Thursday, September 21, 2017

Las Casa Viejas/goul/H/Alerta Antifascistca Records/2017 CD Review


  Las  Casa  Viejas  are  a  band  with  members  from  both  Germany  and  Austria  that  plays  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  post  black  metal,  sludge  and  doom  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Goul/H"  which  was  released  by  Alerta  Antifascistca  Records.

  Field  Recordings  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  experimental  elements  before  adding  acoustic  guitars  and  spoken  word  parts  and  whispers  onto  the  recording  and  after  a  few minutes  drum  beats  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  the  heavier  riffs  also  incorporate  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Grim  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  are  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  music  also  gets  very  avant  garde  at  times  as  well  as  alternating  between  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

    A  great  amount  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  post  rock  influences  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  Las  Casa  Viejas  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  doom,  sludge  metal, avant  garde  and  post  rock  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  nature  as  an  area  open  for  projection  and  a  desirable  place  with  a  capitalist  system.

  In  my  opinion  Las  Casa  Viejas  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  mixture  of  post  black  metal,  sludge  and  doom  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Moribundus"  and  "Erinnerung".  8  out  of  10.  

      

Wrapped In Pale/Nidstang/Depressive Illusions/2017 EP Review


  Wrapped  In  Pale  are  a  solo  project  from  Florida  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Nidstang"  which  was  released  by  Depressive  Illusions.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  alter  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  A  great  amount  of  90's  second  wave  and  Ukraine  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  musical  style  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.and  a  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Wrapped  In  Pale  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  depressive  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Depression,  Revenge  and  Introspection  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Wrapped  In  Pale  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  depressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Domination  Of  The  Eternal  Kabbalah"  and  "Nidstang".  8  out  of  10.  

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Lycanthropy/A.V.R.E.I.L/Lower Silesian Stronghold/2017 CD Review


  Lycanthropy  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  very raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "A.V.R.E.I.l"  which  was  released  by  Lower  Silesian  Stronghold.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  while  also  adding  in  grim  yet  high  pitched  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  adding  in  an  old  school  extreme  metal  style.

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  death  metal  growls  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  depressive  elements  and  spoken  word  samples  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  music  always  remains  heavy.

  Lycanthropy  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  a  very  raw  and  aggressive  style  of  black  metal  while  also  adding  in  elements  of  death  metal  to  create  a  very  heavy  sounding  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Anti  Christianity,  Hate,  Darkness,  War  and  Sadism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Lycanthropy  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  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  "Dark  Triad  Of  Animal  In  Me"  "Sexual  Sadism"  "Black  Lightning"  and  "In  The  Middle  of  Nowhere".  8  out  of  10.    

Eneferens/In The Hours Beneath/Nordvis Produktion/Bindrune Recordings/2017 CD Review


  Eneferens  are  a  band  originally  from  Montana  but  now  re-located  to  Minnesota  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  Cascadian  influenced  form  of  black  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "In  The  Hours  Beneath"  which  will  be  released  in  October  as  a  joint  effort  between  Bindrune  Recordings  and  Nordvis  Produktion.

   Atmospheric  synths  along  with some  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  and  after  awhile  melodic signing  is  added  onto  the  recording  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  they  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  more  aggressive  vocals  are  deep  yet  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  few  death  metal  growls  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.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them   along elements  of  doom  metal  being  added  into  the  slower  riffing  and  there  is  also  a  brief  piano  instrumental  before  closing  the  album  with  a  heavier  track..

  Eneferens  plays  a  style  of  atmospheric  black  metal  that  is  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  Cascadian  form  of  the  genre  while  standing  out  with  some  progressive  and  doom  metal  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  personal  struggles  and  reflection  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Eneferens  are  a  very  great  sounding  Cascadian  style  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Chrysanthemum"  and  "Ascenson".  8  out  of  10.    

Monday, September 18, 2017

Pando Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
mr. f: We play this game...it's called “guess what's in my pouch.” I hide a piece of candy corn, a battery, or another small loose object in my pouch. It's mr. bombastic's task to determine what object it is.
mr. b: it's always the rock cell phone.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on  the recordings?
mr. b: We wouldn't. We just play what we believe is this most accurate interpretation of what we are feeling or trying to convey. It's more about the process rather than the end product.

3.On the full length you had released in April the lyrics dealt with the slavery and oppression oft he African American people of the last few centuries, can you tell us why you picked this topic for an album?
mr. b: It's a little complicated, but we're from western Mass and while it tends to be this “hush hush” thing, Massachusetts at one point had a lot of controversy revolving around their state schools and the mistreatment of their patients. We both work in the human services field, so human rights is something we deal with on a day to day basis and some of our clients we care for actually came from some of these places. There's a strange comparison between the way the African American slaves of the south and how the patients at these facilities were treated. It was all too coincidental that the time we released the album was the anniversary of the film “Titicut Follies,” which ultimately led to the closing of those schools, as well as the big blow-ups of U.S. Politics in regards to african american rights. The album focuses it's sound around concepts of human suffering and mental disability, which is why it sounds the way it does.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Pando'?
mr. b: Pando is the oldest and heaviest living organism on the planet located in Utah. It's a whole forest of quaking aspen trees all connected by the same root system and it just resonated with us. Our friendship is closer to brotherhood; different trees, same roots.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you chose to remain a duo?
mr. b: I think the vast majority of the writing will always be between the two of us, but one of the most interesting things to us in our name is that it's a forest connected with many trees.

6.Since 2016 you have put out 4 releases, do you spend a great amount of time creating and writing Music?
mr. b: We both have lives outside of music and we only get together when we can, so we try to spend that time wisely.
mr. f: we each, independently, spend our time observing the ins and outs of daily life. These small things can transcend and transform into bigger things.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
mr. b: I've always been interested, but skeptical. I think we both enjoy the freedom of being able to put out anything we want, whenever we want and being able to control our own stuff. If a label existed that would allow us to operate the same way we have been, but distribute physical copies, I'd be on board.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal, experimental and noise?
mr. b: We haven't had much feedback, really. Neither of us know what we are doing when it comes to promotion, nor do we really have the finances for it. But we also aren't really looking that hard. Our first album almost wasn't even a released thing and on top of all that, Massachusetts is mostly indie bands and stoner metal, it seems. There isn't much draw for our music here and for some reason, we seem more popular in Europe.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
mr. b: It's hard to say. We never plan anything, but we always have ideas. It's just a matter of which medium we decide to execute them.
mr. f: Combining various forms of art with our musical process seems like a practical next move.

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?
mr. b: A lot of NPR. I never listen to anything on the radio other than podcasts because United States pop music is shit and I don't have a ton of time during the week to go hunting for new music, so other than the kids wanting to play the new Lady Gaga or whatever the fuck they listen to, I'm stuck wanting to gouge my ears out while driving. Lately for me though, it's been this hip-hop artist Onra from France and with fall coming around, I'm breaking the folk-black metal out again via Agalloch and Summoning. I'm waiting patiently for the new Wolves in the Throne Room album and new Bell Witch. I've been listening to a lot of meditation music as well.
mr. f: Fletcher Tucker lately.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
mr. b: I'm really into film, writing (mostly philosophy and sciences), and particularly interested in performative art.
mr. f: algebra.
mr. b: we've been debating whether or not this woman at CVS has a lower half to her body or not.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?  
ac: get high and suck.

Howls From The Blackwood/Vol.3 /Blackwood Productions/2017 Compilation Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  compilation from  Blackwood  Productions  called  "Howls  From  The  Blackwood  Vol.3"  which  consists  of  mostly  black  metal  bands  and  we  will  review  the  songs  one  by  one.

  Forefather  brings  us  "Brunanburh"  which  starts  out  with  a  fast, r aw  and  melodic  black  metal style  along  with  some  grim  screams  as  well  as  mixing  in  clean  pagan  style  vocals  as well  as  mixing  in  the  Anglo  Saxon  Metal  style  they  are  known  for.

  Paara  brings  us  "Aikaan Hautautumut"  a  song  that  is  9  minutes  in  length  along  with  some  clean  guitars  also  being  used  briefly  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion,  when  female  vocals  are  brought  into  the  music  they  give  the  song  a  folk  music  feeling  before  going  into  a  fast  and  raw  modern  black  metal  direction  as  well  as  utilizing  grim  screams  and  death  metal  growls  and  clean  male  vocals  are  also  used  briefly.

  Bloodarv  brings  us  "Korset  Paa  Baalet"  a  song  that  is  done  in  more  of  a  traditional  and  raw  style  of  old  school  black  metal that  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  also  having  its  melodic  moments.

  Allegiance  brings  us  "I  Wraith,  I  Death"  which  starts  out  with  some  epic  sounding  keyboards  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  showcasing  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  grim  screams  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  song.  

  Ande  brings  us  "Argwaan"  a  song  that  is  8  minutes  in  length  and  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  style  of  black  metal  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  while  also  having  its  melodic  and  atmospheric  moments.

  Ereskigal  brings  us  "Ascent"  a  very  fast  and  melodic  occult  black  metal  song  that  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  Swedish  influences  and  aggressive  blast  beats  while  also  mixing  in  a  decent  amount  of  death  metal  elements.

  Forest  Moonlight  brings  us  "In  The  Winter  Solstice"  a  song  that  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  keyboards  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  but  also  taking  the  style  into  more  of  a  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  style.

  Abduction  brings  us  "To  Further  Dreams  Of  Failure"  a  black  metal  song  that  is  very  dark  and  raw  in  the  mid  90's  style  while  also  mixing  in  a  decent  amount  of  synths  to  capture  an  epic  atmosphere  and  melodic  chants  are  also  used  briefly.

  Roots  Entwined  brings  us  a  self  titled  song  that  is  done  in  a  very  melodic,  raw  and  traditional  black  metal  style  which  they  also  mix  in  with t he  more  modern  atmospheric  style  of  the  genre.

  Thy  Dying  Light  brings  us  a  self  titled  song  that  is  almost  7  minutes  in  length  and  don in  a  very  fast,  raw  and  aggressive  style  of  black  metal  along  with  some  grim  high  pitched  screams  and  brutal  blast  beats.

  Atra  Mord  closes  the  compilation  with  "Fog  Of  Ruin"  a  song  that  is  done  in  a  very  dark,  raw  and  melodic  traditional  style  of  black  metal  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  high  pitched  screams.

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

  https://blackwoodproductions.bandcamp.com/album/howls-from-the-blackwood-vol-3







  

Malauriu/Semper Ad Mortem Cogitantes/War Kommand Productions/2017 CD Review


  Italy's  Malauriu  have  returned  with  a  new  recording   that  continues  the  raw  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Semper  Ad  Mortem  Cogitantes"  which  was  released  by  War  Kommand  Productions.

  A  very  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  spoken  word  parts  while  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  sounding  synths  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  the  vocals  adding  in  more  aggression  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in t he  90's.

  At  times  the  vocals  utilize  a  semi  melodic  tone  along  with  some  whispers  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling.

  The  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  synths  also  make  a  brief  return  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Malauriu  creates  another  recording that  remains  true  to  their  raw  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal  while  also  having  a  vocal  approach  that  is  more  different  than  most  bands  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  Death,  Human  Misery  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Malauriu  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Iusta  Funebria"  and  "Occulta  Ars".  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Nesseria/Cette Erosion De Nous Memes/Deadlight Entertainment/2017 CD Review


  France's  Nesseria  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  their  mixture  of  black,    grind,  sludge,  crust  and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Cette  Erosion  De  Nous  Memes"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Deadlight  Entertainment.

  A  very  fast  post  hardcore  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  slower  sections  also  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  sludge  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  presented  on  the  recording.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  rock  fashion  along  with  some  touches  of  shoegaze  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  Some  tracks  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  when  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  add  elements  of  folk  and  screamo  onto  the  recording  while  some  influences  of  grind  and  crust  can  also  be  heard  as  the  album  progresses  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  atmospheric  sounding  synths  and  the  closing  track  is  an  instrumental.  

  Nesseria  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  black  metal,  sludge,  grind,  crust  and  hardcore,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  social  disgust  and  hatred  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great sounding  recording  from  Nesseria  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  grind,  crust,  sludge  and  post  hardcore,  you  should  check  out this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "On Prenda  L  Habitude"  "St  Petersburg"  and  "Dans  L  Ombre  Et  Sans  Vesige".  8  out  of  10.     

Prostitution Interview

1.Can you give s an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new ep?

Heyo. Since recording this upcoming EP, which was so fun to do, we’ve been working on a lot of new material. We are constantly writing and getting ready for a return to the studio. Putting out quality material is what we do. Also, playing some real awesome shows in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and NYC. We’re out there working hard man!

2.In October you have a new ep 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?

This is going to be our third release, the first recording we have with Jason, the fellow who replaced Ben on drums.  We feel this is a more mature recording compared to the previous EP’s. Those records are solid as well, but something about this one is special. The others are more conventional black metal. The sounds is us; there is a psychedelic bend.  This new one is straight fire. It’s our best effort to date for sure. The songs are masterpieces! We think at least, haha.

3.This is your first release in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

Writing, playing shows, making friends, going thru a line up change. We took a year off in 2014 and took us a minute to get back up to speed. With that being said, we are right back on track, much further along that we’ve ever been. We are a strong unit of musicians, not to mention best friends. Nothing better that that.

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

We mostly talk about the idea of deep space and human emotion or the lack there of. Space is cool as shit and since we know little to nothing about it, our imagination can take us anywhere.

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

First of all, in no way do we condone the act of Prostitution, sex trafficking, sex workers, or anything related to that. It’s important to us that people know that. We look at this band as more of an art project. In art there are no rules except the ones you make yourself. We came up with the name over 7 years ago and are committed to it. We, are Prostitution.

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

Oh girl, do we have fun. Like, all the fun. We are there to preform for you, the audience. We tend to get weird, but still maintain our musicianship like real pros. We keep the show moving and usually leave the audience smiling, wanting more. Come see for yourself at our record release show on October 15th at Union Pool. That’s gonna be a doozy.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new ep is released?

We are looking into that as we speak. We have some regional shows set up, but are looking to branch out and make it out west. Got any contacts? Hit us up and let us show you what’s up.

8.According to the metal archives page the band is signed to 'PartyOwlProductions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Each EP we have release has been a self release.  Party Owl is an alias Jesse uses to independently put out all kids of music.   Prostitution has more material to record which is definitely distribution worthy. What up record label people?!  We’re willing to put in the work and dominate.

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

Most people really dig it. We just want our music to be heard. If people like it, great. We are honored. If they don’t that’s ok too (not really, haha) But yeah, on a whole we get a lot of praise and love.

10.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?

We all push each other to explore our talents as long as there is time and it doesn’t get in the way of what we are doing. Jesse plays in a mathy metal project called Beast Modulus and a skate punk band called Slashers. Russ has been jamming with a riff heavy bluesy metal project, and Jason loves grind and has been working with some rippers. We are all super supportive of each other and our musical endeavors. That being said, Prostitution comes first.

11.Are there any plans for a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

One day we will definitely do a full length, we have the material. We keep on exploring music in general trying to push the limits of what we can get away with. The newest song we’ve writing, called Magic Nunbers is about when you die. We all have a magic number, Feel me? I know you do.

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

We listen to wide variety of music. Our biggest influences are Pink Floyd, Queen, and The Beatles. None of these are metal, but good music is good music. It’s all related. As far as metal goes, Megadeth, Anthrax, Gwar (which Jesse does not like, haha) and anything Hair Metal related. Oh yeah!

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

Russ is like the worlds best chef and likes to read a lot. Jason loves hockey, and Jesse can’t stop skateboarding although his aging body says otherwise. We all like to be really active and take long bike rides. We’ve been known to have a few drinks as well, but most people enjoy that. We keep it cool tho.

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


If you don’t go to L&B pizzeria in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn before you die, you are really messing up. Order two square middle. Do it.

https://www.facebook.com/Prostitution666/

https://prostitution.bandcamp.com/

Lloth/Athanti/Sleaszy Rider Records/2017 CD Review


  Lloth  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  melodic  and  Hellenic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Athanti"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Sleaszy  Rider  Records.

  Heavy  yet  melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some powerful  sounding   bass  guitars  and  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can b e  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  Greek  black  metal  style  as  well  as  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  Rotting  Christ  along  with  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Some  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  while  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  elements  of  doom  metal  being  added  in  the  slow  riffing, one  of  the  tracks  is  all  acoustic  that  also  uses  a  small  amount  of  operatic  female  vocals  before  closing  the  album  with  a  heavier  sound.


  Lloth  plays  a  style  of  black  metal that  is  very  true  to  the  Hellenic  style  while  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Hatred,  Mourning  and  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Lloth  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  Hellenic  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  "Athanti"  "Born  In  Sin"  "Emptiness"  and  "I  (Dead  Inside)".  8  out  of  10.    

Friday, September 15, 2017

Svipdagr 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?

Svipdagr: Hello, thank you very much for giving us the opportunity to appear on your webzine. The band, more specifically, Funedëim and Volundr we were composing all the songs of the new album in the distance. When all the songs were finished, we passed them to Thanatos to compose and play and the batteries. After recording the new album, we were looking for labels and finally we had the opportunity to edit the new album with four labels.

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 thr stuff you have released in the past?

Svipdagr: This new album, "To Torment the Men" is something more raw and at the same time melodic than "Black Verses". The sound remains similar, very raw and dirty, but this time Funedëim after the mix has given a better touch getting the album to continue sounding raw and dirty, but with more power. There is also some evolution in the songs if compared to "Black Verses", the songs are more elaborate and studied.

3.This is your first album in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

Svipdagr: During this period of time, each member of the band has been working on his other bands, Thanatos with CAULDRON, CENDRES, OLD BLOOD, Funedëim in BIZARRE, ITNUVETH, FAMISHGOD, MACHU LANU, DIS GOB, etc. and Volundr in ITNUVETH. Each member of the band belongs to other bands, so we are always busy.


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

Svipdagr: The band, although in this case more specifically Funedëim seeks to talk about death, darkness, destruction, and all kinds of issues, which have little to do with being happy and be happy ha ha ha ha


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

Svipdagr: Svipdag, meaning Sudden Day; Old English: Svæfdæg [2]) is a legendary Viking hero with berserker fame appearing in the stories of Hrólfr Kraki in the saga Hrólfs saga kraka, and as main character in Grógaldr and Fjölsvinnsmál, both included in Svipdagsmál.



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

Svipdagr: Sorry the band not play live shows.


7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

Svipdagr: No. The band in the beginning, we decided not to play live. Svipdagr has always been a study project mainly because of the distance between Funedëim, Thanatos and me, we are distancing 900 km.


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

Svipdagr: We have never had a great legacy of followers, which is true, is that there are people who follow us from our beginnings and we thank you very much. In our opinion, we believe that with our new album "To Torment the Men" will get more people to notice our music, at least we hope.


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?

Svipdagr: We each have recent things with our other bands. For example Thanatos with CAULDRON have just released their new album "Regnum Phobos" and are performing shows for this new album. Funedëim, for his part, is working on the next BIZARRE album, he also does the same with DISGOB, and recently finished his collaboration work in MACHU LANÚ. On the other hand, Volundr with ITNUVETH is about to publish his fourth work "Tales and Legends of Wolves". In this band, also participates Funedëim like singer of the band, which has been three years together with Volundr in the band.


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

Svipdagr: In the future, we intend to continue to evolve with our music without putting on any musical barriers. The only thing that we have in mind is to continue with our raw and dirty sound.


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

Svipdagr: We are influenced by the 90s of Norway, bands like the old SATYRICON, IMMORTAL, CARPHATIAN FOREST, EMPEROR, the earliest ENSLAVED, PRIMORDIAL, MAYHEM, BURZUM, etc, and to all this we impregnate our music with dark melodies.


12.Does Occultism play any role in your music?

Svipdagr: Occultism may have a role in our music, it is possible, but no more than darkness, anger, despair or hatred, may have some importance, but in conjunction with the rest.


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

Svipdagr: Well, we wanted to thank you for giving us the opportunity of this interview and reaching out to more people. Tell our foreign fans that if they want to see our page they can go to https://www.facebook.com/2000svipdagr/. You can also write us a private message on this page and if you need a copy of our new album "To Torment the Men", and we will be delighted


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Lilyum/Altar Of Fear/Vacula Productions/2017 CD review


  Lilyum  are  a  band  from Italy  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Altar  Of  Fear"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very fast  and  raw  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  on  some  tracks  the music  incorporates  atmospheric  elements, as  the  album  progresses  clean  singing  and synths  are added  into  some  of  the  songs  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  spoken  word  parts  are  used  briefly  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling.

  Lilyum  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in  the  90's  Nordic  second  wave  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  misanthropy,  darkness  and  insanity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Lilyum  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The Watchers  Departure"  and  "Stain  Of  Salvation".  8  out  of  10.   

Deviator/Might Ov Ancient/Vacula Productions/2017 CD Review


  Deviator  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that   has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Might  Ov  Ancient"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.

  A  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being done  in  a  very melodic  fashion  and  when  keyboards  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  more  of  an  epic  feeling  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  A  lot  of  the  slower  riffing  brings  in  elements  of  doom  metal  while  elements  of  ambient  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  a  small  amount  of  acoustic guitars  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  feeling  which  is  only  used  briefly  on  a couple  of  tracks  with  the  main  focus  being  more  on  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style  and  there  is  also  an  ambient  style  intro.

  On  this  recording  Deviator  focuses  more  on  an  ambient  influenced  style  of  black  metal  while  still  maintaining  a  very  dark,  raw  and  grim  edge,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Heathenism,  Nordic  Mythology,  Dark  Side  Of  Nature  and  Individualism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Deviator  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ambient  influenced  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cold  Of  Eternal  Winter  In  The  Heart"  and  "Thy  Immortal  Majesty".  8  out  of  10.   

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Grimwald/Lux Perit in Tenebris/Vacula Productions/2017 CD Review


  Grimwald  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  black  metal  with  elements  of  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Lux  Perit  In  Tenebris"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.

  Horror  movie  style  keyboards  start  off  the  album  before going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  clean  singing  along  with  ambient  elements  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style  and  some  songs  also  add  in  a  good  amount  of  acoustic  guitars and  there  is  also  an  instrumental  track  before  closing  the  album  with  a  vocal  song.

  IOn  this recording Grimwald  plays  a  style  of black  metal  that  is  very  dark,  raw,  melodic  and  traditional  sounding  while  the ambient  elements  and  acoustic  guitars  makes  the  music  stand  out  a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another great  sounding  recording  from  Grimwald  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal   with  elements  of  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Die  Forever"  "Suicide  Is  Not  A  Crime"  and  "Ashes  And  Black  Soil".  8  out  of  10.  

Molphar/Ice Kingdom/Vacula Productions/2017 CD Review


  Molphar  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is a  review  of their  2017 album  "Ice  Kingdom"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.

  Drum  beats  along  with  some  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  death  metal growls  and  black  metal  screams.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  along  a  brief  use  of  whispered  vocals  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  90's  European  black  metal  influences  throughout the  recording  but  done  with  a  more  modern  fashion.

  Molphar  plays  a  style  of  pagan  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic and  epic  sounding  while also  mixing  in  a  good  amount  of  death  metal  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Norse/Slavic  Paganism,  Heathen  Wrath  and  Romantism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Molphar  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Destiny  Of  Warrior"  "Wild  Hunt"  and  "Immortality".  8  out  of  10.

Arkhon Infaustus/Passing The Nekromanteion/Les Acteurs de l'Ombre Productions/2017 CD Review


  Arkhon  Infaustus  are  a  band  from  France t hat  has  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Passing  The  Nekromanteion"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Les  Acteurs  de l'Ombre  Productions.

  Dark  yet  melodic  riffing  starts   off  the  album  while  also  being  very  heavy  at  the  same  time  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  as  well  as some  ritualistic  chanting  starts  to  make  their  presence  known  and  psychedelic  touches  are  also  used  briefly.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  tormented  black  metal  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  riffing  also  mixes  in  a  decent  amount  of  dissonant  structures,  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  and  they  close  the  album  with  an  instrumental.

  On  this  recording  Arkhon  Infaustus  remain  true  to  a  satanic  and  occult  style  of  black/death  metal  that  was  established  on  previous  releases  while  also  updating  their  sound  for  a  more  modern  era  as  well  as displaying  a  great  amount  of  progress  and  skill  as  musicians,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Left  hand  Path  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great sounding  recording  from  Arkhon  Infaustus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Precipice  Where  Souls  Wither"  and  "Corrupted  Epignosis".  8  out  of  10.  

Snakebearer/Throes/2017 EP Review


  Snakebearer  are  a  solo  project  from  Finland  and  plays  a  musical  style  he  describes  as  being  'blackened  pop  metal'  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  ep  "Throes".

  A  hard  rock  style  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  all  of  the  musical instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  and  melodic  guitar  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  music  also incorporates  a  great  amount  of  pop  elements  but  with  a  more  heavier  style.

  At  times  the  music  has  a  style  that  is  very  close  to  the  music  Tormentor  and  Sigh  where  doing  in  the  early  200's  without  sounding  like  any  of  the  bands  mentioned  along  with  some  touches  of  goth  rock  while  blast  beats  are  also  used  briefly  and  all  of the  songs  stick  to  a  mid  tempo  direction  and  acoustic  guitars a re  used  briefly  on  the  closing  track.

  Snakebearer  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  black  metal  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  pop  and  rock  musical  to  crate  something  very  different,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Snakebearer  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  pop  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  different,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED TRACK  "Churning  Of  The  Cosmic  Waters".  8  out  of  10.   

Monday, September 11, 2017

Pando/(in)human(e)/2017 Full Length Review


  Pando  are  a  band  from  Easthampton,  Massachusetts  that  plays  an  experimental  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album "(in)human(e)".

  Gospel  style  singing  starts  off  the  album  before  adding  spoken  word  parts  and  dark  industrial  elements  onto  the  recording  while  also  mixing  in  touches  of  noise  music  at  times  and  after  awhile  harsh  black  metal  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known  while  the music  is  very  experimental.

  When  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  add  in  elements  of  neo-folk  while  the  music  also  gets  very  avant  garde  at  times  and  demonic  growls  are  also  added  into  certain sections  of  the  recording  and  when  heavy  guitars  are  added  into  the  music  they  bring  in  more  of  a  drone  and  doom  metal  feeling, atmospheric  synths  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  stringed  instruments  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  harmonica's  are  also  used  briefly .

    As  the  album  progresses  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  brief  use  of  blast  beats  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  when  tribal  drums  are  utilized  they  give  the  song  the  atmosphere  of  a voodoo  ritual  and  one  track  also  introduces  saxophones  onto  the  recording,  clean  singing  and  blues  style  slide  guitars  are  also  added  onto  a  track.

  Pando  plays  a  musical  style  that is  very rooted  in  black  metal  but  also  mixes  in  elements  of  experimental,  avant  garde,  noie,  country,  blues  and  folk  to  create  something  that  cant  be  categorized,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  African  American  slavery  and  the  injustices  they  have  faced  in  past  times..

  In  my  opinion  Pando  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking for  something  original  or  different,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "State  Schooled"  ""Van  11"  "Caveman"  and  "This  Fucking  World  Will  Never  Change".  8  out  of  10.  

  

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Heart Of The Serpent Interview

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

We are a two-person black metal band. We began writing and rehearsing in 2016, but the recent announcement of our album release has been the first public mention of our existence.


2.You have an album coming out on Halloween, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

I think your review described our sound quite the same as I would; it's a very raw modern take on the 90s style of black metal. That said, there isn't really any one "sound" we're trying to emulate. We write what sounds good to us and if it gets categorized in the same area as older black metal that's fine. Many bands today feel a need to "rebel" against the traditional black metal sound and end up making music that sounds disingenuous and weak.


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

Some of the songs are fictitious narratives, two of which are expanded into full stories and will be included with the album. Without taking up too much space here, the subjects include the origins of human decomposition and a different take on cryptozoology.
Other lyrics deal with my opinions on the human race in general. This album's title "Contempt" can be taken as a one-word summary of those feelings.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Heart Of The Serpent'?

I like to leave meanings of lyrics/names/etc. somewhat open to interpretation, but one of the more interesting interpretations that has been presented to me is that the Biblical "Serpent" was the first example of a creature thinking for itself, so "Heart of the Serpent" could be interpreted as the embodiment of individuality -- the opposite of a herd mentality.


5.What part of the mid west is the band located in?

This is not important at this time.


6.Has the band done any live shows or has this been only a studio project so far?

Only a studio project. I would like to play live but I don't believe in playing to a backing tape so with only two members it's currently not feasible. Trying to find enough useful members to flesh out a full band has proven in the past to be an exercise in futility.


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

I'd be interested in finding a record label on which to release physical copies of the album; at present it's digital-only. We haven't had any offers yet but then no one knew we existed until about a week ago.


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

It's still early, so we'll see how it turns out. Basically I write the sort of black metal that I would like to listen to, so anyone with similar taste to mine should enjoy this.


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

I have started writing some of the songs that will be on the next album, and while it won't be a major departure from this first album I think the biggest difference will be more extremes in tempo. This album was largely mid-to-fast paced; the newer material tends to either be faster or slower.


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?

My favorites of the genre aren't anything too surprising; I'd say Burzum, Arckanum, and Mayhem are my top three. I also enjoy folk/pagan metal, especially bands like Arkona and Primordial which occasionally blend darker elements into their music. Outside of the metal realm I've been listening to big band jazz and classical music such as Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich.


11.Does Occultism play any role in your music?

I suppose you could say the lyrics of "To Repay What Has Been Given" have an occult element to them, but that's a story rather than an expression of belief. I find Occultism and other beliefs or religions interesting but do not personally involve myself with any of them.


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

Thank you for your interest in us and thank you to everyone reading this.
Our album is currently available for pre-order at www.heartoftheserpent.com.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Parodos/Catharsis/Inverse Records/2017 CD Review


 Parodos  are  a band  from  Italy  that  plays  an  avant  garde  and  progressive  form of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Catharsis"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Inverse  Records.

  Ambient  style  keyboards  start  off  the  album  while  spoken  word  parts  are  also used  briefly  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in a  melodic  post  rock  fashion  and  keyboards  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.

  Avant  garde  style  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  great  amount  of  grim  black  metal  screams  while  acoustic  guitars  are  also  used  at  times  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.

  Most  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  death  metal  growls  can  also be  heard  at  times  along  with a  brief  instrumental  that  introduces  stringed  instruments  onto  the  recording  before  returning back  to  vocal  tracks  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals
  Parodos  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  black  metal  while  the  avant  garde,  progressive  and  post  rock  elements  gives  the  songs  more  originality,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  a  journey  through  human  tragedy

  In  my  opinion  Parodos  are  a  very  great  sounding  avant  garde  and  progressive  post  black  metal band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of this  musical  genre,  you  should  check out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Space  Omega"  "Stasima"  and  "Metamorphosis".  8  out  of  10.

  

Onirism Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording of the new ep?
I'm still working on the new album wich is almost finalised but, it will be released during 2018 maybe. And I started to work on the remastering of my first album "Cosmic Dream" for a futur re-edition.

2.You have a new ep coming out this month, 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?
The new ep is really different from my others works, is a parenthesis in the project. In this ep I use a lot of electronic sounds and less of symphonic stuff. The pieces are more ambient and atmospheric, more spatial.

3.This project started out as being more symphonic black metal but on this new recording you have evolved into more of an ambient black metal style, what was the decision behind going into this musical direction?
In fact, this ep was not scheduled at all. It started with a composition for a new project in a synth dungeon style, but during the composition, I added guitars and drums and I said to myself that could be a nice concept for Onirism. So I gave up the idea for a new project and I wrote some lyrics, the theme was found easily due to the musical direction taken.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your newer music?
The lyrics in this ep, like with the other ep "The Well of Stars", are linked. This is a spatial journey through a cosmic universe, where we derivating slowly to a sun. It's about contemplation, loneliness and madness.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Onirism'?
Onirism is about dreams, especially lucid dreams and all which relates to the dreams, which leaves me plenty of room for my imagination. I have choose "Onirism" because when you see it, you already know what this is about.

6.With this project you record everything by yourself but have experience playing in bands with full line up's, how would you compare the two?
These are both good experiences, in a band, you need to work in common with others musician for create something which match with everybody, you be part of something that you build together. And with a solo project, you are totally free, you can make what you want, only your imagination is your limit, nobody can tell you how you need to make your music. That is why I choose the theme of dreams with Onirism, I have lot of place for imagination and that leaves me the choices to explore what I want.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Generaly there are good feedback but some people are maybe deterred by the symphonic side, wich is a big part of my music and maybe it takes too much place for "traditional" black metal fans but, I understand that.

8.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that you are a part of?
I had to leave the bands (Belenos, Hentgarm) because I live now in Quebec. But with my other project Catacombes, I would want to make shows, I already found some musicians, it remains for me to find a drummer and we will be ready.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I hope that I could still work on Onirism, this is the more important thing. And make shows with Catacombes or another band, but that is going to become more complicated in the future, I'm going to have less time to spend on music.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
I think movie and video game music have an important part in my influcences. For the bands I can say, Summoning, Dimmu Borgir, Bal Sagoth, Wintersun, Windir, Emperor. Recently, I listen more of atmospheric black metal, like Midnight Odissey, Mesarthim, and some others, you can also feel the influence of these bands in the new ep.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Music takes an very important part of my free time but when I want to clear my head and that I have nothing to do, well I play video games or I watch some movies, and I take care of my wife and my dog!

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for letting me speak of my music, I would also like to say that a split will be revealed soon!

Theurgia/Transformation/Throats Production/Worship Tapes/Esfinge De La Calavera/2017 Full Length Review Review


  Theurgia  are  a  band  with  members  from  Columbia  and  Venezuela  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  dark  and  modern  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Transformation"  which  will  be  released  in  October  as  a  joint  effort by  Throats  Productions,  Wrship  Tapes  and  Esfinge  De  La  Calavera.

  Water  sounds  and  atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  while  clean  playing  is  added  onto  the  recording  after  the  intro  and  also  takes  the  music   into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well as  a  great  portion  of t he  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  both  deep  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  giving  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  modern,  melodic  and  atmospheric  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  pared  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  ritualistic  chants  are  also  used  briefly  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  clean  playing  also  returns  on  one  of  the  later  tracks  and  melodic  vocals  are  also  used  briefly.

  On  this  recording  Theurgia  plays  a  style  of  black  metal t hat  is  very  modern  and  atmospheric  while  also  mixing  in  the  rawness  of  the  second  wave  era,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  have  a  concept  to  them  and  cover  nihilism  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Theurgia  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  modern  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Trnsformation (Descend  Into  The  Night  Of   Hiperboros)"  and  "Procesio  VI  -  Mea  Spiritus  In  Opium".  8  out  of  10. 

Heart Of The Serpent/Contempt/2017 Full Length Review


  Heart  Of  The  Serpent  are  a  band  from  the  mid  western  part  of  the  United  States  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Contempt"  which  will  be  released  on  Halloween.

  Heavy  guitar  riffing  starts  off  the  album  and  after  a  few  minutes  grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  whispers  also  being  used  briefly  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Some tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  while  a  lot  of  the  music is  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  style  but  done  with  a  more  modern  take  on  the  genre  and  as  the  album  progresses  ambient  style  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  an  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long and  epic  in  length.

  Heart  Of  The  Serpent  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  traditional  sounding  as  well  as  showing  influences  from  both  the  European  and  American  forms  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Heart  Of  The  Serpent  are  a  very  great  sounding  traditional  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Deconstruction"  and  "To  Repay  What  Has  Been  Given".  8  out  of  10.
    

Ewigkeit/Battle Furies 2.107/Svart Records/Death To Music Productions/2017 CD Review


  Ewigkeit  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  90's  style  of  keyboard  orientated  black  metal  on  this  recording  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Battle  Furies  2107"  which  will  be  released  in  October  as  a  joint  effort  between  Svart  Records  and  Death  To Music  Productions  and  is  also  a  re-recording  of  his  1997 album.

  A  very  heavy  sound  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while t he  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  when  synths  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  an  epic  feeling  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  battle  sounds  can  also be  heard  briefly  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  male  and  female  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks.

  As  the  album  progresses   acoustic  guitars  and spoken  word  parts  along  with  some symphonic  elements  are  also  brought  into  the  songs  while  a  couple  of the  later  tracks  is  also  instrumentals  which  also  is  done  in  a  prog  rock  direction  and  the  other  one  is  done  in  more  of  an  ambient  style  and  the  album  closes  with  covers  of  Samael's  "Baphomet  Throne"  and  Therion's  "Paths"..


  On  this  recording  Ewigkeit  brings  back  his  1997  keyboard  orientated  black  metal  album  and  re-records  it  with  modern  technology  while  still  maintaining  an  old  school  vibe,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Paganism,  Metaphysical  and  Anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ewigkeit  and  of  you  are  a  fan  of  90's  era  keyboard  orientated  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Jewel  Of  My  Empire"  "Dragons  Burning"  "God  Of  Ages  Awakened"  and  "Baphomet's  Throne".  8  out  of  10.