Friday, December 9, 2022

Chamber Of Mirrors/Shadow Kingdom/2022 Full Length Review

 


  Chamber  Of  Mirrors  are  a  solo  project  from  Searles  Valley,  California  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2022  album  "Shadow  Kingdom".


  A  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  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  synths  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  when  they  are  utilized  and  the  music  also  adds  in  a  lot  of  old  school  influences.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  added  into  the  songs  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  modern  touches  as  will  as  one  track  being  a  synth  oriented  instrumental  before  closing  the  album  with  a  heavier  track.

  

  On  this  recording  Chamber  of  Mirrors  remains  to t he  raw  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  he  had  established  on  his  previous  release.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Mythology  and  Anti  Christianity  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Chamber  of  Mirrors  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bed  Of  Thorns"  "Call  From  beyond"  and  "Golden  Ash".  8 out  of  10.


  https://chamberofmirrors.bandcamp.com/album/shadow-kingdom   


  

Thursday, December 8, 2022

SEAD/Raw Black Metal/Wolfmond Production/2022 Full Length Review

 


  Germany's  solo  project  SEAD  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  a  raw  and  improvised  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2022  album  "Raw  Black  Metal"  which  was  released  by  Wolfmond  Production.


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  at  times  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.


  The  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  old  school  influences  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  music  is  also  improvised  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  a  couple  of  songs  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  album.


  On  this  recording  SEAD  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  improvised  as  well  as  being  recorded  while  it  was  being  created.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  and  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  SEAD  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  improvised  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Der  Untergang"  "Dad  Blut"  and  "Raw  Black  Metal".  8  out  of  10.


  https://wolfmond-production.de/shop/produkt/sead-raw-black-metal-tape-box-pre-order/

https://wolfmondproduction.bandcamp.com/album/sead-raw-black-metal-tape-box-pre-order    

Har Shatan/Manum Inicere Alicui/The Sinister Flame/2022 Full Length Review

 


  Har  Shatan  are  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  arcane  and  old  school  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2022  album  "Manum  Inicere  Alcui"  which  will  be  released  on  December  31st  by  The  Sinister  Flame.


  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction.  All  of  the  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  Clear  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments.  Synths  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  most  of  the  album  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  era  as  well  as  one  song  also  being  an  instrumental,  spoken  word  samples  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style   and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can be  heard  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  on t he  outro.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian,  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  Har  Shatan  are  a  very  great  sounding  arcane  and  old  school  occult  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fulgens  et  Sole  Clarior"  and "Blood  Of  Creation".  8  out  if  10.


  www.thesinisterflame.com

www.facebook.com/thesinisterflame
www.sinisterflame.bandcamp.com

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Dargor/Ascend To Infinity/2022 Full Length Review

 


  Dargor  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  death,  doom  and  gothic  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  self  released  2022  album  "Ascend  To  Infinity".


  Heavy  riffing  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  solos  and  leads  start  off  the  album  while t he  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  fast  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in a  lot  of  blast  beats.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  added  into  the  fast  riffing  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  keyboards  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  as  well  as  adding  in  some  gothic  touches  at  times  and  elements  of  doom  metal  can  also b e  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs.


  On  this  recording  Dargor  adds  elements  of  doom,  death  and  gothic  metal  into  their  atmospheric  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  to  take  their  sound  to  a  different  level.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  descent,  pain  and  rebellion  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dargor  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Locust"  "Inner  Distant  Universes"  and  "Afterlife".  8  out  of  10.


  https://youtu.be/vKheXRhi8iw  

Goatchamber/Promordial Khaos/2022 EP Review

 


  Goatchamber  are  a  duo  from  Cleveland,  Ohio  that  consists  of  members  from  Burial  Oath  and  plays  a  native  American  themed  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2022  ep  "Primordial  Khaos".


  A  very  dark  and  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  brief  use  of  demonic  voices  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  bestial  growls  and  black  metal  screams  while t he  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  war  metal  elements,  tremolo  picking  and  brutal  blast b eats  which  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  short  in  length,  the  whole  ep  also  sticks  to  a  very  heavy  and  brutal  direction  and  when  guitar  leads  are  introduced  on t he  closing  track  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style.  .


  Goatchamber  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  war  and  bestial  black/death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while the  lyrics  cover  Native  American  Mythology  and  Warfare  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Goatchamber  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war  and  black/death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Purification  Through  Crucifixion"  and  "Primitive  Warfare".  8  out  of  10.


  https://goatchamber.bandcamp.com/album/primordial-khaos     


  

Rot/As Darkness Burns/House Of Ygra/2022 FullLength Review

 


  Rot  are  a  band  from  Vietnam  that  plays  an o ld  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "As  Darkness  Burns"  which  will  be  released  on  December  16th  by  House  Of  Ygra.


  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  grim  yet  high  pitched  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.


  Touches  of  death  and  thrash  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  at  times  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  decent  amount  of  melody.  When  tremolo  picking  is  added  into  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  they  also  give  the  album  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  as  well  as  the  solos  and   leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  old  school  style  when  they  are  finally  introduced  into  the  music,  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  keyboards  and  the  album  also  closes  with  an  instrumental.


  Rot  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  as  well  as  mixing  in  elements  of  death  and  thrash  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  death  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  Rot  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "My  Disease"  "Split  Your  Gut"  "Of  Darkness  And  Sin"  and  "Journey  TO  The  Afterlife".  8  out  of  10. 


  https://www.facebook.com/ROTVIETNAM/

Kommandant/Titan Hammer/ATMF/2023 Full Length Review

 


  Chicago,  Illinois's  Kommandant  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  a  fast  and  aggressive  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Titan  Hammer"  which  will  be  released  in  2023  by  ATMF.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  they  also  mix  the  90's  style  rawness  in  with  a  more  modern  sound.   


  At  times  the  riffing  also  gets  very  dissonant  sounding  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  album  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls,  angry  shouts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  the  whole  recording  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  musical  direction,  spoken  word  parts  are  also  added  on  the  closing  track.


  On  this  recording  Kommandant  takes  the  fast  and  aggressive  black  metal  style  of  classic  bands  like  War,  Marduk  and  Zyklon  B  and  mixes  it  in  with  a  more  modern  and  dissonant  style  to  create  something  very  different  from  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  war  and  hatred  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Kommandant  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  fast  and  aggressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Titan  Hammer"  "Sublimation  Of  Resistance"  and  "Mechanized  Annihilator".  8  out  of  10.


  https://metalodyssey.8merch.com/product/kommandant-titan-hammer-cd/


https://metalodyssey.8merch.com/product/kommandant-titan-hammer-lp-pre-order/

https://youtu.be/egIuA9KAGX8     

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Hate Gods/A Morte é Amiga/2022 Single Review

 


  Brazil's  solo  project  Hate  Gods  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  an  atmospheric  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2022  single  "A  Morte  é  Amiga".


  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  single  while  also  adding  in  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  song  also  adding  in  a  good  amount  of  atmospheric  touches.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  depressive  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.


  On  this  recording  hate  Gods  goes  into  more  of  a  mid  tempo,  depressive  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Portuguese  and  cover  pain  and  death  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hate  Gods  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  single.  8  out  of  10.


  y: https://open.spotify.com/album/6HP4VKkSTToSfTSkojPHJS?si=LPNMmHJwTMeCSQVlj2gbyA

Bandcamp:
https://hategods.bandcamp.com/album/a-morte-amiga


    

Paramilitant Interview

 

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


- We formed around June of 2022. From the begining, our ultimate goal was to create a Bestial War/ Bestial Black Death sound with influences from old school Bestial Black Metal gods such as Sadogoat, Goatpenis, Blasphemy. Recently we released our Demo EP and we'll continue to record more materials. 


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


- In the recordings, we wanted to make a debut EP that aims to introduce Paramilitant's sound clearly. That sound includes heavily tremolo picking riffs, along with a catchy side, an old school blast drumming, distorted crushing bass tones, and certainly low black death growlings. 


3.Some of your lyrics cover Occultism and Rituals, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?


- In our last track 'Rituals of Occult Blood' we aimed to express a theme that focuses on the Occult/ Ritualistic violence and hatred towards to those gothamite, religious despots all over the world. So our occultistic themes are mostly based on misanthropic hate through dark arts. 


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


- Song themes are mainly about Misanthropy, Rituals, War, Occultism. and Blasphemy. In the first song 'Parasite Impalement' from the EP, the song's main idea is pure misanthropy, and extinction of the scum, parasites. And 'Cult of Primitive Obstruction' is mainly about a primitive hate towards the corrupted modern existence. 


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


- Our name does not have a deep meaning actually, It just represents our misanthrope war theme perfectly for us. Like a division name. 


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


- The Artwork cover from the EP is mainly about the first song 'Parasite Impalement' . It basically symbolizing the total punishment for the total parasites.


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


- The band has never performed live yet, but we are planning to perform live rituals in the near future.


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


- At the moment we are talking with a label, hoping for an agreement soon.


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


9 - Since the release, we received very supportive messages, reactions from the underground war/black death scene on digital platforms, including the supporters from Bandcamp. Much appreciated. 


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


- We're planning to make a full-length album after our next release. Already working on new materials.  We'll continue to spread intolerance for the traitors.


11.Can you tell us a little bit more about 'War Serpent' a band that shares the same members?


- War Serpent was an early Black Death project of ours. But we decided not to continue in that direction. For more of a Bestial War style, we formed Paramilitant. You can see War Serpent as a split-up project. 


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? 


- With no doubt, our biggest influences are Bestial Black gods such as Sadogoat, Blasphemy, Abysmal Lord. Right now all band members are listening to different but also very similar artists. To clear that up, here's the members' top three bands nowadays: 


Antihuman Wargoat: Kapala, Caveman Cult, Nyogthaeblisz 

Neurotic Terror Provocator: Tsalal, Tetragrammacide and Abysmal Lord

Necromilitant: Blasphemy, Profane Order, Weregoat 


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


-  I can say that this interview was very helpful to express our main attitude along with the current release. We’re currently working on new materials for next releases. With a more Raw and violent attitude. After a few live rituals in Istanbul, we'll continue our recordings. All despot religious scum, drones, parasites will continue to be punished by Paramilitant. 

Abysmal Lord/Bestiary Of Immortal Hunger/Hells Headbangers Records/2022 Full Length Review

 


  New  Orleans,  Louisiana  Abysmal  Lord  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Bestiary  Of  Immortal  Hunger"  which  will  be  released  on  December  30th  by  Hells  Headbangers  Records.


  A  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  demonic  voices  and  whispers  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  before  going  into  a  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  war  metal  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast beats  and  tremolo  picking,.


  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  bestial  growls  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also   done  in  a  very  chaotic  style.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  good  amount  of  old  school  elements  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  apocalyptic  soundscapes  and  spoken  word  parts  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  


  On  this  recording  Abysmal  Lord  remains  true  to  the  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  that  they  have  established  on  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Anti  Christianity  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Abysmal  Lord  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  war  and  bestial  black/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Satanic  Return"  "Bestiary  of  Immortal  Hunger"  "Ultra  Expuulser"  ad "Deny  The  Paradise".  8  out  of  10.


  

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Monday, December 5, 2022

Hamvak/Maelstrom Of Abhorrent Incantations/Morbid Chapel Records/Rotten Tomb Records/2022 Full Length Review

 


  Hamvak  are  a  solo  project  from  Hungary  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2022  album  "Maelstrom  Of  Abhorrent  Incantations"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Morbid  Chapel  and  Rotten  Tomb  Records.


  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  emtal  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  gr4eat  amount  of  blast b eats  and  tremolo  picking.  Vocals  are  mostly  deep  yet  guttural  sounding  death  metal  growls  and  the  music  also b rings  in t he  brutality  of  that  genre.


  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  all  of t he  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences  but  keeping  it  modern  at  the  same  time.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  darkness  and  death  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hamvak  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Arrows  Of  Vengeance"  and  "The  Glorious  Return  of  Death".  8  out  of  10.


  Website: hamvak.com

Bandcamp: https://hamvak.bandcamp.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hamvak/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@hamvak_official
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/31pJG82QDJPzh1ingQsxjt?si=qp1153y7Tp-FxEpQzJlVxA&nd=1

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hamvakofficial/  . 

Veska Interview

 

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


Firstly, thank you for the opportunity to be interviewed by you - it's an honor. Veska began in 2021 as an experiment to challenge myself in the art of writing and recording music all on my own. I have experience playing in bands over the years but wanted to push my artistic limits and thus, Veska was born and has grown into what it is today.


2.In 2023 you have a new album coming out, musically how does it differ from your previous full length, ep's and singles?


The new album will be the first Veska release to be a fully formed idea with its own themes, both musically and lyrically. I believe it to be the culmination of my work up to this point and it is by far the most "mature" my sound has ever been. Unlike the previous releases, I feel like Unbound is truly a "coming of age" moment for me as an artist as I believe I've finally found "my" sound with this album. Sonically, I would have to say this album differs from the rest in that it is by far the heaviest, darkest, and fastest set of songs I've recorded yet. I'm incredibly excited to finally be able to share it with the world.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the music and also how would you describe your progress as a songwriter over the years?


As I mentioned, this is the first work of mine to really have a consistent theme throughout. Prior releases have honestly explored whatever topics happened to be on my mind at the time of writing, but this one was different for me. This time around I was motivated by my own worldview in the form of my utter disdain for the systems in place in our world that seek to bind us to their bidding. Be it spiritual or mundane in nature, though we as humans are generally "free," we are all bound by the delusions of entities outside of ourselves. That is the topic or theme I wanted to explore. I wanted to create something to light a spark in people to help them see that they do in fact have the strength to break their chains and find a true sense of self-liberation. A lofty goal, but one I stand by and pursue nonetheless.


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


I really wish there was a cool story behind the name...but to be honest, I was pumping gas one day and the name just popped into my head. I did a quick Google search to make sure it wasn't a band I had listened to recently, but all I could find was that it is apparently a common name for women in Finland. Either way, I decided it was a fitting name for the new project.


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


Yes! The album art for Unbound was created by the one and only Rotting Reign who is simply the best when it comes to dark art. RR and I discussed the theme of the album as mentioned above briefly and he ran with it. I wanted the cover to convey someone breaking free from literal chains as a symbolic reference to the theme of the album. He knocked it out of the park with what he delivered. Honestly, when I saw the art for the first time it added another layer to the album for me. I'm no art critic, but when I look at it I see it a level deeper now. Initially in my mind, the person on the cover is just breaking free from what's tormenting them - but there's another layer to it. It raises the question - "is this person successfully breaking free? Or are they failing and being dragged back down?" I love that about this particular piece of art and it fits perfectly into the album's theme. Its as if I'm asking "Do you have the strength to be your own person, free of any and all control? Or are you going to succumb?" The artwork to me is what makes this album a complete and true work of art.


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


I don't want to reveal too much, but there are definitely plans in motion to expand Veska to a full line-up in the coming year. Working solo has its perks, but I would love to have the ability to perform music live with a full band.


7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interests?


If a label would be willing to sign me, that would be a dream come true for me. Music is my passion and I would love the chance to be backed by a label. Its a competitive world though, and there are certainly a lot of others putting out some great stuff - but to get to be among them, would be a true honor.


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


I've been fortunate enough to receive overwhelming positivity from the community from day one. Its still surreal to me that people from all over the world have streamed my music or taken the next step to buy some merch from me. I continue to be humbled by the people who reach out to provide compliments and support for what I do. I strive to reciprocate that energy back into the scene to keep it great.


9.Do you also have any experience playing with other bands or musical projects?


I do! I started my first metal band in high school in which I performed vocals, admittedly not that great at the time because I had no idea what I was doing. We managed to play a few shows and have some fun with it. Later I joined a black metal band at first just on bass guitar, then took on the role of lead vocals as well. That band also saw a few live shows as well as DIY house shows. I'm eternally grateful for those experiences as I believe they helped shape the artist I am today. I still keep in contact with most everyone I've played with across those endeavors and we are great friends.


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


That is a great question...in the short to mid term I would like to see Veska with a full line-up that regularly plays live shows. From there...its very hard to predict, but let's just say there's a lot I would give to do this full-time.


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


I tend to cast a pretty wide net when it comes to what I listen to and/or what I'm influenced by. Obviously the second wave of black metal has always been a major influence on me, but I draw on a lot of different genres to create my music. Aside from black metal, I'm also really into more doom styles and think that with Unbound the marrying of those influences is quite apparent. To get particular though, the bands I've been influenced by most over the years (to name a few) are Watain, Uada, Mayhem, Young and in the Way, Wolves in the Throne Room, Amenra, Paradise Lost, Midnight, Children of Bodom, Integrity...the list goes on. I really do draw influence from almost every band I come across that I enjoy. Lately I've been on a big Motorhead kick along with the new Stormruler album, some Martyrdod, Zeal & Ardor, and Harakiri for the Sky.


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


I'd like to thank you again for taking your time to listen to the new album and giving me the opportunity to be interviewed. My final words to anyone reading this are to stay strong, never give in, keep fighting against your oppressors - you have more inner strength than you can possibly imagine; all you must do is look inward, find your flame and never let it be extinguished. I look forward to sharing Ubound with you all January 13, 2023!

Nocturnal Departure/Clandestine Theurgy/Hells Headbagers Records/2022 Full Length Review

 


  Nocturnal  Departure  are  a  band  from  Winnipeg,  Manitoba,  Canada  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  2022  album  "Clandestine  Theurgy"  which  will  be  released  on  December  30th  by  Hells  Headbanger  Records.


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  Growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the 90's  second  wave  era  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  added  into  the  faster  riffing  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a r aw  feeling  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  very  true  to  an  old  school  style.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  whole  recording  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  musical  direction.


  On  this  recording  Nocturnal  Departure  remain  true  to  the  raw  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal  that  they  have  established  on  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Rituals  and  the  psychomachia  of  the  human  condition.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nocturnal  Departure  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ceremonial  Storm"  "Unhallowed  Exhumation"  "Sacrificial  Summon  Under  the  Sign  Of  Amduscias"  and  "Flesh  Torment".  8  out  of  10.


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Sunday, December 4, 2022

Tot aus dem Wald/Satan No Mono/Wolfmond Production/2022 Full Length Review

 


  Germany's  solo  project  Tot  aus  dem  Wald  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  a  raw,  old  school  and  misanthropic  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2022  album  "Satan  No  Mono"  which  will  be  released  on  December  22nd  by  Wolfmond  Production.


  A  horror  movie  orientated  atmosphere  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes a   great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also adds  in  a  great  amount  of  old  school  influences.


  Touches  of  Japanese  folk  music  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  music  also  has  its  lo-fi  moments.  Throughout  the  recording  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  one  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  shouts  and  when  percussion  and  chants  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  shamanistic  and  ritualistic  touches.   


  On  this  recording  Tot  aus  dem  Wald  adds  touches  of  Japanese  folk  music  into  his  misanthropic,  old  school  and  raw  style  of  black  metal  to  create  something  very  different  from  his  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  Japanese  Folklore  and  Mythology  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Tot  aus  dem  Wald  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  misanthropic,  old  school  and  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Oni,  wollen  zerreissen  wollen  zerfetzen"  "Tengu,  die  Nase  des  Todes"  and  "Uba-Yama,  ein  vertikates  Massengrab".  8  out  of  10.


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Endless Loss/Bloodletting Narcotic Divination/2022 EP Review

 


  Endless  Loss  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  an  ancient  and  esoteric  mixture  of  war  and  bestial  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2022  ep  "Bloodletting  Narcotic  Divination".


  Drum  beats  and  distorted  guitar  noises  start  off  the  ep  along  with  a  brief  use  of  tortured  voices  which  also  evolve  into  black  metal  screams  and  takes  the  music  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  war  metal  elements,  tremolo  picking  and  blast b eats  can b e  heard  which  also  gives  the music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Bestial  growls  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of t he  recording  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style.  The  songs  also  add  in a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  evil  sounding  melodies  at  times  and  the  whole  recording  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.


  Endless  Loss  plays  a  music  that  takes  war  and  bestial  black/death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  very  heavy  sounding  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  death  and  war  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Endless  Loss  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war  and  bestial  black/death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cremation  Cult"  and  "Psychogenic  Cessation".  8  out  of  10.


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Draakanaon/Le Diable en personne/Oaken Shield/Adipocère Records/2022 Full Length Review

 


  Draakanaon  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2022  album  "La  Diable  en  personne"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Oaken  Shield  and  Adipocère  Records.


  A  very  dark  and  apocalyptic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some d rones  before  going  into  more  of a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  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  feeling.


  Some  of  the  tracks a re  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  along  with  some  synths  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  album.


  The  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  and  lo-fi  moments  along  with  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  throat  singing  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Chaos,  Darkness,  Murder  and  Sex  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Draakanaon  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  satanic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Un  viol  cosmique"  " La  lumière  des  ténèbres"  "Que ton  incarnation  s'embrase"  and  "Par  le  phallus  du  pourpre  démon".  8  out  of  10.


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Satanic Warmaster/Aamongandr/Werewolf Records/2022 Full Length Review

 


  Finland's  solo  project  Satanic  Warmaster  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  a  raw  and  satanic  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  hid  2022  album  "Aamongandr"  which  will  be  released  on  December  30th  by  Werewolf  Records.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast b eats.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  vocals  also  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.


  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.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing.


  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  one  song  also  introducing synths  into  the  music  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  when  they   are utilized.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Lycanthropy,  Darkness  and  War  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Satanic  Warmaster  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t his  solo  project,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bafomet"  and  "Darkness...Triumphator".  8  out  of  10.


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Saturday, December 3, 2022

Feeling Worthless/CDVR/2022 Full Length Review

 


  Feeling  Worthless  are  a  band  from  Mexico  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  self  released  2022  album  "CDVR"  which  will  be  released  on  December  15th.


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later.  When  the  music  speeds  up-  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  yet  depressive  sounding  black  metal  screams.


  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  melancholic  style  along  with  a  couple  of  songs  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of suicide  induced  samples  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction,  the  songs  also  add  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing.


  On  this  recording  Feeling  Worthless  expands  on  the  depressive  style  of  black  metal  that  they  have  introduced  on  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  solitude,  death  and  suicide  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Feeling  Worthless  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Autoestima  Cero  (Act  I)"  "Difuminante  Partir  del  Ser"  and  "Mireya".  8  out  of  10.


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Veska/Unbound/2023 Full Length Review

 


  Veska  are  a  solo  project  from  Pennsylvania  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  album  "Unbound"  which  will  be  released  in  2023.


  Rain  and  thunder  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  synths  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.  When  the  music  speeds  up[  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feleing.


  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  along  with  the  vocals  also  adding  in  some  angry  sounding  shouts  at  times.


  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  songs  as  well  as  one  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts,  one  of  the  tracks  is  also  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  esoteric  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Veska  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  "I  Arise"  "Twilight  Of  The  Arcane"  and  "White  Flame  Ablaze".  8  out  of  10.


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Kwade Droes/Groeten Vanuit Gene Zijde/Van Records/2022 Full Length Review

 


  Kwade  Droes  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Groeten  Vanuit  Gene  Zijde"  which  was  released  by  Van  Records.


  A  very  dark  sounding  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  grim  yet  high  pitched  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.


  At  times  the  music  also  captures  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere  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.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic style  and  the  album  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length. 


  Kwade  Droes  plays  a  style  of  satanic  black  metal  that  is  very  dark,  modern  and  aggressive  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Dutch  and  cover  Satanism  and  Darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Kwade  Droes  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Uit  De  Kist  Gegrist  (En  Ondergepist)"  and  "Zwarte  Zuivel".  8  out  of  10.


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