Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Hepatomancy/Ego Svm Radix Et Templvm Lvciferi/Under The Sign Of Garazel Productions/2022 CD Review

 


  Hepatomancy  are  a  duo  form  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  brutal  form  of  satanic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Ego  Svm  Radix  Et  Templvm  Lvciferi"  which  will  be  released  in  2022  by  Under  The  Sign  Of  Garazel  Productions.


  A  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  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  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  sticks  to  a  very  fast  power  chord  orientated  direction.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  minimalist  sounding  while  a  couple  of  tracks  also  brings  in  a  decent  mixture  of   mid  paced  and  fast  parts  but  focusing  on  a  faster  style.  Most  of  the  songs  also  avoid  the  use  of  any  melody  except  for  one  song  to  focus  on  a  heavier  direction  and  the  whole  album  also  remains  very  heavy,  raw  and  brutal  from  beginning  to  the  end  of  the  recording.


  On  this  album  Hepatomancy  focuses  more  on  a  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  style  of  black  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian,  Vampirism,  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.    


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Hepatomancy  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  brutal  and  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Forest  Of  The  Impaled"  "Luciferian  Necrogoatholocaust"  "Howling At The  Bloody  Moon"  and  "Requiem  For  A  Vampire".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/uGb54iPkQFU 


  

Lucifugum/Anaphora Lithu Actinism/Propaganda/2021 CD Review

 


  Lucifugum  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  mid  tempo,  misanthropic  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Anaphora  Lithu  Actinism"  which  was  released  by  Propaganda.


  Grim  black  metal  screams  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  and  melodic  riffing  a  few  seconds  later.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  a  couple  of  the  songs  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.


  Growls  are  also  utilized  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  the  songs  also  stick  mostly  to  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.  When  tremolo  picking  is  added  into  the  music  they  also  gives  the  album  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  and  the  whole  recording  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.  


  On  this  recording  Lucifugum  plays  more  of  a  mid  tempo  style  of  satanic  black  metal  that  is  a  lot  different  from  previous  releases  as  well  as  keeping  all  the  aggression  of t heir  previous  material.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Misanthropy,  Anti  Humanity  and  Darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Lucifugum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  satanic  and  misanthropic  mid  tempo  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Эклиптика  отделения"  and  "Кенотаф  разума".  8  out  of  10.


  http://propaganda666.com/  

Alone Interview

 

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

The name I record under for this project is 'Alone', and I'm based in the Toronto area. I'm not really part of any metal scene but I have both been playing music and a fan of extreme metal for a long time, so I guess I finally took it upon myself to just record the music I imagine in my head when someone is telling me a boring story.


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

My favorite genre of metal would probably be black metal, and so that forms the core sonic influence. However I'm a bit 'impure' with my musical tastes, so as much as I admire those of the Trve Kvlt, I always end up pulling from other genres and trying to include interesting melodies and harmonies. As such, if someone asks what kind of metal I make I prefer to say it is Blackened Heavy Metal and play my part in the relentless march towards ever more annoying micro-genres.


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

Well, lyrics are a strange thing to me. To my tastes they're often the worst part about a song but at the same time essential. It's rare that I like a song for the literal lyrical content - when I read the lyrics directly I usually find it pretty embarrassing. There are a few whose lyrics do make decent poetry or whatever, but I won't list them here because they are almost exclusively... not metal singers. To me it's more about catching the odd word or phrase that the listener can use to build a mood and fill in the blanks themselves. With the rare exceptions (like old Mercyful Fate, and just generally metal bands from the Early Age), I do not like clean singing in metal. I think we all have to accept the cheese inherent in metal, but it's just too much for me. Give me a sense of your lyrical journey, but no more please, I'm trying to enjoy myself here. That being said, to each his own, and being the hypocrite I am, I do have full lyrics for my songs. It's my hope that they are obscured enough by the production and singing style that only a fraction of them get through clearly to the listener so they can enjoy their own mood. As for content, I usually picture a shifting landscape and maybe a simple narrative to go with it. I find this provides enough ambience and movement for what I hope to be an effective vocal. The words are a mix of metaphorical and lyrical, and are chosen primarily to sound good with the music. But pretty much anything that conveys violence, power, isolation, and grief is welcome to join the party.  My main vocal influence in this regard is that of the USBM band Weakling, I find John Gossard did a perfect job of conveying snippets of desperation. Anyway, I guess this is my way of saying, in too many words, that I don't like too many words.


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

Like many band names it ended up being like 'oh, I guess this is the band name now'. One unavoidable thing is trying to pick something that hasn't at least been used by a well known band. To this end, some bands pick longer names but that's not my style. The word 'alone' popped into my head when I was thinking about moods and themes for the project and I was very surprised to discover there is no Big Metal Band with this very simple and direct name. Later I did discover there are less-known bands who share the name but I'm not too concerned at this point, I'm barely known, and it's not like I named my project 'Metallica 2'. So once I sketched out a logo that I thought looked good, the name was pretty much set in stone, even though later I realized that people might think I called the project 'Alone' because it was a solo project I recorded... alone. Which is kind of corny, but who gives a shit.


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

The logo I did by hand, just messing about. I knew I wanted to have that 'dripping' font style, but also wanted cleaner lines since I didn't want to convey too pure of a black metal vibe. When my wife found my sketches and was concerned about what 'these evil symbols laying about' were, I knew I had a winner. The background artwork I chose from some random internet image dump. I was just looking for a sea scene with a lonely vibe to suit the mood of the music, so I took the image and made it black and white. Nothing too complicated, I'm not a graphic designer and I didn't feel like collaborating with anyone on this project for various reasons. Also one of my best friends is into model ship building and so we like to drink beer, yell about how we think nautical themes are cool, and if the beer is strong enough I can convince him to put on some black metal. A bit of a tip of the hat to him I guess.


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

Everything in this project was produced solely by myself. I can see myself maybe collaborating in the future, but for now the time I have for music is very irregular, which would make collaborations more difficult. Also, I don't want to reach out to others before I gain more confidence in my own abilities first. This is how I am with a lot of things in general, if I want someone else to be involved I need them to take me seriously. I think I'm at the point where I'm still doing a lot of sound exploration and the solo aspect allows me to fully pursue that. But I would be lying if I said I've never thought it would be nice to be part of something musically with other like-minded people. Even, dare I dream... a live gig.


7.You prefer to keep a low profile and make the project more anonymous, can you tell us a little bit more about this concept?

I wouldn't say there's a 'concept' behind my low profile, the main reason I prefer (at least for now) to remain anonymous is so I can feel free to make my music sound as extreme as I feel it needs to be. Of course a few select people who know me personally are aware, but in general there are various aspects of my regular life which I would find awkward if my friends, family, co-workers, etc. were to hear the music I make. They would definitely look at me strangely. I would love to say 'fuck it I don't care what they think' but the thing is that, however unfortunate, I know myself and what can completely kill my creativity. Maybe I'm just a huge pussy, but when making music I need to feel that the only judgement that exists in the world is my own. I am pretty sure though that as long as I keep producing work that I think is quality I'll be bolder about it. As with a lot of things in my life, when I first start out I don't like anyone knowing about it so I can feel free to make a fool of myself.


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

Not looking, no interest received. Big zero on all accounts.


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

Oh I'm terrible at self-promotion, so I'm thrilled to have just the few positive responses I've received. I would like to say though, I'm interested in people's reviews of my work even if they hate it. At this early point any feedback is good and where this is all going is a complete mystery to me... I'm not part of any scene and I make music first to exercise my creativity. If I don't become well-known it's not a big deal, but I admit I'm interested to see who else out there is of a similar mind.


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

My current record 'I-IV' is probably going to be the closest you get to a full-length for a while... I'll probably just release a string of singles. Nothing against full-lengths, I just don't have the time right now. But I have finished the instrumental track for a new single with the completely unpredictable name, 'V'. After doing vocals for that track I'm planning on spending some time improving my recording setup. I have some plans for automation of a number of recording processes using open-source software that I want to use to record a dungeon synth album this winter for me and friends. I'd also like to incorporate some dungeon synth elements into Alone, it's such a ridiculous genre but I love it. The online community for it is insane, there is a dungeon synth 'subgenre' for just about everything. Do you like cottages covered in snow? They got comfy-synth. Dinosaurs? Dino-synth. A true renaissance of human creativity.


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

As I've mentioned before, black metal is a primary influence and to that end you can check off just about every major second-wave Norwegian band. Bathory is my favorite metal band, and is a huge influence. I've mentioned Weakling, and so along with that the atmospheric-depressive USBM scene in general. Inquisition for their interesting bluesy-riff influence. Candlemass, Celtic Frost, Neurosis, Pallbearer, Sleep/High on Fire for heavier/doomier stuff. Also thrash, so you got all the classic influences in there... you know who they are. Outside of metal, I would say my main influences are My Bloody Valentine (big surprise) for their wall of sound and Radiohead for their sophisticated melodic/harmonic sensibilities that pair nicely with depressing music. There are parts in my songs that have been pulled from a wide variety of stylistic sources. Nowadays, my listening habits have changed, probably due to the extreme access we now have to music streaming. I really like current music, but most of it is from black metal and dungeon synth playlists whose artists' names I have a hard time remembering. It's usually a few songs from each band. It's fine for now though, I'm at a point where I'm mostly interested in finding new sounds that fit in with the music I want to make. Dumal is probably the most recent group that I treated as a 'put the whole record on' band. This winter I would like to return to more of that kind of deeper-focus listening.


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

To all the kids: play black metal, it keeps you on the straight and narrow.

Bandcamp

Monday, November 29, 2021

Geatkihaukr/Self Titled/2021 Demo Review

 


  Geatkihaukr  are  a  solo  project  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  and  self  released  2021  demo.


 A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  demo  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  era.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast b eats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  some  early  20th  style  keyboards  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.


  Geatkihaukr  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in  the  early  90's  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  runes,  war,  violence,  death,  nature,  hate,  love,  Satanism  and  Ancestry  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Geatkihaukr  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Susirajan  Takaa"  and  "Kaamoksen  Kutus".  8  out  of  10.


Bandcamp


  

Sukkhu/Labyrinths/2021 Full Length Review

 


  Sukkhu  are  a  band  from  the  Czech  Republic  that  plays  a  very  traditional  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  album  "Labyrinths"  which  will  be  released  in  December.


  Wind  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with t he  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  At  times  the  vocals  also  get  very  deep  and  demonic  sounding  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  good  amount  of  melody.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a   very  melodic  style  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  as  well  as  a  later  track  also  introducing  chants  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  ritualistic  interlude  can  be  heard  before  returning  back  to a  heavier  direction  and  clean vocals,  whispers,  spoken  word  parts  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  towards  then  end.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Sukkhu  are  a  very  great  sounding  traditionally  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Labyrinth  Of  Fog"  "Purify  By  Fire"  "Invocation"  and  "Aurora  Ultima".  8  out  of  10.


 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SWeKM4qbzs

facebook.com/sukkhuofficial

(https://sukkhuofficial.bandcamp.com/    

Cruciatus Infernalis Interview

 

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

Cruciatus Infernalis came to life in 2019. Musically I see it in the raw Black Death Metal genre, the whole refined with dungeon synth and melodic keyboard parts. The whole provided with a good portion of the 90s.

2.So far this year you have released an 2 ep's, musically hoe do they both different from each other?

On "Ritual" the Death Metal elements are even less represented. That grew with the time. I think to have found the right mixture on "Untot".

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

"Ritual" and "Untot" tell a story about a supernatural entity that comes to life on "Ritual". On "Untot" it wins the battle against humanity, or does it? It should be mentioned only so much, "Ritual" and "Untot" are the first two parts of a trilogy, which will be finished at the end of 2022.So you can be curious.

4.In the logo you also have a goat with a satanic symbol on top of it, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

I am a huge fan of old horror movies and horror literature. In a classic horror movie from the 70s, a goat's head was drawn on a wall with just that Leviathan cross. It looked so cool that I knew I wanted that in the logo.

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

Cruciatus Infernalis freely translated from Latin means agonies of hell. The inspiration for this is provided by Dante's 9 Circles of Hell.

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

As already mentioned, a supernatural entity fights against humanity. After you cannot manage such a project alone, you need soldiers. Who would offer themselves better than goat-zombies. One of the comrades can be seen on the cover, on his way to work, if you will.

7.On the first ep the band was a duo and with the release of the ep you are now a solo project, are you open to working with other musicians again in the future or do you prefer to work alone?

To be honest, I prefer to work alone because I can go according to my own confused plan. It was clear from the beginning that Cruciatus Infernalis will be a solo project. Maybe there will be a live line-up someday, but that is far down on the to do list.

8.The new release is coming out 'Kvlt und Kaos Productions, how did you get in contact with this label?

The question is quickly answered. I am the owner of Kvlt and Kaos Productions.

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

So far, the reactions have been consistently positive. I am grateful and pleased that my music is well received.

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

The last part of the trilogy is still missing. After that, there will also be a special edition in collaboration with an Austrian horror writer. But there may not yet be talked about much.The next release, after "Untot", is a split album with Krod from Chile (also with Kvlt and Kaos Productions). The release will be on 08.04.2022. The right music for the Easter Mass.

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?

Sources of inspiration for me are Darkthrone, Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, Genesis, Emperor, Impaled Nazarene - the classics for someone who saw the light of day in the early 80s. Currently spinning on my turntable are Archgoat, Karg, Krod, Grotesque Ceremonium, Demonologist, Minenwerfer and many more.

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

Finally, I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to do this interview. Of course I hope to have aroused the curiosity of some readers and that one or the other gets lost on Bandcamp and treats himself to a CD or merch. Stay sick and safe at the same time. Hail the Goat.

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Wolfbastard/Hammer The Bastards/Clobber Records/Clobber Records/2022 Full Length Review

 


  Wolfbastard  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  and  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  metal,  d  beat,  crust  punk  and  blackened  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Hammer  The  bastards"  which  will  be  released  in  2022  by  Clobber  Records.


  A  very  heavy  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  d  beat  and  crust  punk  elements  and  some  of  the  vocals  also  add  in  a  touch  of  hardcore.


  A  lot  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  while  also  being  very  modern  sounding  at  the  same  time.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  The  riffs  also  add in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  utilized  briefly  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  raw  yet  melodic  style  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  also  showing influences  of  thrash  metal  and  the  whole  album  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Violence  and  War  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album f rom  Wolfbastard  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal,  d  beats,  crust  punk  and  blackened  hardcore,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUD E "Can't  Escape  The  Grave"  "Buckfast  Blasphemies"  "Returning  Evil"  and  "Graveyard  Slag".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/NhNcQcwRgBQ

www.facebook.com/dbeatblackmetal 

Conjura/Perpetua Tenebris/2021 Full Length Review

 


  Conjura  are  a  band  from  Mexico  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  album  "Perpetua  Tenebris".


  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  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 a re  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  era.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized,  one  of  the songs  is  a  keyboard  orientated  instrumental  which  also  captures  the  atmosphere  of  a  classic  horror  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.


  Conjura  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  hatred,  Blasphemy,  Anti  Christianity,  Satanism,  Darkness  and  Death  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Conjura  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  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Under  The  Shadow  Of  Hatred"  "Receiving  The  Black  Wings  Embrace"  and  "Duat  Banishment  Ritual".  8  out  of  10.


https://conjura.bandcamp.com/album/perpetua-tenebris   


  

Miazmaty Interview

 

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

1. We are a black metal band from a small town in Poland and 2/3 of us are residing in Kraków now. We play black metal, post-black metal or atmospheric black metal (not good with labels). Our music comes from those depths within, the depths filled with the darkness which most likely stems from fear, anxiety, phobias, doubt, and which is in no small part influenced by the cold and indifferent universe outside. The music is rather supposed to discourage people from pursuing progeniture, but it also aims to make the already (and unfortunately) living ones smile the crooked smile of irony, or even sometimes laugh. Other than that, we love dogs and try to be nice people in our daily lives.



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

2. Czarcikęs: I, personally, was inspired mostly by avant-garde classical music and avant-garde jazz. During the time of writing these songs I was reading “20th Century Harmony” which is a book about more modern harmonic ideas and a lot of them are quite dissonant, which pairs nicely with the black metal aesthetic. It’s good grounds for harmonic and melodic experimentation. In addition, BM allows for more interesting structures, I was getting bored of the whole verse-chorus thing and tried writing more abstract, less  predictable forms of songs, often quite contrasting – like putting just chords played on bass guitar in the middle of a song for almost a minute.


Sędziwój: I, on the other hand, chose to rely entirely on intuition; I simply wrote the very melodies that came to my head from an unidentified source.


Chors: The guys drove to me in the summer of 2020 to record two singles. We've known each other for quite a long time since we've played together in various bands (Jarmusch, Płomienie). At first, the album was supposed to have a lo-fi sound, but as I was recording more and more tracks I decided to go for a more polished sound. I think it's the first black metal record where you can hear the vocals so well that you can distinguish the words ;). This is mainly because I like the lyrics a lot and it would have been a pity had they not been understood. We recorded the guitars by plugging them straight into the audio interface which enabled me to create the right timbre later by using amp simulation, which was very convenient.


3.The band is also associated with PLBM, can you tell us a little bit more on what this term means?

3.Sędziwój: Ok, so PLBM has become a vague, umbrella-term for black metal coming from Poland (it is especially used in relation to the more recent bands). I guess that some people see a certain hard-to-define common denominator of polish black metal. However, I think that the term is not serious, maybe even half-jocular.


Czarcikęs: I agree with Sędziwój although not fully. When I listen to bands that are being labeled as PLBM (Furia and Odraza are the ones that I’m most familiar with) I get the sense that they do have something in common – bending the definition of what is and can be called black metal, most often by borrowing from other genres.


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

4. Sędziwój: The topics are mainly existential matters. Some of the lyrics may come from experience and some from observation, but for the most part they are not unlike the devastating poetry of a depressed high schooler. They are inspired by decadent, symbolist poetry and pessimistic philosophy. There is also the subversive aspect of the references to polish pop music from the 80s which serves a light-hearted purpose. The lyrics of the penultimate track are partly a translation of a passage from "Vastarien" (hence the title), a horror short story by one of my favourite authors whose name is Thomas Ligotti.


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

5. Well, Miazmaty is the polish term for "miasma". It is rarely used nowadays and most polish people have to look it up in the dictionary. Honestly, when it comes to the inspiration behind it, I don't think there is much to it except for the fact that it sounds ominous and cool. You can look up "the miasma theory" though, as it's quite interesting. Moreover, if you think about it – music is just painting in the air – so you could say that we're trying to "paint" the air with miasma.


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

6. It is a painting by the swiss romantic painter Füssli. Since he is long dead, his works are in the public domain and we took advantage of that (and I think that it is within the black metal tradition if you think about some Burzum covers for example). The painting is called "Silence" and it, at least to me, reflects the mood of the lyrics and the speaker's struggles quite accurately. Lyrically, it is a very self-centered and personal album and the painting also brings that to mind, as we can only see the man and very little background. The man is probably in a state of some depressive, peaceful lethargy (hence the name Silence), but there is also another important aspect; his "silence" is shining a light in this dark, cold space. Whether this light is godly or ungodly is of no interest to me, but the fact is that it shines in this absurd world for some equally absurd purpose - and the purpose of our music is no different.



7.Has the band done any live shows or open to the idea?

7. We haven't done any live shows yet. Truth be told, for now at least, we're a studio band considering we don't have a drummer and there are only 3 of us, and our music would require more people on stage in order to be presented properly. We're not entirely closed to this idea though, if we happen to receive a gig offer and are able to find some live musicians, then we'll definitely consider it.


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

8. Currently, we are unofficially signed to our own little fun label called Nowa Aleksandria. So far, we haven't received any interest. We don't know what it's going to be, but we have our eyes on a few respected polish labels and after recording the second EP we might end up contacting them.


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

9. You know, so far we have received little reaction apart from the opinions of our friends, so I think it is impossible to judge as of yet. Time will tell (at least we hope so).


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

10. It is honestly hard to say. Right now, we are in the middle of writing the material for two EPs that we more or less have an idea for. One is going to be a melodic EP, relying heavily on tremolo picking. The second one is going to be less typically black metal and it's going to end with a 20 minute-long epic closing track. We also have some preconception for our first LP. All that I can say is that we would like it to have a leitmotiv, fugues and lots of intertwining melodies as well as a coherent lyrical concept; we want it to be something resembling an intricately ornamented gothic cathedral. It is going to be an ambitious enterprise, most likely too ambitious for us to be honest. Well, with our daily responsibilities as well as other musical projects that we're involved in, it might even take 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?

11. Sędziwój: 11. Well, as far as I am concerned, I find a lot of black metal groups inspiring. Some of my favourite recent groups are: Furia, Oranssi Pazuzu, Odraza, Gruzja, Misþyrming, Selbst and Paysage D'hiver. Perhaps the band which I look up to the most is Deathspell Omega, simply because of the scope of their conceptual ambition and how beautifully complex and vanguard their music is. I also listen to a lot of music outside metal (so do the other guys) and I have found that ripping-off / interpolating melodies from classical music proves to be highly effective as an inspiration for black metal songwriting.


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


12. I think that's pretty much all there is to say at this point. Thanks for the interview!




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Saturday, November 27, 2021

Sylvan Awe Interview

 

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


I've been working on the next Sylvan Awe record, the music is mostly written and I like the identity it's taking. My other band Galaxy has just released it's debut album, 'On the Shore of Life', there's been alot of work into the lead up of the release and now, packing orders etc. Galaxy is in a different metallic sphere than S.A with a more traditional approach rooted in heavy metal.


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


On our debut 'Offering', I feel I was finding my feet in the genre. Don't get me wrong, I am still very proud of that release but I can hear it's not really a consistent listen throughout. Although there are highlights in my humble opinion, it waivers at times to me where as 'Transcend' has more direction and a general coherent feel about it. Transcend is more melodic I'd say, probably more aggressive too and definitely more focussed lyrically.


3.This is also your first release in 6 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?


After 'Offering', I wrote the music for the Càirdeas Fala - Sons of the North album out on Werewolf Promotions out of Poland. I also wrote the music for the Galaxy EP Lost From the Start and formed a live band. The creation, writing and recording element of music is where my true passion lies rather than the stage so the previously mentioned full length Galaxy album and Transcend followed soon after. My wife and I also had a Daughter and have since moved to the coast. 


4.Both of the band members are also in other bands, what is it that you bring into the music of 'Sylvan Awe', that you are not able to do with your other groups?


I feel Cairdeas Fala is colder and more raw with a focus on creating an atmosphere, I tend to listen to that style of black metal more so rather than the cleaner, larger production qualities of Sylvan Awe, but I believe S.A demands that style production. So I'd say the more melodic and modern approach to black metal has my preference in S.A that I wouldn't attack with C.F, and Galaxy is different completely. I also have some other recording projects on the go with a grind/dbeat/melodic hardcore sound, working titles and some collaborations are in process. 


5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the new album and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?


Many topics are addressed, but mainly, confronting and crushing the mundane world. A wolf among sheep, calling to one's higher spirit to demand more of oneself and 'ride the tiger'. Ancestral roots, death, addiction and family to name a few.


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


Sylvan Awe is an attempt to put into words that feeling you get when you are taken away elsewhere, but firmly located deep within a forest.  


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


My wife painted the artwork with minimal direction from me other than a requested colour palette. We have a lot of her artwork hung up around the house and I find myself constantly drawn in by her art so I feel it may attract the same feelings for the listener. My dear friend, R. Allen worked with me on the layout and design, he was across the lyrical direction of the album and an Algiz rune could not have been more fitting and tied the piece together in a striking way I believe. 


8.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?


Other than maybe the odd guest musician, I don't feel the need to include any extra members. 


9.The new album was released on 'Northern Silence Records', how would you compare working with them to your previous label 'Natural World Records'?


I was probably more hands on and involved with NWR, they were an absolute pleasure to work with and the only label I wanted 'Offering' to be released on. I've been a fan of Northern Silence for years, their past and current roster has always been featured in regular listens so I was happy to have S.A have a new home with some more reach to a larger audience and distro. Torsten has been very professional, personable, easy and clear to communicate with and I'm looking forward to seeing the quality of his and his team's products (once I receive them). 


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


Generally in a positive light. I've had plenty of support and kind words around the release. The Mgla / Uada comparisons have come in strong however, but I believe if you dig a little deeper into the album you'll hear more than a so-called Polish influence and discover our own energy and soundscape. To be honest, the recent Khors album, 'Where the Word Acquires Eternity' relit my flame and truly inspired me to write again for Sylvan Awe. 


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


Our new material is taking its own course and occurring rapidly. I would say it's more melodic, dynamic and even verging on progressive at times. A little more technical structurally, but at the same time very coherent and riff focussed especially. 


12.What are you listening to nowadays?


As I'm writing this interview I have Krvna - Sempinfernus playing. Recently I've been turning back to some old Satyricon classics, Enslaved too. Rotting Christ - Triarchy of the Lost Lovers is always revisited. Early Odraza, early Agalloch, Vaiya, the new Der Weg einer Freiheit, Ihsahn - AngL, Horrendous - Idol, A Forest Of Stars - Beware of the Sword You Cannot See to name a few. Oh and every era of Voivod, always.


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


Thanks for taking the time to develop and ask questions man, cheers for doing your part in spreading the Sylvan Awe sounds. Thanks to anyone who has taken the time to listen to the album start to finish, I'm not a fan of the modern way music is consumed eg playlists and singles, so anyone who can put any of their time into our music I'm greatly appreciative of. Check out Sylvan Awe - Transcend out on Northern Silence Productions, if you like what you hear please share with your metal community. Hails!


Friday, November 26, 2021

Somalgia/Inverted World/Repose Records/2021 Full Length Review

 


  Somalgia  are  a  duo  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  which  started  out  playing  more  of  an  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  and  on  this  recording  plays  more  of  a  mixture  of progressive,  psychedelic  rock,  trip  hop  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Inverted  World"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Repose  Records.

 

 Synths  and  trip  hop  style  beats  start  off  the  album  witch  also  mixes  in with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.  The  progressive  also  gets  very  progressive  sounding  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  clean  vocals  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music  also  has  its  progressive  moments.  Black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard on  a  couple  of  songs  along  with  some  melodies  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  a  couple  of  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  A  couple  of  the  songs  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  elements  of  folk  music  as  well  as  the  album  also  being  less  influenced  by  black  metal  than  their  previous  recording,  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.  A  later  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  and  the  closing  song  also  adds  in  some  female  vocals.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  a  mans  journey  which  takes  him  through  a  dystopian  reality  and  conspiracy  rabbit  holes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  decent  sounding  from  Somalgia  and  if  you  are  fan  of  progressive,  psychedelic  rock,  trip  hop  and  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "God  Is  Dead"  "Consumer"  and  "Dear  Rulers".  7/5  out  of  10.


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Asarhaddon/Haginthorn/Geisterasche Organization/2021 EP Review

 


  Asarhaddon  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  ep  "Haginthorn"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Geisterasche  Organization.


 Acoustic  guitars  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments.  Both  of  the  tracks  are  also  connected  to  each  other  along  with  the  music  also  being  done  in  a  very  modern  style  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount of  melody.


  Asarhaddon  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  modern,  aggressive  and  atmospheric  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature  and  despair  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Asarhaddon  are  a  very  decent  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "I".  7/8  out  of  10.


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Acid Sodomy Interview

 



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


Haure: We are a Finnish band that plays raw black metal that incorporates ideas from other genres of music, especially folk, rock and other types of metal music. Our music is satanic, with incorporated elements from occult practises and folk knowledge and wisdom.


2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from your previous ep's and demo?


Haure: I would say that some of the compositions are more complex than before and also the sound has taken some new directions as a whole. We have played together for some time now and I think our sound has matured with us as we have grown as a band.


TuomioN : To me one big difference is the recording process of the album.After some discussions with our sound engineer,we tried something different.Everything was still recorded live but we did not play in the same room together. The recording process was also divided into 4 days, so quite a change from our past releases,which we recorded mostly like a live performance. I think Haure overdubbed second guitar track for the first time and included even some melodic leads into the album.  


3.From 2015 to 2019 there was no music being released, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?


Haure: In the beginning the band consisted of only me on guitars/bass and singing and Tuomion noita on drums. After the early demo that was hastily put together in the aftermath of the breakup of our previous larger band, we really wanted to bring more people in and expand on the idea of an old school black metal project. We experimented with different songs and a bassist for some time and had quite long breaks from playing. Only after Rota joined Acid Sodomy, could we realize the songs that we had on the drawing board so to speak. Invokaatio ep soon followed.


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the new album and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?


Haure: As the name implies, the coming of the end times is a major topic. Satanism, remembrance of the dead, soul feeding entities, the crowned kings of lies (churches), realising one's potential and spiritual anarchy are among the topics in the lyrics of the new album. I am the songwriter and main composer so I would say there has been a lot of development on both sides during the years. I have experimented with different approaches and styles. Of course the arrangements are done together as a group.


5.Some of your earlier lyrics also touched on the occult, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?


Haure: For myself the occult and studying its many aspects is a lifelong passion. I would like to think that an occult undertone can be heard in all our music, even if we don't shove it down your throats.


TuomioN: Nothing really to add here.


Rota: It is more like the way of life and it affects everything I do.


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


Haure: Originally the name came up when we were throwing ideas in the air with Tuomion noita. I see it meaning the way some religious fanatics throw acid in people's faces to shame and humiliate them and in a way sodomise their rights and of course their body.


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


Haure: It is merely the artist's vision that comes from the name of the album. The medium and style (charcoal) was mostly important for the process. 


8.Has the band done any live shows or open to the idea?


Haure: The band has been working under the idea that we do not play live shows. We have discussed the idea though and maybe at some point we will play live, but for now it's not happening soon. The place will have to be right and the stars in the correct position.


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


Haure: We have had some interest, but nothing that felt right for us. To sign with some label, it would have to be one we can stand with and respect all the way.


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


Haure: Ever since the Invokaatio-ep came out we have received attention all over the world. Feedback has been good and people seem to like our own unique sound.


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


Haure: We are working on a mini ep as we speak and soundwise it will stand on its own. It will be recorded with minimum equipment and pay homage to the old school sound of black metal. In the future I would like to see us experimenting with different soundscapes and maybe expanding our band in some way. 


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


Haure: All kinds of music tend to leave a mark with me and I carry something to our sound from various different genres. I have been very busy lately, so haven't had a lot of time to listen to anything new... But to mention something, you should check out the finnish black metal band Havukruunu. 

 

TuomioN: Lately I have listened mostly ambient/whitenoise soundscapes. Shout out to soma.fm radio. 


Rota: Finnish bands like Enochian Crescent introduced black metal to me back in the 90’s. Now I have actually been listening mostly old video game music but I tend to go with almost anything that just suits my mood at the moment. Would have to say Tool has been the most profound influencer in my playing style especially in the ways of bass.


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


Haure: We will continue making music with passions for the craft. In the future you can expect more profound soundscapes and crazy ideas that will come to fruition.


TuomioN: Thank you for the interview.


Rota: Thank you. Let’s keep the chaos flowing.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Winterstorm/Vinterstormener/Signal Rex/2021 CD Review

 


  Winterstorm  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  Chile  and  Ecuador  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Vinterstormener"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Signal  Rex.


  A  dungeon  synth  orientated  intro  starts  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 s creams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  era.


  At  times  the  music  also  captures  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  A  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  one  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  deep  yet  demonic  sounding  growls  an d the  album  also  closes  with  a  synth  orientated  outro.


  On  this  re cording  Winterstorm  goes  for  more  of  a  raw,  lo-fi  and  occult  style  of  black  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism.  Darkness  and  Winter  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Winterstorm  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Through  The  Astral  Mist"  and  "A  Distant  Wind  Horizon".  8  out  of  10.


http://winterstorm3.bandcamp.com/album/vinterstormener

Nagaarum/D.I.M/NGC Prod/2019 Album Re-Issue Review

 


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Hungary's  solo  project  Nagaarum  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  an  experimental  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  the  album  was  originally  released  in  2016  and  called  "D.I.M"  and  was  re-issued  in  2019  by  NGC  Prod.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them  and  the  vocals  are  a mixture  of  clean  singing  and  grim  black  metal  screams.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times.  The  music  also  has  its  experimental  moments  along  with  some  elements  of  doom  metal  also  being  added  into  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  as  well  as  some  synths  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  ambient  orientated  instrumentals  as  well  as  some  of  the  drum  beats  also  being  programmed  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics cover the Russian chemist  Dimitri Ivanovich  Mendeleev.


  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Magaarum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  black  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rb"  "Hg"  and  "H".  8  out  of  10.


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Phobos/Aláhullás/NGC Prod./2020 Full Length Review

 


    Phobos  are  a  band  form  Hungary  that  plays  a  mixture  of  ambient  black  metal  and  dungeon  synth  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Aláhullás"  which  was  released  by  NGC  Prod.


  Folk  instruments  start  off  the  album  while  the  music  also  has  its  avant  garde  moments  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  tracks  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast b eats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  yet  depressive  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  drum  beats  are  programmed.  When  synths  are  utilized  they  also  bring  in  elements  ambient  and  dungeon  synth  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  Female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  some  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks.  Throughout  the  album  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  one  song  also  introducing  melodic  male  vocals  into  the  music  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  there  are  also  a  couple  of  instrumentals  one  of  which  also  adds  in  touches  of  harsh  noise.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Hungarian  and  cover  dark  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  Phobos  are  a  very  great  sounding  avant  garde  mixture  of  ambient  black  metal  and  dungeon  synth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bevérzett  vásznak"  and  "Izoláció".  8 out  of  10.


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Avaron/Self Titled/NGC Productions/2021 CD Review

 


  Avaron  are  a  solo  project  from  Hungary  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  titled  2021  album  which  was  released  by  NGC  Productions.


  Water  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  and  atmospheric  style  keyboards  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  drum  beats  also  being  programmed  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  symphonic  sounding  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  a  lot  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  A  lot  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  era  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in a   decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  album,  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  constructive  and  destructive  powers  of  nature.


  In  my  opinion  Avaron  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  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Children  For  The  Eternal  Blue"  and  "Our  Grand  Soundless  Storm".  8  out  of  10.


  

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