Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Moorah interview

 

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


We are post black metal band from Prague, Czech Republic. You can hear elements of European old school black metal, post- metal but also some trash metal riffing or post punk rhythms in our music. Anyway, it is not any kind of ‘cross-over’ nor it is a purpose to be different. I just feel like the message that strongly stands behind the music has chosen the form. Really, when started writing and recording the music, I had no idea whether I will make some alt-rock, metal, shoegaze or grunge. I had absolute freedom. The covid thing just started, I lost my professional career, relationships, some friends… everything. Everything! I just took my old guitar, basic equipment and started to write and record with no intention, no expectations. It was just so natural and intuitive. I was really surprised by the intensity and rawness of the music I created. It was like ‘Oh, I created a monster… a living monster with its own purpose…’


2.In December you have your first full length coming out, musically how does it differ from your previous demo and ep?


The main difference is that the new album is recorded by the band. Demos have been recorded only by myself. The upcoming album includes the tracks some fans know from demos plus several brand new tracks. Anyway, even the new album contains some tracks recorded with my DIY approach – guitars recorded in old abandoned wine cellar, vocals recorded in my Bohemian forests or my car (the only place I could roar full-throttle during hard lockdown). They just got proper mastering - without losing their authenticity – and of course – real tectonic drums of our mighty hero Ferenc Feco, who spent his innocent musical youth in legendary Master’s Hammer.


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


The truth vs. false religions, the regularity of great world events, the fate of the individual in the midst of great world events, the rise of self-awareness... Some of Moorah’s lyrics are based on my previously published poetry, some are brand new. What I love about black metal is its fans. Deep, authentic, original, sensitive people who care. They perceive lyrics, they think about them… they translate them if a band they love have lyrics in some ‚strange‘ language like Norwegian, or Czech.


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


Phonetically, ‘Moorah’ sounds like ‘moth’ in Czech language. A moth explores darkness, but seeks the light. Maybe it flies towards the light empowered by its unique experience of the dark… In some languages Moorah means a very spiritual person who often relies on intuition for decision making. A person whose mind is rich and deep, but often closed for other people. A person that sometimes need seclusion in order to gain clarity about what is going on in its life.


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


I have already mentioned the moth… the one on the album cover has some non standard features – seeing eyes on its wings and antenna… A seeing, perceiving moth on a front of a geometric shape consisting of two triangles. And the sacred geometry on the back of the album… you will see. I could talk hours about its meaning.


6.Gas the band had any opportunities to do any live shows?


Fortunately yes. It is possible to do live shows here these days, so we have some awesome shows and also some not so awesome shows behind us. We are becoming ready for some serious touring and we are very excited about meeting our fans on live gigs.


7.The new album is going to be released on 'Art Gates Records', how did you get in contact with this label?


Some six moths above we were in a strange situation… the final mix of the album was about to be finished, when the boss of our label and our great supporter suddenly and unexpectedly died. I have addressed some labels that I know then and the guys at Art Gates Records seemed excited about the music we make and took care about the necessary business so we can concentrate on creating and playing music. I’m very thankful for their support.


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


We haven’t had the chance to speak with our fans abroad face to face yet. From what I see on our social networks and in messages we keep receiving, fans enjoy our authenticity and good old drive they know from old black metal acts that have created the genre (yeah, our drummer was one of the BM godfathers and you really can hear it), but in the same time they enjoy the creativity behind the music. The fact that we don’t have two similar tracks.


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


It’s hard to think about the future of our music, when the presence is so rich and so alive… It just will happen… depending on the circumstances. The live is always in motion. Maybe our next record will be more tight, compact, atmospheric… recalling my last music ideas, maybe we will have more slower compositions.


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


I don’t really thing that any music has influence on my songwriting and compositions. I wrote and extreme metal album without much listening to extreme metal. I just know some music has influence on my guitar playing technically, so I have more and more tools for expressing what I feel that needs to be expressed in our music. 


The more I play music, the less time I spend listening to music. Recalling what I have been listening to last months some local indie bands from 90’s, some local actual club bands, from worldwide known bands there are last records of big metal acts, but also some clever pop as The Garbage… and of course long time favourite Anathema. I really like bands that have somehow evolved. Not only technically but also spiritually. Maybe a little bit surprising for a frontman of an extreme metal band…  We have different tastes in Moorah. Some guys listens to 80’s metal, death metal, bass player is a death metal fan… we came from different subcultures, but we love what we do.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?


Music, visual arts and literature are my biggest passion. But I also like spending time in wild nature and I practise muay-thai and tactical shooting.


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


Thank you for your interest and good questions!

Suicidal/Secrets From Beyond/Depressive Illusions Records/2021 Compilation Album Review

 


  Suicidal  are  a  band  from  Singapore  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  compilation  album  "Secrets  From  Beyond"  which  was  released  by  Depressive  Illusions  Records.


  Horror  movie  style  keyboards  start  off  the  compilation  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  that  also  have  their  deeper  moments  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  Keyboards  also  making  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  remain  true  to  an  old  school  style  along  with  a  later  song  also  introducing  whispered  vocals  and  clean  playing  onto  the  compilation,  war  samples  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  a  couple  of  songs  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  chants.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the lyrics  cover  Satanism,  occultism,  Sumerian  Mythology,  Blasphemy,  Darkness,  War  and  Violence  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  from  Suicidal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal ,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kiamat"  "Dark  Rituals"  "Blasphemic  Existence"  and  "Coronation  Of  Dajjal".  8  out  of  10.


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Light Being/A Way Into Dreams/2021 Full Length Review

 


  Light  Being  are  a  solo  project  from  Moorpark,  California  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2021  album  "A  Way  Into  Dreams".


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  One  of  the  tracks  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments  without  ever  losing  any  aggression.


  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  also  being  added  into  the  guitar  riffing  at  times  as  well  as  one  song  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  album.  Synths  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  tracks  and  as  the  album  progresses  an  instrumental  can  also  be  heard,  clear  vocals  are  also  utilized  briefly  and  cello's  are  added  on  the  two  closing  songs.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  mental  illness  themes.   


  In  my  opinion  Light  Being  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Adrift"  "Shadows"  "Downpour"  and  "Petrous".  8  out  of  10.


https://lightbeing.bandcamp.com/album/a-way-into-dreams?fbclid=IwAR2FGPNUQKO_t3YgIdDs5uBRNFi5z5rEzP1m5qAbwiSJplFX5CxHhBm0bpM   

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Funeral Winds/Gruzelementen/New Era Productions/2021 Full Length Review

 


  Funeral  Winds  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  an  old  school  form  of  satanic  black  metal  as  well  as  becoming  a  solo  project  with  this  release  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Gruzelementen"  which  was  released  by  New  Era  Productions.


  Ritualistic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Evil  sounding  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  era  but  with  a  more  modern  day  aggression  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very melodic  yet  old  school  style  when  they  are  introduced  on  this  recording.  


  On this  album  Funeral  Winds  adds  in  some  more  ritualistic  touches  to  his  old  school  style  of  satanic  black  metal  to  take  his  sound  to  another  level.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Funeral  Winds  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Age  Of  Fire"  and  "The  Sword  Of  Satan".  8  out  of  10.


   

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Morgal/Nightmare Lord/Werewolf Records/2021 Full Length Review

 


  Morgal  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  melodic  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Nightmare  Lord"  which  will  be  released  on  October  29th  by  Werewolf  Records.


  Ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  epic  sounding  synths  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while t he  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  Swedish  influenced  melodies.


   Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition  while  angry  shouts  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  remaining  very  true  to  an  old  school  style.  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  also  showing  some  influences  of  the  first  wave  era,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.


  On  this  recording  Morgal  goes  for  more  of  a  raw,  old  school  and  melodic  style  of  black  emtal.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Witchery.  Rituals,  Chaos  and  War  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Morgal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Golden  Sun  Of  Satan"  "Flaming  Mouth  Of  Baphomet"  and  "Mortifer".  8  out  of  10.


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Primordial Serpent Interview

 

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


 


As of right now, I’m just waiting on the labels for sending out the physical releases for my latest album and just continuing to promote my music anyway I can


 


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


 


With Under the Sign of the Bloodmoon, I wanted to try and go for more darker and gothic direction in comparison to my previous releases. The reason why is because the subject matter that the album is centered around is a video game called Bloodborne which itself is heavily gothic themed


 


3.Since 2020 you have released a great amount of material, do you spend a lot of your time writing and creating music?


 


Absolutely.  Especially during the Covid Pandemic. There wasn’t much for me to do other than work and stay at home. So I needed to do something to occupy my time. Plus music in general is a massive part of my life


 


4.A lot of your lyrics cover Occultism, Paganism and Mythology themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in esoteric topics?


 


Well I’ve always had an interest in reading about lore of any kind ever since when I was a teen. I loved reading about stories on mythical characters and creatures as well. It was very against the norm and I always had a fascination with things that went against the norm. I’m sure there are more reasons but that’s mainly it.


 


5.You also cover some Dark Fantasy themes lyrically, can you tell us a little bit more about how this topic has an influence on your songwriting?


 


Growing up, I played a fair bit of fantasy based games such as Witcher, Dark Souls, Elder Scrolls, Zelda, and so on. So over the years, I just took my knowledge about the lore of the games and tried to apply it to my music as best as I could


 


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


 


Just as I said, I was fan of the video game series Dark Souls. In the video game, there are these creatures called primordial serpents that help guide the player throughout the game. Originally I wanted to call my project Kaathe which is the name of one of them, but it was already taken. So I went with Primordial Serpent.


 


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


 


Under the Sign of the Bloodmoon is entirely inspired by the video game Bloodborne. The album artwork is basically a rough interpretation of what the game is like. You take on the role of a hunter that hunts lycanthropic beasts. I presented the idea to the artist, Monorthern, and gave him a rough idea as to what I want for the album cover and just let his creativity role. The frame was a custom frame made by Rotting Reign which I used for some of my pics.


 


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


 


I mainly prefer to work solo. Over the years when I did other music projects, I worked solo (with Dojo Kobra being the only exception). I find it easier for me to work solo because it allows me to work at my own pace without having a scheduled commitment to the project.


 


9.So far you have been a part of splits with 'Sumis' and 'Hellmoon'. what are your thoughts on the other bands or musical projects that you have shared those recordings with?


 


Sumis I never had the chance to hear until about a month ago when I brought the split to friends place. After hearing their music, I was genuinely happy that I had done a split with them. They’re very good. Hellmoon is another Winnipeg based act that I’ve been best friends with about the past 3 or 4 years and that guy is talented. He fronts another Winnipeg black metal act called Nocturnal Departure, fronted as vocalist for my drone metal band Dojo Kobra, does art under the moniker of Rotting Reign. I was super excited that I got to do a split with him.


 


10.You have also worked with a few labels on the physical versions of your releases, can you tell us a little bit more about the labels you have worked with so far?


 


All I can say is that they’ve all been great to work with and have done plenty spreading the word of my music and I feel grateful to have their support. That’s all I can say, really


 


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


 


I think it’s been overall positive. They all appreciate that I handle the song writing, performances, and production myself. Some are even amazed that when I tell them I’m from Canada, they don’t believe it because I just have the old Scandinavian sound down to a T.


 


12.Can you tell us a little bit more about the other bands or musical projects that you are a part of?


 


I have a dungeon synth project called Kalameet which is heavily inspired by the dark souls universe with the exception of Everlasting Prairie Winters. The other project that I have is Dojo Kobra which is a blackened drone doom metal project between myself and 2 of my best friends Cavan (Hellmoon and other aforementioned) and Tim Cleaver who does guitars where I do bass and synth programming


 


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


 


I get asked this a lot and my answer is mainly the same; I have no clue. The future is unwritten and I think that’s for the best


 


14.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?


 


Well a lot of my influences come heavily from the Scandinavian black metal scene but they also come from various thrash bands, punk bands as well. As far as what I’ve been listening to, just mainly what I’ve been listening to for the past 10-15 years; punk, metal, experimental music, ambient music, post rock…I’m constantly listening to different types


 


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


 


I need a coffee hahahahaha. But seriously, thanks for having me take part in this interview and also thanks to everyone who has continued to support me thus far.

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Astrophobos/Corpus/Truimvirate Records/2021 Full Length Review

 


  Astrophobos  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  melodic  and  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Corpus"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Truimvirate  Records.


  Grim  black  metal  screams  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  a  few  seconds  later.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  era  Swedish  influences  but  keeps  it  modern  at  the  same  time.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  couple  of  songs  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  album  as  well  as  the  two  closing  tracks  also  being  long  and  epic  in  length, all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  a  brief  use  of  growls  and  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.


  On  this  recording  Astrophobos  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  aggressive  and  melodic  in  the  Swedish  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  annihilation  and  fear  of  death  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Astrophobos  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  aggressive  and  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Corpus"  "Nattvard'  and  "Under  Jord".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.projectcorpus.com 
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Sunday, October 17, 2021

Nagaarum/Astru/.​.​.​a mizantrópia és elidegenedés újabb értelmezései​.​.​./NGC Prod/2017 Split Cassette Review

 


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Hungary's  solo  projects  Nagaarum  and  Astru  called  " .​.​.​a  mizantrópia  és  elidegenedés  újabb  értelmezései​.​.​."  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  NGC  Prod  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Nagaarum  who  on  tihs  recoridng  plays  an  experimental  mixture  of  post  black,  doom  metal  and  dark  ambient.


  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  melodic  sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them  and  the  synths  also  bring  in  elements  of  dark  ambient.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  sounding  along  with  both  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  clear  singing,  elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  and  touches  of  post  rock  can  also  be  heard  on  the  second  song.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Hungarian  and  cover  Science,  Space,  Nature  and  Mankind  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nagaruum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  dark  ambient,  post  black  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Sarjadó ".


  Next  up  is  Astru  a  solo  project  that  plays  an  raw,  experimental  and  ambient  form  of  black  metal.


  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  fleeing.


  Throughout  his  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  short  in  length,  when  synths  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  touches  of  ambient,  a  later  song  also  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  an  experimental  direction  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  direction.  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while t h e lyrics  are  written  in  Hungarian  and  cover  dark  and  metaphysical  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Astru  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  raw  black  emtal,  experimental  and  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Feledés  az  idő  hasadékában"  "Amíg  el  nem hal  az  élet  fénye  a  reménylő  szemekben"  and  "Az  árvák  karácsonya".


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


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Nagaarum/Eventvm Fatali/NGC Prod/2014 CD Review

 


  Nagaarum  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that h as  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  played  an  experimental  mixture  of  post  black,  doom  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "Eventvm  Fatali"  which  was  released  by  NGC  Prod.


  Experimental  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  distorted  guitar  sounds  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  slow  and  heavy  doom  metal  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  all  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed.


  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  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  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  post  metal  elements  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in  touches  of  dark  ambient.  One  song  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  a  couple  of  the  songs  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style,  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  th e lyrics  are  written  in  Hungarian  and  cover  Natural  Disasters.


  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nagaarum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  experimental, d ark  ambient,  post  black  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Az  utolsó  meteor"  "Az  utolsó  szökőár"  "Az  utolsó korona-kidobódás"  and  "Az  utolsó  gamma-kitörés".  8 out  of  10.


https://nagaarum.bandcamp.com/album/eventvm-fatali  

Sapientia Diaboli/Black Is The Messenger, Black is The Destiny/2021 EP Review

 


  Sapientia  Diaboli  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  States  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2021  album  "Black  Is  The  Messenger,  black  Is  The  Destiny".


  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  ep  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  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  music  also  captures  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  some  synths  also  being  added  into  the  background  at  times  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  faster  direction  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  the  ep  also  closes  with  an  instrumental.


  Sapientia  Diaboli  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  lo-fi  and  atmospheric  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.    


  In  my  opinion  Sapientia  Diaboli  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Burn  Without  Ceasing"  and  "Revel  in  Chaos".  8  out  of  10.


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Fornhem/Stämman från Berget/Trollmusic/2021 CD Review

 


  Fornhem  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  Nordic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Stämman  från  Berget"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Trollmusic.


  Fire  burning  and  bells  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  All  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  old  school  Nordic  style  but  modern  at  the  same  time.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  lot  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  percussion  also  giving  the  music  more  of  a  tribal  and  ritualistic  atmosphere  when  they  are  utilized  as  well  as  album  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  take  inspirations  from  the  writings  of  Gunnar Ekelöf  a  radical  poet  and  philosopher  from  20th  century  era  Sweden.


  In  my  opinion  Fornhem  are  a  very  great  sounding  Nordic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Den  Längsta  Dagen"  and  "Untergang".  8  out  of  10.


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Dold Vorde Ens Navn/Mørkere/Lupus Lounge/Prophecy Productions/2021 Full Length Review

 


  Dold  Vorde  Ens  Navn"  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  an  old  school  style  of  Norwegian  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Mørkere"  which  will  be  released  in  November  as  a  joint  effort  between  Lupus  Lounge  and  Prophecy  Productions.


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  throat  singing  which  also  evolves  into  grim  sounding  black  emtal  screams.  You  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.


  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.  Most  of  the  songs  are  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark,  melodic  yet  old  school  style  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  bringing  in  clear  vocals,  acoustic  guitars  and  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  also  starts  mixing  in  more  modern  elements.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Dold  Vorde  Ens  Navn  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  Norwegian  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Jeg  vil  ha  det  morkere"  "Ensomhetens  rytter"  and  "Syke  hjerter".  8 out  of  10.


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Negura Bunget/Zău/Lupus Lounge/Prophecy Productions/2021 Full Length Review

 


  Negura  Bunget  are  a  band  from  Romania  that h as  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  folk  influenced,  progressive  and  atmospheric  form  of   pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Zău"  which  will  be  released  in  November  as  a  joint  effort  between  Lupus  Lounge  and  Prophecy  Productions.


  Folk  instruments  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  Whispers  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  some  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  along  with  one  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals  and  when  keyboards  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling. 


  Clean  male  pagan  vocals  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  album  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  a  lot  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  grim  black  metal  screams.  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  and  the  tracks  also  add  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  The  music  also  has  its  progressive  moments  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody,  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  the  songs  also  brings  in  a  cinematic  atmosphere  into  some  parts  of  the  album  and  when  percussion  is  utilized  it  also  gives  recording  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Romanian  and  covers  the  paganism,  myths,  traditions  and  beautiful  landscapes  of  Romania  and  Transylvania.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  form  Negura  Bunget  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Larba  Fiarelor"  and  "Toaca  Din  Cer".  8/5  out  of  10.


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Kharàce Interview

 

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


Sure. Kharàce is my own one man operation. Like the other bands from our little scene, it's rooted into the so-called "raw" black metal. By the way, I tried to include elements from other genres, from ambient to post-rock. I think it works quite well. The album has no particular concept, but it collects several references to my hometown, which is the island of Pantelleria, where we speak a particular Sicilian dialect.


2.Earlier this year you had released a new album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recordign?


Yeah, as I told you we can consider this album as raw black metal. Anyway, there are many other influences, including ambient, post-rock, doom metal and other kinds of 'atmospheric' elements. Infact I like to create some contrast between the raw nature of black metal and "dreamy", atmospheric landscapes originating from other music genres. This can also be considered an experimentation and a footstep from Gelkhammar, which is the band where I play drums: Gelkhammar is more feral and savage, Kharàce is a dreamy expression of it.


3.Your lyrics cover the hidden and lesser known landmarks of 'Pantelleria', can you tell us a little bit more about this topic?


Pantelleria is the island I come from. It's very windy and it's one of the southernmost points of the entire European continent: infact the island is located between Sicily and Tunisia (which is only 60-70 km far from here!). Kharàce is just a way to convey a certain atmosphere linked to my land's geography: imagine I'm bringing you with me to my hometown through Kharàce's music.


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


Kharàce's debut full length is named "Dakhalè": both moniker and album title are written in Pantelleria's own dialect (meaning 'exit' and 'entrance' respectively), which is deeply influenced by Arabic language (the island has been an Arabian settlement from 700 AD to 1123). "Kharàce" also refers to a cape in the northeastern section of the island, while "Dakhalè" is the name of a 'dammuso' (an Arabic-style building which is peculiar to Pantelleria). Let's say I wanted to give a strong local identity to this project.


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


It depicts a door from a building and it's linked to the bandname and album title: as I told you they mean 'exit' and 'enter' respectively. I think it conveys a certain dose of mystery and enigma.


6.With this project you record everything by yourself but also have experience working with a full line up, how would you compare the two?


Recording everything by myself is quicker and easier, because I can control everything. Doing the same with a full lineup is slightly harder, even because our vocalist lives in Florence so we work separately. Not a big deal, though, we just need more time to finalize a record. I enjoy both dimensions, I'd say that a one man project is somewhat more 'personal', a full band has a different feeling but it's cool giving your own contribute within a collective work.


7.The new album was released on 'Cossyra Tapes', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?


It's basically a sub-label of Xenoglossy Productions, which also distributes digitally our stuff and send us some copies. Cossyra Tapes was specifically born for releasing cassettes from the raw black metal scene of Pantelleria. Infact the vinyl re-press was officially released with a Xenoglossy Production's catalogue number. By the way, the vinyl can be pre-ordered now at this address: https://xenoglossyproductions.bandcamp.com/album/dakhal


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


It received somewhat attention earlier this year! Particularly, Dakhalè has received many votes/reviews on Rate-Your-Music, which is a popular site for rating albums/EPs. Didn't expact this. By the way, this is a very underground project so I think we'll never release more than 100 copies of a recording.


9.What is going on with 'Gelkhammar', these days?


Everything's fine. We're currently working on something new: a split album is on its way and will be probably released in the first half of 2022.


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


I don't know how to answer this! I have no particular goals, I just think I'll make this kind of music till I want.


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?


One of the main influences for Kharàce are without any doubt Carved Cross and Black Cilice. I like Carved Cross's riffs/loops, they're very repetitive in a good way and truly atmospheric. Black Cilice has melodic and putrescent riffs that are perfect for this kind of music. Outside black metal, I listen to many genres, from pop music to harsh noise: there's quality in every style. In this period I'm listening a lot to Thecodontion's "Supercontinent". It's the main band of Xenoglossy guys G.D. and G.E.F. and is extremely powerful and original both lyrically and musically. Outside of metal, I love the new album by Fotocrime, "Heart of Crime".


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


Thank you all for this space, please check out Kharàce and Gelkhammar's recordings on Xenoglossy Productions' bandcamp and netlabel Ancestral Rites owned by Warrior, the guy who helped us with mixing and mastering (also Gelkhammar's vocalist).

https://xenoglossyproductions.bandcamp.com/album/dakhal


Saturday, October 16, 2021

Anomalie/Tranceformation/AOP Records/2021 CD Review

 


  Anomalie  are  a  band  from  Austria  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Tranceformation"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  AOP  Records.


  Dark  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  clear  vocals  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks.  All  of  the  songs  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  metal  style  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  album.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  feeling.


  Nature  sounds  can  also be  heard  briefly  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  adding  in  session  work  from  members  of  Enthroned  and  Rotting  Christ.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  synths  also  mixing  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times,  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  songs  and  a  couple  of  later  songs  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  violins.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Shamanism  and  Self  Reflection  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Anomalie  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Tree"  and  "Eternal  Burden".  8  out  of  10.


https://anomalie-official.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/The.Anomalie.Experience
https://www.instagram.com/anomalie.official/  


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MØL/Diorama/Nuclear Blast Records/2021 CD Review

 


    MØL  are  a  band  from  Denmark  that  plays  a  mixture  of  post  black  metal  and  blackgaze  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Diorama"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Nuclear  Blast  Records.


  Clean  playing  and  elements  of  shoegaze  start  off  the  album  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  post  rock  touches.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  are  also  introduced  into  the  songs.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  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  and  the  tracks  mostly  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.

 

   Female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  some  clear  male  vocals  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  album,  clean  playing  also  returns  on  some  of  the  later  songs  and  a  later  song  also  adds  in  some  growls  and  spoken  word  parts,  the  two  closing  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Danish  and  cover  Existentialism,  Abstract,  introspection  and  Sadness  themes.   


  In  my  opinion  MØL  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  post  black  metal  and  blackgaze  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fraktur"  "Vestige"  and  "Diorama".  8  out  of  10.


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