Saturday, October 21, 2017

Ziggurat/Ritual Miasma/Caligari Records/2017 Cassette Review


  Ziggurat  are  a  band  from  Israel  that  plays  an  occult  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  'Ritual  Miasma"  which was  released  on  cassette  by  Caligari  Records.

  Distorted  drones  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  melodic  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  blast  beats  and  bestial  growls  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  At  times  the  vocals  get  very  guttural  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark,  raw  and  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and   the  music always  remains  very  heavy  and  the  closing  track  is  an  instrumental.

  Ziggurat  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  a  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  the  brutality  of  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ziggurat  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  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  "Summoning  The  Giant  Serpent"  and  "Death  Rites  Transcendence".  8  out  of  10.

L'Infinito Abisso Dell' Anima/In Viva Morte Morta Vita Vivo/Club Inferno Ent/2017 CD Review


  L'Infinito Abisso Dell' Anima  are  a  duo  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  tormented, nihilistic, elitistic  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2017  album  "In  Viva  Morte  Morta  Vita  Vivo"  which  will  be  released  on  October,  24  by  Club  Inferno  Ent.

  Raw  tremolo  picking  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  riffing  also  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  a  a  brief  use  of  whispers  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  all of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful sound  to  them  along  with  some  keyboards  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard. 

  L'Infinito Abisso Dell' Anima   plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  atmospheric  and  depressive  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  philosophy  and  existentialism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  L'Infinito Abisso Dell' Anima   are  a  very  great sounding  depressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Spiragli  D'  Ombra"  and  "Vertigini".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Over The Voids/Self Titled/Nordvis Produktion/2017 CD Review


  Over  The  Voids  are  a  solo  project  from  Poland  that  plays a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  titled  2017  album  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Nordvis  Produktion.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style  along  with  a  great  amount  of  grim  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  guitar  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  fashion  along  with  a  small  amount  of  atmospheric  sounds  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  acoustic guitars  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  clean  vocals  are  also  added  onto  the  closing  track  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  melodic  riffing.

  Over  The  Voids  plays  a  style  of black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  traditional  in  the  90's  second  wave  style,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  winter  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Over  The  Voids  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Battle  Of  Heaven"  and  "Never  Again  Will  They  Hunger".  8  out  of  10.

Cicada The Burrower Interview

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

I've been planning the overall concept for the next full length. It will be called "The Witch" and will be focused on my experiences with different kinds of love. That record will be a sequel to "The Great Nothing."  I need to see a few things through before I can start writing it, though.

2.Recently you have released a new album, 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?

I wanted to make something that sounds like how depression feels. Instrumentally, "The Great Nothing" is oppressive and unrelenting. It's filled with heavy dirges, expressive leads, and a lot of tense, bitter melodies. Every Cicada the Burrower record up to this point has used the poetry of my friend, Alexander Monday, for the lyrics. I wanted "The Great Nothing" to be a more personal release, so I wrote all the lyrics this time around. Besides that, the new record is heavier and flirts with more dissonant sounds than my previous records.

3.The lyrics on the new album have a concept to them, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting?

This album is an exploration of grief, depression, and loss, but also represents my personal struggle to overcome these afflictions. “The Great Nothing” is a retrospective coming-of-age story, detailing a series of important events that happened to me between late 2014 through early 2016 as well as a severe concussion I experienced on January 23rd, 2012. The record ends with the troubling realization that life has no narrative climax, or resolution. In spite of the album’s dark themes, its lyrics are a story of progress and survival.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Cicada The Burrower'?

Cicadas are really interesting bugs. They burrow underground for as many as 7 years. In the final moments of their lives, cicadas transform into these magical, winged creatures. They're these strange late-bloomers. The name Cicada The Burrower reflects how I see myself as I struggle to work towards becoming who I feel I'm meant to be.

5.On the albums you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians on this project or do you prefer to remain solo?

I'd be happy to work with other musicians in a live capacity. When it comes to writing though, I feel like if other people got involved it would stop being Cicada the Burrower. In that sense, I'd prefer to keep the project solo.

6.The new album was released on Blue Bedroom Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

I'm in a lot of bands so I wanted to make a label where I could put all of the things that I've worked on. This was the main reason I started Blue Bedroom Records back in 2014. I got the name from the end of a Charles Bukowski poem from You Get So Alone at Times That It Just Makes Sense. Almost all the music is some form of black metal. Occasionally I'll release music by some of my friends, like The Central's "Discovery of a Rat," which I highly recommend checking out, especially is you like left-of-center grindcore. All of the music (with the exception of "Discovery of a Rat") is available for free on Bandcamp. I usually do a limited CD run for each release, too. Typically between 10 to 25 CDs per record.

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

Not a lot of people really know about my music, but every now and again someone from places like the Netherlands or Japan will stumble across my work and say something pretty positive about it. People generally seem to enjoy the music I make when they hear it.

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

I'm hoping to get a full length recorded for The Fire Sermon (triumphant, jazzy black metal) and Hallowed Hands (video game inspired industrial black metal) before the end of 2017. My punk band It's All You, Cowboy will probably be releasing our first full length some time early next year too. There's also an experimental black metal project I started working on. It's going to be a very busy couple of months.

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

I've always felt like r&b and black metal would play nicely with one another stylistically. I fully plan on writing a record that blends these two styles in a way that sounds really melliloquent. Beyond that, I'd like change my relationship with music from a hobby to a job.

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?

When it comes to black metal, my biggest influences are Oranssi Pazuzu, Nachtmystium, and Tukaaria. Outside of that genre I'll pull from bands like .clipping, Oceano, Giant Claw, Parliament, Joy Division and XXYYXX for inspiration. In general, I tend to study what each genre of music does best and then try to apply that to what I'm doing, whenever appropriate. I'll usually look towards jazz, impressionist composers, and the blues for melody and hip hop for rhythm. Right now I'm listening to Slowly Building Weapons' "Sunbird," hyphyskazerbox's "Royalty (Two Faced)," Chastity Belt's "I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone," and Heathen Beast's "$cam."

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I enjoy photography, painting, and pretty much all forms of comedy. Over the last few months, I've been getting more into nutrition and exercise. It's pretty great when you do something and you can see the results of your labor.

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

"The Great Nothing" is available for free digitally at this link: https://bluebedroomrecords.bandcamp.com/ You can also buy the CD for $5 on Bandcamp too. I really appreciate all the support. Thank you for the interview!

Feral/Forever Resonating In Blood/Horror Gore Pain Death Productions/2017 Full Length Review


  Feral  are  a  solo  project  from  New  Brunswick  Canada  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Forever  Resonating  In  Blood"  which  will  be  released  in November  by  Horror  Gore  Pain  Death  Productions.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  and  also  add  in  a  touch  of  folk  music  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier direction  which  also  introduces  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  which  also  have  a  depressive  feeling  at  times  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion,

 All  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful   while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  will acoustic  guitars  are  also  being  utilized  on  some  of  the  later  songs  along  with  some  melodic  singing,  spoken  word  parts  and  death  metal  growls  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  at  times  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody. 

  Feral  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to t he  raw  style  of  black  metal  from  his  previous  release  while  also  showing  some  progress  as  a  musician,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Celtic  Occultism,  Clairvoyance,  Esoteric  and  Mental  Conflict  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Feral  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "While  Flowers  Die"  "Jaded  By  Modern  Times"  and  "As  I  Kneel  Before  Your  Grave".  8  out  of  10. 

Sisyphean/Illusions Of Eternity/Drakkar Productions/2017 CD Review


  Sisyphean  are  a  band  from  Lithuania  that  plays  an  atmospheric  and  decadent  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Illusions  Of  Eternity"  which  will  be  released  on  Halloween  by  Drakkar  Productions.

  A  very  heavy,  melodic  and  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  all  of the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  the  intro  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  grim  growls  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw feeling  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars.

   The  music  also  mixes  in  a  decent  amount  of  death  metal  elements  while  also  keeping  everything  modern  and  in  some  parts  of  the  music  the  riffing  and  leads  get  more  dissonant  along  with  a  couple  of  later  tracks  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  some  of  the  leads  also  add  in  a  touch  of  post  black  metal.

  Sisyphean  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  decadent  while  also  displaying  more  aggression  than  most  bands  of  that  style  as  well  as  mixing  in  elements  of  death  metal  to  create  something  different,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  destruction,  decadence  and  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sisyphean  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  decadent  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  "Epitaph  To  The  Remnants"  and  "Transfigurations".  8  out  of  10. 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Halphas/Dawn Of A Crimson Empire/Folter Records/2017 CD Review


  Halphas  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Dawn  Of  A  Crimson  Empire"  which  will  be  released in  December  by  Folter  Records.

  Nature  soundscapes  along  with  some  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  clean  vocals.

  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  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  melodies  at  times  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  a  couple  of  songs  also  adding  in  a  brief use  of  classical  guitars.

  Halphas  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  old  school  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  death,  hate,  pain,  and  dark  desire  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Halphas  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  traditional  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre, you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Call  From  The  Depths"  "Sword  Of  The  Necromancer"  and  "Empire".  8  out  of  10.