Monday, August 8, 2022

Upon The Altar/DeathEpoch/Putrid Cult/2022 SPlit CD Review

 


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Poland's  Upon  The  Altar  and  DeathEpoch  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Putrid  Cult  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Upon  The  Altar  a  and  that  has  hbeen  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  spoken  word  samples  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  war  metal  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  Throughout  their  side  of  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  chaotic  style  when  they  are  utilized.  Gregorian  chants  and  synths  can  also be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  death  metal  elements.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  rituals,  apocalyptic  and  death  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  war,  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Dead  Chant"  and  "Theotokos  Wept".


  Next  up  is  DeathEpoch  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a bestial  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  metal,  industrial  and  power  electronics.


  Power  electronics  and  noises  start  off  their  side  of  the  split  before  adding  in  some  drum  beats  and  ritualistic  sounds  which  also  takes  the  music  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  bestial  growls  and  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  their  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  war  metal  elements  as  well  as  the  solos a nd  leads  also being  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style.  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  spoken  word  samples,  synths  and  industrial  elements  can  also  be  heard  at  times.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.    


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  DeathEpoch  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  war,  bestial  black/death  metal,  industrial  and  power  electronics,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK   "Human  beasts".  8  out  of  10.


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www.facebook.com/deathepoch 

https://youtu.be/e-IDDGzH3U4

Iōhannēs/The Ocean/Syrup Moose Records/2022 EP Review

 


    Iōhannēs  are  a  solo  project  from  North  Carolina  that  plays  a  progressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2022  ep  "The  Ocean"  which  will b e  released  in  September  by  Syrup  Moose  Records.


  Ocean  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  vocals   are mostly  high  pitched  black  metal s creams.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  along  with  one  song  also  introducing  synths  and  orchestra  sounds  onto  the  recording.  


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  music  also  has  its  progressive  moments.  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  a r aw  feeling  along  with  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of t he  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly. 


  Iōhannēs  plays  a  style  of  black  metal t hat  is  very  aggressive,  atmospheric  and  progressive  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  sea  and  ocean  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Iōhannēs  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t his  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pale  Foam  Of  Morning"  and  "The  Ocean  Pt.  2".  8  out  of  10.


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Wyrms/Sarkhral Lumænor - La lueur contre les fléaux/Purity Through Fire/2022 CD Review

 


  Wyrms  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  melodic  form  of  ambient  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album "Sarkhral  Lumænor  -  La  lueur  contre  les  fléaux"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Purity  Through  Fire.


  Dark soundscapes  and  ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  are  utilized  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  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,  melodic  chants  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  a  later  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars.  


  Wyrms  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  melodic  and  aggressive  sounding  as  well  as  mixing  in  elements  of  ambient  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  cover  melancholy,  malice,  romanticism  and  ruination  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Wyrms  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  ambient  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fort blanc  et  bêtes  noires"  and  "Dans  l'hiver  et  dans  la  nuit".  8  out  of  10.


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Ulvedrier Interview

 

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


 


Hello and thank you for this opportunity.


The current status of the band is that we are active recording and rehearsing. We had our first live performance since 2006 this July at the awesome Imperium festival at the fortress in Halden, Norway.


 


2.Musically how does your newer music differ from the stuff you have released in the past?


 


Legd marks a clear shift in the soundscape of the band from the two previous EP's. With more aggression mixed with our melodic parts I would say our sound is more dynamic and warried now.


 


3.The band was broken up for awhile, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?


 


The break up just happened over time because of people moving away, starting families and all things that life is about. But Svein Terje allways made music on his own and this keept Ulvhedner alive while not being a full band. The decision to reform came from some of the previous members asking if it was possible to play together again. So it quickly went from 4 guys to 6, even 7 because we brought back one of our earlier drummers to play live.


 


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?


 


Our lyrical topics are mostly based on our surrounding nature and the struggles and hardship of the generations before us. We take inspiration from old tales and poems as well as reflections of our own life experiences.


 


The songwriting process is very fluid. Mostly it's based on ideas that are either jammed out or recorded as rough demos. Svein Terje has a studio in  his basement and he spends a lot of time tinkering and building the songs from riffs and ideas he has come up with as well as the other members.


 


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


 


 An ulvhedner is a berzerker warrior that dressed in wolf skin. Some worked as guards and mercenaries.


 


"The first Norwegian king Harald Fairhair is mentioned in several sagas as followed by an elite guard of ulfheðnar. They were said to wear the pelt of a wolf when they entered battle." -from wikipedia


 


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


 


 The cover artwork is a painting by our guitarist, Steinar. It depicts the mountains in which we live. For the vinyl and new CD version, our label Hellstain made a great decission to change the color scheme of the artwork to give it a blue sheen. 


 


7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?


 


For the previous iteration of the band the best show must have been doing the warm up for Vreid back in 2006. This was also the last time the band played live until this year. So far this year we have only played one show, at Imperium. We are very happy with how it went and the great reception we got from those who attended.


 


We are still developing our stage appearance & performance. We brand our self as "norwegian mountain farmers metall" and we try to look  like this also.


 


8.Do you have any touring or show plans for 2022?


 


We have two shows planned this fall, they should be announced very soon. We are hoping to be even more active on the live front next year. This fall we'll put most of our efforts into completing the recording of our next album.


 


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


 


The interaction with fans and music lovers in general from all over the world is a huge inspiration and boost for our love of making music. We love feedback, good or bad, but it's been all good so far.


 


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


 


We will progress our sound further, we draw inspirations from all over but the heart of our sound and subjects will allways be our surroundings and stories. We are all excited for how our next album will be recieved.  We are playing some of the new songs live allready and people seem to like it.


 


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?


 


Windir opened our ears and minds for what is possible to do with melodies while still making extreme music. Now there are so many bands we love as we all have a diverse taste of most kinds of metal. We go to a lot of festivals, right now 3 of us are in Bergen for the mighty Beyond the Gates. So Enslaved, Emperor and Mayhem tonight will be a highlight. Other than the most obvious bands I can recommend you check out Hengestaur. A norwegian duo that makes great music. 


 


12.How would you describe your views on paganism?


 


We do not define our views as a group as we are all individuals with our independent views and ideas.


What we do have in common is a deep love and respect for nature. We are very fortunate to live in these surroundings and appreciate all the possibilities we are given by living here.


 


 


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


 


We appreciate this oppurtunity very much and would love to thank all of our fans and our label Hellstain for making all of this a possibility. Hope to see some of you at our shows!

Website: https://www.ulvhedner.no
Bandcamp: https://ulvhedner.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ulvhedner
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-U3YPIDvJ29omUtf7cjy0A
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3Q5QoAzucasukzp8pAUe9p?si=7Q5QJGQZSBmRhl8Z9LJPPw
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ulvhedner.official/

Aspaarn Interview

 

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

Aspaarn is a one man band project from Switzerland, making very lo-fi and old school raw black metal. It is meant as a tribute to older bands, mostly early 2nd wave, and deals mainly with nature and prehistory. 


2.A year ago you released your first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?

From the very beginning the idea was to release this on a vinyl format, so the production and recording have been carried out with this in mind to give an adequately analog and organic feel to it. I recorded the whole thing in less than two weeks and as quickly as possible, the songwriting came very naturally.  Recording and mixing were made with very little tools and knowledge, and in retrospect I think I might have done a couple things differently, since my technical abilities have now somewhat improved. But this is also what this album is: a genuine and unadulterated outburst, hence this kind of very crude production is only fitting.

 

3.A lot of your lyrics cover nature the primordial history of the pre-historic Alps, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

Ancient history, and prehistory in particular, have always fascinated me. Europe and the alps have been inhabited by humans for a very long time, and we can only imagine how harsh and hostile life used to be back then. I take a lot of hikes in the forests and mountains, and sometimes I wonder how those people perceived this same nature and environment in which they fought daily for survival. Neolithic is when people started settling down and farming land, but it is also when organised warfare and violence between groups of humans became a thing, and several archaeological finds in Europe seem to confirm that this used to be quite a nightmarish time to be born in. This album can be seen as a soundtrack to that. 


 

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

It is a slightly modified version of the name of a place where a Neolithic mass grave site was found. 

 

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

It is a drawing I made myself a few years before starting this musical project, and upon releasing ancestral genocides it seemed to me in tune with the sound and concept. That also had the advantage of not having to commission someone else to do it or thinking about what kind of album cover to go for. I will use more of my drawings for my future releases I think. This is also coherent with the idea of doing everything myself. 


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

For this project I definitely want to keep to myself, I think this is the only way to convey the atmosphere and aesthetic Aspaarn is about, and also makes the songwriting and recording process more comfortable and intuitive.

This doesn’t mean I’m not open to work with other musicians, but that would be in a separate project. Actually, I’ve released this year (2022) an EP with a cover band side project I have with two friends, named Svartokunnighet.


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

I was lucky enough to catch the attention of a small independent label here in Switzerland, shorty after the release. We are now working together, I don’t know if this means I’m “unsigned” or whatnot, and honestly don’t really care. They re-issued the album in tape format (before that the release was only on vinyl and digital format) and are helping with the distro.


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

This being a self release from a project that didn’t exist before, with zero official promotion, there’s been very little reactions at first, except from a handful of hardcore black metal enthusiasts that somehow managed to acknowledge this release. Criticism has general been positive, although this is really lo-fi and DIYO black metal, so it’s not for everyone. Now, after one year from the original release, things seem to be slowly picking up and I hope it will keep going like that in the future. 

 

9.So far very little is known about the musical project online do you prefer to keep a lower profile/?

I do. This might sound cliché, but I’d rather let the music do the talking. I like to keep my private life  separate from my artistic ventures. I don’t think anyone cares about that anyways.

 

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

There is a second Aspaarn full length coming out this year (I hope by November), although the only physical support will be tape for now. I am also in the process of writing and recording a third album, possibly for a release in 2023. With a bit of luck, more people will learn about Aspaarn’s music and discover the older albums. Not that i have any problem with people listening to digital, but to me, digital format is only a way to promote the project, my music has always been intended to be listened in physical format. Thus, I’d like to keep seeing that happen as with this first release. 


 

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?

Again, this is going to sound quite generic, but like 90% of people who start their own BM project I have to say that Darkthrone have been an enormous influence on me. I also listen to a lot of Paysage D’Hiver, which has been hugely influential on Aspaarn. I have a big soft spot for Horna, and generally the Finnish scene with bands like Behexen, Baptysm, Aske…

Nowadays i’m listening to quite a few less known old bands like Angantyr, Fimbul, Alvheim…And more recent ones like Bekëth Nexëhmü, Vintlechkeit, Helvetespine, Seiðr… I could go on, but the thing with black metal today is that there are so many unknown bands that sound amazing. If you know where to look, you might discover a hidden gem everyday. Also, it also makes me very happy to discover small acts active in the Swiss scene, like Nachtmaar for example. 


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

I would like to thank you for the opportunity to express myself, and all the people who have supported Aspaarn from the beginning. You can find the record on Aspaarn’s bandcamp page (so far there’s no facebook, Instagram or any other social profile). Keep an eye out, because there will be more music coming soon. In the while, take walks in the woods and enjoy the chill of winter. 



Saturday, August 6, 2022

Northmoon/Shadowlord - My Soft Vision In Blood/Naturmacht Productions/2022 Full Length Review

 


  Northmoon  are  a  band  from  Austria  that  plays  an  old  school  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Shadowlord  -  My  Soft  Vision  In  Blood"  which  will  be  released  on  August  28th  by  Naturmacht  Productions.


  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  vocals   are mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  album  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  The  songs  also  add  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments,  acoustic  guitars  and  clear  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  a  later  song  also  introducing  synths  onto  the  album.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Anti  Christianity,  black  Metal  and  nature  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Northmoon  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric,  old  school  and  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Infernal  paths  of  Sinister  Cosmic  Devotion"  "Black  metal  Wolves  Of  Iron  And  Chaos"  and  "Occult  Legion  Of  The  Abyss".  8  out  of  10.


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Exilium Noctis/Fragments Of Apocalypse/Sleaszy Rider Records/2022 CD Review

 


  Exilium  Noctis  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Fragments  Of  Apocalypse"  which  was  released  by  Sleaszy  Rider  Records.


  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  while  also  introducing  keyboards  onto  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  deep  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in a   great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  giv4es  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  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.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  operatic  vocals,  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  at  times.


  Exilium  Noctis  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  touches  of  classical  and  orchestra  music  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Anti  Christianity  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Exilium  Noctis  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Desecrators"  "Celestial  Onslaught"  and  "Wrath  Eternal".  8  out  of  10.


  

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Friday, August 5, 2022

Aspaarn/Ancestral Genocides/2021 Full Length Review

 


  Aspaarn  are  a  solo  project  from  Switzerland  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2021  album  "Ancestral  Genocides".


  Atmospheric  soundscapes  and  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.  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  while  the  album  also  captures  a  lo-fi  atmosphere  at  times.


  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  songs.


  Aspaarn  plays  a  style  of  black  emtal  that  is  very  raw,  primitive,  atmospheric  and  lo-fi  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  pre-history,  stone  age  rituals  in  the  alps,  and  how  a  cursed  and  hopeless  humanity  ay  war  with  its  own  essence,  struggles  in  a  ruthless  and  hostile  nature.


  In  my  opinion  Aspaarn  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Primordial  offering"  "Call  of  no  Return"  and  "On  The  Way  to  The  Forefathers".  8  out  of  10.


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Peurbleue/La Ciguë/Les Acteurs de L'Ombre Productions/2022 Full Length Review

 


  Peurbleue  are  a  duo  from  France  that  plays  a  haunted  from  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2022  album  "La  Ciguë"  which  was  released  by  les  Acteurs  de  L'Ombre  Productions.


  Distorted  soundscapes  and  power  electronics  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  harsh  noises  a  few  seconds  later.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  introducing  clean  playing  and  drum  beats  onto  the  recording while  the  bass  guitars  also  add  in  a  very  powerful  sound  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  When  electric  guitars  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  an  ambient  black  metal  vibe  while  also  being  played  in  a  very  non  traditional  style  briefly  before  adding  in  some  slow  riffing.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  as  well  as  capturing  the  dark  atmosphere  of  dsbm  at  times.


  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  riffing  along  with  the  spoken  word  parts  also  returning  on  a  couple  of  later  tracks.  All  of  the  song  also  sound  very  different  from  each  other  as  well  as  one  song  also  being  a  synth  oriented  instrumental  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style,  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  dark  and  disturbing  themes.        


  In  my  opinion  Peurbleue  are  a  very  great  sounding  haunting  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  la  Gloire  !"  "Survie"  "Plus  rein"  and  "La  Fin  approache".  8  out  of  10.


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Ends Embrace Interview

 



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




Right now I am working on writing for a few upcoming releases to end the year going into next year as well. I’m also in the process of getting a few musicians together to pull off some live shows in the future. I was approached by a touring band to open for them in late September, if that happens then I will make a few announcements online about it.



2.In the last couple of years you have released a decent amount of music, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?




When I first started writing for the first  EP I wanted to go for a more old school black metal sound with the song Gravedigger. Then as the writing process for the other 3 songs went on, I wanted to add some Death Metal influences as well.



3.A lot of your lyrics cover the lore and culture of the Navajo and Indigenous people of North America, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in your culture's lore and history?




When I was growing up I didn’t know much about my own culture because I grew up going to a baptist church then jumped around to different congregations (Jehovah witness, etc.) So as I got older I wanted to learn more about my culture and heritage. When Ends started I gravitated more to my own culture for lyrical inspiration because of my experiences in said congregations. On the first EP the first 3 tracks were more focused on the Skinwalker lore and Track 4 introduced lyrics of the horrors that organized religion had on our culture.

4.Lyrically you also have covered the horrors of Christianity and organized religion, can you tell us a little bit more about the negative experiences you have experienced with these people?




A majority of the negative experiences with people who are followers of that faith are usually the first to try and damn you to hell for not believing in their “loving religion”. They’ll try to ask you to drop your beliefs/ culture to join them with promises of gods love and eternal life in heaven. Then they turn around and are nothing but hypocrites the first chance they get if it goes against what’s in their Bible. Sometimes you can’t reason with them either and have a civil conversation with them about why you have your own individual beliefs.



5.You also have shared splits and been on compilations with anti fascist and rabm bands, would you consider your political leanings as being more towards the left?




-I would say they are, I grew up listening to a lot of punk and most of the bands I listened to had an influence on that. But, with Ends I don’t really write about anything political when I think about it. 




6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ends Embrace’?




Embracing the end of everything, basically wiping out everything and starting over again without the influence if organized religion. The name was inspired by seeing how society was acting when the pandemic hit back in 2020, especially with how religious groups were exploiting the hell out of it.

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




The artwork was by the amazing artists Tyson Tsosie (R.I.P), when I approached him I gave him a brief description of what I wanted. Then when I got it back I was just blown away because the execution was perfect. But, I wanted an album cover that was going to be eye catching and attract the listeners attention. I always loved the imagery of wolves as well and just wanted something that screamed aggression.



7.On the recordings you have put out so far you have worked solo, are you open to working with other musicians on the studio recordings?




I’m open to working with other musicians and have been approached by members in existing  bands about doing guest work on future releases. But I think it’s important to work with other musicians because you could both learn from that experience.



8.According to the  facebook page you are looking for a drummer for live shows, what can we expect from the stage presence once you finally hit the stage?




I want it to go off like an explosion, I want what the band is doing onstage to drive the audience wild and let their aggression out. But I would also want it to inspire other indigenous people to start their own Metal project.



9.Earlier this year 'Heretical Records' released your full length on cassette, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?




Heretical Records in an independent label from Portland, Oregon that approached me not to long after the Requiem for Death EP was out and wanted to put out my future release. The label also works with other bands Lamashtus and Unholy Crown which are both great projects as well.



10.A few months back you where also a part of a split, can you tell us a little bit more about the bands or musical projects you shared this recording with?




Yes, the bands who were featured on the the split were Pungent Shroud, Tumultuous Ruin and Darkgem which was released on Folkvangr Records (US) and Born to Lose (UK). All the bands on that split were great to work with, I even did a guest vocal spot on the Pungent Shroud song Death Rattle. Tumultuous Ruin has been one of my favorite RABM bands and continues to release great music. The song by Darkgem was the perfect way to end and tie up that split in my opinion and we were all very happy with the finished project at the end of it.



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




The overall reaction to Ends Embrace has been quite positive so far, I even got a message the other day from a listener who said they were inspired to start their own black metal project because of my music.



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




I would like to continue doing this project for as long as possible until I’m done telling the stories I want to write and tell. But maybe sometime in the future I would like to do a run of live shows and possibly get into producing as well, but we’ll see what happens none of this is written in stone.



13.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?




My musical influences are all over the place and a list of the bands are: Darkthrone, Gorgoroth, WASP, Belphagor, Hellripper, Motörhead, Venom, Celtic Frost, Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult, King Diamond, Necrophibic. What I’m listening to today: Stake Driver, Xenomorph 8472 (the new album was amazing), Fomalhaut, Drugoth, Hulder, Pyromancy, Bring Forth The Exodus, Tumultuous Ruin, Alliance, and Homeland



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




Be on the lookout for new music that I will be putting out in the near future, I have some great bands that I will be doing some splits with and guest work on as well. Keep supporting the Indigenous Black Metal scene because there are a ton of upcoming and well established bands out there. Lastly, check out the latest singles I put out ‘Beneath the Earth’ and ‘New World’.


Blodskam/Ave Eva/Suicide Records/2022 Full Length Review

 


  Blodskam  are  a  duo  from  Sweden  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  goes  for  more  of  a  raw  and  brutal  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Ave  Eva"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Suicide  Records.


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  brutal  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  also b e  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  at  times  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic  yet  melodic  style  along  with  one  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  clear  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  towards  the  end.


  On  this  recording  Blodskam  beings  in  more  of  raw,  traditional  and  brutal  style  of  black  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  destructive  force  of  Eve  and  her  bloody  mission to  destroy  Earth ,  slaughter  its  creatures  and  undo  God's  creation  to  restore  infinite  chaos.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Blodskam  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  brutal  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUIDE  "Perverse  Creation"  and  "Chaos  Reigns".  8  out  of  10.


  https://suiciderecordsswe.bandcamp.com/album/ave-eva


https://youtu.be/oPIQ-h6EotA  


    

Joy Shannon/T.O.M.B/Death My Bride/2022 Collaboration EP Review

 


  T.O.M>B  are  a  band  from  Pennsylvania  that h as  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  occult  black  metal, d ark  ambient,  noise  and  death  industrial  on  most  of  their  releases  but  go  into  more  of  an  experimental  style  with  this  recording  and  on  this  recording  they  team  up  with  Joy  Shannon  a  solo  artist  from  Ireland  and  plays  Celtic  folk  music  and  on  this  recording  they  both  team  up  and  mix  their  different  styles  together  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2022  collaboration  ep  "Death  My  Bride".


  Cello's  start  off  the  ep  and  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  avant  garde  vibe  along  with  some  clean  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  add  in  touches  of  Celtic  folk  music.  Ambient  style  soundscapes  and  drones  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  and  the  whole  ep  also  sticks  to  a  slower  musical  direction  as  well a s  some  harp's  also  being  utilized  at t imes..


 On  this  recordin  T.O.M.B  move  away  from  the  black  metal  and  death  industrial  style  of  their  regular  releases  and  bring  in  more  of  an  experimental,  drone  and  ambient  style  to  the  Celtic  folk  music  style  of  Joy  Shannon.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  Irish  Folklore  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collaboration  between  T.O.M.B  and  Joy  Shannon  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient,  drone  and  neo-folk,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Song  To  The  Siren".  8  out  of  10.


  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Mlmibyb8iM        


        

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Soul Dissolution/SORA/Viridian Flame Records/2022 Full Length Review

 


  Belgium's  Soul  Dissolution  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  atmospheric  style  of  post  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "SORA"  which  will b e  released  in  September  by  Viridian  Flame  Records.


  Melodic  guitar  leads  and  solos  start  off  the  album  while  also  bringing  in  elements  of  post  metal.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  that  also  have  their  deeper  moments  as  well  as  going  into  a high  pitched  direction  at  times.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  a  lot  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  At  times  the  music  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  album  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  during t he  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  lot  of  blast b eats  can b e  heard.


  When  fast  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  one  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  words,  piano's  can  also b e  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  sky  and  its  many  facets.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Soul  Dissolution  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "SORA  II"  and  "With  Open  Heart".  8  out  of  10.


  http://www.facebook.com/soul.dissolution/

http://www.instagram.com/souldissolution

http://souldissolution.bandcamp.com        

Herbstlethargie/Melancholie im Blattfall/Northern Silence Productions/2022 CD Review

 


  Herbstlethargie  are  s  solo  project  form  Germany  that  plays  an  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2022  album  "Melancholie  im   Blattfall"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  northern  Silence  Productions.


  Nature  sounds  and  synths  start  off  the  album  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal s creams  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments.  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  album  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  Spoken  word  parts  can also  be  heard  briefly  along  along  with  a  couple  of  songs  also  added  in  a  small  amount  of  cellos  and  duduk's.  as  well  as  a  alter  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  melodic  vocals.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  nature  and  depression  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Herbstlethargie  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "September"  "Blatter  fallen"  and  "Der  erste  Schnee".  8 out  of  10.


  Bandcamp: https://herbstlethargie-northernsilence.bandcamp.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Herbstlethargie
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/herbstlethargie/

Daemon Of Oa/Hesparian Shores/2022 Full Length Review

 


  Greece's  solo  project  Daemon  Of  Oa  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  old  school  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2022  album  "Hesparian  Shores"..


  Dark  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast b eats.  Melodies  are  also added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  is  also  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  some  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing.   Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  epic  sounding  atmosphere  at  times.  

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  tracks  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  which  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  traditional  metal  as  well  as  some  synths  also  being  utilized  briefly.,  one  song  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  clear  vocals.  and  a  later  track  is  also  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Philosophy  and  Darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is another  great  sounding  recording  from  Daemon  Of  Oa  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Spark  Of  Blinding  Light"  "Congregation  Of  Black  Rats'  "The  Alchemic  Eye"  and  "Elegy  To  the  Crowned  Philosopher  Julian".  8  out  of  10.


  https://www.facebook.com/Daemon-of-Oa-191656211377896/


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tK_OWYVEViA&list=PLpkjKF6EqSaKGNwAybiZxGnPmjAPR2yR9&index=2     

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Fiume Nero Interview

 


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


Hello everyone, first of all we thank the readers and the editorial staff for this interview we are very pleased to be on Occultblack. In November 2021 we completed the graphics and recordings of the album, then the Ukrainian label Vacula Productions sent all the material to print. In the meantime, something was happening in Ukraine that slowed down the whole process until January, just when everything had to be ready and war broke out, and Molchan (the owner of the Vacula) he went to Portugal where he is now reopening the business. Molchan managed to deliver the CDs before January, but unfortunately the graphic material remained in Ukraine in the print shops, which still cannot be recovered for us. Meanwhile in March the album won the X-Poze-Ing Music Awards of America as best metal album of the year in the underground section, but it was still in digital form, so we decided to find a label that could produce the physical version, and we turned to Broken Bones Records & Promotion where we signed a collaboration agreement, they took care of printing the graphic parts that were missing, and then they took care of promoting and advertising the album.


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


To answer this question we must first specify that this album is part of a trilogy, this album is the second chapter of the Lovecraft trilogy, which should have ended this year with the last chapter, but for the reasons I explained in the first question we had to postpone. This trilogy represents our passion for literature, while Mors Liberat represents our anger and our rebellion. We have always been fascinated by Lovecraft, he created a new concept of horror that has inevitably influenced cinema, in videogames, comics, literature, drawings and music. To make quotes we take the film The Evil Dead by Sam Raimi, and a film inspired by the Necronomicon, where his invocations open a portal between the world of the living and that of the dead, with the succession of horrible and bloody tragedies. The Necronomicon is a book created by Lovecraft to give more realism to their stories, also creating a well-made story around them, which gives the impression that it really exists.


3. You refer to your music as being 'anarchic black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?


I answer by quoting what I said earlier; The Lovecraft trilogy represents our passion for literature, while Mors Liberat represents our anger and our rebellion. With the term anarchist we do not mean the political orientation but our personal side, which is like a wild animal, you can't keep him in a cage and impose rules on him. We do not follow a pattern if we do not feel like doing it, we do not remain fixed on a theme or on themes that fall within a similar context, we are rebellious, musically rebellious, we do what we can think of, what we feel like doing right now.


4. The new album is the second part of a trilogy based upon the writings of H.P Lovecraft, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this author?


Everything started by reading one of his stories: Winged Death, a title that intrigued me and I liked his style very much. So I deepened the topic looking for other stories to read, since this author has also greatly influenced the horror cinema we follow, and from here the passion for Lovecraft started. In immersing ourselves more and more in his reading, some stories in particular have inspired us from a musical point of view, and from here we decided to make this trilogy dedicated to Lovecraft.


5. What where some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you have explored on previous releases?


The previous themes to Lovecraft were misanthropy and hatred for society. A rebellion against their canons and customs.


6. Originally the band was known as 'Luciferian Torment'., what was the cause of the name change?


That name didn't reflect us much in the themes even if we meant Lucifer as the rebel not as the bad guy.

It was difficult to specify what we meant, we wanted to represent the human soul, rebellious, curious and destructive, but it also had to be in the form of a metaphor, which we like being passionate about literature. So we put two things together, we took the River (Fiume in italian language) to represent a water stream, the element that gives life and the succession of life itself, and then the black color (Nero in italian language) to represent evil, the soul of the human being. So we combined the two words and we liked them, so we decided to change the name to Black River (Fiume Nero).


7. I know that the bands name means 'black river' in Italian, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?


When we play, there is a strong rebellion against all sorts of canons. The first Mors Liberat album is a perfect representation of our ideas, while the concept about Lovecraft is a perfect representation of our passions, which however go against the pre-set canons that usually invest metal bands.


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


The album cover was made in 3D graphics and represents this book, we were inspired by the movie The Evil Dead, and the first song is dedicated to this book and its horrible secrets. This album is the Necronomicon, and the booklet is its pages, which accompany the lyrics with strange writings and nefarious drawings. The songs tell follies and tragedies related to this cursed book where, at the end of the album, at its final act, we come to the realm of the dead where we are trapped forever.


9. What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?


We did many shows and we all liked them, we always had fun even in bad conditions. When we are on stage we express what comes from inside by being carried away by the music. Of live shows in particular, we never forget the first one we did, exactly in our favorite venue, the Olden Live Club, where we supported the Bleeding Fist. Then we remember, in particular, shows with Urnaa's friend Pest in 2016 and 2017, the two dates with Necromass, with Deletere, the last show with Marduk and the dates in Croatia and Hungary, where they were all very involved and available.


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


When we played in Europe the audience got involved, bought a lot of merchandise and enjoyed it. In the rest of the world we rely on seeing the statistics of streaming platforms, and we have seen that we are followed almost everywhere, and we have also noticed that in America they like us a lot, in fact from there comes the greatest influence of ratings.


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


I see Fiume Nero performs more often outside our country, even in other states far from us such as America and Asia.


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?


There are no bands we are particularly inspired by, we listen to all metal from classic to extreme and not just metal. Bands like Gorgoroth Mayhem and Marduk have influenced us, and when we compose the most important thing for us is to recreate the atmosphere of the lyrics, regardless if we are influenced by styles and other bands, because when you have to express the atmosphere with music there must be no rules.


13. How would you describe your views on Occultism?


We don't believe in the occult as a religious form, we admire its fascinating mystery influence, which has been an inspiration in the fields of cinema, music, art and literature. If humanity hadn't invented the occult, Lovecraft wouldn't have invented the Necronomicon, and there wouldn't even be the concept of magic with everything behind it. Finally, man has an innate instinct towards mystery, about what he cannot explain, this fascination ignites his curiosity, which leads him to label it up to making it even more curious when it is hidden. It does not matter that there is a logical explanation, it is precisely what we cannot explain that fascinates us more and more.


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


We thank the readers and the editorial staff for this interview and all those who follow us and believe in us. Stay black!

Sito: https://sites.google.com/view/fiumenero

Blog: https://fiumenero.blogspot.com/

Bandcamp: https://fiumenero1.bandcamp.com/

Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/it/artist/5565673-Fiume-Nero

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