Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Goddamn Gringos/Self Titled/2022 Demo Review

 


  Goddamn  Gringos  are  a  band  from  the  united  States  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black,  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  and  self  titled  2022  demo.


  A  very  fast,  heavy  and  brutal  grindcore  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later.  Melodies  and  dissonant  structures  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  death  metal  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times  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  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  it  is  utilized.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  the  whole  demo  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.


  Goddamn  Gringos  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  angry  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Goddamn  Gringos  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Grand  Pillars  Of  Arrogance"  and  "Generational  Cancer".  8  out  of  10.



https://www.instagram.com/goddamngringos/   

Alone/V-The Village/2022 Single Review

 


  Alone  are  a  solo  project  from  Toronto,  Ontario,  Canada  that  has  recently  been  featured  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  goes  for  a  progressive  mixture  of  black  and  heavy  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2022  single  "V-The  Village".


  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  song  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  track  is  also  over  10  minutes  in  length.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  good  amount  of  progressive  structures  and  traditional  metal  elements.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  o  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  also  being  utilized  briefly.


  On  this  song  Alone  takes  his  music  into  more  of  a  progressive  black  metal  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  village  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Alone  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  progressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  single.  8  out  of  10.


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Omenfilth/Possessed By The Pentacle Spell/Eternal Death/2022 Full Length Review

 


  Philippines's  Omenfilth  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  an  old  school  and  Greek  influenced  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2022  album  "Possessed  By  The  Pentacle  Spell"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Eternal  Death. 


  A  keyboard  orientated  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  Gregorian  chants  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  melodies  are  also  added  into  the  guitar  riffing.   


  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal s creams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  touch  of  the  Norwegian  style.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  remain  very  true  to  a  melodic  and  old  school  direction  along  with  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  

  

  Hellenic  influences  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with one  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clear  vocals  and  as  the  album  progresses  keyboards  make  a  brief  return  and  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  as  well  as  the  closing  track  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  which  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  themes.   


  in  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Omenfilth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  Greek  influenced  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Terroritual  Genocide"  "Goat  Of  The  Sabbath"  and  "Cursed  into  the  Writhing  Flames".   8  out  of  10.


https://eternaldeath.bandcamp.com/album/possessed-by-the-pentacle-spell  

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Svar interview

 



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


Svar is a black metal project I started in 2020. In 2021, I released my first EP "Behind the Veil".


Musically it is melodic black metal with lyrics focused mostly on Slavic paganism. Most people compare the sound to early Mgła.


So far, on both releases, I was responsible not only for arranging the tracks but also for mixing and mastering.




2.You have a new ep coming out in July, musically how does it differ from your previous release?


I would say that "Under a Sky Full of Thunder" develops ideas from "Behind the Veil". It is still very melodic black metal but this time I pushed it one step further in every aspect.


I think that the main difference is that this time I decided to incorporate solos and focus a little more on the song structure.


For this release I also composed the instrumental title track.




3.The lyrics on the new ep cover Slavic Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?


I became interested in the topic while listening to Polish pagan black metal bands such as early Behemoth and Thy Worhiper. Then I started reading a lot of literature about it, getting more and more into the topic.


Combining this interest with music was a fairly natural process.




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


Svar is a prefix of the name of the Slavic god Svarog. Svar itself can mean "heat", "light", "fire" or even "disagreement". It depends on the given etymology.


I came up with this name while reading Aleksander Brückner's "Slavic and Polish mythology".




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


A friend of mine once showed me this tree that you can see on the cover. It is located on an island in the middle of a certain lake.


Years ago it was struck by lightning and died. I thought it would make a great cover for the album, so I took a picture of it.


Having that, the idea of a concept album about Perun – Slavic god of thunder came to me quite easily.




6.With this project you record everything by yourself but also have experience working with a full line up, which one do you prefer?


Actually, I like both. The one-man project has the advantage that musically I can do 100% what I want.


There's no room for negotiation with anyone and it's completely my own vision.



On the other hand working with other people gives you the opportunity to see other perspectives on music and test different ideas that may be better than yours.


It's also a great chance to play gigs and definitely less work than one person doing for 4-5.



To sum up, different approaches work well for different bands/projects.




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


I decided not to seek for any label for "Under a Sky Full of Thunder". For a full-length album, though, I think it would be good to have someone else's help.


The time will tell.



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


For “Behind the Veil” being my first release I think the reactions were was pretty good. The CD was bought by a few people from the States, Germany and the UK with practically no promotion. And, not surprisingly, the most purchases were from Poles. Overall, I was very happy with the feedback.


I'm very curious what it’s going to look like with "Under a Sky Full of Thunder".



9.What is going on with 'Void of Sympathy' these days?


Glad you asked. We've had a bit of a change in the lineup recently, which has slowed some things down. I mean we had to start some things from scratch and as you know, beginnings can be difficult.


We're working on some new songs now which gives me the opportunity to write some music for the band.


We are slowly moving forward. And that's probably all I can say about Void of Sympathy at the moment.



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


I think that release of the full album is a matter of 2 years at most. At this point I’ve almost finished 2 songs that will almost certainly be on the album. I'm not a fan of re-releasing the same songs so the full album will be 100% new music.


I also want it to be superior to "Under a Sky Full of Thunder" in every way so 2 years is a pretty reasonable time.



As a musician I would like to continue to develop the Svar project, release new albums, as well as play live with Void of Sympathy or other bands if the opportunity arises.


And of course keep on growing. As a guitarist and a composer I have reached a certain level. But at the same time I know that this is still not enough, and that I can do more.



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?


Certainly, as I mentioned early Behemoth stuff (Sventevith, Grom), Thy Worshiper (Popiół) but also newer bands like Mgła, Odraza, Furia.


I also really appreciate the classics of the Norwegian scene.


As for other genres, I also listen to a lot to thrash metal, melodic death metal, classic heavy metal, synthwave and folk. While working on the material for "Under a Sky Full of Thunder" I listened to a lot to early Ozzy Osbourne and Yngwie Malmseen.



Recently I've been listening to Swedish band Enforcer on repeat. I'm impressed how well they captured the 80's vibe in their sound.



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


Thank you to everyone who support Svar. I hope you will enjoy the new EP no less than the previous one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCjbmQ2HPas

Hadiqat Interview

 

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

1. Hadiqat is magical realism black metal. Literary influences are writers like Italo Calvino, Julio Cortázar and Jorge Luis Borges. Musically I'm inspired by contemporary raw black metal, the more blackened branches of funeral doom, and dark ambient. I play and record everything by myself.


2.So far you have been a part of a split and also have released an ep, musically how do they both differ from each other?


2. The tracks on the "Compendium" split came from two different recordings so they sound quite different, one especially is a lot rawer than the other since I was further experimenting with various effects. The demo is clearer in sound and I also used a synth organ for the last dark ambient piece.


3.Your lyrics are inspired by the writings of Italo Calvino and Julio Cortlazar, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in their work?

3. I've been interested in magical realism ever since I read "Final del juego" by Julio Cortázar. From there I read most of his other works and moved on to other authors in this literary genre, as I said above, Calvino and Borges especially. Calvino's "Invisible Cities" is my favorite book of all time and much of Hadiqat revolves around it conceptually. Eutropia and Procopia (one of the two songs on the "Compendium") are two fictional, surreal cities described in the book.


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

4. Hadiqat means "garden" in Arabic. I think it sort of fits the magical realism concept of the project.


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

5. The artwork represents an inhabitant of the fictional city of Eutropia as I imagine them, with a darker twist on the city described by Calvino.


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

6. I would like to keep on doing everything by myself. Maybe reserving some guest spots for some parts in the future. I would like to collaborate with some of the guys of the Xenoglossy roster, like κενός from Sacrilegious Crown for example.


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

7. I'm definitely keeping a low profile and a certain anonymity behind it in the future too.


8.A few months back you where a part of a huge split. what are your thoughts on the other bands or projects that participated on the recording? 

8. Every project on the "Compendium" is rather unique and peculiar and I also liked the fact we managed to have a cohesive theme throughout the release. My favorite is probably Orrery, I would like to hear more of that. I loved their 90s black metal sound and the lyrics to "Crimson Hexagon" are very evocative, the last two verses especially: "Away from these valleys, the empty earth stretches out to the horizon".


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

9. The split garnered a bit of attention I noticed, probably because of the unusual concept tying the songs together and for featuring all new and previously unknown bands. Hopefully it will be the same for "Eutropia".


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

10. I would like to expand on the foundations laid out on the demo and the "Compendium" tracks. I'm working on a full length at the moment together with a couple of other tracks for EPs or splits. The full length is probably coming out next year.


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

11. My label companion Sacrilegious Crown is a big influence as you can hear from the demo material. The bands from the Perverse Homage circle and the Portuguese raw black metal scene are big influences as well.


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

12. Thank you for the interview opportunity and everyone who supported the demo and the "Compendium".


Thanks again for the questions and regards,

Monday, June 27, 2022

Traumen Von Aurora/Aurora/Trollzorn Records/2022 CD Review

 


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Germany's  Traumen  Von  Aurora  which  is  also  in  the  avant  garde  and  progressive  style  of  post  black  metal  and  the  album  will  be  released  in  August  by  Trollzorn  Records  and  is  called  "Aurora".


  Dark  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  post  rock  elements  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  progressive  moments  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  


  Spoken  word  parts  and  whispers  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  some  avant  garde  touches  at  times.  Clean  vocals  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks  as  well  as  most of  the  tracks  also  sticking  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  except  for  the  closing  song  which  is  also  an  instrumental  and  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  fast  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  depression  and  nature  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Traument  Von  Aurora  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  avant  garde  and  progressive  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Gram  und  Verde"  and  ...kann  eines  Lichtes  Flackern  truben".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.traeumenvonaurora.de

https://www.facebook.com/traeumenvonaurora

https://www.instagram.com/traeumenvonaurora 

https://www.youtube.com/traeumenvonaurora  

Traumen Von Aurora/Luna/Trollzorn Records/2022 CD Review

 


  Traumen  Von  Aurora  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  goes  for  more  of  a  progressive  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2022  album  :Luna"  which  will b e  released  in  August  by  Trollzorn  Records.


  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  music  also  has  its  avant  garde  moments.  The  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  keyboards  also  mixing  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  progressive  sounding  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks.  Elements  of  post  rock  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  whispers  are  also  utilized  briefly.


  Grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  some  clean  singing,  spoken  word  parts  and  aggressive  shouts.  When  the  music  speeds  up  on  a  couple  of  tracks  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling,  most  of  the  album  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover depression  and  nature  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Traumen  Von  Aurora  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  avant  garde,  progressive  and  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Stille,  Mehr  Stille"  and  "Sturmgeweiht".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/ImmL-0Qi7d8


https://www.traeumenvonaurora.de

https://www.facebook.com/traeumenvonaurora

https://www.instagram.com/traeumenvonaurora 

https://www.youtube.com/traeumenvonaurora  


      

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Blutsauger Interview

 

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?


Actually I’m busy with my other bands so I put Blutsauger a little aside, but we’re working on new material for the next release.



2.Towards the end of 2021 you had released a demo, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


Well, I had some thrash-black riffs that were supposed to be used for my old thrash metal band, Nuclear Aggressor; some months after the split-up I started to miss that kind of musical style and attitude, so I created Blutsauger like it was a continuation, or a deviation, of Nuclear Aggressor but with much more black metal elements.



3.A lot of your lyrics cover nuclear war themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?


And that’s another thing left from Nuclear Aggressor. I’ve been interested in everything that’s related with nuclear energy since I was a kid, it fascinated me, especially when my parents told me about Chernobyl; I was born in 1985, so I was here when the radioactive cloud arrived, even if I can’t remember anything, of course. I’m also a big fan of post-apocalyptic movies and books.



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


Basically they’re all related to a post-apocalyptic environment. I try to imagine how human beings would behave in such a situation, in complete anarchy and without any restrictions dictated by dogmas or beliefs. Then I include some weird stuff like vampires or mutant beasts, just because I like to do it.


5.Over the years you have been a part of plenty other bands and musical projects, what is it that you bring into the music of 'Blutsauger' that you have not been able to do with your other groups?


Musically, as I said before, Blutsauger is a continuation/deviation of Nuclear Aggressor, but without all the limits imposed by the style. I can put in it everything I want, every influence I have, without boundaries or compromises with other members.



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


It’s a funny story. Years ago, I was at a friend’s house, on the toilet; I was leafing through a bestiary of mythological creatures, when I came across the "Blutsauger" (literally "bloodsucker", a German vampire whose myth is originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina) and I thought "fuck, this would be a great name for a black metal band!". So I kept that name in mind and I used it when I started the project; the myth also inspired me for some lyrics.



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


Basically, it is a fresco depicting a Dance Macabre, which was then heavily modified. The original painting is located in a church in Slovenia, close to where I live.



8.The musical project currently works as a duo but you have experience working with full line ups in the past, do you feel you are able to accomplish more musically with less people?


I feel that it doesn’t matter how many people are involved, but how much energy, ideas and stuff they put into the band. Sometimes I had a full lineup but I was the only thinking mind, and it was always a struggle. In less than a year, we accomplished much more as a duo than other bands I had with four or five members, and that’s because I found in Aasimar a really serious musician; she composed and recorded all her parts in a few days and did a great work. I am currently considering the inclusion of a third member, but it is not yet "official".



9.I have read that you plan on making 'Blutsauger' a live band in the future, what can we expect from your stage performance once you hit the stage?


Exactly. It’s not sure of when it will happen, for I’m always busy with my other bands and projects, but I’ll do it when I’ll find the time and the right people to do it. What to expect? Darkness, brutality and the old black metal attitude!!


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


We have currently only received potential scams from a few companies, to which we have given the most fair interest (zero). In the future we will certainly look for a label to release our next work.



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


Generally, those who have listened to the demo have always given me a very positive feedback; someone was disappointed but only because the demo was too short.



12.What can we expect musically on future releases?


I think that we will continue along the path traced by the demo, perhaps with some other stylistic deviation, but without any significant change of direction.



13.What are some of the bands or musical styles the band members are currently listening to nowadays?


I’m listening lots of thrash metal bands in these days, but the last album I bought and listened it was “The Wheel and the Universe” by Nubivagant… wonderful record!

Aasimar is more into death metal now, I think.



14.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?


They always do, in some ways. They don’t play the main role, for now, but there surely will be more space for Occultism in our next record, always in a post-apocalyptic world.



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


Just thank you for the review and the interview! Death is the Master, the Master is Death!

Bandcamp: https://blutsauger.bandcamp.com/

Metal Archives: https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Blutsauger/3540499241

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blutsaugerkult/

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Vong/A Wander In Liminality/House Of Ygra/2022 Re-Recorded EP Review

 


  Vong  are  a  solo  project  from  Vietnam  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2022  ep  "A  Wnder  In  Liminality"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  House  Of  Ygra  and  is  also  a  re-recording  of  his  2019  demo  of  the  same  name.


  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  whispers  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in t he  90's  era  second  wave  style.  


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  tracks  also  adding  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  direction.


  Vong  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in  the  90's  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Vietnamese  history,  culture,  mythology,  foklore,  tragedies,  bloodshed  and  war  stories  and  the  consequences  and  tragedies  involved.  


  In  my  opinion  Vong  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Storm  Over  the  South  Sea"  and  "Ghost  Of  Long  Forgotten  Trails".  8  out  of  10.


Friday, June 24, 2022

Kryptamok/Kataklysmi/Purity Through Fire/2022 CD Review

 


  Finland's  Kryptamok  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  a  raw  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Kataklysmi"  which  will b e  released  in  July  by  Purity  Through  Fire.


  Dark  sounding  synths  which  also  return  on  later  songs  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 b eats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  Finnish  style.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  good  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.  On  some  tracks  the  vocals  also  bring  in  more  of  a  grim  yet  semi  melodic  approach  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  bringing  in  more  of  a  melodic  and  old  school  style  when  they  are  utilized  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard. 


  On  this  recording  Kryptamok  takes  their  music  into  more  of  a  raw,  old  school  and  atmospheric  direction  of  black  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  Satanism,  war,  destruction  and  apocalyptic  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Kryptamok  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  atmospheric  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hävityksen  ensimmäinen  askel"  "Saatanallinen hävitystaistelu"  and  "Lopunajan  abominaatiot".  8  out  of  10.


  www.facebook.com/kryptamok     

Blutsauger/Path Of The Bleeding Dead/2021 Demo Review

 


  Blutsauger  are  a  duo  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  apocalyptic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  demo  "Path  Of  The  Bleeding  Dead".


  Apocalyptic  soundscapes  start  off  the  demo  along  with  some  classical  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  One  of  the  tracks  also  introduces  growls  into  the  music  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  when  they  are  finally  utilized,   clean  playing  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly.


  Blutsauger  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  fast,  raw,  brutal  and  aggressive  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  nuclear  apocalypse,  perversion,  death,  anti  Christianity  and  vampirism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Blutsauger  are  a  very  great  sounding  apocalyptic  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bloodspawn  Necropolis"  and  "Der  Todesmeister".  8  out  of  10.


Bandcamp: https://blutsauger.bandcamp.com/

Metal Archives: https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Blutsauger/3540499241

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blutsaugerkult/  

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Svar/Under A Sky Full Of Thunder/2022 EP Review

 


  Svar  are  a  solo  project  from  Poland  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2022  ep  "Under  A  Sky  Full  Of  Thunder"  which  will  be  released  in  July.


  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  deep  growls  can  also be  heard  at  times  and  add  in  touches  of  death  metal.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast beats  and  black  metal  style  tremolo  picking  are  also  utilized  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  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  one  song  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  and  the  ep  also  closes  with  an  instrumental.


  Svar  plays  a  style  of  pagan  black  metal  that  is  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  using  more  of  a  death  metal  vocal  approach  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  and  cover  the  Slavic  God  Of  Thunder  Perun  and  beliefs  about  lightning.


  In  my  opinion  Svar  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Downfall"  and  "Sanctified  By  The  Lightning".  8  out  of  10.


  https://svarkvlt.bandcamp.com/releases

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCjbmQ2HPas

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Damnation Prayer/Blood Ritual: Symbols Of Warfare And Annihilation/2022 Full Length Review

 


  Damnation  Prayer  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  violent  and atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2022  album  "Blood  Ritual:  Symbols  Of  Warfare  And  Annihilation".


  Atmospheric  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.  All  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  vocals a re  done  in  mostly  a  growling  style.


  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  an  old  school  style.  Angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Throughout  the  album  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  apocalyptic orientated  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  classic  Finnish  style.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  plague  and  darkness  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  Damnation  Prayer  are  a  very  great  sounding  violent  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRA CKS  INCLUDE  "Temples  Of  Flesh"  Scorched"  and  "Into  Burning  Oblivion".  8  out  of  10.


Bandcamp - https://damnationprayer.bandcamp.com/releases

Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XxmuE_Lx4w 


  


  

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Ceremonial Worship/Seven Gateways To Eternal Misanthropy/Eternal Death/2022 Full Length Review

 


  Ceremonial  Worship  are  a  solo  project  from  Greece  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  old  school  and  Hellenic  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2022  album  "Seven  Gateways  To  Eternal  Misanthropy"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Eternal  Death.


  A  very  epic  sounding  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction.  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  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  Greek  style.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  spoken  word  parts  also  giving  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  when  they  are  utilized.


  On  this  recording  Ceremonial  Worship  remains  true  to  the  old  school  and  Hellenic  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  he  had  established  on  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Black  Arts,  Ceremonies  and  Darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ceremonial  Worship  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  Hellenic  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "True  Evil  In  Me"  "VOmitous  Moon"  and  "Vanishing  Heaven".  8  out  of  10.


http://eternaldeath.bandcamp.com/album/seven-gateways-to-eternal-misanthropy

www.ceremonialworship.bandcamp.com   

Matianak/Compilación De Insaniam/2020 Full Length Review

 


  Matianak  are  a  band  from  Chicago,  Illinois  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2022  album "Compilación  De  Insaniam".


  A  very  dark  sounding  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  chants  in  the  background  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  tracks  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  a  later  track  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  recording.


  Matianak  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  aggressive  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  gore,  murder,  horror,  the  mentally  insane,  occultism  and  voodoo  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Matianak  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Psychedelic  Insanity"  "Homicidal  Offering"  and  "Voodoo  Possession".  8  out  of  10.


  


https://www.facebook.com/MatianakOfficial/
https://www.instagram.com/Matianak_vocalist/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1kwJr3jhP9hb5TBMLWYQG6
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmJJKCxV-DXZ36VPJTyPeiw

Matianakofficial.bandcamp.com


    


  

Crestfallen Dusk/Self Titled/Moonlight Cypress Archives/Folkvangr Records/Ixiol Prod./2022 Full Length Review

 


  Crestfallen  Dusk  are  a musical  project  from  Tennessee  that  plays  a  southern  gothic  style  of  black  metal  which  takes  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  some  avant  garde  touches  and  elements  of  Hill  Country  blues  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2022  album  which  will  be  released  in  July  as  a  joint  effort  between  Moonlight  Cypress  Archives,  Folkvangr  Records  and  Ixiol  Prod..   


  Blues  style  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  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  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Clear  vocals  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  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  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.


  At   times  the  music  also  gets  avant  garde  style  along  with  the  songs  also  capturing  a  southern  gothic  vibe  at  times  as  well  as  the  heavier  side  of  the  recoding  also  showing  an  influence  of  the  second  wave  style,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  more  of  a  blues  rock  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  American  Gothic  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Crestfallen  Dusk  are  a  very  great  sounding  southern  gothic  black  metal  musical  project  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  very  original  sounding,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Beneath  The  Cool,  Calm  Soil"  and  "My  Clouds  Have  Not  A  Silver  Lining".  8  out  of  10.


  https://www.instagram.com/crestfallendusk/

https://m.facebook.com/Crestfallen-Dusk-107278841907621/?paipv=1    

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Eihort/Consuming The Light/Odium Records/2022 CD Review

 


  Eihort  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Consuming  The  Light"  which  will  be  released  on  June  25th  by  Odium  Records.


  Melodic  guitar  solos  and  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  riffing  a  few  seconds  later.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  A  lot  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  along  with  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as one  song  also  introducing  acoustic  guitars  and  synth  onto  the  recording,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  closing  track  is  a  cover  of  Samael's  "Blood  Ritual".


  Eihort  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  melodic  and  aggressive  in  the  mid  90's   European tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Eihort  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Holy  Venom  On  The  Lips  Of  A  Whore"  adn  "Blood  Ritual".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/STIZgl7keXM


https://www.facebook.com/EihortOfficial

https://odiumrecords.bandcamp.com/album/eihort-consuming-the-light  

Hadiqat/Eutropia/Xenoglossy Productions/2022 Demo Review

 


  Hadiqat  are  a  solo  project  from  Spain  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2022  demo  "Eutropia"  which  was  released  in  July  by  Xenoglossy  Productions.


  Dark  ambient  soundscapes  and  synths  start  off  the  demo  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  elements  of  doom  metal.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  Clear  vocals  can  also b e  heard  briefly  while  the  guitar  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized.  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard    in some  of t he  guitar  riffing  along  with  some  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  also  being  utilized  when the  music  speeds  up  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  demo  closes  with  an  instrumental..


  Hadiqat  plays  a  musical  style  which  takes  raw  black  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  them  together  with  a  touch  of  dark  ambient  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  influenced  by  Italo  Calvino's  "Invisible  Cities"  and  Julio  Cortlazar's  short  stories. 


  In  my  opinion  Hadiqat  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  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  "Horizontal  Continuity".  8  out  of  10.


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

Absentia Lunae/Marching Upon Forgotten Ashes/ATMF/2022 CD Re-Issue Review

 


  Absentia  Lunae  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  brutal  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2004  demo  "Marching  Upon  Forgotten  Ashes"  which  was  re-issued  on  cd  in  2022  by  ATMF.


  A  war  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  keyboards  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking.  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  on  s  few  tracks.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Clean  playing  and  clear  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  also  add  in  some  avant  garde  touches  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  long  and  epic  in  length  A  lot  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  era  and  keyboards  also  make  a  brief  return  on  a  later  track  


  Absentia  Lunae  played  a  style  of  black  metal  on  this  recording  that  was  very  raw  and  brutal  sounding  as  well  as  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  avant  garde  touches  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own. The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  anger  towards  a  pacified  western  society.


  In  my  opinion  Absentia  Lunae  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  black  metal  band  with  some  avant  garde  touches  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Marching  Under  The  Apocalypse  Flag"  "Burning  A  Candle"  and  "Truimph  And  Despair".  8  out  of  10.


https://metalodyssey.8merch.com/product/absentia-lunae-marching-upon-forgotten-ashes-cd/