Thursday, September 21, 2017

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

      

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


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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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


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

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

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

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

  In  my  opinion  Lycanthropy  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dark  Triad  Of  Animal  In  Me"  "Sexual  Sadism"  "Black  Lightning"  and  "In  The  Middle  of  Nowhere".  8  out  of  10.    

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


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

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

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  more  aggressive  vocals  are  deep  yet  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  few  death  metal  growls  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

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

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

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

Monday, September 18, 2017

Pando Interview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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







  

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


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

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

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

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

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

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