky".  8  out  of  10.


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Taakeferd/Mitt septer for et tusenårsrike/Apocalyptic Empire Records/2021 CD Review

 


  Taakeferd  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Mitt  septer  for  et  tusenårsrike"  which  was  released  by  Apocalyptic  Empire  Records.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Most  of  the  vocals  are  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  nordic  style  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  80's  hard  rock/metal  influences  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  vocals  also  adding  in  a  semi  melodic  yet  rough  style.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  remain  true  to  an  old  school  style  and  on  later  tracks  go  into  more  of  a  melodic  direction  along  with  the  music  also  capturing  the  raw  energy  of  punk  rock  at  times.  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  also  adding  in  elements  of  thrash  metal, throat  singing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  songs.


  All  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  the  closing  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover  death  and  vanity,  the  ethical  and  categorical  limits  of  human  existence,  and  the  boundaries  of  truth  and  knowledge.


  In  my  opinion  Taakeferd  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mitt  septer  for  et  tusenårsrike"  "Ørkenfødsel"  "Sminket  i  aske"  and  "Sørger  over  sine".  8  out  of  10.


Website: http://www.taakeferd.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TAAKEFERDofficial
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialTaakeferd
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7zVnMnj2b0cfWcfYtQObFj
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/APOCALYPTICEMPIRE/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/apocalypticempirerecords
Other: https://www.facebook.com/AER666
 

  

Sylvan Interview

 

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

We are a group of three from New York. We have played music together in various forms for quite a long time. Sylvan is our first public project.

 

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

  With “Nótt” we sought to emulate the aesthetic of the second wave of black metal.


3.On the ep you did one song that was black metal and one that was dark ambient,  are you also going to expand on both styles on future releases?

  Future releases will certainly expand on both sounds.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?

  While I’m not particularly interested in discussing lyrical themes in depth, “Abysm” generally relates to death and dissatisfaction with Being.

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

The essential muse for us is the hidden presence in the woods, the unseen Other between the bough, literal or imaginal. “Sylvan” is connotative of this.

 

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

  The artwork is a photo of a barred owl that lived in a forest near me. It appeared nearly every night while  “Nótt” was being written and recorded. I was lucky enough to capture a decent photo and it seemed the obvious choice for artwork.

7.Is the band open to doing any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?

We absolutely plan to play shows, once it is safe to do so.

 

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

“Nótt” will be released through Witchcult Records in the coming months.

 

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

I can not speak to any kind of worldwide perception of our music, but the reception we have received has been positive.

 

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

We are not exactly sure when the full length will be ready for release. We are currently writing material for it. We are also working on another ep set for release prior to a full length. There isn’t any prescriptive musical direction. Right now we play music that may be regarded as black metal. Who knows what we will be doing in the future. 

 

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?

We have had numerous influences over the years. Our earliest influences included Agalloch, Darkthrone, Wolves in the Throne Room. Today we are really inspired by and listen heavily to Djevel. The Devil’s Blood is also a huge influence. In fact, fans of The Devil’s Blood should keep an eye out for our next ep. 

 

12.Does Occultism play any role in your music?

It’s not an intrinsic influence. I am interested in Sabbatic Witchcraft and Traditional Witchcraft more broadly. I wouldn’t properly call myself a practitioner of either Craft. I’m more interested in the Craft as a mode of relating to the external world. In this sense the Occult influences my role in the music. I can’t speak to the influence of the Occult for the other members. 

 

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

Thank you for the interview. Our next ep should be released by the end of this Summer. Keep an eye out for it.

https://sylvanian.bandcamp.com/album/n-tt

Monday, May 3, 2021

Todesfall Interview

 

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


- Deimos : I had a lot of ideas and music which I wanted to make into something coherent, so when I met D.(Joys of Life), who shared similar ideological and musical views, we joined forces and around 2019 created Todesfall.


- D. : Somewhere back in 2017 I met Deimos in person, we had a rather short conversation about our musical workings and caught up later many times, discussing and sharing ideas about art and other philosophical topics. After a while I brought up the thought of working together, since I already had a set up studio in Temerin where I was recording by myself, as he had musical ideas of his own, sharing many points with my past workings. Once the details were discussed, the musical project was formed. He delivered on the songwriting side, while I worked on the rhythm section and wrote and recorded the vocals. Now the debut ist released, and we intend on continuing in this way in the future, building upon what we have learned and experienced thus far.


2.In February you also released an album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


- Deimos : The musical style you could say is more or less a primitive version of bands like Dissection, etc. We stayed away from the raw necro sound, and took a quasi modern approach to the music and production, which also serves very well as a musical foundation on which we can build upon with next releases.


- D. : In our minds, once the songs came together one by one, we have agreed without words that the sound is going to go in a more melodic and dynamic direction, pulling each others visions and thoughts higher as all became now the finished work. From my standpoint, I wanted to take a step forward regarding the production, being cleaner and less lo-fi than my earlier work. Perhaps the biggest change for me,was my decision to write the lyrics in english instead of german as in all my earlier musical work.


3.Your main lyrical topics are Chaosophy, Death Worship., Alchemy and Gnosticism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the esoteric arts?


- Deimos : It is less of an interest,and more of a way of living.


- D. : As if it was always there as a seed longing to blossom or a tumor becoming malignant. As many times, it was in the end always solitary, guided by intuition and the bottomless inspiration of the Current. The One, whose embrace we are growing to welcome in ever openness.


4.When i read the lyrics I could see that you have studied both Eastern and Western Occultism, how would you compare these two different cultures?


- D. : I believe that eclecticism is very important in our Work, for He who goes by many names, yet cannot be described by any, is experienced in infinite ways, shaded by the limited minds of the individuals or groups through and to which is spoken. As every occultists encounters differ, so are no paths to be followed blindly, for the true occultist learns from their wisdom and practice and incorporates it in his own Work. Of course there are the differences in translations and applications of insights, because of the above mentioned points, yet when distilled and channeled properly, they guide to the same one essence.


5.You also have some gnostic and qabalistic orientated topics, do you go for more of the darker side of these paths instead of the more right hand path that some of these tend to follow at times?


- Deimos : Of course, for where there is thesis,there also must be an antithesis. Even in those paths that are leaning more to the RHP, you can still find the "other", the antinomy, and exactly from that shadow that infests, we draw inspiration.


- D. : As mentioned in an earlier answer, one has to open himself fully to the limitlessness, undergoing the necessary changes in oneself to rise as one with it. Without delving too deep into details, these limits, often manifesting in personal and transpersonal realms are indeed to be broken in accordance with the Will of the practitioner for its own furthering, being therefore committed without borders and restrictions until all is nothing and nothing is all. Therefore, the former would better describe our approach.


6.What is it that you feel separates you from other occult black metal bands?


- Deimos : Our belief is everything to us, therefore, music (art) as a tool for expressing our ideas has great importance. Our devotion surpasses everyday banalities and our faith is true.


- D. : Todesfall is our shared vision which breathes our impressions and experiences into a musical body. Every pair of eyes sees differently. If a listener is able to connect with these vibrations and become open to them, this vision has succeeded.


7.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Todesfall'?


- D. : We were contemplating some time on the name. One day Deimos mentioned Todesfall in a conversation, which stuck for the both of us out of many reasons. Being a compound word in german which is to be translated primarily as death, as in ,,case of death”, but also more freely as ,, the Fall of death”, it has been decided to continue under this name.   


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


- Deimos : The idea for the artwork came spontaneously, and was done by hand by me and my girlfriend, it represents an illustrative culmination of all the 9 songs, and the goal we try to achieve with this album.


9.In the promo pics you are also wearing some masks, do these have more of a ritualistic meaning to them?


- Deimos : For us it does. Masks have been part of ritualistic traditions for a long time, and for a good reason.


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


- Deimos : I guess it's positive,we didn't really get that much "worldwide" feedback for our music.


11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on 'Todesfall"?


- Deimos : As mentioned above,bands like Dissection and Watain were a major influence. The Polish, Swedish, Icelandic scenes played also a big role in shaping my musical vision. That said, all the black metal I consume and enjoy has been a great influence on me.


- D. : While the writing process still was in work, I listened mostly to contemporary, rather dissonant black metal acts, so I would say that perhaps those had the biggest influence on me, although musically different. I would also have to mention the various dungeon synth projects I listen to.


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


- Deimos : Thank you OccultBlackMetal zine.


You can listen to us at : https://todesfall.bandcamp.com/releases


- D. : Thank you for the opportunity to be heard and keep up the good Work! ! !

HS! ! ! 


Sunday, May 2, 2021

Roraima/WR/2021 Full Length Review

 


  Rorima  are  a  duo  from  Venezuela  that  plays  a  folk  inspired  form  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  album  "WR".


  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  and  also  bring  in  elements  of  folk  music  onto  the  recording  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can b e  heard.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  some  songs  also  adding  in  some  clean  vocals  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  nature  sounds  onto  the  album,  they  also  bring  in  a  few  instrumentals  which  also  adds  in  some  touches  of  pre  Hispanic  music.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  ancestral  nature  and  the  shamanism,  history  and  mythology  of  the  aboriginal  people  of  their  homeland.    


  In  my  opinion  Rorima  are  a  very  great  sounding  folk  inspired  atmospheric  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Waraira  Repano"  "La  Bruja  Del  Avila"  "Ecos  Lejanos"  and  "Eclipse".  8  out  of  10.

https://roraima1.bandcamp.com/album/wr


https://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Roraima/WR/933620

 www.facebook.com/roraimabanda

 www.instagram.com/roraima_bm

www.youtube.com/channel/UCnq6Hizs-rtMsEi0iALvE5A  

Apocalyptic Leaders/The Worst Punishment/The Blood Offering/2021 Cassette Review


 

  Apocalyptic  Leaders  are  a  solo  project  from  Greece  that  recently  had  music  reviewed  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "The  Worst  Punishment"  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  The  Blood  Offering.


  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.


  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decnet  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  as  well as  adding  in  some  elements  of  post  black  metal  at  times,  one  of  the  tracks  is  also  an  instrumental.    


  On  this  album  Apocalyptic  Leaders  mixes  the  raw,  atmospheric,  melodic  and  post  styles  of  black  metal  to  create  an  album  that  is  even  darker  than  his  previous  release.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Apocalyptic  Leaders  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Worst  Punishment"  "Sharp  Knife"  and  "Endless  Ignorance".  8  out  of  10.


thebloodoffering.bandcamp.com/album/the-worst-punishment           

De Arma/Strayed In Shadows/Trollmusic/2021 CD Review

 


  De  Arma  are  a  duo  from  Sweden  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  moves  away  from  the  avant  garde  and  ambient  style  of  post  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  goes  for  a  mixture  of  melancholic  metal,  goth  rock,  shoegaze  and  post  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Strayed  in  Shadows"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Trollmusic.


  80's  style  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier,  melodic  and  melancholic  direction.  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  clean  gothic  rock  style  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.


  Some  of  the  beats  are  programmed  while  the  music  still  has  a  good  use  of  real  drums  along  with  some  elements  of  post  punk  also  being  utilized  at  times.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  songs  also  adding  in  a  good  amount  of  clean  playing.


  Touches  of  shoegaze  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  one  of  the  tracks  also  introducing  female  vocals  into  the  music  as  well  as  some  of  the  clean  guitars  also  adding  in  some  full  chords,  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  and  on  the  closing  track  the  music  speeds  up  and  adds  in  some  black  metal  style  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  melancholic  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  De  Arma  and  while  some  black  metal  fans  might  not  like  the  new  direction,  I  can  see  this  appealing  to  fans  of  gothic  rock  and  melancholic  metal.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pain  Of  The  Past"  "Horror  in  the  Dark"  and  "You  Wher  Blood".  8  out  of  10.


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