Thursday, November 23, 2017

Zvijer Interview

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

ZVIJER was created in mid 2013. by Vožd (guitars) and me (vocals). Band is based in Banja Luka, Republic of Srpska/Bosnia. Along one more band from Sarajevo city we are only black metal bands active currently in this shithole of a country.

2. How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

That is a sound highly inspired with early Darkthrone albums, black metal from nineties that is in extinction today due to big number of all “orthodox“ “kvlt“ black metal bands and all that modern shits that infested black metal. In our eyes and ears this is how black matel need to sound today. No fancy stuff, just pure raw energy and straight forward attack on listeners ears.

3. Your lyrics cover 'Balkanian dark folklore', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

We are from Balkan region (obviously) so we didn’t wanted to go into some religious/anti-religious themes or similar stuff when we have so rich and big source of inspiration right in front of us. Balkan is full of stories about night, night creatures, vampires and ghouls... and they fit perfectly into our music. We incorporate black metal and Balkanian horror tales in one great unity. Since we were kids we listened stories about vampires, night creatures and ghouls from forests around us, so our interests in this theme going way back in our childhood.

4. I know that the bands name means 'beast' in Serbian, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

It fits perfectly, at least from our point of view. In Republic of Srpska is practice to call every dreadfully creature from tales (werewolf, vampire,... etc)  simply “beast“. We find that fitting into our circle of interest within band, so we take it for our name, on our native language.

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 didn’t play live with Zvijer, yet.

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

There are plans for few selected shows in 2018. to promote our “Vječnost Truleži“ album. We don’t seek to make a tones of shows, it is better to make few selected shows and do them properly, so that we can present our music in high quality performance. Quality over quantity is what we think.

7. The new album was released on 'Werewolf Promotion', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Album release was delayed few times due the problems with labels who needed to release it on first place. Then Szymon from Werewolf Promotion approached to us with wish to release our album under his label. He offered us reasonable terms for releasing and we accepted it. He honored his part of a deal and he did a great job with release itself.
Also album went out on pro-tape format through the Hungarian label called Iron County Records. Also we had no problems with them either, they made really great job with that release. We are highly satisfied with final results with both formats.

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

It is really good, I must say. Since we coming from shithole and our country is not famous with anything except wars, fans around globe accepted us really well.
We have been accepted really well especially with black metal fans from ex-Yugoslavian countries like Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia... also Germanian and Polish black metal fans showed fine level of supporting our work and finding it interesting.

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?

My band Sahrana is on-hold currently. I simply have no time for that right now. Vožd working some re-releases with his project 1389. Insanus play live with Black Cult and he is in process of making a new material for his project called Hibernum. I think that Krvolok also put his project Kult Perunov on-hold currently, but I am not sure about that.

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

It is impossible to give you a precise answer on this question. We already made some new riffs and lyrics that will be on upcoming materials, but I can’t say anything definite about them ’cause they are all in the process of creation. I think we will keep this approach to black metal, to play it in veins of “glorious nineties“ sound, maybe just to experiment a little bit with production. We play this for our enjoyment on first place and we think that we do not need any changes in the views of music and lyrics of ZVIJER.

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?

That would probably be bands like (early) Impaled Nazarene, (early) Sodom, Beherit, (Russian band) Forest, Moonblood, Root,... etc.
These days I am into Anima Damnata’s album “ Nefarious Seed Grows to Bring Forth Supremacy of the Beast“ that is one hell of an album, pure aggression and energy. Also Tom Wait’s album “ Heartattack and Vine“ is in player along Magma Waves album namely “ .​.​.​and who will take care of you now“.

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

Thank you for your time and interest in band Zvijer.

“When the sky turns black and the sun fails... the Beast will bear the mark of might OVER DEATH ! ! !“

https://www.facebook.com/zvijer.316

zvijer.band@gmail.com

https://www.ironcountyrecords.blogspot.com

http://www.werewolf-promotion.pl


Knjaz

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Ignis Noctem/Thy Lord Of Chaos/Vacula Productions/2017 CD Review


  Ignis  Noctem  are  a  band  from  Dallas,  Texas  that  plays  a  musical  style  they  refer  to  as  'funeral  black  metal'  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "They  Lord  Of  Chaos"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  and  atmospheric synths  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction which  also  introduces  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  onto  the  recording  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  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  some  songs  also  bringing  in  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  as  well  as  mixing  both  the  heavy  and  atmospheric  parts  together  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard.

  Ignis  Noctem  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  dark,  raw  and  depressive  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics cover  funerals,  depression,  Occultism,  Satanism,  Astrology,  and  Mysticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ignis  Noctem  are  a  very  great  sounding  funeral  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Unholy  Calling  From  Death"  and  "Decaying  SOul".  8  out  of  10.   
    

Kommodus Interview

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

Kommodus is the bitter catharsis and dark ancient reveries of the Infernal Emperor – Lepidus Plague. Raw Black Metal from Australia.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the demo?

Filth.



3.Can you tell us about some of the lyrical topics and subjects you covered on the demo?

The ancient world, my own ancestry and bloodline, and the destruction of humanity and self.



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

A stylised spelling of the Roman Emperor – Commodus. A corrupted, morally bereft and megalomaniacal dictator. It seemed a fitting title for a project ostensibly concerned with the darker elements of the Roman Empire and Roman lineage. 



5.On the demo, you recorded everything by yourself, do you feel this gives your more room to be creative with your musical style?

I didn’t play drums on the recordings, session hammering was performed by T.R.J. However, having handled everything else I believe that having a solo project allows you to make more unique and passionate music, as no compromises are made with other artists (not very insightful I know). I also believe having the limitations of yourself makes things interesting, as I’ve always been in bands previously with seriously proficient and skilled musicians – which I am not.



6.The demo was released on 'Lupine Lineage Records', can you tell us a little bit more about the label?

This is a banner for me to release my own music under. At this stage I want to control everything. 



7.On the demo you had also done a cover of Burzum's ‘War', what was the decision behind doing your own version of this song?

It’s a classic that I’ve wanted to learn for a long time, so I recorded a version for the demo. It’s descriptions of wintery battlegrounds and bloodied dying soldiers are congruous with the lyrics and subject matter of the rest of the release.



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

Well it hasn’t reached many yet, but it seems to be mostly positive.



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

I just want to continue creating, and using Kommodus as a vessel to express my frustrations, hatred and visions of a more ideal world.



10.What are some of the bands or musicals styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays? Black Metal’s 90’s Scandinavian pioneers, Florida Death Metal, Thrash, Hardcore, the list goes on. I try to keep Kommodus incredibly insular and to not be too conscious of influence, though it is at times inevitable, I’ve been listening to Leviathan, Judas Iscariot and Byyrth lately. USBM! .



11.How would you describe your views on Paganism?

I am an atheist. However Paganism, as well as the Abrahamic religions and other spiritual beliefs, all have iconography and tales which I find to be creatively inspiring to varying degrees. Roman paganism as well as the Rome creation myth are a central focal point of Kommodus.

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

Keep on fighting the world.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Itnuveth/Tales And Legends of Wolves/Base Records Production/2017 CD Review


  Itnuveth  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  has  been featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017 album  "Tales  And  legends  Of  Wolves"  which  was  released  by  Base  Record  Production.

  Acoustic  guitars  along  with  some folk  instruments  start  off  the  album  as  well  as  some  nature  soundscapes  and  after  the  sounds  of  wolves the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  while  also  introducing  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in a   very  melodic  fashion.

  Grim  black  metal  screams  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Both  acoustic  guitars  and  folk  instruments  also  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  along  with  some  songs  being  instrumentals  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses melodic  pagan  vocals  can  also be  heard  briefly  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Itnuveth  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  melodic  style  of  pagan  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Wolves  and  Norse  Mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Itnuveth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Slightly  Dead  Sun"  "The  Battle  Of  The  End  Of  The  World"  and  "Under  The  Eternal  Wings".  8  out  of  10.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Tyakrah Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Hey, this is J.R. speaking (or rather writing)! Sure, Tyakrah came together in 2016 to play some atmospherical and melancholic Black Metal. I had this project for some time in my head, but I never could pull it off like I wanted to, there were always some obstacles. Mostly that I suck at playing guitar. After I met I. XII while working on another project, it took me quite some time to convince him... But after i bothered him enough he finally agreed and Tyakrah was born. He gave Tyakrah a more melodic edge without compromising on the melancholic vibe which is what I really like. But he likes to stay rather anonymous, which is fine by me.

2.In October you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
It is some very atmospherical Black Metal with a lot of Lead and Solo Guitars, which may throw some people off, but it makes perfect sense for us. It also has a quite "Epic" feel to it, hence our Label has featured us as an Epic Black Metal Band. We also like to experiment with dark Ambient sounds as you can here in the interludes. I think it gives a bit more depth to the Album as a whole and underlines the atmosphere. But we only do that if we really think it needs to be there, it's not just a filler for us.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Well, that is a very good question. Our Album "Wintergedanken" (Winterthoughts) is a concept album about the winter as a destructive but necessary force. I wanted to do this a long time ago, but of course, this will not be the only lyrical topic in Tyakrah. But in fact I don't know what else there will be in the future. I will decide that on the run, when we are writing new songs, because of course it has to fit the music.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Tyakrah'?
That is totally up to yourself as it has no constant meaning.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding your line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
Personally I am fine with beeing a duo, because we two exactly know what we want and too many cooks can spoil the broth easily. I just don't see the reason to have more members, as we can handle everything just fine. But also you should never say never.

6.The album was released on 'Satanath Records', are you happy with the support that they have given yo so far?
Yes we are. Alexey Korolyov gives his heart and soul for the russian metal scene, he is a very good dude, the CDs are really quality stuff, can't really expect more.
But the album was a split release with Slaughterhouse Records from the US, also a big thanks to them.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Generally the feedback has been really good. Actually better then I thought it would be. Of course you have some elitists which ramble that this is not Black Metal because it has Lead Guitars and so on, but that was to be expected.
It's always nice to see your music gets played in countries you would never expect. Since I started making music over 10 years ago this was always what I loved the most. You can post your songs online and everyone in the world can just hear it and leave feedback.

8.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects?
Yeah, I am always involved in some projects, I get bored really easy ;) Most projects are not in the realm of Metal but Dark Electro to be exact. The only other Metal project I am running is Azlazah with a friend of mine, we are working on our debut Album, too.
As I. XII wants to stay anonymous I don't know if I am allowed to speak about his projects, so I won't.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I think that we will refine our style with every release, to find our own unique sound. We are very close, but there is always something to improve on.
The recordings for "Wintergedanken" where "not ideal" to say it mildly, but we did the best we could with it and embraced all the little flaws it has. It's that feeling that you can not recreate if you just had recorded the album new.
We always try to learn from our mistakes, so every album will also be a little step forward.

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?
Well, as I have a very wide array of music i like to listen to, it's mostly not a direct influence for me. I also just don't want to copy something I hear.
From Black Metal to Dark Electro to Folk there is so much to discover.. In fact too much. Unfortunatelly I don't listen very much too new stuff coming out. I don't know why, but often enough it just doesn't kick me right now. But that will also change again I am sure.
Sorry for not giving my "Alltime Favourite Band List" as it would be unfair to just name a few bands.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Well, after my regular job I hole up in my homestudio working on new stuff and also doing mixing and mastering jobs for other Projects, there is just not enough time for non musical interests ;)

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I want to thank everyone who gave Tyakrah a try and if you like atmospheric music you should do too!
Thanks for this interview and the review on our album, it is all very appreciated.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Morvigor/Tyrant/2017 CD Review

 Morvigor  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  very  experimental,  raw  and  melodic mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Tyrant".

  A  very  avant  garde  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  style  synths  and  soundscapes  before  adding  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  the  energy  of  punk  rock  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  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  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  the  riffs also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  some  of  the  vocals  have  a  semi  melodic  tone  to  them.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  they  give  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  blast  beats  are used  quite  a  bit  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  tracks  along  with  a great  portion  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  add  more  of  a  progressive  style  to  the  music  and  as  the  album  progresses  psychedelic  elements  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts.

  Morgivor  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  raw,  old  school  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  elements  of  death  metal,  punk,  experimental  and  psychedelic  music  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  religion,  philosophical  and  fantasy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Morgivor  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental,  raw  and  melodic  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  "No  Repentance"  "Blood  Of  The  Pelican"  and  "Tyrant".  8  out  of  10.      

Vaki/Kirous/Redefining Darkness Records/2017 EP Review


  Vaki  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  modern  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Kirous"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Redefining  Darkness  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  chaotic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  angry  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  distorted  fashion.

  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  a  brief  use  of  shouts  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  melodic  singing  also  being  used  briefly.

  Vaki  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  modern  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  death,  impurity  and  chaos  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vaki  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  modern  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Kuoleman  Sakeet".  8  out  of  10.

Seid/Darkness Shall Fall/Urtod Void/2017 LP Review


  Seid  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of their  2017  album "Darkness  Shall  Fall"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Urtod  Void.

  Tribal  style  beats  along  with  some  heavy  riffs  start  off  the  album  while  melodic  leads  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  tracks  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  small  amount  of  clean  pagan  vocals  and  during  the  faster  sections  of   the  songs  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music gets  more  atmospheric  while  classical  guitars,  sounds  of  wolves  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  an  intro  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  also  bringing  in  more  of  a  traditional  metal  feeling  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  on  one  of  the  songs.

  Seid  plays  a  style  of  pagan  black  metal t hat  is  very  raw,  epic,  melodic  and  old  school  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Vikings,  Asatru,  Rune  Magick,  Seidr  Rituals,  Witchcraft,  Prophecies  and  War  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Seid  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Ancient  One"  "I  Will  Carve  My  Runes  Upon  You"  and  "The  Awakening  Of  The  Spawn  Of  Loki".  8/5  out  of  10. 

Throaat/Reflections In Darkness/Dying Victims/2017 Full Length Review


  Throaat  are  a  duo  from  New  York  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Reflections  In  Darkness"  which  will  be  released  on  November  24th  by  Dying  Victims.

  Drum  beats  and  fast  and  raw  riffing  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  start  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  a  decent  amount  of  atmospheric  synths  on  some  of  the  tracks.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  bring in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style  and  the  riffs  also  mix  in  elements  of  first  wave  black  metal  and  thrash.

  As  the  album  progresses  elements  of  traditional  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  horror  movie  samples  as  well  as  one  of  the  later  songs  being  an  instrumental  and  they  also  bring  in  a  Tormentor  cover  close  to the  end.

  Throaat  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  first  and  second  wave  styles  of  black  metal  and  mixes  them  together  with  a  touch  of  thrash  and  heavy  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  hell  and  Satanism  themes.   

  In  my  opinion  Throaat  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Burning  The  Ice"  "Alive  Inside  Of  The  Pentagram"  "Tormentia"  and "Impaler's  Night".  8  out  of  10.  

Friday, November 17, 2017

UR/Black Vortex/Arachnophobia Records/2017 CD Review


  UR  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  heavy  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Black  Vortex"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Arachnophobia  Records.

  Heavy  yet  melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  elements  of  thrash  and  heavy  metal  which  also  gives  the  music  an  old  school  vibe  as  well  as  remaining  very  modern  sounding.

  Spoken  word  parts  along  with  some  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times while  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  tribal  elements  and  when  the  music  speeds up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  main  focus  being  more  on  a  mid  tempo  style  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  On  this  recording  UR plays  a style  of  black  metal  that  they  also mix  with  the  energy  of  regular  metal  to  create  a  style  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophical,  hatred  from  human  greed,  materialism  and  stupidity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  UR  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  heavy  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  Vortex"  "Shed  My  Skin"  "Cleansing  By  Fire"  and  "Oblivion".  8  out  of  10.

Funeral Art/Cuivie/2017 Full Length Review


    Guatemala's  Funeral  Art  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  ambient,  funeral  doom  and  black  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Cuivie".

  Ambient  style  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  and  synths  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  grim  black  metal s creams  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  music  mixing  the  ambient  and  heavy  parts  together  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  female  vocals  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  more  of  an  operatic  feeling  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  funeral  doom  metal.

  Spoken  word  parts  when they  are  brought  into  the  music  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  while  some  of  the  synths  also  mix  in  elements  of  classical  music  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  black  and  doom  metal  influences.

  Funeral  Art  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  black  metal,  ambient  and  funeral  doom  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  poetic  devotion's  to  Lilith. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Funeral  Art  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ambient,  funeral  doom  and  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Escencia  En  Mi"  and  "Lilith  Ritus".  8  out  of  10.

Cien/Fate/Old Temple/2017 Full Length Review


  Cien  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  cold  and  gloomy  form  of  depressive  black  metal with  a  touch  of  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Fate"  which  was  released  by  Old  Temple.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic guitars  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  slow  riffs    also    beingvery  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  when  they  are  utilized  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  of t he  guitar  leads  also  bring  in  the  more  modern  and  melodic  atmospheric  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard.

  Cien  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  cold,  gloomy,  atmospheric  and  depressive  sounding  while  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Polish  and  English  and  cover  suicide,  anti  humanity,  pain  and  suffering  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cien  are  a  very  cold  and  gloomy  depressive  black  metal  band  with  a  touch  of  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Highest  Of  Humanity"  and  "My  Misanthropic  Utopia".  8  out  of  10.

Black Blood Invocation/Atavistic Offerings To The Sabbatic Goat/Helter Skelter Productions/2017 EP Review


  Black  Blood  Invocation  are  a  duo  from  Greece  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Atavistic  Offerings  To  The  Sabbatic  Goat"  which  was  released  by  Helter  Skelter  Productions.

  Ritualistic  style  synths  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  demonic  sounds  in  the  background  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  which  also  uses  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.

  Vocals  are  mostly  bestial  death  metal  growls  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  one  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  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  black/war  metal  style  and  all  of the  musical  isntruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Black  Blood  Invocation  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to t heir  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Ceremonies,  Occultism,  Obscurity  and  Atavism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Black  Blood  Invocation  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  war,  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Atavistic  Offerings  To  The  Sabbatic  Goat".  8  out  of  10.      

Eschatos/Maere/2017 EP Review


  Latvia's  Eschatos  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  an  experimental  and  progressive  style  of  black  metal  and this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "Maere"which  was  released  in  December.

  Atmospheric  drones  along  with  some  tribal  style  beats  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  synths  and  clean  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  experimental  and  progressive  feeling  and  after  awhile  melodic  female  vocals  are  added  into  the  music.

  Both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic in  length  while  elements  of  post  rock  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  they  also  mix  the  progressive  and  experimental  parts  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  screams  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Death  metal  growls  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of   the  recording  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  organs  and  psychedelic  elements  also  being  added  into  the  music  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  second  tack.

  On  these  2  tracks  Eschatos  brings  in  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  progressive  and  experimental  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death, nihilism  and  doom  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  from  Eschatos  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  and  progressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Luminary  Eye  Against  The  Sky".  8  out  of  10.

  

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Kommodus/Will To Dominate All Life/Lupine Lineage Records/2017 Demo Review


  Kommodus  are  a  solo  project  from  Australia  that  plays  a very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  demo  "Will  To  Dominate  All  Life"  which  was  released  by  Lupine  Lineage  Records.

  Werewolf  shapeshifting  along  with  acoustic  guitars  and  folk  instruments  start  off  the  demo while  ritualistic  chants  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  raw  feeling  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

 When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  noisy,  melodic  and  chaotic  fashion  while  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  melodies  at  times  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  spoken  word  parts  are  also  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  some  of   the  black  metal  screams  bringing  in  a  more  depressive  and  suicidal  edge  and  there  is  also  a  cover  of  Burzum's  "War". 

  Kommodus  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  traditional  sounding  in  the  90's  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Roman  Paganism,  War  and  Suicide  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kommodus  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Wolves  Of  Rome"  and  "Spiritual  Sickness  And  The  Suffering  Soul".  8/5  out  of 10. 


  

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Sleepwalker/5772/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/AnnapurnA/2017 Full Length Re-Issue Review


 Sleepwalker  are  a  band  from  Japan  that  plays  an  abstract,  improvisational  and  experimental  form  of  psychedelic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "5772"   which  was  re-issued  in  2017  as  a  joint  effort  between  Sentient  Ruin  laboratories  and  AnnapurnA.

  A  very  heavy  and  avant  garde  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts  while t he  riffs  also  bring  in a   decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  vocals  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  noise  rock  elements  as  well  as  adding  in  influences  of  psychedelia,  free  jazz,  improv,  drone  and  krautrock.

  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  and  when  guitar  leads a re  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  distorted yet  melodic fashion,  when  whispers  are utilized  they  give  the  songs  a  more  evil  atmosphere.

  Sleepwalker  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  raw  black  metal,  noise  rock,  krautrock,  psychedelic,  experimental,  improv,  drone,  tribal  ritualism  and  free  jazz  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sleepwalker  are  a  very  great  sounding  abstract,  improvisational,  experimental  and  psychedelic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Plain  Wood"  and  "Only  Stones".  8  out  of  10.             

Zvijer/Vjecnost Trulezi/Werewolf Promotion/2017 CD Review

                                                                   

  Zvijer  are  a  band  from  Bosnia  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Vjecnost  Trulezi"  which  was  released  by  Werewolf  Promotion.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  small  amount  of  whispers  and  Gregorian  chants  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  A  lot  of t he  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Zvijer  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  old school  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  powerful  while t he  lyrics a re  written  in  a  mixture  Bosnian  and  English  and  cover  death  and  Balkanian  dark folklore. 

  In  my  opinion  Zvijer  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  "Heretical  Balkanian  Sabbathism"  "Rural  Watelands"  and  "...From  Black  Womb  Of  Earth".  8  out  of  10.  

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Rimfrost/A Clash Upon The Northern Wind/Non Serviam Records/2017 Single Review


  Rimfrost  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  grim  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2017  single  "A  Clash  Upon  The  Northern Wind"  which  was  released  by  Non  Serviam  Records.

A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  song  which  is  also  11  minutes  in  length  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  song  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  atmospheric  synths,  spoken  word  parts  can also be  heard  briefly  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  some  of  the  riffing  also  brings  in  elements  of  thrash. 

  Rimfrost  creates  another  track  that  remains  true  to  the  grim  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  that  they  are  known  for,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  winter,  grimness  and  darkness.

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

Deinonychus Interview

Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
We’ve been busy with arranging the artwork for the album as well setting up things for the coming re-releases of the Deinonychus back catalogue…. I’m also within the process of finishing of a 2th album with my other project Nihil Novi Sub Sole. But other than that, things are quite silent here;)


You have a new album coming put in December, 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 album is more vile and dirty and the atmosphere captured within is more violent, raw, and vengeful. The topics on the album deal mainly with vengeance, murder and suicide and all given thoughts with that…. It is just somehow different from all the other works, but surely has some ingredients in it which are typical Deinonychus alike….


This is your first album in 10 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
I remember when I was composing “Warfare Machines” back in 2005-2006 I already felt completely weary of doing Deinonychus and it was quite a struggle for me to complete things in a justified manner… But in the end I did. After the release of the album in Autumn 2007 I realised that it was time to put things on a hold as I was completely done with it all, and so I did…. In between those 10 years I started a martial industrial outfit called Nihil Novi Sub Sole with whom I did 1 album so far and a couple gigs, that just kept me going until now;)



What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
Vengeance, murder, suicide, fear, hate, paranoia, you name it…..


Originally the band was a solo project, what was the decision behind forming a full line up?
That was just plain simple… In order to grow musically and keep progressing any quality I had to need other musicians beside me, as I’m simply not a virtuose…..



I have read that while the band has done a live show they are against doing another one, is that still the case these days?
Yes and no…… it comes basically all down on logistic matters….. All members having their own thing going on, albeit it work, family, other musical activities and such, plus  living quite far from each other…. I’m not sure if any investment will pay off with this kind of music;)


The band has been around for more than 20 years, do you feel you have had a huge influence on the modern suicidal and depressive black metal bands?
I reckon I’m far too humble to give you any answer on that….. it is upon others to decide if that is the case….


On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and doom metal?
Actually Deinonychus belongs to a category of bands you either really like or hate…. There is no in-between!  Mainly due the vocals I guess…. However it of course pleases me more then to hear from people who really like it when they tell you, as you know that they really mean it, instead of “yeah it’s kinda okay…”. But on a larger scale as you say; worldwide…. The response overall is really good.


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?
Well Steve Wolz at the moment is not doing anything else besides Deinonychus if I’m correct, and Markus is obviously busy with The Vision Bleak/ Empyrium and Sun Of The Sleepless and has his own recording studio, so the man is REALLY busyJ I myself are in the process of finishing of a 2th Nihil Novi Sub Sole album which should be out early 2018.


Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I reckon we just head straight forward from where we came…..


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?
Black metal, Death Metal, Doom Metal, Ambient. I listen to quite some wide range of styles, when it comes to music. I have no real preferences…. I just like anything which sounds dark, emotional and aggressive as well….


Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Be who you are, do what you want, and let no one fuck you up…… that’s it really;)


Friday, November 10, 2017

Ramihrdus/Eternity/Anthrazit Records/2017 CD Review


  Ramihrdus  are  a  solo  project  from  Wisconsin  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Eternity"  which  was  released  by  Anthrazit  Records.

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  epic  feeling  as  well  as  mixing  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  vocals  are  mostly grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  a  lot  of  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  at  times.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  instruments  while  the  synths  also  bring  in  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  along  with  a  brief  use  of  growls  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  and  they  also  bring  in  elements  of  folk  music  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  song  a  more  raw  feeling  before  making  a  return  back  to  a  slower  direction  and  stringed  instruments  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Ramihrdus  plays  a  style  of  ambient  black  metal  that  is  very  epic  and  atmospheric  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature,  emotions  and  the  afterlife  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ramihrdus  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  ambient  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Ethereal  Forest"  and  "Eternity".  8  out  of  10.  

Grauzeit/Symbiose/Anthrazit Records/2017 CD Review


  Germany's  Grauzeit  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  their  mixture  of  depressive  black  metal  and  shoegaze  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Symbiose"  which  was  released  by  Anthrazit  Records.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  post  metal  style  guitar  solos  and  leads  a  few  seconds  later  along  with  the  heavy  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  shoegaze  elements  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  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  vocals  are  mostly high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  and  the  2  closing  songs  are  instruemntals

  Grauzeit  creates  another  recording  that remains  true  to  the  depressive  mixture  of  black  metal  and  shoegaze  from  previous  recordings,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  utter  desolation,  melancholy,  hatred,  philosophy,  depression  and  social  criticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Grauzeit  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  depressive  black  metal  and  shoegaze,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Abseits"  and  "Schwachling".  8  out  of  10.

Alcyone/Self Titled/Anthrazit Records/2017CD Re-Issue Review


  Alcyone  are  a  band  from  Rhode  Island  that  plays  a  very  progressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2017  album  which  was  re-issued  in  2017  by  Anthrazit  Records.

   A  very  fast  and  raw  Cascadian  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals a re  mostly  high  pitched  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic and  progressive  style  as  well  as  bringing  death  metal  growls  in  at  times.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  riffs  also  mix  in  progressive  elements  at  times  along  with  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  are  also  brought  onto  some  of  the  tracks  and  also  add  in  a  touch  of  folk  music  while  some  post  rock  elements  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  leads  along  with  one  song  also  adding  in  a  brie f use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  pianos  and  stringed  instruments  are  added  onto  the  closing  song

  Alycone  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  modern  and  progressive  sounding  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  death  metal  to  create  something  very  different,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  emotional  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Alcycone  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Shards  Embedded  In  Forgotten  Wounds"  and  "Eighteenth  Breath".  8  out  of  10.  

First Martyr/End Of Fucking Faith/Anthrazit Records/2017 CD Review


  First  Martyr  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "End  Of  Fucking  Faith"  which  was  released  by  Anthrazit  Records.

  Melodic  yet  ritualistic  chants  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  can  heard  and  they  also  give  the  songs  more of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  black  metal  screams.

  A  lot  of  the  music  has  its  roots  in  the  90's  second  wave  style  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well as  some  of  the  riffing  also  adding  in  more  of  a  modern  style  that  is  still  very  traditional  and  some  of  the  later  songs  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  satanic  prayers  and  spoken  word  samples  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Mayhem's  "Freezing  Moon".

  First  Martyr  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  satanic  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Darkness  and  Blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  First  Martyr  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "666" "Smoldering  Flesh  Temple"  "End  Of  Faith"  and  "Image  Of  Dying  Victims,  Mournful  Plea  Of  Helplessness".  8  out  of  10.  

Earthen Shrine/IIos/Anthrazit Records/2017 CD Re-Issue Review


  Earthen Shrine  are  a  band  from the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  folk,  shoegaze, ambient  and  atmospheric  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album "IIos"  which  was  re-issued  in  2017  by  Anthrazit  Records.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  that  also  add  in  a  touch  of  folk  music  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  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  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  a  great portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  elements  of  post  rock  and  shoegaze  and most  of  the  music  is  instrumental but   as  the  album  progresses  melodic vocals  and  depressive  black  metal  screams  can  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  tribal  beats.

  Earthen  Shrine  plays  a  style  of  atmospheric  black  metal  that  is  mostly  instrumental  while  the  post  rock,  shoegaze,  ambient  and  folk  music  elements  gives  the  songs  more  originality  and  the  production  sounds  very  professional.

  In  my  opinion  Earthen  Shrine  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  folk,  shoegaze,  ambient  and  atmospheric  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "To  Where  We  Never  Grow  Old"  "The  Old  Man  Of  The  Coniston  Water"  and  "A  Walk  To  Our  Death  Together,  Beneath  A  Veil  Of  Weeping  Willows".  8  out  of  10. 

    

Huszar/Providencia/Anthrazit Records/2017 CD Review


  Huszar  are  a  solo  project  from  Argentina  that  plays  a  very  progressive  and  ambient  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Providencia"  which  was  released  by  Anthrazit  Records.

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  post  rock  style  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  music  also  gets  very  progressive  at  times  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  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  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  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  melody  and  at  times  the  vocals  also  utilize  a  more  depressive  edge  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  shoegaze  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and one  of  the  tracks  is  an instrumental,  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  on  the  closing  song.

  Huszar  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  black  metal,  ambient,  progressive  and  post  rock  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  depression,  angst  and  sadness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Huszar  are  very  great  sounding  progressive  and  ambient  post  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Todos  Los  Hipersueros"  and  "El  Llanto  Del  Ultimo  De  Los  Artesanos  Celestiales".  8 out  of  10.  

Iperyt/The Patchwork Gehinnom/Pagan Records/2017 CD Review


  Iperyt  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  death  metal,  grindcore  and  industrial  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Patchwork  Gehinnom"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Pagan  Records.

  Industrial  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  programmed  beats  a  few  seconds  later  while  spoken  word  parts  are  also used  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  keeps  all  of  the  industrial  elements  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  bringing  in  more  of  a  melodic  and  technical  style  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Elements  of  death  metal  and  grindcore  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  while  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  atmospheric  at  times  and  spoken  word  parts  also  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  as  well  as  some  songs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars  and  as  the  album  progresses  touches  of  noise  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Iperyt  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  an  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  industrial  along  with  some  touches  of  death  metal  and  grindcore  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  genocide,  murder,  death,  hatred  and  misanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Iperyt  are  a  very  great sounding  mixture  of  black  metal  and  industrial  with  touches  of  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Phantom  Black  Dogs"  "With  Eyes  Wide  Shut"  "Primitive  Darkness"  and  "Worms  Of  The  Modern  World".  8  out  of  10.