Thursday, December 14, 2017

Neige Morte/TRINNT/Division Records/2017 CD Review


  Neige Morte  are  a  band  from  France  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  an  original  style  of  black  metal  with  some  death  metal  touches  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "TRINNT"  which  was  released  by  Division  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams and  a  couple  of the  tracks are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  experimental  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  elements   and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  growls  can  also  be  heard  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in a  very  progressive,  dissonant  and  technical  fashion,  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  ritualistic  chanting and  avant  garde  sounds  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  On  this recording  Niege  Morte  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  different  than  most  of  the  genre  while  also  being  experimental  and  adding  in  elements  of  death  metal  to  create  something  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Niege  Morte  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Du  Blev  Min  Demon"  and  "Le  Lac".  8  out  of  10.  

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Myrholt/Med Samme Naal, Under Samme Maane/Myrholt Design/2017 Full Length Review


  Myrholt  are  a  solo  project  from  Norway  that  plays  a  Norwegian  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  album  "Med  Samme  Naal,  Under  Samme  Maane".

  An  almost  silent  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  getting  very  heavy  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  keyboards  also  being  added into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful. 

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  Norwegian  tradition  along  with  the  solos and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  The  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  while  the  synths  they are  utilized  give  the  songs  more  of  an  epic  and  atmospheric  feeling  along  with    a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  spoken  word  parts  and  when  clean  vocals  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  pagan  metal  feeling.

  Myhrholt  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that is  very  heavily rooted  in  the  old  school  Nordic  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  dark and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Nature  and  Nordic  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Myrholt  are  a  very  great  sounding  Norwegian  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Merkur"  "Tanke  Og  Minne"  and  "Ved  Yggrasils  Tredje  Rot".  8  out  of  10.

  

Panphage/Jord/Nordvis Produktion/2018 CD Review


  Sweden's  Panphage  have returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  pagan  black  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  album  "Jord"  which  will  be  released  in  2018  by  Nordvis  Produktion.

  A  very  heavy  yet  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  During vthe  faster  sections  of t he  songs  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  musical  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast parts  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  and  folk  music  elements  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  some  clean  vocals.

  Panpahage  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  style  of  pagan  black  metal from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  Anti  Cosmic  and  Dark  Germanic  Heathenism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Panphage  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Odalmarkema"  "Skadinawajo"  and  "Som  Man  Sar  Far  Man  Skrda".  8  out  of  10.
  

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Bhleg/Solarmegin/Nordvis Produktion/2018 CD Review


  Bhelg  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  folk  influenced  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Solarmegin"  which  will  be  released  in  2018  by  Nordvis  Produktion.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  alter  which  also  adds  elements  of  folk  music  onto the  recording  while  other  folk  instruments  are  also  used  at times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  bring  in a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  clean  vocals  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a   very  melodic  fashion  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  whispered  vocals,  spoken  word  parts  as  well  as  some  shamanistic  chanting  can  also  be heard  briefly,  there  is  also  a  brief  ambient  track  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Bhelg  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  while  also  mixing  in a  great amount  of  folk  music  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  nature,  existence  and  cosmos  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Bhelg  are  a  very  great  sounding folk  influenced  black  metal group  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sunnanljus"  "Kraftsang  Till  Sunna"  "Skuggspell"  and  "Sollens  Ankomst".  8  out  of  10. 

    

First Martyr Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
The band First Martyr has started its activity anew in 2016. There are four members in the band now: vocals by Morana, guitar by Iscarioth and bass by Columbian musician Hastur. The founder of the band - drummer Cerberus. In this line up the band recorded the album "End of Fucking Faith". In 2017 Hastur was replaced by Storm. Besides there is the member, who doesn't play music but coordinates our live shows, works on our corpse paint, designs our covers and interprets our communication - Orin.

2.Recently you have released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
I've never tried to recreate the wheel because no matter what sound you invent it will be similar to someone, after all. But I don't like either too dirty or too polished sound. As luck would have it that while recording of the album we decided to make it closer to the sound of late 90' black metal, without digital arrangement. I think we succeed.


3.The band has been around since 2004 but waited until 2017 to release an album, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?
The band was formed in 2005 by my brother and me, after the end of my collaboration with another pagan-black band "Perun". One of my last live shows with this band was the show with U.D.O. after which our paths separated. Perun was so to say one-man band, who pursued his own ambitions. On the contrary, I wanted to play true black metal, without betraying this style year after year. Though, if being sincere, Perun and my participation in it gave a boost both to me and my band, and to black metal music in the south of Russia in general.
So in 2005 I've made a band which was first called Martyr. After the first live show we decided to change name to First Martyr, as there are pretty much bands around the world who bear the same name. I regret a little about this decision even nowadays. What you call a boat, so it will float! It seems like our name lives it's own life and decides who to get rid of on its own. The best proving is the fact that from 2005 to 2017 all of the band members quit under the pressure of factual constraint. I've lost the contact with almost all of them completely.
Quite a lot of members changed in the band till 2008. The first demo was supposed to be released in 2006. It was ready but a conflict with the vocalist of our band didn't allow us to finish the release. We had to search for a replacement and change all lyrics. In the end vocals were re-recorded in 2008, but the album didn't come out because the guitarist left the band, bass player got sick. We didn't manage to find a replacement for them and the band almost ceased to exist.
Search for other musicians gave no result and in 2011 the name got me. I've almost lost my sight. A year after, and after several operations I have decided to start anew. Wrote six tracks, found new members, restarted concert activity and got prepared to record the album. Another fail, once again I found myself all alone and almost ready album passed into oblivion.
Only in the beginning of 2016 I have finally found the people I've been searching for, who shared my views. With them we recorded the album "End of Fucking Faith" pretty fast.

4.A lot of your lyrics deal with Satanism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the black arts?
I don't want to speak about such corny things as my hatred to Christianity and about their hypocrisy, double standards and endless flow of lies. I don't give a shit about the fact of their existence. It just makes me smile and feel sorry for all those silly people.
When I was younger, about 10 years before, black metal, and rock music in general was a way of self-expression. We were a part of the crowd but no one disturbed us. Now the time has changed. Now the church sidles up to what she isn't supposed to. Now you see it everywhere. In schools, army, literally everywhere! And with the support of government they fucking succeed. Is there anything to discuss if such subculture like bikers is almost completely consists of believers, who cross their motorbikes. If church doesn't like something it becomes a public domain and turns restricted pretty fast. It just kills people's freedom of individuality and their self-expression. That's why in Russia black metal is beyond the law. It's in deep underground now. Maybe that's the dark beauty, mystery and secret of it, which attracts people's attention. This is why I love this dark music. And despise what happens on the surface (among the government heads, I mean). That's why we tell about hypocrisy, sins (admit, that most of the sins are really pleasing) in our lyrics.
It's an endless topic to discuss, actually.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'First Martyr'?
As I've already said the band was first called Martyr. But as there several bands with exactly the same name we have decided to add the word First. I think that everyone knows whom this name appeals. By the name and the logo one can easily define the musical style and topics touched.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
I think that our last two concerts which took place in August and November 2017, in Moscow and here in Rostov were pretty good. We try to give an anti religious show with all the attributes necessary. To look natural we use pig heads and human bones sewn to band costumes, a lot of satanic attributes. We hang pig heads so that fans could tear, hit, ride and punch them. It's fun when during mosh fans tear pig heads and try to eat them raw! laughing. On the very last concert Morana, in a nun costume, was carried out tied to the huge cross by a couple of vikings in armor and then started the show. I think that the show was very realistic. We try to bring some new elements show by show, if possible.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Now we are preparing to a tour around Greece. Now we are working on the new material and maybe after the tour we will start recording the new album.

8.On the album the band did a cover of Mayhem's "Freezing Moon', what was the decision behind doing your own version of this song?
This song of Mayhem is very famous and popular. Many bands made cover on it and almost all of them did it in their own unique way, that's why we have made our mind to make a cover that would suit the concept of our album. We are planning to add a cover on songs from De Mysteries Dom Sathanas in every album. But it's just a plan for now.

9.The band is also signed to 'Abrasax Distro Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
The label "Abrasax Distro Records" makes release in South of America, where black metal is really popular now. Label "Anthrazit Records" works with us in European countries. I'm really glad that we managed to find labels which are really interested in this musical style, because working with not that well known band is pretty difficult. We like that both labels work for idea, so to say.

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
After the digital release of our album we have received a lot of good reviews from such countries as Canada, Tunis, Greece, Spain, Columbia, Peru, Norway. Many people from different countries searched through our official pages and got interested in our music. We have expected more negative reaction, but the most negative review was an attempt of some jerk to compare us with Gorgoroth. After visiting our live show he took his words back. Many people compare us with the old Mayhem, but I don't think it's bad.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I don't see any future for my band here in Russia, and I have no plans about this country too. Now our first priority task is to give live shows around Europe. And maybe to take part in some European black metal gigs.

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
I have never thought of any band as a land mark for our own music, while writing the material. It just happened. In my humble opinion the album has some traits similar to Inquisition, Dark Funeral, Mayhem, Tsjuder and Darkened Nocturne Slaughtercult. But we played it in our own way. Concerning what I listen to now... laughing I'm conservative, new bands neither surprise nor glad me. I like it when you can listen to the album a whole again and again, not only one or two songs. One of the releases that has interested me recently was he last album of Immolation. Indeed, if I want something for my own pleasure I come back to death and doom of early 90s.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I hope that European black metal fans will accept our new album. Wish everyone luck in our dark arts. Ave from Russia!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Spite Interview

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

Spite is the solo artistic endeavor of myself, Salpsan, spawned in pure unholy devotion to the upholding of real black metal.

2.In the beginning of 2018 you have a new album coming out, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

On "Antimoshiach", one will certainly find more complex song structures and varied styles than I've been able to present with my limited prior releases. I took my time with these songs to make them all feel very complete, but also flow well together as an album. "Antimoshiach" deals centrally with the notion of an Antimessiah revealing themself in our world, and naturally there is some conceptual continuity between most of the songs. There are even lyrical references to themes and characters in Spite's older songs, as this project is intended to be a cohesive canon of blasphemous mythology. I'll leave it up to the listener to find all the connecting threads. Additionally, one will hear a much stronger produced album, as it was recorded and mixed by the extremely talented and meticulous Jamie Elton of Amulet (UK) in a proper studio in London.

3.The solo project has been around since 2010 and while you have released a split, a single and an ep, you have waited until 2018 to release the first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

Spite originated with a totally different musical intention back then, but when I wrote and recorded "Desecration Rites" with the help of Horns & Hooves' Malebolge, in a very impromptu fashion, I knew that was the direction I had to head towards. I had some riffs that would end up on "Antimoshiach" written back in 2010, including the entirety of what would become "Vision of the Merkabah". I slowly but carefully worked to create the eight songs on this debut for a few years, and intentionally wrote "Countless Blasphemy" (from the "Evil Spells, Vol. I" compilation) and the "Trapped in the Pentagram" single in the meantime to be standalone tracks to offer a taste of the sound I was honing for the album. Scheduling the recording for May 2016 in London took time, but the music for the album had been completed some months before then. For the previous tracks, I only played through them one or two times in Malebolge's rehearsal chambers before recording them properly, but for "Antimoshiach" I had a lot more time to rehearse. After the recording and mixing was complete (all in a very strenuous eight days), it took some time to get mastering and artwork done and coordinate with Invictus Productions' release schedule, but patience is necessary for these things. It allowed me time to work on future material, for which I already have many new songs written, as well as record the Horns & Hooves "Morbid Lust" EP last winter.

4.You refer to your music as 'raw desecration black metal, can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

That term holds little significance, but it arose out of the seminal track "Desecration Rites" and aptly serves the purpose of summarizing my intent for the band. The attitude, hatred, and devotion to black metal expressed by Spite are all raw and from a genuine place. Desecration is an act of spite and I derive satisfaction from writing vile and blasphemous lyrics. In the words of the legendary forefathers, "Fuck Christ".

5.Your lyrics a lot of satanic, occult and blasphemous themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

Indeed, Spite thematically delves into all of the aforementioned. However, I do not have any intention of presenting Spite as a ritualistic cult or anything of that nature, like many modern bands offer as a gimmick to sell albums or concert tickets. Offering true and untainted black metal is my most pressing concern. That being said, my lyrical themes are extremely paramount to the canon of Spite as an artistic project. To this end, I have adapted much from the passages of Judaic and Christian mythos, including apocalyptic themes, the death and shaming of Christ, demonology and the occult, and even the recounting of Old Testament prophetic tales from a satanic perspective, a yarn I've been slowly weaving since "Desecration Rites" and will continue to elaborate on in the future. It is with a truly misanthropic and deviant hand that I write these songs, but the music is the only dark art in which I partake. How the music may affect its listeners is out of my control, however...

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

I created this project in spite of those who misrepresent black metal to be some ritualistic and of egotistic charade to hide a lack of musical capability or historical understanding of the genre. It was created as solo project in spite of the lack of committment, passion, and understanding of black metal I saw in musicians around me at the time, and still see today. Furthermore, it was forged in spite of the world's overarching fear of a divine presence, cloying trends towards mainstream and recycled aesthetics, and people's unwillingness to take the helm for themselves and light their own path. Fuck the world.

7.On the albums you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians in this project or do you prefer the solo route a lot more?

I am always open to collaboration and continue to meet many talented and dedicated musicians in the shadowy corners of the world, hiding from the sickening shine of the mainstream that is slowly creeping into what we know as the underground. Many peers have expressed interest in participating in this hellish undertaking in a live setting, and I am considering the ways in which that could be feasible. In terms of artistic creation for Spite, however, I would like this project to flow entirely from my mind in order to maintain musical and thematic continuity.

8..The new album is going to be released on 'Invictus Productions', how would you compare working with them to the other labels that you have worked with so far?

I am eternally indebted to Darragh of Invictus Productions for offering to produce and release this album after only hearing the few songs I had released previously. He allowed me to create the monumental work with years of effort behind it into something as close to the vision I had for it years ago. I am also grateful for all the other labels who have brought Spite to where it is now, including Stygian Black Hand for releasing the original demo, Electric Assault Records for collaborating with SBH on the "Evil Spells, Vol. I" compilation and also helping with the recording sessions of all three releases prior to this album, and Iron Bonehead Productions for releasing "Trapped in the Pentagram" and delivering Spite to a much larger audience.

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

I cannot say, but hopefully the worldwide black metal community will learn once more to recognize genuine black metal ethos and reject imposters.

10.What is going on with your other musical project 'Horns & Hooves' these days?

More filth has been prepared and will be shat out in the near future - that is all I can say.

11.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

Hell.

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 many intentional nods - some subtle and others blatantly up front if you're paying attention - to artists who have influenced Spite within all of its songs. In terms of the specific style of black metal I am aiming for, I can directly point to the old guard of Norwegian black metal - Immortal, Satyricon, Dodheimsgard, Emperor, Darkthrone, Mayhem, and the like - all of whose earliest releases had a tremendous impact on me. Outside of this scene, bands like Craft, Behexen, Old, Mortuary Drape, Katharsis, and Negative Plane also had a great influence on Spite's sound. All that being said, Slayer is still the greatest source of inspiration for me, and in my opinion "Hell Awaits" is the finest black metal album ever written. There are countless homages to Slayer in the works of Spite. Nowadays, new, genuine black metal is getting harder to come by, though I do listen to a plethora of different bands, new and old, from many genres and eras. Newer bands such as Occvlta, Obliteration, Antichrist, and Occult Burial are certainly worth noting as well.

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

As the tides rise and fall, and fleeting trends dilute the sanctity of black metal as we once knew it, be certain that Spite will still stand tall, monolithic, immovable through time eternal. Spit on the priest, shit on the feast - the resurrection will not come.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Thaw/Grains/Agonia Records/2017 CD Review


  Thaw  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  sludge,  improv.  experimental,  ambient  and  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Grains"  which  was  released  by  Agonia  Records.

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and   dark  sounding  melodies  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal s creams  along  with the  slower  riffing  bringing  in  elements  of  sludge  and  doom  metal and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  distorted  fashion.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  at  times  along  with  some  robotic  vocals  also  being  used  briefly  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling,  whispered  vocals  and  melodic  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  a s all  of  the musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  of  the  tracks  sound  very  different  from  each  other.

  Thaw  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  mixture  of  black  metal,  sludge,  improv,  experimental,  ambient  and  noise  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while t he  lyrics  cover  occult  and  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Thaw  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  sludge,  improv,  experimental,  ambient  and  noise,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Cabalist"  and  "Wielki  Piec". 8  out  of  10.      

Grave Spirit/The Beast Unburdened By Flesh/Iron Bonehead Productions/2018 7 Inch Review


  Grave  Spirit  are  a  band  from  an  unknown  location  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  with some  death  metal  touches  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  ep  "The  Beast  Unburdened  By  Flesh"  which  will  be  released  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions  on  February  9th, 2018.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  while  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition  while  also  capturing  the  aggression  of  war  metal  at  times  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark,  raw  and  melodic  fashion,  at  times  some  of  the  riffs  go  in  a  slower  section  along  with the  music  always  remaining  very  heavy  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Grave  Spirit  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  fast  and  raw  in  the  90's  second  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  covers  tales  of  the  mythical,  both  dead  and  undead.

  In  my  opinion  Grave  Spirit  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast  and  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Beast  Unburdened  By  Flesh".  8/5  out  of  10.    

Friday, December 8, 2017

Kuoleman Galleria/Pimeys Saapuu Pohjoiseen/Inverse Records/2017 CD Review


  Kuoleman  Galleria  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  black'n'roll  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Pimeys  Saapuu  Pohjoiseen"  which  was  released  by  Inverse  Records.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  folk  instruments  a  few seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  black'n'roll  elements  as  well  a s some  back  up  shouts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion,  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard,  a  couple  of  tracks  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls,  stringed  instruments,  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  playing.

   Kuoleman  Galleria  plays  a  style  of  black'n'roll that  is  very  catchy  as  well  as  keeping  most  of  the  music  in  a  mid  tempo  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  sarcasm and  dark  humor  themes.

  In  my  opinion   Kuoleman  Galleria  are  a  very  great  sounding  black'n'roll  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pimeys  saapuu  pohjoiseen"  "Materian  omistama"  "Vahtikoira"  and  "Mieleen  haudattu".  8  out  of  10.

    

Mortis Mutilati/The Stench Of Death/2018 Full Length Review


  France's  solo  project  Mortis  Mutilati  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  funeral  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released album  "The  Stench  Of  Death"  which  will  be  released  in  2018.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  elements   while  operatic  female  vocals  are  also  used  briefly  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  while  also  introducing  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  some  keyboards  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  some  of  the  slower  riffing  also  brings  in  elements  of  doom  metal  along  with  some  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  melodic  chants  can  also be  heard  briefly  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Mortis  Mutilati  creates  another  recording t hat  remains  true  to  the  funeral  style  of  black  metal  that  was  established  on  previous  releases,  the  production  sound s very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  French  and  cover  death,  eroticism  and  taphophilia  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mortis  Mutilati  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  funeral  or  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Echoes  From  The  Coffin"  Onguent  Mortuarie"  and  "L-odeur  du  mort".  8  out  of  10.   

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Entheogen/Without Veil, Nor Self/Fallen Empire Records/2018 Full Length Review


  Entheogen  are  a  band  with members  from  Texas  and  Pennsylvania  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Without  Veil,  Nor  Self" which  will  be  released  in  2018  by  Fallen Empire  Records.

  Ambient  style  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in a   great  amount  of  atmospheric  elements.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  North  America  style  of  the  mid  2000's.  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.

  Entheogen  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  atmospheric  as  well  as  being  heavily  rooted  in  the  North  American  tradition  of t he  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  metaphysical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Entheogen  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sol  Genesis"  and  "Pall".  8  out  of  10.

      

The Reptilian Session Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1. First of all, we are not exactly talking about a band, The Reptilian Session is an hybrid project conceived between a one-man band and a collective that takes part in an almost anonimous way. The attutide of a musical product, nowadays, is often labeled by the appearance of the authors themselves. Without any image of the people involved, the only reference that is given to the listener is the music itself, so we've decided not to spread our photos. Let's say that our facade is a monster that lives in a world created by our music and inspirations, the Lizard Lord.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
2. Starting from square one, the musical sound is a violent black metal with influences from mid-tempo groovie riffs and crackling modular synths, alternating, the vibes of the rhythm. The entire album is recorded with analogic tecniques that gives to the music a warm and dusty sound, despite the glacial atmosphere of the whole record: basically, the eletricity is a physic component that characterizes our music.

3.A lot of your lyrics have some occult, reptilian, u.f.o's and conspiracy theory themes. can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

3. The refusal of embracing the standard themes of the black metal and migrate them to unexplorated contexts, is our will to not taking part of a defined genre, so not submitting under the regime of labelling rules. The gateway of our lyrics is purely symbolic, its a logic that doesn't give room for external references ,the arguments comes, as the music itself, from outer space.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'The Reptilian Session'?
4. Well, the Reptilian is conceived as a constant presence that haunts the Earth, is something subliminal, intangible, that chases our footsteps until the end of the world and Session is just referred at the encounters of the people involved in this supernatural project.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
5. As I said before, there's not a stable line-up so things gets challenging in terms of arranging a quality gig. We received a lot of offers but for now our main goal is to make something that could last in time. Probably we'll go live when we'll have the certainty of giving the exact same atmosphere of the studio version.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
6. By referring to the last answer, no, not currently. Our current priority is to give birth to a new album.

7.The album was released on 'Dead Seed Productions', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
7. Absolutely, Dead Seed Productions did a great job and we couldn't be more satisfied than this. In addition to had printed the album in 500 vinyl copies, this label has been committed in spreading this record all over the Europe. I've faced a real high quality standard, in terms of professionality, considerably higher than the avrage.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
8. The hard work is paying off, but for the average metalhead we're still unknown; we received great feedbacks from some magazines but obviously we've to wait that our product will be consolidated in this music scene, in order to be taken in consideration.

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

9. Nothing special, since the drummer left Fingernails and moved to France, he stopped playing with his main project, Chronic Hangover, (band that I suggest to listen to, that signed this year with Minotauro Records) and now The Reptilian Session is his only band.
In this hiatus, the guitarist is planning to start a new post-metal band, while he is also playing in some local metal bands.
As for me, since the splitting of my ex black/thrash metal band, called Vesper, I've started to entirely dedicate myself to this project and, sometimes, to other external collaborations.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
10. In our recording studio, for sure:
We are full of material on which we are working to, and, in a short time, we will record a new album, even this time, with the effort of Dead Seed Production. It will include a guest appeareance of his owner, as one of the guitars.

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. Armagedda, Beherit and Katharsis are only some of the main influences that characterize the mould of our sound; we also got inspirated from outsider genres and bands, like Bauhaus (to which we've paid homage, reproposing "Double Dare" as a bonus track of this record's B-side). In short, we don't represent that kind of listener that doesn't go out from the boundaries of the black metal genre.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? 
 12. We thank you for the time you gave us and all the readers who had the intrest of reading our opinions.
The power of art is given by its supporters, and it is really thanks to them if we have the opportunity to give continuity to this project. A thing is certain: this is only the beginning!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Satanic Warmaster/We Are The Worms That Crawl On The Broken Wings Of An Angel/Werewolf Records/2017 Compilation Album Review


  Satanic  Warmaster  are  a  solo  project  from  Finland  that  has  been  around  for  more  than  20  years  and  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  satanic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  compilation  album  "We  Are  The  Worms  That  Crawl  On  The  Broken  Wings  Of  An  Angel"  which  will  be  released  on  December  27th  by  Werewolf  Records.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  compilation  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  90's second  wave  style.

   Throughout  the  compilation  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  compilation  progresses  some  songs also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  riffing  and  atmospheric  sounding  synths  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  melodic  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  some  of  the  later  songs  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  flutes  and  spoken  word  parts  closer  to the  end.

  Throughout  this  compilation  Satanic  Warmaster  bring  out  some of  their  best  material  which  is  mostly  done  in  a  very  raw  yet  satanic  black  metal  fashion,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Darkness,  War,  Vampirism and  Lycanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  compilation  from  Satanic  Warmaster  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  solo  project,  you should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "March  Of  The  Legion  Werewolf"  "The  Chant  Of  The  barbarian  Wolves"  "Nameless  Sacrifice"  and  "Black  Metal  Death".  8/5  out  of  10. 

  

Antiquus Scriptum/Antologia/This Winter Will Last Forever 2017 Compilation Album Review


   Portugal's  solo  project  Antiquus  Scriptum  has  returned  with  a  compilation  which  displays  a  lot  of  his  epic  style  of  pagan/black  metal while  also  having  influences  of  folk,  ambient  and  thrash  and  this  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Antologia"  which  was  released  by  This  Winter  Will  Last  Forever.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  compilation  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses a   great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  also  mixing  it  in  with  symphonic  and  epic  sounding  keyboards  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  yet  old  school  extreme  metal  fashion  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding in  back  up  shouts  and  movie  samples  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  songs.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  some  of  the  vocals  and  riffs  also  bring in  elements  of  thrash  metal  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  compilation  progresses  elements  of  folk  music  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  melodic singing  as  well  as  some  operatic female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  On  this  compilation  Antiquus  Scriptum  displays a  a  great  of  variety  from  having  epic  and  symphonic  tracks  while  other  songs  go for  either  more  of a  pagan  or  folk  influenced  style  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  great  amount of  raw  aggression,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  bygone  times,  ancient  history,  iniquity  and  existence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  from  Antiquus  Scriptum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  the  epic,  pagan  and  thrash  influenced  style  of  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  Pulverem  Reverteris"  "Inner  Depression (Syndromes  Of  Fear)"  "A  Shape  Of  Space  And  Time"  and  "A  Sea  Of  Doubts".  8  out  of  10.  

Three Eyes Of The Void/The Moment Of The Storm/2017 Full Length Review


  Three  Eyes  Of  The  Void  are  a  solo  project  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  album  "The  Moment  Of  The Storm"  and  the  physical  version  of  the  album  will  be  released  in  February  of  2018  by  Diabolus  Productions.

  Nature sounds  along  with  some  clean  guitars  start  off  the  album  before  going  into a  very  fast  and  raw musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while the  vocals  are  mostly high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  most  of  the  songs  being  very  long  in  epic  in  length  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  also  returns  on  some  of  the  later  tracks,  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  one  track  death  metal  growls  are  also  introduced  into the  music.


  Three  Eyes  Of  The  Void  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic,  modern  and  atmospheric  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  inspired  by  the  philosophies  of  Nietzsche  and  Plato. 

  In  my  opinion  Three  Eyes  Of  The  Void  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Facing  The  Storm"  and  "Overcoming".  8  out  of  10.  

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Oreida/Holocausto em Chamas/Harvest Of Death/Signal Rex//2017 Split 10 Inch Review


  This  is  a  review of  a  split  10  inch  between  Iceland's Oreida  and  Portugal's  Hococausto  em  Chamas  which  will  be  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Harvest  Of  Death  and  Signal  Rex  on  December  15th,  2017  and  we  will start  off  the  review  with  Oreida  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal.

   Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo picking  while  melodic  guitar leads  can  also  be  heard  bu.t  mixed  low  in  the  mix  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Their  track  is  10  minutes  in  length  while  also  being  very  atmospheric  at  times  while  dark  sounding  melodic  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  that  are  very  hard  to  hear,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  lo-fi  while t he  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Oreida  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  Hococausto  em  Chamas  another  band  that  plays  a  raw  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  an  atmosphere  that  is  almost  like  a  horror  movie  soundtrack  while  also  mixing  in  an  avant  garde  vibe  before  grim  black  metal  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known  along  with  some  primitive  sounding  blast  beats  as  well  a s  some  fast  riffs.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hococausto  em  Chamas  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,   you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "II".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  raw  and  lo-fi  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.    

Thy Sepulchral Moon/Indignant Force Of Great Malevolence/Signal Rex/2017 Compilation Review


  Thy  Sepulchral  Moon  are  a  duo  with  embers  from  both  Canada  and  South  Korea  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  bestial  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  compilation  album  "Indignant  Force  of  Great  Malevolence"  which  will  be  released  on  December  22nd  by  Signal  Rex.

  A  very  dark  and  demonic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  compilation  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  bestial  growls  into  the  music  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  some  elements  of  war  metal/

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  riffs  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts   while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  traditions  of  black  and  war  metal  along  with  some  songs  bringing  in  more  grim  style  black  metal  vocals,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  .utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  fashion.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  on  some  songs  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  they  also  bring  in  cover's  of  NON's  "Total  War"  and  "Beherit's  Sadomatic  Rites  as  well  a s a  great  portion  of their  original  tracks  being  very  short  in  length.

   Thy  Sepulchral  Moon  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  bestial  and  raw  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Thy  Sepulchral  Moon  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  bestial  black  metal  duo,  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Spell  2"  "Dislocated  From  Advance"  and  "Murk".  8  out  of  10. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Trono Alem Morte/O Olhar Atento da Escuridao/Harvest Of Death/Signal Rex/2017 CD Review


  Trono  Alem  Morte  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "O  Olhar  Atento  da  Escuridao"  which  will  be  released  on  December  21st  as  a joint  effort  between  Harvest  Of  Death  and  Signal  Rex.

  A  very  dark  and  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  and  a  lo-fi  atmosphere  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  very  grim  yet  mournful  black  metal  style  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  melodic  chants  which  are  also  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  can  also  be  heard.

  Trono  Alem  Morte  plays  a  style  of black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  lo-fi  sounding,  the  production sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Portuguese  and  cover  metaphysical  and emotional  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Trono  Alem  Morte  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "O  Olhar  Atento  da  Escuridao"  and  "Ao  Abracar  a  Ingrata  Morte".  8  out  of  10.  

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Sulferon/Thanatos/Metal Throne Productions/2017 CD Review


  Greece's  Sulferon  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  dark  and  blasphemous  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Thanatos"  which  was  released  by  Metal Throne Productions.

  A  very  dark  soundscape  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  while  spoken  word  samples  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  being  very heavily  influenced  by  the  90's  second  wave  style  and  when  guitar  leads  are utilized  they  are  done in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Candlemass's "A  Tale  Of  Creation"  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic in  length,  synths  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.

  On  this recording  Sulferon  goes  for  more  of  a  raw,  aggressive  and  blasphemous  approach  to  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness, war  and  blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sulferon  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark,  raw  and  blasphemous  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  God  Of  The  Gaps  "From  Birth  To  The  Pyre"  and  "I Am  Become  Death".  8  out  of  10.
    

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Vaki Interview

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

Väki aims to deliver strong musical art, exploring death and calling the spirits of the afterlife. Taking our listeners into a dark journey through the darkest human emotions. Our musical style evolved naturally towards black metal since we started rehearsing and writing songs in 2016. Our journey has lead us to a promising start as we have released our first EP “Kirous”, bringing upon inspiration for the coming year of 2018.

2.So far you have released one ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

“Kirous” consists of two songs, which represent different ranges of emotions: aggression, hate and melancholy, among others. The songs form a solid and dynamic EP with great variety. Our approach to black metal is based on strong, diverse compositions as well as high quality production.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

Lyrical themes revolve around death, pain, misery, and disregarding all boundaries of fabricated morality and dogma. Furthermore, exploring human emotions as well as experiences that cause emotional pain and inner conflict.

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

Death, impurity & chaos is the underlying inspiration behind Väki.  In ancient Finnish paganism the word “väki” had a special meaning which could be described as a ‘group of spirits’. Different environments, places, elements, as well as human individuals could possess these powers of “väki” which could than be manifested as an epidemic of disease and death, among other things. We as a band, and performers, represent this essence of death and forgotten spirits.

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

We have yet to perform any gigs. However, we have a couple of them booked in the beginning of next year. Our stage performance will reflect the themes of our lyrics, and  dark atmosphere of the compositions. We invite our listeners to join us into journey of discovering our admiration to death, misery and darkness.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

So far we’ve booked two shows here in Finland for 2018. Our first ever performance will take place on the 19th of January at Bar 15, in Seinäjoki. The next one will happen on the 10th of March at Varjobaari, in Tampere. After that we’ll set our focus on recording our debut album.


7.The EP was released on 'Redefining Darkness Records', are you happy with the support the label has given you so far?

The label has proven to be very supportive and we’re very excited about our collaboration with them. Thomas Haywood, from Redefining Darkness Records, has shown us genuine enthusiasm and professionalism. The label is releasing “Kirous” on cassette on the 11th of December, the cassette turned out really awesome-looking too! We hope our collaboration will prove to be as fruitful in the future as it has turned out to be so far.

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

We are still waiting for more reviews to come out but so far it seems people are generally impressed with our music as we have received great feedback and favorable reviews. However, both positive and negative feedback is welcome.

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

At the moment we’re in pre-production phase - roughly recording songs at our rehearsal place to figure out which ones will end up on the album and whether we still need more songs to be able to form a strong album in it’s entirety. So, at this point, it’s a little too early to say when the album will be released. Careful estimation could be early 2019, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

“Kirous” gives a pretty good idea of the style on our first full length album that, however, will have more variety and generally a wider spectrum of what Väki has to offer. Nobody knows where we’re headed after the album is released. We don’t want to set our music to have too strict of boundaries because we feel like that kills creativity and natural flow of songwriting.

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

Bands such as Emperor, Mgla, Deathspell Omega & Burzum have influenced our style of black metal. “EOD : A Tale of Dark Legacy”, by The Great Old Ones and “The Poisonous Path”, by Behexen are a couple of the recent releases we have enjoyed listening to.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

A few interests of ours include activities like brewing and drinking beer, playing video games and taking part in occasional coding projects. Some of us are also dog owners.

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

First of all, we would like to thank everyone who has supported us so far! We are very excited to really get things going in terms of live shows and working on the upcoming debut album. Hopefully you’ll join us on this journey to explore and embrace the darkest aspects of human existence.

Malakhim/Demo I/Iron Bonehead Productions/2017 Demo Re-Issue Review


  Malakhim  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  an  orthodox  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  demo  which  was  re-issued  on  12  inch  mlp,  and  mcd  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  Tremolo  picking  and  melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  the  music  speeding  up  and  adding  in  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  music  being  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  vocals  also  mixing  in  a  grim  yet  semi  melodic  tone  at  times  and  you  can  also h ear  some  elements  of  death  metal  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  as  the  demo  progresses  a  more  modern  style  of  orthodox  black  metal  can  be  heard.

  Malakhim  plays  a  style  of  orthodox  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  dark  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  powers  of  The  Beyond.

  In  my  opinion  Malakhim  are  a  very  great  sounding  orthodox  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Mass  Of  Flesh". 8  out  of  10.

    

Ecos Postumos Interview

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

Before anything I would like to say that I appreciate very much the attention and support that you gave to Ecos Póstumos.
Recently I was hospitalized to treat depression and borderline mental disorder that struck me harder after the suicide of my uncle, who has killed himself in my parents' house, giving me the sad job to take him from the gallows. So I've decided to use the music to express my battle against this disease, and with it I try to externalize all the sadness and at the same

2. Recently you have released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

I describe it as a raw and gloomy music, with the muffled vocals to represent the despair of those who are suffering from mental disorders, chainsaw like hypnotic guitars with the 90s black metal feel (like Darkthrone and Burzum) and cold synthesizer lines. The bass and the drums are my first instruments and although in a modest way, they come with important details to enrich the compositions. The lo-fi style of the record was made with purpose and refers to the style of musical productions mades by names as ColdWorld, old Burzum and Mayhem, and the old Azaghal, one of my favorite black metal bands (mainly the album Mustamaa).

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?

The lyrics are poems that I've made to express the daily battle against the mental disorders, and to make people see that depression is most common disease than really the people think. We can consider it a conceptual work about the routine and the feelings of a depressed patient. If someone is interested I can send the translations of the lyrics to english, just ask me in the e-mail: ecospostumos@gmail.com

4. What are the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ecos Postumos'?

Echoes Póstumos meaning in English is "Posthumous Echoes", and refers to the memories that sometimes we have of those who had passed away. The name came in the year of 2012, and the first song that I've made are available on YouTube by the name "A Agonia da Mãe Morta" (The Agony of the Dead Mother).

5. With this musical project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer the solo route?

I've some friends that will help me with the live performances, including my older brother Diogo Nascimento (bass) and my great friend João Martioro (guitars from Christophobia), I will play drums and sing, and maybe have one of my best friends Alex Hulala on the Keyboards. Maybe someday Ecos Póstumos may turn to be a band, let's see after the release of the official album

6. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
If someone has interest in release the stuff just give me a shout, I don't have a financial interest, just want to make my music being listened. Me and my friend from Christophobia are preparing some limited physical copies that will be available soon.

7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of depressive and suicidal black metal?

I have some friends in Ukraine, Hungary, Germany, Japan and in the USA that support my work, and they seem to have enjoyed a lot the work. I'm very happy with the feedback till now.

8. Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects?

I've played and was the former member of Nephilim Horde, who have some works available on YouTube (Black Metal Blood - Demo 2011 and Failure EP), also had a project by the name "Forgotte Heaven", that have some stuff available on YouTube too, and have recorded the first EP of Christophobia, called "O Abismo", but have left the band to my mate João Martioro, because of the depression treatment. I'm a professional musician and have played guitar in an Iron Maiden tribute band, played bass in a Hard Rock tribute band, I'm an ex member of a Heavy Metal band called "Thunderlord" and in the present moment I play with a Crossover/Thrash Metal band called "Kaosfera", keeping the band in the name of a friend of mine and the former member, that have sadly died some years ago. But my main project is Ecos Póstumos, and I intend to spend a lot a time working on the debut album.

9. Where will you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

I want to be a better musician and composer, and be able to explore even more sad and chaotic melodies, always with humility and simplicity, to me, the secrets to keep evolving in the musical scene.

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

I listen to a variety of musical styles... but my favorite artists are Burzum, old Mayhem, Darkthrone, Azaghal, Old Enthroned, Cold World, Alcest, Limbonic Art, Dissection and something like that. Other bands that I like very much are Pink Floyd, Marillion, Blind Guardian, Running Wild, Iron Maiden, Grave Digger, Six Feet Under, Kreator and some random shit as old games soundtracks like Castlevania and electronic music like Kreftwerk.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I like to read about occultism, history and politics, also like poetry and sci-fi books. My favorite books are "The Satanic Bible" (Anton LaVey), "1984" (George Orwell) and Jules Verne books. Also like cats (my cat Crowley is with me all the time), spend time with my wife and play retro games.

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

I would like to thank you and Occult Black Metal zine for the important work that you made to the Black Metal and the music scene in general.
Also would like to invite anyone to listen and download Ecos Póstumos "Diário de um Suicida" in the band camp:
https://ecospstumos.bandcamp.com/releases
If anyone needs something just send me an e-mail to: ecospostumos@gmail.com
And to finish: Hail Satan!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Communion/The Communion/Hells Headbangers/2018 CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Chile's  Communion  which  continues  the  raw  and  old  school  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  the  album  will  be  released  in  2018  by  Hells  Headbangers  and  is  called  "The  Communion".

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  morbid  sounding  melodies  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  death  metal  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  sticking  to an  old  school  black/death  metal  style.

  A  great  amount  of  both  80's  and  90's  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  thrash  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  riffing  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  demonic  growls.

  Communion  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  raw  and  old  school  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Evil  and  Anti  Atheism  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Communion  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Glorify  The  Dark"  "Witching  Thrust"  and  "Bloody  Butcher".  8  out  of  10.