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Saturday, June 19, 2021

Laracna/Nec Spe Nec Metu/2021 EP Review

 


  Laracna  are  a  solo  project  from  Brazil  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2021  ep  "Nec  Spe  Nec  Metu".


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  in  between  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  while  dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.


  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  programmed  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  good  amount  of  dark  metal  elements  as  well  s  the  solos  and  leads  also  remaining  true  to  an  old  school  style  when  they  are  utilized  and  all  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a   heavier  direction.


  On  this  recording  Laracna  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  sounding  as  well  as  adding  in  some  touches  of  dark  and  death  metal  to  make  the  music  more  dark  and  aggressive  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  as  mixture  of  Portuguese  and  English  and  cover  Anti  Religion,  Philosophy  and  History  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  laracna  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  with  some  touches  of  dark  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cursed  God"  and  "Deo  Tacita".  8  out  of  10.


  

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Aversio Humanitatis/Silent Dwellers Live MMXX/2021 Live Album Review

 


  Spain's  Aversio  Humanitatis  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  an  aggressive  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  live  album  "Silent  Dwellers  Live  MMXX".


  Dark  soundscapes  and  synth  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.  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  while  dissonant  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a v ery  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments,  melodic  choirs  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.


  On  this  recording  Aversio  Humanitas  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  fast,  aggressive,  dissonant  and  atmospheric  moments  as  well  as  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  death  metal  elements.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  recorded  live  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  humanity  and  nihilism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Aversio  Humanitatis  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  aggressive  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  live  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Longing  For  The  Untold"  "The  Watcher  In  the  Walls"  "Spears  of  Unlight"  and  "The  Wanderer  Of  Abstract  Paths".  8  out  of  10.


-Bandcamp: https://aversiohumanitatis.bandcamp.com/album/silent-dwellers-live-mmxx

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Leiþa/Sisyphus/Noisebringer Records/2021 Full Length Review

 


   Leiþa  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  progressive  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  jazz  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Sisyphus"  which  will  be  released  on  June  25th  by  Noisebringer  Records.


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  blast  beats  are  also  added  into  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  progressive  sounding  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  showing  an  influence  of  jazz  music  as  well  as  one  of  the  songs  also  introducing  whispered  vocals  onto  the  recording,  as  the  album  progresses  an  instrumental  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  depression,  suicide,  self  hatred  and  futility  with  some  philosophical  and  mythological  touches.


  In  my  opinion   Leiþa  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  black  metal  band  with  some  elements  of  jazz  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sisyphus"  "Prometheus"  and  "Tote  dich".  8  out  of  10.


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Aralus/There Is A Blurry Light Against The Twisted Branches/2021 EP Review

 


  Aralus  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  blackgaze  and  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2021  ep  "There  Is  A  Blurry  Light  Against  The  Twisted  Branches".


  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  ep  while  the  cleaner  sections  also  bring  in  elements  of  post  rock  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  rtiffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Touches  of  shoegaze  can  also b e  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  the  music  also  has  its  experimental  and  progressive  moments.  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  that  are  mixed  down  in  the  mix    when  they  are  utilized  and  most  of  the track  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.


  When  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast beats  can  also  be  heard  which  gives  the  song  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  closing  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  Aralus  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  blackgaze  and  post  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "We  Are  the  Dream  Of  Another  Dreamers"  and  "Scarlet  Leaves  Painted  By  Forgotten  Effigies".  8  out  of  10.


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Anti-God Hand/X/2021 EP Review

 


  Anti-God  Hand  are  a  band  from  Canada  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  cosmic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  ep  "X".


  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  lo-fi  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  riffing.


  Distorted  sounds  can  also  be  heard  briefly while  the  music  also  captures  a  very  cosmic  and  atmospheric  orientated  vibe  at  times.  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  it  is  utilized  and  on  the  closing  track  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  when  the  music  speeds  up.


  On  this  recording  Anti-God  Hand  takes  their  cosmic  style  of  black  metal  into  even  more  of  a  rawer  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  cosmic  themes.


 In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Anti-God  Hand  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  cosmic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Enchiridion  Thrones".  8  out  of  10.


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Friday, June 18, 2021

Golden Ashes/A Lightless Christ Shuns The Crown Of Divinity/Improved Sequence/2021 Full Length Review

 


  Netherland's  solo  project  Golden  Ashes  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  a  raw  and  symphonic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "A  Lightless  Christ  Shuns  The  Crown  Of  Divinity"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Improved  Sequence.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  symphonic  elements  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  side  of  the  music.  A  lot  of  the  music  is  also  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  along  with  the  music  being  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Some  of  the  tracks  also  adds  in  a  spoken  word  sections  along  with  the  music  also  capturing  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere  at  times  as  well  as  the  synths  also  adding  in  touches  of  ambient  on  later  songs.


  On  this  recording  Golden  Ashes  takes  a  very  raw  and  lo-fi  form  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  the  90's  symphonic  style  to  take  his  style  into  a  different  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Christian  Myths  and  Apocryphal  Texts.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Golden  Ashes  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  symphonic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Lightless  Christ  Shuns  The  Crown  Of  Divinity"  "Our  Skins,  Hanging  At  The  Gates  Of  Ctesiphon"  and  "The  Twilight  Pilgrims".  8  out  of  10.


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Godhead Machinery/Masquerade Among Gods/Black Lion Records/2021 EP Review

 


  Sweden's  Godhead  Machinery  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  a  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  ep  "Masquerade  Among  Gods"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Black  Lion  Records.


  Acoustic  guitars  and  nature  sounds  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  whispered  vocals  a  few  seconds  later.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  heavier  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  black  metal  screams  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording. 


  Death  metal  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  The  tracks  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized  as  well  as  a  couple  of  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing.


  On  this  recording  Godhead  machinery  go  for  more  of  a  modern  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  which  is  a  little bit  different  than  previous  releases  but  still  very  aggressive.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  dark  and  corrupt  side  of  religion  and  how  it  enslaves  mankind.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Godhead  Machinery  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Upon  His  Deceitful  Star"  and  "Masquerade  Among  Gods".  8  out  of  10.


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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Botgörelsen Interview

 

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


Botgörelsen is a solo project from Sweden. Started out as a duo. I'd describe the music as more modern than old school, with a hint of avant-garde. That is, at least, the intention of the project.


2.So far you have released a single and a full length, musically how do they both differ from each other?


The single has a slight sludge-like edge that is not present on the album. It was recorded as a trio, with a friend of mine on vocals, so it sounds different in that respect too. The single was originally intended to be a part of the album, but that changed for different reasons. I think it worked out for the best in the end, the album flows better without the single.


3.The project has been around since 2015 but waited until this year to release a full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?


As previously mentioned, Botgörelsen began as a duo. Me and a friend from my hometown. I was visiting home briefly between studies and travels. For this reason we couldn't get together and rehearse until 2018, but we spent the time in between writing music and lyrics. The album was supposed to be recorded during 2018 as well, but various reasons made it impossible, although we did end up recording the first single together with a third friend. In the end I decided to take the stuff I had written and "go solo", since we were unfortunately unable to continue as a duo or a trio.



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


The intent at the beginning was to evoke a feeling of Old Sweden, perhaps something vaguely folkloric. Remnants of that original idea can be found in songs like Själafiende and Klagan för uteblivna skördar. The former reads like a warning sermon against the Devil, the second one deals with drought and famine and was heavily influenced by Swedish literary classics such as "The Emigrants". In some cases I deliberately chose to avoid Latin and Greek loanwords in the lyrics, in order "to implicitly set the ambiance in a somewhat hazy past.", to quote a fellow musician. Over time the intent has evolved, and I examine different aspects of the human condition in general in my lyrics. Other lyrics are no more than the raw expression of personal, negative emotions. The first single is an example of this.


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


The name translates roughly to "the penance". It takes inspiration from flagellants, medieval and modern. There is something that fascinates me about flagellants, the act of taking intense emotions like guilt and shame and turning them into very tangible actions - maybe even creating a sense of pride and purpose. On some level I can understand it, given how powerful guilt, shame and fear can be. As such, the name is important to me on a personal level.


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


It relates directly to the band name and the meaning behind it. More specifically, it's based on a piece of performance art called "Der Mutterseelenalleinring", by German artist Micha Brendel. I can't speak to the intent of the original artist, but the aesthetics fit the vibe I wanted to create. The woodcut look of the cover art goes hand in hand with the feeling of Old, which I mentioned earlier. The version on the cover was made by a talented artist named Stefan Rindler.


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


I have a pretty clear vision of where I want to take things, so for now I'm comfortable working alone. But I wouldn't mind bringing in "hired guns" on future releases, to cover instruments I can't play myself. My life outside of Botgörelsen has meant a lot of moving around, which isn't ideal for creating a stable group. Giving a concert or two in the future would be interesting, if the circumstances allow it.


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


I am looking for a label, yes. So far a few distributors have expressed their interest, we'll see where I end up. I'm more interested in finding a label with the right attitude and aesthetics, rather than accepting any offer to get my music out.


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


So far reactions have been really positive. I was surprised to read many positive comments about the vocals, since it's my first time really using my voice beyond backing vocals. 


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


Since the first album was almost done in 2018, I've had the time to flesh out the direction for the next album (and even some stuff for the next release after that). The second album will be slightly more cohesive on a conceptual level, and I will be taking the music to some places that are new to me personally. However, the sound is still very much Botgörelsen.


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?


Within black metal, I take influence from acts like Leviathan (US), Shining, and the more melodic passages of Deathspell Omega. But while the skeleton and spirit of this body is indeed black metal, I'd say a lot of the flesh comes from music completely unrelated to metal. Be it classical music, bossa nova or even hip hop. After all, darkness is not unique to black metal. One of my biggest influences in recent years has been Agnes Obel.

Recent musical binges of mine include The Mars Volta and Imperial Triumphant. I'm also looking forward to Hellige's upcoming release - whose first single Hueste has some of the most blood-curdling vocals I've heard in a while.


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


Thank you for your time. This is just the beginning!


S / Botgörelsen


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Vrexiza/Self Titled/2021 Demo Review

 


  Vrexiza  are  a  band  from  Toronto,  Ontario,  Canada  that  plaqys  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2021  demo  which  will b e  released  in  July  by  Signal  Rex.


  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later.  When  the  music  speeds  up a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  music  also  shows  influences  of  the  French,  Finnish  and  Ukrainian  scenes.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  also b e  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  whole  recording  also  sticking  to  a  heavier  musical  direction.


  Vrexiza  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in the  Western  and  Eastern  European  traditions.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  battles  and  conflicts  around  the  globe  if  centuries  past  and  going  into  the  Germanic  Tribes,  Roman  Empire,  Napoleonic  Wars  and  WWII.


  In  my  opinion  Vrexiza  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Iron  Spectres"  and  "Corpses  Of  Fervor".  8  out  of  10.


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Xasthur/Victims Of The Times/Lupus Lounge/Prophecy Productions/2021 CD Review

 


  Xasthur  are  a  band  from  the  United  States  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  moves  away  from  a  depressive  black  metal  style  and  goes  into  more  of  an  acoustic  acid  folk  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Victims  Of  The  Times"  which  will  be  released  in  July  as  a  joint  effort  between  Lupus  Lounge  and  Prophecy  Productions.


  Keyboards  and  slide  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  Americana  elements.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  dark  sounding  as  well  as  adding  in  a  lot  of  acoustic  guitars  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  lot  of  folk  influences.


  Touches  of  acid,    tech  folk  and  bluegrass  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  instrumentals  along  with  the  acoustic  guitars  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  finger  picking  and  full  chords.

  

At  times  the  music  also  captures  the  dark  atmosphere  of  black  and  doom  metal  without  ever  adding  in  any  heaviness  or  distorted  instruments  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  psychedelic  moments.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  covers  a  road  trip  through  the  dark  underbelly  of  the  American  Dream.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Xasthur  and  while  some  black  metal  fans  might  not  like  the  new  direction,  I  can  see  this  album  appealing  to  fans  of  neo  folk.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Same  old  Suspects"  "Fairy  Tale  Ideologies"  "Estranged"  and  "Voluntary  Prisoners".  8  out  of  10.


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Animal Man Machine/Until We See The Light/Caverna Abismal Records/2021 CD Review

 


  Animal  Man  Machine  are  a  solo  project  from  Greece  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Until  We  See  The  Light"  which  was  released  by  Caverna  Abismal  Records  which  also  consists  of  his  2020  ep  "The  Cruelty  of  Light"  as  bonus  tracks.


  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  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.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences.


  Synths  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times  and  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  dark  atmosphere.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  whispered  vocals  also  being  utilized on  some  of  the  tracks  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  gave  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  a  couple  of  songs  also  being  brief  dungeon  synth  interludes  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing,  as  the  album  progresses  ther e is  also  a  brief  use  of  melodic  yet  ritualistic  chants.  The  first  bonus  track  also  adds  in  a b rief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  and  the  earlier  material  shows  a  lot  more  of  a  90's  style  than  the  newer  material.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Luciferian,  Occultism,  Darkness  and  Evil  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Animal  Man  Machine  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Transformation"  "Forces  of  Evil"  "Enter  The  Darkness"  and  "Telos".  8  out  of  10.


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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Viserion/Natural Selection/2021 Full Length Review

 


  Viserion  are  a  band  from  New  York  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  album  "Natural  Selection"  which  will  be  released  in  August.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  is  also h eavily  rooted  in t he  90's  era  but  with  some  modern  touches.  Some  of  the  riffing  also  shows  an  influence  of  death  metal  along  with  a  couple  of  tracks  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  as  well  as  some  growls  also  being  utilized  on  a  few  songs.


  Viserion  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  old  school,  and  traditional  sounding  as  well  as  adding  in  touches  of  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Viserion  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  black/death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Desolation"  "Natural  Selection"  and  "Malevolent".  8  out  of  10.


https://viserion.bandcamp.com/album/death-dealer

https://www.instagram.com/viserion_official     

Pagansarv Interview

 

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

 

A: Hello and thank you for your interest.

Pagansarv is an Estonian black metal band and it was created in 2021 as a one man studio project. Actually it is an older band with a new name as my writing style changed and the band`s old name “Worse Than Failure” just did not fit anymore. Before it was more death metal but now there are more black metal riffs mixed with other styles.

To have Pimedus as a singer was a no brainer cause we have worked together before and I knew his vocals very well.

So basically if you like black metal which goes from slow to fast, has some melodic parts with pagan themed lyrics, this should be your cup of tea for sure.

 

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

 

A: Yes, our album “Kaarnakarva” has been out for a week now. Actually this album is a mixture of old classics (mostly from Scandinavia) that I have been listening to over the years. There can be elements that are recognizable from here and there. Mostly from BM bands. I have never been into experimental and new crazy things. That can be heard on the record. So our style is more traditional. 

 

 

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

 

P: Main topics, as our deceptions of life and search of nature`s essence, contains criticism of great idealistic belief systems or faith in endless materialistic progress that fall down to basic human fears and denial of death themes. This mixture of our insanity has been added in lyrics with some true heathen symbolism.

 

 

4.Both of the band members are veterans in the Estonian black metal scene, what is it that you bring into the music of 'Pagansarv' that you were not able to do with your other bands?

 

A: Both of us have been holding our heads quite low for some time now and it was time to show that we are not dead and gone. That is the main reason for that record. As I mentioned before, I was writing more death metal earlier. So what we could or could not do previously was not the case.

 

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

 

A: As Estonians have always liked to do things their own way, then “Pagan” is a symbol of freedom and free will. “Sarv - Horn”, is a symbol of nature and all living things that surrounds us. 

 

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

 

A: That painting I got from a famous local artist Lembit Sarapuu (90 years old). It was painted by his mother in the 60s. And I fell for it as I saw it on TV for the first time.

This art shows exactly how beautiful Estonian nature is and it is filled with forest and lakes.

 

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?

 

A: I think we will stay as a duo right now. Don't see any need for a change. Will see what is going to happen in the future.

 

8.The album was released on 'Warhorn Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

 

Right now this label is focused on releasing  Estonian underground music and introducing it to the world. Just pure heart and good will from one man assisted by other underground musicians. Big props to him. It is a small label that has a big future, I am sure of it. 

 

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

 

It has been a big surprise actually. All feedback I have heard so far has been only positive. 

Sorry, I lied. One person told me that he did not like one bass drum pattern, but I don`t count that because it was a friend. Hopefully more people will find our music and let us be part of their lives.

 

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

 

I am positive that I want to make music that is not just one style. I am not that much of a true black metal person but definitely it will be black metal mostly, cause this is where my heart is.

 

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?

 

I mostly listen to BM right now. It has found a place in me. If I have to pick a few favourites I would say Whoredom Rife and Nordjevel. Of Course there are many legendary bands that I like. If you listen to Pagansarv then you will find out yourself. 

 

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

 

Support music and other art forms!


 https://warhorn.bandcamp.com/album/kaarnakarva


https://www.facebook.com/pagansarvofficial


Xanathar Interview

 

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


First of all, thanks for the interview!


Xanathar is a one-man Black Metal/Dungeon synth band from Italy born during the mess of 2020.


I’ve always had different musical projects in my mind during the last years, I've recorded a lot in quite different genres but without releasing anything.


2020 was a really tough year and I was really in need of creating something fun, so I've worked hard to finish this EP.




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


My aim is to combine my passion for the classic metal of the 80s with raw black metal.


On this EP you’ll find melodic vocals and doomy riffs blended with tons of screams and blast beats!


This project for me is pure fun, I've tried to mix everything I love in music and I hope that the listener could experience the same!



3.Your lyrics are a tribute to the 'Heroes Of Darkmoon', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this game?


I’m old enough to have grown up playing PC games in the 90s so, when I was thinking of some subject suitable for the epic atmospheres of the project I immediately came up with one of my favorite games of all time, "Eye of the Beholder II"!


I know it's a bit niche but for me it means a lot!



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


Xanathar is the name of a Beholder, also the final boss on the first E.O.B. game, I was sure that was already taken because it sounds badass, when I found that there were no bands with that name, I immediately took it! 


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


For the logo and artwork I have chosen professionals, I think that it’s an essential part of the project and should not be overlooked.


The logo is from Russia by the excellent "Kod's Metal Logo" ( https://www.instagram.com/metallogos/ ), he did a great job capturing the heart of the project.


For the artwork I commissioned from a super talented local artist, I've asked something that could suit the atmospheres of the song "Descending into the darkness" and I was not disappointed!



6.Are there any plans for any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?


  I’m quite sure that Xanathar will remain a studio project, but if in the future I’ll find some musicians who knows!  


7.So far very little is known about the band, are you planning on expanding your presence or do you prefer to keep a lower profile?


I’ll try to release as much as possible on Bandcamp, I 've tons of ideas and I hope to create something interesting in the future, shaping a more personal style. 


If those ideas will draw the interest of labels and listeners will be great!



8.The ep was released on 'Spirit Coffin Publishing', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?


I’m very happy to have met Josh from Spirit Coffin, he's a very professional person with a great experience in music. 


His site grizzlybutts.com is an essential resource for any music lover!



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


I’ve made little promotion so far, as you can see in this interview, I'm not really a talker!!!


I just post my music in Bandcamp and Instagram but I’m extremely happy about the reaction I received, I've met a lot of skilled musicians and interesting people, for me it is more than enough!

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Sundrowned/Become Ethereal/Fysisk Format/2021 Full Length Review

 


  Sundrowned  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Become  Ethereal"  which  will  be  released  on June  18th  by  Fysisk  Format.


  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  very  aggressive  post  metal  style  along  with  some  elements  of  sludge  metal  also  being  added  into  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  elements,  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  an  ethereal  atmosphere,  one  song  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Norwegian  and  cover  the  different  facets  of  humanity,  classical  alchemy  and  the  search  for  perfection.


  In  my  opinion  Sundrowned  are  a  very  great  sounding  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Babel"  "La  Tristesse"  and  "monarch".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/SundrownedBand    

Eden/The First Circle/Brucia Records/2021 FUll Length Review

 


  Eden  are  a  musical  project  from  an  unknown  area  that  consists  of  underground  metal  veterans  and  plays  a  mixture  of  post  black  metal,  hardcore,  industrial  and  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "The  First  Circle"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Brucia  Records.


  Clean  playing  and  harsh  noises  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  programmed  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later.  Elements  of  industrial  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  some  touches  of  hardcore  and  post  metal.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  along  with  some  melodies  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.


  Spoken  word  parts  can  also be  heard  briefly  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  chanting  as  well  as  most  of  the  music  sticking  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction,  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  also  gets  more  avant  garde  and  experimental  sounding.   When  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  are  also  utilized  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling,    clean  vocals  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  on  the  closing  song,.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  lunacy,  terror  and  fear  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  Eden  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  post  black  metal,  hardcore,  industrial  and  noise  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Gehenna"  and  "Your  Void  Is  Mine".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.instagram.com/edenischaos/


The track "Gehenna" is already available HERE.  

Eisregen/Goat Funeral/bitterböse/Massacre Records/2021 Split Album Review

 


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Germany's  Eisregen  and  Goat  Funeral  called  "bitterböse"  which  will  be  released  on  June  18th,  2021  by  Massacre  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Eisregen  who  return  with  their  dark  mixture  of  black  and  gothic  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  horror  movie  style  keyboards  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times  as  well  as  having  their  gothic  moments.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  Clear  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  their  side  of  the  recording  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  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


 Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  tracks  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  utilized  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  death,  gore,  cannibalism,  necrophilia  and  murder  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from Eisregen  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bitterböse"  and  "Nur  eine  weitere  Leiche  im  Wald".


  Next  up  is  Goat  Funeral  who  return  with t heir  satanic  and  occult  style  of  black  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  ritualistic  sounding  synths,  drum  beats  and  whispered  voices  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  synths  also  mixing  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  German  and  cover  Goats,  Satanism,  Luciferian,  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Goat  Funeral  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  satanic  and  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Spoon  Full  Of  Peace"  and  "Satan  Calls".  


 In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  German  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.


https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Eisregen/2392#


https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Goat_Funeral/3540259697

Monday, June 14, 2021

Botgörelsen/Att Kuva det Upproriska Köttet/2021 Full Length Review

 


  Botgörelsen  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  experimental  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2021  album  "Att  Kuva  det  Upproriska Köttet".


  Dark  yet  melodic  guitar  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  that  also  have  their  deep  and  angry  moments  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  sounding  without  losing  any  aggression  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving t he  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  couple  of  tracks  also  adding  in  some  angry  sounding  spoken  words  as  well  as  the  music  also  capturing  a  very  depressive  atmosphere  at  times,  when  synths  are  utilized  briefly  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  darkness,  evil,  death  and  anti  religion  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Botgörelsen  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "De  Fallfärdigas  Vallfärd"  and  "Skänklåt  till  Solen".  8  out  of  10.


https://botgorelsen.bandcamp.com/album/att-kuva-det-upproriska-k-ttet-2


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwZHmNXom2w

https://www.facebook.com/botgorelsen/    

Phraxathon Interview

 

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

Phraxathon was born as a project for a "compilation" of old songs. I started playing them again, incorporating some riff and finally a handful of songs emerged that I decided to record

 2.A few months you you also released a full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?

Well, it has always been a very old school style, note that I have grown up with Sepultura, with Maiden, Hypocrisy, Immortal ... in the end it gets stuck in your DNA. Some riffs are more Heavy, others more Thrash, but always with that Death-Black Metal backdrop

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

Like old themes, most already had lyrics assigned to them, or at least the main concept. But with age there are subjects that particularly fascinate me, such as the human capacity to build gods around religions and to chain oneself to their false prophets. Follow The Black Bird talks about it, and how when you follow the black bird (the one that goes outside the pattern), you grow as a person

4.After you old band 'Asepsia' you disappeared from the music scene for more than 20 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

The main problem when you are in a band is focusing in one direction for everyone. During 20 years you mature a lot, you have a greater perspective on things ... and now you have many more tools to develop and publish your ideas! There were some projects that didn't quite get started, so I've basically been playing at home and listening to music.

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

Remembering more than 20 years ago is complicated, because that was when it came up and I saw that it would be perfect (then and now). It's a play on words, a contraction, from Romanized Thai and Ancient Egypt. A rough definition could be "the divine god of everything"; we are this divinity only we need to find it

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

 It is a place with a lot of mysticism, walking in that grove made me connect with myself, feeling that there is something beyond the path of life and death that we all travel (and that it is up to us how to do it) 

7.With this project you recorde everything by yourself but also have experience working with musicians, how would you compare the two?

It is impossible to compare it! Being alone, you will not have anyone who gives you contrary opinions and it is easy to fall into egotism. Although the compositions and ideas are more focused, it is always positive to have other points of view and that is what gives you to play with more people 

 

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

 I have no interest in signing anything, the album is free on Bandcamp and the like ... there has been some approach but I have not really paid attention to it 

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

It has been curious because it has moved a lot on platforms such as Torrent and similar (when the work is free for download on bandcamp). Being a personal project I did not expect anything, but there has been quite a lot of acceptance, especially in Eastern Europe and Central & South America

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

 I am composing, calmly, some new songs, something more conceptual. With the pandemic crisis, I have seen how people have related to their spirituality, many thinking that they have been punished, others that they have been used by their religion and preachers. I hope I don't have to wait another 20 years! 

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?

I keep listening to a lot of the 90-00s, european Black-Death especially, but also metal and rock. As bands I have been surprised by the return of Immortal (Northern ..) and more current for example Spectral Wound or the compatriots Daemonic (from Jaen, very raw black metal with their lastest demo, Demon's Genocide)

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


listen, think, but never lose yourself under anything or anyone. Thank you very much for your time and review.