Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Apolion/To Rot Or Decay/2022 Full Length Review

 


  Italy's  solo  project  Apolion  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  a  harsh,  impudent  and  instrumental form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2022  album  "To  Rot  Or  Decay".


  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  instrumentals  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  the  music  also  adds  in  a  lot  of  old  school  influences  and  when  vocals  are  finally  utilized  they  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams,  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly.


  On  this  recording  Apolion  remains  true  to  the  harsh  and  instrumental  style  of  black  metal  from  his  previous  releases  with  the  exception  of  the  closing  song  as  well  as  going  into  a  more  melodic  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  th e lyrics  cover  misanthropic  themes  when  they  are  utilized.     


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Apolion  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  harsh  and  impudent  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "This  Eternal  Rust"  and  "Phantasema".  8  out  of  10.


Bandcamp

https://www.facebook.com/apolionhorde/  

Sumerian Tombs/Self Titled/Van Records/2022 CD Review

 


  Sumerian  Tombs  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  epic  and  furious  style  of  vampyric  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2022  album  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Van  Records.


  Horror  movie  style  keyboards  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  style  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Melodies  are  also added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments.


  Growls  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  melodic  vocals  and  chants  also  being  utilized  briefly,  the  album  also  adds  in  some  quest  vocals  from  members  of  Endstille  and  The  Crimson  Ghosts  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  ancient,  long-forgotten  tale  of  vampiric  wind  spirits  from  Sumerian  mythology.


  In  my  opinion  Sumerian  Tombs  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  and  furious  vampyric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Enter  The Netherrealm"  "Altars  Of  The  Past"  and  "Vampyric  Dominance".  8/5  out  of  10.


www.facebook.com/SumerianTombs

http://www.sumeriantombs.bandcamp.com


        

Monday, January 24, 2022

Sukkhu Interview

 


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

Morgause: We love black metal, so we play it! So far there are the three of us: EGO BMK (guitars and bass), Megiddo (drums), and me (vocals). In this lineup, we recorded our first album, Labyrinths, which was released in December 2021. However, it is important to say that even though the band is the heart of the project, Sukkhu encompasses any form of art, including poetry, painting, or photography.

2.You have your first full length coming out towards the end of December, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?

Ego BMK: My inspiration to create music is absolute, I am not following trends but using only my own face and the years of experience in composing. I am aiming for dark and dynamic compositions, and making records with a hard and strong sound. Although I have been active in the Black Metal scene yet for many years, this new band represents an opportunity to experiment with different aspects of this art. 

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

Morgause: As Labyrinths is the beginning, we devoted a couple of songs to Sukkhu itself, explaining its meaning, abilities, and effects on us. Then we tried to take a little dive into human minds. There is fear and its possible overcoming. The power of this emotion fascinates me. It is fear that often makes us go blind, accept what should not be accepted, or turn to false, manipulative hopes (“mistaking lies for freedom”). Then we also speak about anger, disgust, loneliness, hopelessness, or even death, but none of these topics play as important role in Labyrinths as fear.  

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

Morgause: Sukkhu is everything, it is the “unification of all elements”, as well as “indefinite and absolute”, or “ephemeral, yet eternal”. It is an overarching energy of the Multiverse, which drives together different entities and activates all kinds of interactions between them. The name of the force, “Sukkhu”, revealed itself to me and EGO BMK at the end of December 2019 during our trip to Normandy. There have been so many strange coincidences regarding Sukkhu that we believe it is more than a mere chance.  

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

Morgause: The artwork represents entities, souls and spirits merged together by the power of Sukkhu. As you can see, the unification is not always harmonic, because through collisions and clashes, energy is released and new, unexpected things are bound to happen. The scene is set at the mighty Gaillard Castle in Normandy, where Sukkhu first emerged before us. 

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

Morgause: In order to fully answer the Call of Sukkhu and to bring the souls together, we got to play live! And we are very much looking forward to doing so. 

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

Morgause: Great news here! As of now (January 2022), we are not unsigned anymore. The album Labyrinths will be released in spring by two different labels, first of which is Nigredo Records from Sweden.

Ego BMK: And then there is also War March Records from the USA, which is owned by my friend Nebo Budor. We have already had some collaboration with my other band Naurrakar. And Sukkhu is interesting to him too!

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

Morgause: Making itself heard is always a difficult task for a new band. While trying to do so, we have received everything from flaming welcomes to cold rejections. We will see what prevails in the future…

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

Morgause: It is hard to predict the unpredictable… Traditional black metal will likely remain the core of our music, but there are far too many variables that could affect what we do. So whoever wishes to know could just stay tuned and time will surely show.

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

Morgause: Although blackness rules my soul, I love many kinds of music genres, for example I am a big fan of opera and classical music in general. However, when it comes to my vocal style, my big inspirations include Abbath, Ravn (1349), Nag (Tsjuder), Morean (Dark Fortress), or, rather obviously, Onielar (Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult, Bethlehem).

11.Does Occultism play any role in your music?

Morgause: Yes and no, no and yes. In our music, you won’t encounter any traditional Satanic figures or symbols, maybe only very indirectly. However, Sukkhu has its own magic, which we respect and try to use. For example, each band member has a sigil that connects the listener to Sukkhu and can be activated by playing our music, which then becomes magic.

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

Morgause: Thanks for the interview and your interest, and keep the fires burning!



Non Serviam/Gallkrist/Trepanation Recordings/bad Moon Rising/2022 Split EP Review

 


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  France's  Non  Serviam  and  Norway's  Gallkrist  which  will  be  released  in  February  as  a  joint  effort  between  Trepanation  Recordings  and  Bad  Moon  Rising  and  we  will  start  of  the  review  with  Non  Serviam  a  solo  project  who  returns  with  an  experimental  mixture  of  black,  sludge,  doom metal,  grindcore,  crust,  darkwave  and  industrial.


  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  clean  playing  and  female  vocals  that  also  add  in  touches  of  darkwave.  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed  while  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  sounding  at  times  along  with  the  heavier  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  black  metal  screams  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  songs.


  The  slower  sections  of  the  tracks  also  add  in  elements  of  doom  and  sludge  metal  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  utilized  briefly.  Industrial  and  breakcore  style  beats  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody.


  Both  of  his  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  growls  and  spoken  word  parts  also being  utilized  briefly  and  the  songs  also  adds  in  some  influences  of  crust  and  grindcore,  when t he  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard..  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Vampirism  and  Church  Burning  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Non  Serviam  and  if  you  are  a f an  of  experimental, black,  sludge,  doom  metal,  crust,  grindcore,  darkwave  and  industrial,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Church  Burnings".


  Next  up  is  Gallkrist  a  solo  artist  that  plays  a  mixture  of  experimental  black  metal  and  noise.


  Her  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  avant  garde  style  instruments  and  synths  before  adding  in  some  noisy  distortion  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  her  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  all  of  the  drum b eats  are  programmed.


  The  second  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  elements  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  as  well  as  all  3  of  her  tracks  also  sounding  very  different  from  each  other  and  her  side  of  the  split  always  sticks  to  a  slower  direction,  distorted  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  winter  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  Gallkrist  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  and  noisy  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Black  Cold  Lake".


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


https://non-serviam.bandcamp.com/album/non-serviam-gallkrist-split-ep


https://badmoonrising.bandcamp.com/album/non-serviam-gallkrist-split-ep

 


          

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Dødsleie/Immortal Hand/Bat Magick Records/Subversive Craft/2022 Full Length Review

 


    Dødsleie  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  Sweden  and  the  united  States  and  plays  a  very  experimental  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Immortal  hand"  which  will  be  released  in  February  as  a  joint  effort  between  Bat  Magick  Records  and  Subversive  Craft.


  A  very  dark  and  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  synths  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  adding  in  programmed  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  militant  feeling.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  sounding  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  tracks  at  times.


  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  instrumentals  while  the  vocals  when  they  are utilized  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.  The  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  are  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  old  school  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  album  more  of  a  raw  feeling.    


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  Dødsleie  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  black  metal  band  and  if you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Realm  Of  The  Unknown"  and  "Where  the  Truth  Grows".  8 out  of  10.


https://dodsleie.bandcamp.com/

https://subversivecraft.storenvy.com/products/34122382-ddsleie-immortal-hand-lp

https://youtu.be/OkLM3Xo-cAA  

Olde Throne/an Gorta Mor/Naturmacht Productions/2022 CD Review

 

  Olde  Throne  are  a  band  from  new  Zealand  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "An  Gorta  mor"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Naturmacht  Productions.


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences.


  A  couple  of  tracks  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars,  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  along  with  a  couple  of  songs  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Scottish  History  and  Celtic  Mythology  themes.    


  In  my  opinion  Olde  Throne  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Knockdoe"  and  "Celtic  Sorrow".  8  out  of  10.


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Saturday, January 22, 2022

Negativa/04/Mystiskaos/Dissociative Visions/Nebular Carcoma/2022 Full Length Review

 


  Spain's  solo  project  Negativa  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  a  bleak  and  oppressive  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2022  album  "04"  which  will  be  released  on  January  28th  as  a  joint  effort  between  Mystiskaos,  Dissociative  Visions  and  Nebular  Carcoma.


  Avant  garde  style  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  vocals  are  mostyl  high  pitched  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams.


  Some  of  the tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  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.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  a  couple  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  as  well  as  one  track  also  being  an  instrumental  and  the  album  brings  in  a  more  modern  approach,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  depressive  style.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  suffering  and  hopelessness  themes.    


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Negativa  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  bleak  and  oppressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "XXII"  and  "XXIX".  8  out  of  10.


http://negativa0.bandcamp.com/album/04

www.facebook.com/negativa0 

Omniscience/Ancient Spell/Nero Corvino/2021 CD Review

 


  Omniscience  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  epic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Ancient  Spell"  which  was  released  by  Nero  Corvino.


  Epic  sounding  keyboards  which  also  capture  the  atmosphere  of  a  fantasy  movie  soundtrack  or  video  game  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.  Rain  and  thunder  sounds  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments.


  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  When  programmed  beats  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  a  militant  feeling  along  with  the album  also  bringing  in  the  use  of  a  real  drum  kit  and  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording.


  Whispers  and  battle  samples  are  also  utilized  briefly  along  with  some  of  the  riffing  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  guitar  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  added  on  one  of  the  later  tracks  and  the  whole  album  also  sticks  to  a  slower  direction,  spoken  word  parts  are  also  added  on  the  closing  song.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Magic:  The  Gathering  and  Landscapes.


  In  my  opinion  Omniscience  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hedron's  Landscape"  "Travelers  In  Desecrated  Land"  and  "Battle  of  the  World".  8  out  of  10.



    

Obšar/Počornily Horŷ, Počornily Lisŷ/Void Wanderer Productions/2022 CD Review

 


    Obšar  are  a  band  from  Slovakia  that  plays  a  folk  inspired  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Počornily  Horŷ,  Počornily  Lisŷ"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Void  Wanderer  Productions.


  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Grim  black  metal  screams  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  along  with  some  clean  pagan  vocals  also  being  utilized  at  times. 


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  some  synths  in  the  background.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  acoustic  guitars  also  bringing  in  elements  of  folk  music  when  they  are  utilized  along  with  the  songs  also  mixing  in  a  decent  amount  of  old  school  influences,  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  tracks  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  instrumental  is  also  added  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Ruthenian  and  cover  humanity  polluting  the  nature.


  In  my  opinion  Obšar  are  a  very  great  sounding  folk  inspired  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Počornily  Horŷ,  Počornily  Lisŷ"  "Červene  Sonce"  "Anti"  and  "Dovhŷ Tŷni".  8  out  of  10.


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Friday, January 21, 2022

Trest/Ordalium/Chambre Ardente/Amor Fati/2022 Compilation Album Review

 


  Trest  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  occult and  bewitching  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  compilation  album  "Ordalium/Chambre  Ardente"  which  will  be  released  on  January  28th  by  Amor  Fati  and  consists  of t he  demo  I  previously  reviewed  and  the  second  demo  "Chambre  Ardente".


  Avant  garde  style  keyboards  start  off  the  compilation  along  with  some  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can b e  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Vocals  are  done  in  mostly  a  deep  yet  grim  black  metal  style  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  melodies  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  Grim  screams  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  compilation  along  with  some  of  the  songs  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  mixing  in  some  more  modern  influences  and  the  songs  on  the  second  demo  also  remains  true  to  the  style  that  was  established  on  the  first  release  and  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  choir  vocals.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  last  known  executions  for  Witchcraft  in  Europe  and  the  trials  and  execution  of  Marie-Madeleine  d'Aubray.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  from  Trest  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "1st  Witch:  Home"  "5th  Witch:  Gesche"  and  "Cour  des  pois".  8  out  of  10.


www.trest-parish.bandcamp.com


    

Invultation/Unconquerable Death/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2022 Vinyl Re-Issue Review

 


  Invultation  are  a  solo  project from  Columbus,  Ohio  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Unconquerable  Death"  which  was  re-issued  in  2022  on  vinyl  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.


  Ritualistic  soundscapes  and  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  vocals are  mostly  bestial  growls.  The  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  tremolo  picking,  blast  beats  and war  metal  elements  which  also  gives  the  album  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  as  well  as  going  into  a  more  chaotic  direction  on  later  songs.


  One  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  medieval  war  samples  as  the  album  progresses  the  riffs  also  start  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  melodic  chants  can  also  be  heard  on  the  outro.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Death  and  Necromancy  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  Invultation  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hanged  Mass"  "Banners  Under  The  Moon"  "Necromanical  Curse"  and  "All  Flesh  Falls  Into  Dust".  8 out  of  10.


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Thursday, January 20, 2022

Smother/Chapter IV - Tying The Noose Of A Rusted Chain/Red River Family Records/2022 Cassette Review

 


  Smother  are  a  band  from  the  United  States  that  consists  of  members  from  Black  Vice,  The  Way  To  Light,  Crown  of  Asteria  and  Grst  that  plays  a  cascadian  style  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  ambient,  experimental  and  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Chapter  IV  - Tying  The  Noose  Of  A  Rusted  Chain"  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  Red  River  Family  Records.


  Acoustic  guitars  and  ambient  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  album   while  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  sounding  as  well  as  adding  in  elements  of  noise.  at  times.  The  only  track  that  is  present  on  the  recording  is  also  over  40  minutes  in  length  along  with  the  music  going  into  a  heavier  direction  as  the  track  progresses.


  Vocals  are  a mixture  of  growls  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  song  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  song  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments,  melodic  chants  and  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Smother  are  a  very  great  sounding  cascadian  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  ambient,  experimental  and  noise  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  8  out  of  10.


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Tugt/Ved Lysets Ophør/Onism Productions/2022 CD Review

 


   Tugt  are  a  solo  project  from  Denmark  that  plays  an  atmospheric  and  depressive  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2022  album  "Ved  Lysets  Ophør"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Onism  Productions.


  Dark  soundscapes  and  water  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.


  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  depressive  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  Whispered  voices  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


   Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized.  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Danish  and  cover  solitude,  darkness,  nature  and  suffering  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Tugt  is  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sorte  Stunder"  "Mareridt"  and  "Efterspil".  8  out  of  10.


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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Det Eviga Leendet/Reverence/Amor Fati/Mystiskaos/Extraconscious Records/2022 Full Length Review

 


  Det  Eviga  Leendet  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  harsh  and  atmospheric  form  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Reverence"  which  will  be  released  on  January  26th  as  a  joint  effort  between  Amor  Fati,  Mysiskaos  and  Extraconscious  Records.


  Dark  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  in  epic  in  length.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style.  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  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody. 


Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  most  of  the  music  also  sticking  to  a  very  modern  style  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  cinematic  soundscapes, as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  closing  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  cover  gloom  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Det  Eviga  Leendet  and  if  you  are  a f an  of  harsh  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Visage"  and  "Yield".  8  out  of  10.


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Darvaza/Ascending Into Perdition/Van Records/2022 CD Review

 


  Darvaza  are  an  international  duo  with  members  from  Italy  and  Norway  that  plays  a  very  satanic  and  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Ascending  Into  Perdition"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Van  Records.


  Atmospheric  soundscapes  and  epic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  melodic  singing  also  being  utilized  briefly.  


  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  dark  and  melodic  style.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.


 Most  of  the  riffing  is  also  done  on  power  chords  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  Gregorian  chants  can  also  be  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  brief  use  of  melody,  classical  music  samples  are  also  added  on  the  closing  song.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  Darvaza  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  and  occult  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mouth  Of  The  Dragon"  and  "Silence  In  Heaven".   8  out  of  10. 


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Endarken 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 single?


The recording of another single is currently coming to an end, it should be out soon and a new album is also in the process of recording so it’s pretty working but I like it, I love to create.


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


Musically it is not much different from the previous release. I would say that the only difference is in the vocals that were sung somewhat differently than on the album.


3.This is also your first release since 2018, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?


I've been working on new songs, mostly for Endarken, but also for some other projects which I'm planning to release soon and it's the first time I've worked on something other than black metal, so it was quite challenging but also fun. Also in the meantime I moved from Serbia to Croatia, not far away, only 60 kilometers difference, anyway, it counts towards change but I am satisfied, I like the new city, I feel like I've always been here.


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


The interest in it dates back to the period when I was a child because of some things I experienced. There was a grany in the neighborhood who did some weird things, at least they seemed weird and pretty scary back then and it took me quite a while to understand what she was doing. As time went on I began to understand all that more and more and it helped me to start understanding the universe as a living beast, the beast we live in, the beast that is the existence of everything around us, everything before us and everything that will be after us... And that is the starting point from which I am guided by everything in life.


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


Mostly misanthropy because most people do not live in harmony with nature, they have no respect for this house in which we live or for each other, everything is being trampled on, everything is for sale, everyone is for sale. It's disgusting.


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


We live in a world where the true values and culture of living are in great darkness, so Endarken seemed to me as a good name for the band, as a synonym for myself and for all those who hide in the dark and find inspiration there for another day, for another victory of the will, for another honor of truth.


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


Well, it was supposed to be a promotional photo but I liked how it turned out so I decided to use it as a cover so there isn’t some big story behind it all, it’s pretty simple, I got cover and promotional photo in one.


8.With the exception of a drummer you record most of the music by yourself, are you open to working with a full band or do you prefer to work mostly by yourself?


Like you said I record everything myself except the drums and I think it will stay that way in the future because I often wasted a lot of time trying to involve someone else in the creative process of the band. Some things were planned to happen much earlier but there was not enough will in others to really accept the job. There were also attempts to gather a crew for live performances, however, as this biological war started and all restrictions with it I gave up on that idea because it doesn't make much sense to prepare live performances at the moment.


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


I am very satisfied. It is nice to see that they listen to us from all over the world. For "Tvoj je hram u srcu mom" we had orders from all continents except Africa... And Antarctica, is there not a single black metal fan among scientific expeditions?


10.What is going on with 'Samrt' these days?


Samrt has been standing still for a long time, I have a new album ready, something has even been recorded, but unfortunately I haven't managed to finish everything yet, but I will do my best to finish it during the year. I unjustly neglected all that and put it aside, but I will do my best for myself and for the people who love Samrt to really finish new album this year.


11.When can we expect another release and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?


As I said, the recording of the new single is nearing its end and we will release it soon... And as far as the release of the album is concerned, it all depends on how quickly we find the publisher and then depend on them when they are scheduled to release, I would like it to be this year but we'll see how it goes.


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?


I like to listen to everything from The Beatles to Cannibal Corpse. I'm not someone who is a slave to genres... When something is good then it's good. For influence in the music I make, I try to ignore as much as I can, even though it's almost impossible. I don't think anyone is immune to influences...So I can't single out some specific influences, somewhere it seems to someone that there are too many of them and somewhere that there aren't any at all, which is ok in every sense. And these days I mostly listen to Deiform from Funeral Mist and Heretics from Rotting Christ.


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


Be free, keep your mind free, keep your freedom, because when they take away your freedom they have taken away everything from you. Freedom is something that belongs to us by birth and we must not allow anyone to take away that right from us. Freedom!

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Berzerker Interview

 


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


Answer by Bughuul:

Berzerker was founded in late 2016 when I felt the urge to make music again after my previous band became inactive in 2014(Tears Of Wrath aka. T.O.W.). Things got pretty complicating in the last days of T.O.W. because of personal and job-related issues of individual members. It was very hard for me to accept that it wasn’t possible to keep the band operational under this circumstances and so I took a break of making music for two years after we decided to put the band on hold.

With my new project I wanted to stay as independent as possible and the idea of a solo project came to life. This time it had to be BlackMetal but I can’t and don’t want to deny my roots into Death- and ThrashMetal so these styles are also fundamental for Berzerker.


The problem of the solo project concept was that I wasn’t able to do the vocal part on my own. What can i say – no Voice J So after gathering first ideas and developing some song structures Imbrifer became aware of the project and joined performing vocals and writing lyrics. So you may describe Berzerker as a two man project from that moment on.


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


Answer by Bughuul:

In my opinion “Pereat Mundus” is a straight forward OldSchool BlackMetal album. The whole album is inspired by the norwegian scene of the early/middle 1990ies. But only in its musical style. Regarding the production and mixing process I wanted to do something else. To be honest I never understood why so many BlackMetal-bands and fans think that this kind of music has to sound like it was recorded on a kids tape recorder drowned in the toilet. I think strong music needs a strong production to unleash its full power. So the goal was to get the punchiest and most transparent sound possible without killing the rawness which is essential for that type of music. I know that some “true” BlackMetal fans will say that’s blasphemous but I really miss a good sound and production on many of my favorite albums from that era. Of course some of them couldn’t afford a better production at that time. But nowadays many bands are doing this crappy LowFi-Sound whilst they would be able to do better. So my goal was to bring this two world’s together: The technical possibilities of modern production systems with Oldschool-BM songwriting.


 


3.The band has been around since 2016 but waited until 2021 to release an album, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?


Answer by Bughuul:


First of all, like most artists in those underground genres, I have to do a day job to keep my bills payed. So I can only work on the project beside my job.

What also slows down the whole process is that everything except vocals and lyrics is done by myself. From creative songwriting over recording all instruments to the whole production process which includes arranging, mixing and mastering. And you have to take breaks from time to time to get some distance from the already achieved song material for not losing your focus on what is good and what needs to be discarded.

As you can see this is very time-consuming but with my experience gathered through the production of “Pereat Mundus” i hope to shorten the intervals between releases.


 


4.One of your songs also covered the writings of H.P Lovecraft, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in his works?


Answer by Imbrifer:


I have always been a big horrorfan, no matter if in books, movies, comics or games. So of course I discovered H.P. Lovecraft when I was younger.


Stories like „The music of Eric Zann“, „The rats in the wall“ or „The Dunwich Horror“ were and still are fascinating me. It's this intangible terror, always lurking in the shadows, waiting for you. Like when you were a kid and had to get something from the dark cellar, always having the feeling, something's behind your back. That's what defines Lovecraft for me.


I wanted to write a song based on Lovecrafts work, especially based on the Cthulhu-Myth, for a long time. When I heard the music for „Immanentization...“ with its chanting middle part, the sound effects in the intro-section and its epic length, I knew this was my chance.


 


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


Answer by Imbrifer:


I think there are some recurring motifs in the lyrics.


Like the downfall of humanity, which destroyed or is destroying itself. Or religious leaders, who are exploiting the faith of people for their own benefits. Maybe you could call it some kind of social critique.


Also there are influences from what's going on right now. „Isolation“ for example was inspired by the issue of mental health problems during the pandemic.


And of course there is some good old horror.


That's what all my lyrics have in common.


They are oversubscribed and mixed up with my fascination for horror-stories, psycho-thrillers, apocalyptic movies and all that stuff.


Sometimes there are things to find between the lines and sometimes there's nothing.


 


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


Answer by Bughuul:


I was already using Bers. Erker in T.O.W. not least because my second name is Erker in reality. So it was a logical step to call my solo project like that.

Besides a “Berserker” is a nordic warrior who is fighting in a frenzy without feeling pain and showing mercy. I thought this would be a good match to the music I had in my mind. Let’s see maybe Imbrifer has some lyric ideas about a Berserker in a future song. The “S” in “Berserker” was replaced by a “Z” because of stylistic considerations and to avoid confusion with the german band “Berserker”.


 


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


Answer by Bughuul:


The front cover is a picture I have taken on an art exhibition a few years ago. I really like that kind of aesthetics and I think it’s perfect for the first album. The back cover picture was taken in the tunnels of fortress Josefov – CZ - where Brutal Assault Festival takes place every year.


 


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?


Answer by Bughuul:


Yes expanding is definitely the plan. My next goal is to achieve a complete lineup to become able to play live shows in the near future. I’m not speaking about hired musicians. The plan is to transform this solo project into a real band where every member is welcome to participate in the songwriting process.


 


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


Answer by Bughuul:


Of course the support of a label would be great. Currently we are still looking for a proper partner, which is able and willing to bring Berzerker forward.


 


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


Answer by Bughuul:


Berzerker is still a newcomer and “Pereat Mundus” is out only since a few weeks but the album has already received reactions from all over the world. All of them were very positive.


 


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


Answer by Bughuul:


As mentioned before next step is to establish a full band lineup. So let’s see what influences the new members will bring in. My own songwriting is never planned. It’s just happening. So it’s hard to say if the next album will be more symphonic, harder and faster or more melodic or whatever. I can only predict Berzerker will stay BlackMetal.


 


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?


Answer by Bughuul:


Like many others of my generation Metallica was the very beginning of my musical socialization. Over the years I was mainly focused on Thrash and later also Death-Metal(especially Melodic Death). But I was always into BlackMetal too which became more and more over the years.


Slayer, Evenfall, Third Moon, Death, Desaster and Kovenant were early influences and of course all the BM-Classics like Mayhem, Satyricon, Darkthrone, Bathory…


Anaal Nathrakh and Igorrr are two of my newer discoveries which I’m really into at the moment.


 


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


Answer by Bughuul:


Thanks for your interest in Berzerker and your review of our first album. Let’s keep in touch I’m confident “Pereat Mundus” wasn’t the last chapter of Berzerker. All the best for your future and your blog!



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Monday, January 17, 2022

Mortem/Slow Death/Peaceville Records/2022 Compilation Album Review

 


  Mortem  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  has  a  history  that  goes  back  to  the  80's  that  also  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  compilation  album  "Slow  Death"  which  will b e  released  in  February  by  Peaceville   Records  and  consists  of  a  re-recordign  of  their  1989  demo  "Slow  Death"  which  also  contains  bonus  tracks  and  also  the  original  version  of  the  recording.


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  Synths  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  they  also  add  in  some  symphonic  touched  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  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.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  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  dark  and  melodic  style  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  


  One  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  soundscapes  along  with  clean  playing  also  making  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  songs  as  well  as  one  song  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clear  vocals,  they  also  bring  in  a  Mayhem  cover  in  Norwegian  language  and  the  1989  demo  tracks  show  the  vocals  being  done  in  a  more  death  metal  orientated  style.  The  production  on  the  newer  version  sounds  professional  while  the  demo  tracks  sound  very  raw  and  the  lyrics  cover  Death,  Gore,  Suicide  and  Satanism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mortem  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  Norwegian  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Slow  Death"  "Nightmare"  and  "Satanas".  8  out  of  10.


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