Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Uhrilahja/En Fordarvad Varld/Wolfspell Records/2018 CD Review


  Uhrilahja  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  dark  and  melancholic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "En  Fordarvad  Varld"  which  will  be  released  on  April  30th  by  Wolfspell  Records.

  Classical guitars  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  songs  a  raw  feeling  and  keyboards  are  also  used  at  times.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts.

 The  music  also  bringing  in  a decent  amount  of  90's  influences  while  spoken  word  parts  and  samples  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  few  songs  along  with  some  classical  guitars  also  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  they  also  bring  in  a  couple  of  songs  that  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard.

  Uhrilahja  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  atmospheric  and  melancholic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  are  written  in  3  different  languages  and  cover  a  self  expression  of  hatred  towards  this  wretched  world  that  has  lost  its  connection  to  their  roots  and  heritage. 

  In  my  opinion  Uhrilahja  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark,  atmospheric  and  melancholic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Knivens  Trost"  "Cold  White  Mantle"  "Flesh  Hook  Rituals"  and  "Rite  of  The  Coiling  Dragon".  8  out  of  10.

Leda Spiridon/An Erratic Crusade/War Productions/2018 Cassette Review


  Leda  Spiridon  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  an  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2018  album  "An  Erratic  Crusade"  which  was  released  by  War  Productions.

  Dark  ambient  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  song s a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  all  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  stick  to  a  more  raw  and  melodic  style  as  well  as  all  of the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  The  tracks  also  mix  the  dark  ambient  synths  and  soundscapes  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  drum  betas  being  programmed  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  being  added  onto  the  closing  track  briefly

  Leda  Spiridon  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  dark  ambient  and  mixes  it  in  with  a  raw  and  epic  form  of  black  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Leda  Spiridon  are  a  very  great  sounding  ambient  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "An  Erratic  Crusade".  8  out  of  10.

Abhor/Occulta religiO/Iron Bonehead Productions/2018 CD Review


  Abhor  are  a  band  from  Italy  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  musical  style  they  describe  as  being  esoteric  horror  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Occulta  religiO"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  Dark  yet  heavy  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  organs  gives  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  and  classic  horror  movie  soundtrack  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.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  music  also bringing  in  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  On  this  recording  Abhor  moves  away  from the  progressive  influences  of their  previous  release  while  keeping  the  organs  and  ritualistic  elements  but  adding  in  more  of  a  grim  black  metal  style,   the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  esotericism,  alchemy,  witchcraft,  satanism  and  dark  folklore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Abhor  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  and  ritualistic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fons  Malorum"  "Demons  Forged  From  The  Smoke"  and  "Occulta  religiO".  8/5  out  of  10. 

  

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Stupor Mundi Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1 The project is a one man band born in 2016  , i started with rehearsing various songs and i written various lyrics abouts politics and society .
Stupor Mundi is a political band and is born because i have various thing to talk about , especially political and i really enjoy to listen and play black metal music

2.So far you have released a demo and a split, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings?
2 The sound is raw and it want to  give the atmosphere of the class struggle  and the revolution ,  things that are hard and violent .

3.Your lyrics cover Marxism, Communism, and Left Wing Politics, can you tell us a little bit more about what these mean to you?
3 It is a important thing for me , i started with communist history but i try to extend this to present because i want to talk about our society.
In "non è finita" from the split i tried to mix history and actuality: 30 years ago with the collapse of berlin wall the corporate business said to us that history is ended and the world will be more rich and developed but is a lie , and history is not ended : marxism for me is a response to this lie , because in europe the workers are losing their rights and unemployed are growing . in the whole word the rich became more rich and poor more poor so i think that is class struggle and a good response is to give power to the workers , against multinationals and great corporations that starve the world.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Stupor Mundi'?
4 I like middle age history and i chose stupormundi because it is the second name of Federico II , an emperor who was a great enemy of the catholic church that divided a lot italian people

5.With this project you record veryting by yourself, would you be open to working with other musicains if they shared the same visions musically and politically?
5 yes , and not only to other musicians but other bands

6.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Red Star Kommando', what are your thoughts on the other project that was a part of the recording?
6 i think that is a very good project and it can gain a lot of support

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
7 I have not received interests , i dont look for a particular label but im open to all labels.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
8 I see  more support in Europe and Latin America , most of the positive feedbacks come from counties like Brazil , Italy , Russia

9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future?
9 For the start of next year and in the future i see me in  this musical direction

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?
10 Bands like mayhem , xasthur , iskra and punaterrori and Voland are very important in the creation of my music , I listen also hardcore / anarcho punk  , Death   metal and skinhead music in general .
Other artist that i like are Summoning , Moloch , Imago Mortis , Marduk , Impaled Nazarene , Wasp , Motorhead ...

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11 Sci fi , Politics , History ( especially middle Age and 20th century

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12 I think that we must support who play good music for a true passion













Trautonist/Ember/Wolves And Vibrancy Records/2018 Full Length Review


  Trautonist  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  post  black  metal  and  shoegaze  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Ember"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Wolves  And  Vibrancy  Records.

  A  very  hard  shoegaze  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  at  times  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  rock  style. 

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  angry  sounding  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  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  as  well  as  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  clean  guitars  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  progressive  feeling.

  Trautonist  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  post  black  metal  and  shoegaze,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  alienation,  drugs  and  melancholic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Trautonist  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  post  black  metal  and  shoegaze,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fire And  Ember"  "The  Garden"  and  "Sunwalk".  8  out  of  10.     

Skyborn Reveries/Winter Lights/Naturmacht Productions/2018 CD Review


  Skyborn  Reveries  are  a  solo  project  from  Australia  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Winter  Lights"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

 Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well as  the  riffs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music  gets  very  atmospheric  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  briefly  on  a  few  tracks  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  music  sticking  to  mostly  a  slower  direction  and as  the  album  progresses  an  ambient  instrumental  can  also  be  heard  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Skyborn  Reveries  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  epic  and  atmospheric  sounding  while  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  ambient  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  an  idea  of  ascending  to  a  dreamlike  realm  and  becoming  one  with  the  natural  forces  of  the  world.

  In  my  opinion  Skyboarn  Reveries  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Winter  Lights"  "The  Forgotten"  and  "Of  Mountains  And  Tranquil  Skies".  8  out  of  10.

Thy Feeble Saviour Interview

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

Currently just promoting the new album release and always writing new material.

2.You have your first full length coming out in March, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from your previous demo's and splits?


First off, the album is already available on cassette and CD format from Hell's Headbangers. The Lp version is scheduled to be out late March/early April also through Hell's Headbangers. The album can be described as raw, evil, black, death hate! No wimp shit!! You will hear riffs in our songs. yes, RIFFS!! All the previous recording were done on a 4 track cassette recorder so the sound was even more raw. We went for a good sounding rehearsal on the album and I think we achieved it. You can hear all instruments yet it is raw eventhough it was recorded with better equipment.

3.The music project was on a hiatus for 8 years, what was the decision behind getting the musical project going again?

I had talked to Matt several times before we actually got together about possibly recording some THY FEEBLE SAVIOUR tracks. He is a great drummer and his style fits perfectly to what I write. I've known him for years and have worked together on other things. We just decided one day to give it a shot since we both had time to do it. I wrote 6 songs which ended up being the BLASPHEMIC DISGUST Demo which came out in 2015.



4.The lyrics on the recordings are very  blasphemous and anti Christian, can you tell us a little bit more about your hatred from Christianity or other Abrahamic faiths?

We don't care for any religious vomit. Growing up in Texas you are bombarded with Christianity so naturally our hatred and disgust for the Christian religion is strong.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Thy Feeble Saviour'?

I took that from and Incantation song called Golgotha from the first album. I just thought it was a perfect name for a band.

6.Originally the band was a solo project, what was the decision behind expanding into a duo?

Matt and I had worked together before and his drumming style is perfect for the riffs I write and he is a much better drummer than I could ever be.  He and I work well together so it was an easy decision to make. Plus not having to do everything myself is a plus.

7.You have been compared  to 'Profanatica' and also had Paul Ledney help you in getting a deal with 'Hell's Headbangers', do you feel it is a huge honor to be compared to this legendary band and also capture their attention?

On the 2004 demo and the split 7 inch there's no doubt about the influence Profanatica had on me. Been listening to them since their early days. On the new stuff it's less Profanatica inspired but there still are some of their influences for sure. Paul and I have been in contact for many years. He's always liked the stuff I did which was a huge honor. I sent him a copy of the Blasphemic Disgust demo tape and he liked it a lot. He sent it over to Chase from Hell's Headbangers and not too long after that  I heard from Chase about wanting to release a THY FEEBLE SAVIOUR album.

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

So far, from what I've seen, we've been getting a great response about what we are doing. Appreciate all the support we have gotten from Headsplit Records, Nero One Records and Hell's Headbangers in helping us get our shit out there to the maniacs worldwide.

9.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?
Lots of late 80's/early 90s black/death metal is where we get influence from for THY FEEBLE SAVIOUR.

10.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?
No. We do not subscribe to any sort of religion.

11.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for the interview. You can purchase our album from the mighty Hell's Headbangers!!


Monday, April 16, 2018

Aisuragua/In Morte Veritas/Hidden Marly Production/2018 CD Review


  Aisuragua  are  a  solo  project  from  Spain  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  depressive  and primitive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "In  Morte  Veritas"  which  was  released  by  Hidden  Marly  Production.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drones  and  ambient  style  synths  while  programmed  beats  are  also  used  at  times  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling. 

  Vocals  are  mostly  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  cries  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  decent  amount  of  melody  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  in  the  riffing  and  as  the  album  progresses  synths  also  return  in  certain sections  of  the  recording

  On  this  recording  Aisuragua  moves  away  from  the  dark  ambient  style  of  his previous  recording  and  returns  to  his  black  metal  roots  by  creating  an  album  that  is  very  depressive  but  on  the  more  raw  side  as  opposed  to  the  atmospheric  side  that  most  modern  bands  go  for,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression,  misanthropy,  existentialism,  landscape  and  cosmos  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Aisuragua  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Day  Of  Blasphemy"  and  "My  Pilgrimage  Is  Over".  8  out  of  10.

Pseudogod/Sepulchral Chants/Nuclear War Nor! Productions/2018 Compilation Album Review


  Pseudogod  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  very  raw,  satanic  and  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  compilation  album  "Sepulchral  Chants"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions.

  A  very  distorted,  atmospheric  and  ritualistic  sounding  drone  starts  off  the  compilation  along  with  some  choir  vocals  before  going  into  a  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  some  bestial  death  metal  growls.

  Throughout  the  compilation  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are finally  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  raw  yet  chaotic  fashion  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  they  also  bring  in  cover's  of  Beherit's  "The  Gate  of  Nanna"  and  Anateus's  "Blood  War  III"  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy,  raw  and  brutal  sounding.

  Pseudogod  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  heaviest,  rawest  and  most  brutal  elements  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Necromancy,  Demonology  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Pseudogod  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  and  raw  mixture  of  war,  black,  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bleeding  With  Pus  Of  Black  Plague"  "The  Firstborn  Of  Abhorrence"  "Azazel"  and  "Necromancy  Of  The  Iron  Darkness". 8/5  out  of  10.    

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Ortus Interview

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

ORTUS was formed as a nameless solo-project while the year of 2013 was passing away and was/is always meant to be underground.
It´s absolutely non-religious and non-political - ORTUS represents all negative emotions that come from our hearts and spirits as it represents the nightside of the madness called “life”.


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

The music is oldschool and atmospheric, very influenced by Scandinavian Black Metal. It has a raw and dark but also melancholic spirit – an equilibrium of rawness and epic melancholy. On this release we´ve used lots of tragic melodies to the atmospheric riffs and acoustic guitars. Also in one track we added some clean vocals. One thing is clear – we have our own sound.


3. The musical project has been around since 2013 but you waited until this year to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?

There´s not too much to say about what would be important for nowadays. Before the co-operation with Nihil started most time I´ve been creating some stuff alone and for myself, searching for other people who share my passion, thoughts and visions.
The moment when he entered the project in early 2015 was something like the true birth of ORTUS, and the material for this release and also some for later ones had been worked out in around two years. Everything that has been before doesn´t matter anymore.

Nihil by his own started KLINGSOR and the demos “Erwachen” and “Realm of the Shades” were released until now. Check it out!


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

All pieces on “Where Shadows Gather” are about death, just in different ways, except the track “Nocturne” which is about the spirit of night.
Looking to the horizon of storms to come I can say that the lyrics are more personal and (will) contain more of my own memories to those sorrowful times I was and am going through despair and madness.


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

The word comes from the latin language and has more than one meaning. We work with the subjects “origin”, “rise”, and “grow” and feel it in a very natural and archaic way – our roots, the wish and fight to rise and at least to grow all fucking life long. “Ortus” describes the path from the cradle to the grave in a special dark romantic way. Our deep extreme emotions and soul experiences finally brought it into Black Metal, and that´s it. Nothing more and nothing less.


6. Currently there is only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

Actually we prefer to remain as a duo. But we want to expand the line up for some live appearances in the future.

It´s hard to find people in the area where we´re living for a Black Metal-band - people with true devotion and passion, and not any stupid motherfuckers that just want to play in a band!
For my own i´d be open for things that might happen if we would find some people we can and would like to work with – but Nihil and me always will be the core behind the band.


7. The ep was released on physical format by 'Worship Tapes', how did you get in contact with this label?

We go in touch with the label through a friend of Nihil as we decided to release a small limited tape version of the release. So we thought “what would be better than WORSHIP TAPES for this?” The name is truly program! We just sent a few mails and that´s it.


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

The vast mojority´s first reaction was very positive so far.


9. What is going on with the guitar players other musical project?

Actually his solo-project KLINGSOR is on hold in cause of being focused on ORTUS completely. But I know he wants to release an album during the next years.


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

There are lots of plans for further releases including another EP, set for the end of this year, followed by the first full-lengh.

I guess, the newer stuff is more traditional and less melodic, but some of the most epic and also melancholic material we created so far.

Time will tell more…


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?
I, personally, was inspired by Scandinavian 90´s Black Metal back when I started to do music. But today´s main influences in our music are emotions. All in all dark and intense emotions to experiences bound to everlasting grief and total madness.

We like every kind of music that touches our deepest abysses. It doesn´t matter if it´s Black Metal or something else – but I´d say, to my own, that Black Metal is the most intense musical expression to mirror most of the heaviest inner feelings.
I think there´s too much great music and artists in this fucking world at all to figure out just a few.


12. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for the interview and beware the darkness to come! Support the true underground! All hail!

Flame Acausal/Contra Mundum In Aeturnum/Blood Harvest Records/Helter Skelter Productions/2018 Demo Re-Issue Review


  Flame  Acausal  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  mixture  of  black,  war  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  demo  "Contra  Mundum  In  Aeturnum"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  my  of  2018  as  a  joint  effort  between  Blood  Harvest  Records  and  Helter  Skelter  Productions.

  Horror  movie  style  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  capture  of  the  atmosphere  of  a  classic  black  and  white  movie  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  hateful  black  metal  screams.

  A  great  amount  of  war  metal  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  music  which  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  used  at  times  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  also  chaotic  single  string  riffing  at  times  and  as  the  demo  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Flame  Acausal  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  rawest  elements  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Devil  Worship,  Alchemy  and  World  Hate  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Flame  Acausal  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Shunned  Wolves"  and  "Cruel  And  Implacable".  8/5  out  of  10.

   

  

Death.Void.Terror. Interview

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

Death. Void. Terror. is not a band in the conventional sense of a group of musicians that meets to rehearse and writes music together. It exists solely as a vessel to radiate the eternal hostility of the Great Monolith.

2.You have your first album coming out in March, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

The sounds contained on this recording should not be considered music or in any way adhering to a particular sound aesthetic. Rather, these recordings represent unconscious expression in its most pure form. We are not concerned with the whimsical nature of people and their need to categorize everything in easily digestible and comprehensible terms. As such, it would be an error to define these recordings in such a way.

3.I have heard that you do not refer to the 2 tracks on the album as songs, would you consider them to be rituals?

The careful process during which these recordings were made may be considered ritualistic in nature. However, it would be wrong to associate them or anything that is created by Death. Void. Terror. with what is currently seen as being occult from a religious or similarly humanist perspective. We have no interest in such socially acceptable and trivial pursuits.

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

We serve as vessels for the Great Monolith. There is no exploration in the sense of subjectively pursued development. There are no topics.

5.A lot of your music reminds me of 'Abruptum' but very different at the same time, would you day this band was an an influence on your music?

The Great Monolith is the sole inspiration of Death. Void. Terror. There is no other. Since influence would require active thought, any influence outside of what is received from the Great Monolith is not possible. Death. Void. Terror. has nothing to do with conscious creation, rendering the individual, active thoughts of practitioners mute.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Death.Void.Terror'?

See above. There is no meaning, as meaning would imply a subjectively pursued purpose. Any such notion is rendered obsolete through the unconscious expression of practitioners.

7.In what parts of the world are the band members located at?

There is no origin.

8.Other than what 'Iron Bonehead' has posted online there is not much information on the band and there are no social networks or metal archives page, do you prefer to be hidden from the general public?

Death. Void. Terror. is affiliated with the Helvetic Underground Committee. There is no further pursuit of accessibility.

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

This is not something we are aware of.

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

Just as there is no origin, there is no order. There is no preconceived notion of direction in unconscious expression, as this would be contradictory.

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?

Subjective preferences of individual practitioners have no influence on Death. Void. Terror. This is drawn solely from the Great Monolith and dissociated from the individual practitioners.

11.Can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Occultism?

Death. Void. Terror. has no interest in what is considered occult from a humanist-religious perspective, as the word and associated practices are related to something that is hidden or secret. Quite the contrary, in fact, the Great Monolith is neither hidden nor secret. Rather, when it is present it is all consuming. This consumption is what Death. Void. Terror. seeks to lay bare.

12.Can you tell us a little bit more about the image you bring out in your album art work?

It is meant to be seen rather than spoken of.

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

No origin. No order. No thought. Death. Void. Terror.


Altar Of Perversion/Intra Naos/The Ajna Offensive/Norma Evangelium Diaboli/2018 Double CD Review


  Altar  Of  Perversion  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very occult  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  double  album  "Intra  Naos"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  The  Ajna  Offensive  and  Norma  Evangelium  Diaboli.

  A  very  dark  yet  ritualistic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  soundscapes  along  with  the  guitars  and  drums  started  out  semi  quiet  before  becoming  extremely  heavy  while  the  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  tracks  also  sounding  very  different  from  each  other.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  all  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  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  at  times  the  music  gets  very  avant  garde,  atmospheric  and  experimental  sounding.

  Some  of  the  slower  riffing  adds  in  a  touch  of  doom  metal  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  which  also  bring  in a  mixture  of  finger  picking  and  full  chords  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in a   great  amount  of  dissonant  structures  as  well  as  the  spoken  word  parts  when  they  are  utilized  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  mixing  in  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.

  Altar  Of  Perversion  plays  a  style  of  satanic  and  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  modern, ritualistic,  progressive  and  dissonant  sounding  while  also  bringing  in  a  very  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  side  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Pan  European  Satanism  as  practiced  by  The  Order  Of  The  Nine  Angles.

  In  my  opinion  Altar  Of  Perversion  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  and  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "She  Weaves  Abyssal  Riddles  And  Eorthean  Gates"  and  "Cosmic  Thule,  Inneer  Temple".  8/9  out  of  10.

  

Saturday, April 14, 2018

KZOHH/26/Ashen Dominion/2018 CD Review


  Ukraine's  KZOHH  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  'pestilent  black  metal  ritual'  sound  of  previous  recordings  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "26"  which  will  be  released  on  April  26th  by  Ashen  Dominion.

  Nature  sounds  along  with  some  voices  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  tragic  sounding  keyboards  and  avant  garde  samples  a  few  seconds  later  while  spoken  word  and  am  radio  samples  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  after  awhile  clean  playing  is  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording.

  Both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  mixing  it  in  with  heavier  parts  as  well  as  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  ambient  and  industrial  elements.

  Distorted  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  while  the  clean  singing  gives  the  music  more  of  an  avant  garde  edge  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  also  gives  the  song  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  second  track  also  bringing  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  ethnic  music  elements.

  On  this  recording  KZOHH  gets  more  experimental  and  avant  garde  while  still  having  some  elements  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  Chernobyl  Disaster  and  the  Nine  Mansi  hunters  and  their  deaths  in  1959.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  KZOHH  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  and  avant  garde  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "61°45'17"N,59°27'46"E".  8  out  of  10.   

   

Sørgelig/Apostate/Perkun Records/2018 CD Review


  Sorgelig  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  Nordic  inspired  form  of  misanthropic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Apostate"  which  was  released  by  Perkun  Records.

  Rain  and  thunder  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  keyboards  as  well  as  some  evil  voices  briefly  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  era and  also  sounds  like  it  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  during  that  time  frame  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,   mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  also  add more  of  a  dark  and  raw  sound  to  them and  spoken   word  samples  can  also  be  heard  briefly,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Sorgelig  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  misanthropic  as  well  as  having a   great  amount  of  Scandinavian  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  misanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sorgelig  are  a  very  great  sounding  misanthropic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Collapse"  and  "The  Last  Day,  The  Last  Breath".  8  out  of  10.      

Friday, April 13, 2018

Cromia Oscura/My Heart In A Very Dark Place/Depressive Illusions Records/2017 CD Review


  Cromia  Oscura  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  raw,  melodic  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal   and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "My  Heart  In  A  Very  Dark  Place"  which  was  released  by  Depressive  Illusions  Records.

  Melodic  yet  raw  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also has  a  lot  of  90's  influences.

  Acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  mixed  in  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  on  some  of  the  tracks while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  elements  of  thrash  also  being  used  at  times  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  At  times  the  music  brings  in  some  depressive  elements  and  as  the  album  progresses  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as w ell  as  the  guitar  leads  utilizing  more  skill  and  talent  along  with  some  of  the  vocals  also  throwing  in  angry  shouts  while  one  of  the  later  tracks  is  an  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  vocal  tracks  and  one  sing  also  brings  in  a  few  seconds  of  clean  singing. 

  On  this  recording  Cromia  Oscura  are  a  lot  less  thrash  influenced  and  plays  a  style  that  mixes  the  raw,  melodic  and  depressive  sides of  black  metal  together,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  suicide  and  voidness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Cromia  Oscura  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  melodic  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "My  heart  in  A  Very  Dark  Place"  "Luna  Storta"  and  "Etna".  8/5  out  of  10. 

Twilight/Trident Death Rattle/Ascension Monuments Media/2018 EP Review


  Twilight  where  a  band  from  the  United  States  that  consist  of  members  of  Leviathan,  Krieg,  Nachtmystium,  Buried  At  Sea  and  Sonic  Youth  and  on  this  recording  played  a  very  experimental  and  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Trident  Death  Rattle"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Ascension  Monuments  Media.

  Experimental  sounds  start  off  the  album  and  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  capture  the  atmospheric  style  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  music  adding  in  elements  of  post  rock  and  angry  shouts  are  also  used  at  times,  synths  and  electronics  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  electric  banjo's  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  On  this  recording  Twilight  played  a  style  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal  that  had  more  of  a  raw  edge  than  most  bands  of  this  genre  while  also  not  afraid  to  be  experimental  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  despair  and  hatred  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Twilight  and  if  yo  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Weathered  Flames".  8  out  of  10. 

Oaks Of Bethel/Fluttering: A Black Tornado Filled With Fire/EEE Recordings/2018 EP Review


  Denver,  Colorado's  solo  project  Oaks  Of  Bethel  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shoes  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  raw  and  atmospheric  ambient/drone  black  metal  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  ep  "Fluttering:  A  Black  Tornado  Filled  With  Fire"  which  was  released  by  EEE  Recordings.

  Distorted  sounding  drones  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  deep  vocals  onto  the  recording  that  are  kind  of  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  The  track  is  29  minutes  in  length  and  divided  into  4  different  parts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  fashion  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  song  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  after  awhile  the  track  starts  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  On  this  recording  Oaks  Of  Bethel  creates  another  epic  atmospheric  black  metal  track  with  repetitive  riffing ,  ambient  and  drone  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  astronomy  and  the  unknown  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Oaths  Of  Bethel  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ambient  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  8  out  of  10.

  

Infamy/A World On Its End/2018 CD Review


  Infamy  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  hateful  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "A  World  On Its  End".

  Drum  beats  along  with  some  powerful sounding  bass  guitars  start  off  the  album  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  along  with  the  songs also  bringing  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  elements  of  doom  metal  in  some  of  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  and  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling,  when  guitar  leads a re  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark and  melodic  style  and  they  close  the  album  with  an  instruemntal.

  Infamy  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  dark,  violent,  raw  and  hateful  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  hateful,  negativity  and  black  metal  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Infamy  are  a  very  great  sounding  hateful  and  negative  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Chaos"  "Black  Metal  Is  Dead"  and  "Your  Useless  Existence".  8  out  of  10.    

Skogen/Skuggoma Kallar/Nordvis/2018 CD Review


  Sweden's  Skogen  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  folk  inspired  form  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  "Skuggoka  Kallar"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Nordvis.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  pagan  style  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known.

  Atmospheric  synths  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  some  folk  instruments  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs  as  well  as  all  of  the  music  sticking  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction  and  they  close  the  album  with  two  tracks  that  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  On  this  recording  Skogen  adds  more  folk  music  influences  into  their  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Swedish  and  English  and  cover  Nature  and  Nordic  Mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Skogen  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  folk  music  inspired  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Det  Nordiska  Morket"  "Frostland"  and  "Beneath  The  Trees".  8  out  of  10. 

    

Grift/Vilsna Andars Boning/Nordvis/2018 EP Review


  Sweden's solo  project  Grift  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  and  on  this  release  moves  away  from  the  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  to  focus  more  on  a  neo-folk  sound  and  this is  a  review  of  his  2018  ep  "Vilsna  Andars  Boning"  which  was  released  by  Nordvis.

  Folk  instruments  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  and  they  also  use  both  finger  picking  and  full  chords  along  with  some  percussion's  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  vocals  are  all  done  in  a  clean  style  and  both  of  these  songs  are  folk  versions  of  previous  black  metal  tracks  he  has  recorded  and  the  second  track is  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  brings  in  a  few  seconds  of  depressive  black  metal  screams.

  On  this  recording  Grift  takes  a  couple  of  songs  off  his  previous  release  and  does  them  in  an  acoustic  neo-folk  direction  and  strips  away the  heavy  instruments  and  harsh  vocals,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  dreams,  heritage  and  a  forgotten  ancient  past.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Grift  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  neo-folk,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Dararnas  massiv".  8  out  of  10.  

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Carpathian Forest/Likeim/Indie Recordings/2018 EP Review


  Norway's  Carpathian  Forest  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  Norwegian  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Likeim"  which  was  released  by  Indie  Recordings.

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  angry,  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  punk  elements.

  Keyboards  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  stick  to  a  very  raw  style  along  with  the  second  track  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length.

  On  this  recording  Carpathian  Forest  pick  up  where  they  left  off  on t heir  past  release  while  also  adding  in  more  punk  elements  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Carpathian  Forest  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "All  My  Friends  Are  Dead". 8  out  of  10.  

Ifernach/Gaqtaqaiaq/Nekart Productions/2018 EP Review


  Ifernach  are  a  solo  project  from  Quebec,  Canada  that  has  recently  had  music  reviewed  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  punk,  thrash  and  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  ep  "Gaqtaqaiaq"  which  was  released  by  Nekart  Productions.

  Ambient  style  keyboards  start  off  the  ep  while  also  being  very  epic  at  the  same  time  along  with  some  touches  of  classical  music  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Elements  of  punk  and  thrash  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  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  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  remain  very  true  to  an  old  school  style  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  and  there  is  also  another  keyboard  instrumental  as  the  ep  progresses  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  tribal  sounding  drum  beats  and  war  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Ifernach  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  his  raw  style  of  black  metal  while  also  keeping  the  punk,  thrash  and  ambient  elements  of  his  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  the  Micmac  Native  American's  tribe  folklore,  ancient  mysticism,  nature,  conflict  and  betrayal  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ifernach  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal  with  elements  of  punk  and  thrash,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Extinction"  "Naufrages"  and  "Metal  sauvage  gspesien",  8/5  out  of  10.           

  

Inféren/Self Titled/Vacula Productions/Narcoleptica Productions/2018 CD Review


  Inferen  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  traditional  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2018  album  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Vacula  and  Narcoleptica  Productions.

  A  very  epic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  style  but  very  modern  at  the  same  time  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  at  times  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Battle  and  nature  sounds  can  also  be  heard  mixed  in  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  while  one  track  almost  towards  the  end  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads.. 

  Inferen  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Italian  and  cover  apocalypse,  darkness,  death,  evil,  visions  and  doom  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Inferen  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  "Invocation"  "Winter  Rage"  and  "Inferen".  8  out  of  10.