Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Postcards From Arkham/Manta/MetalGate Records/2017 CD Review


  Postcards  From  Arkham  are  a  band  from t he  Czech  Republic  and  on  this  recording  go  into  more  of  a  mixture  of post  rock  and  atmospheric  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Manta"  which  was  released  by  MetalGate  Records.

  Shamanistic  style  drumming  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  start  off  the  album  while the  programmed  beats  also  take  the  music  into  more  of  a  post  rock  direction  along  with  some  stringed  instruments  also  being  used  at  times  as  well  as  some  whispered  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts.

  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  while  black  metal  screams  and  growls  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  the  post  rock  and  extreme  styles  together  at  times.

  Some  songs  also  bring  in  clean  playing,  acoustic  guitars  and  shoegaze  elements  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  as  well  as  a  couple  of the  tracks  being    instrumentals  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  progressive  and  one  of  the  songs  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  female  vocals.

  On  this  recording  Postcards  expands  on  their  post  metal  style  by  adding  in  more  atmospheric  black  metal  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  based  upon  the writings  of  H.P  Lovecraft.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Postcards  From  Arkham  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  post  rock  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Kvlt  of  Dream"  "Thoughts  Like  Silver  Bullets"  "Dunwich  Shaman"  and  "Her  Cosmic  Song".  8  out  of  10.

 



  

Haïr/œil pour œil, dent pour dent/Noir Total Productions/2018 Demo Review


   Haïr  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  demo  "œil pour œil, dent pour dent"  which  was  released  by  Noir  Total  Productions.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  and  drones  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  deep  yet  grim  black  metal  screams.

  Depressive  elements  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  the  along  with  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  at  times the  music  also  evokes  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling,  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  dog  growls  can  be  heard  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks a re  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Haïr  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  raw,  atmospheric  and  depressive  styles  of  black  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  hate  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Haïr  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Extermination"  "A  Ma  Merci"  "Vengeance"  and "Un Par  Un".  8  out  of  10.



   

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Byyrth/Echoes From The Seven Caves Of Blood/Iron Bonehead Productions/2018 CD Review


  Byyrth  are  a  band  from  San  Francisco,  California  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  vampiric  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Echoes  From  The  Seven  Caves  Of  Blood"  which  will be  released in March  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  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  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  A  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing 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  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  remain  very  true  to  an  old  school  style,  a couple  of  songs  also  bring  in  guest  vocals  from  Meyhna'ch  of  Mutilation  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing.

  Byyrth  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  raw  style  of  vampiric  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Vampirism,  Occultism,  Paganism,  Death,  hatred  and  Suicide  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Byyrth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  vampiric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blood  Warfare"  "Vampyric  War  Children"  "I  Dare  Not  Awake"  and  "Shattered  Soul".  8  out  of  10.



  

Expulser/The Unholy One/Greyhaze Records/2018 CD Re-Issue Review


  Expulser  where  a  band  from  Brazil  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  early  mixture  of  black,  war  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1993  album  "The  unholy  One"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  April  by  Greyhaze  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  which  also  mix  in  a  very  blackened  death  at  times.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also h ear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  some  of  the  riffing  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  thrash  along  with  a small  amount  of  melody  and  when  guitar  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  raw  yet  chaotic  fashion  as well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  demonic  voices  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  when  keyboards  are  utilized  they  bring  in  the  atmosphere  of  a  horror  film.

  On  this  recording  Expulser  remained  true  to  their  early  mixture  of  black,  war  and  death  metal  while  also  mixing  in  more  thrash  elements  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Darkness,  Evil,  Satanism,  Alcohol  and  Anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Expulser  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  war,  death  and  thrash  metal, you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Praise  To  The  Almighty  God"  "The  Unholy  One"  "The  Evil  Orgasm"  and  "No  Ressurrection".  8  out  of  10.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Scumpulse Interview


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



We are a 4 piece Scottish black metal band that comes with a healthy dose of crusty punk… If Phil Vane had pumped Abbath, that kinda thing



2.How would you describe the musical sound on the recording that you have released so far?



Same as above really - a healthy mix of black metal and crust punk.



3.The band formed out of the ashes of 'Fifteen Dead' and 'Tower Of Flies', what was the decision behind breaking up those bands and forming a new one?



Andrew is still active with Tower of Flies, expect some new material sometime in the future. As for Fifteen Dead, we had just finished a tour of the US that, although was good fun, presented us with some issues. Ross made the decision to leave not long after we came home and asked if I wanted to come with him. This was the beginning of where we are at now.



4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music/



Terrible bosses, bad jobs, shit towns and liking the pub a bit too much. It’s less snow clad Orc battles and more trackie clad pub chibbing.



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



Magnus’ Gran used to make a hallucinogenic jam by collecting the scum from the top of a boiling pan of liberty cap mushrooms and cooking it up with brambles and sugar. It’s a traditional Highland recipe. When you take it you can feel the pulse of the universe. It also helped me get off the gear.



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



We have really enjoyed all the places we have visited to play, you always get to meet some really cool people and see some interesting cities you normally wouldn’t get to. Our stage show is loud, energetic and raw.





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



Yeah, we are heading out on a UK and European tour to promote the record. We will most likely be doing this over the summer of 2018. Keep your eye on our social media for more info in the very near future.



8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal, punk and crust/



We always worried that the punks would find us too metal and the metal heads would find us too punk but overall people seem very warm to it. Someone once described us as “music for that small Venn diagram of people that like Black Metal but hate Hitler” which we quite like.



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



We will keep pushing ourselves to be continually putting out a better release than the last. I imagine it won’t stray too much from the metal/punk format but we will definitely be keeping things interesting



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?



Immortal, Darkthrone, Emperor, Thorns, Celtic Frost, Motörhead, Skitsytem, Martyrdöd, Tragedy, ENT, Wolfbrigade

11.What are some of your non musical interests?



The pub, internet pornography, Class A – C’s, Youtube videos of people playing old computer games & meat



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



Be excellent to each other

Daemon Of Oa/Death Initates Life/2018 Full Length Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Daemon  Of  Oa  which  is  also  in  the  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  and  the  album  was  self  released  in  2018  and  called  "Death  Initates  Life".

  Tremolo  picking  riffs  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction along  with  some  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  90's  European  black  metal  tradition  along with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion, clean  vocals  can  also be  heard  briefly  and  a  later  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Daemon  Of  Oa  creates  another  recording  that  is  in  a  very  raw,  melodic  and  traditional  style  of  black  metal  while  also showing  a  great  amount  of  progress  as  a  musician,  the  production sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  Darkness  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great sounding  recording  from  Daemon  Of  Oa  and  if  you  are  s  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Borderline  Of  Hellfire's  Dominion"  "Raise  The  Dead"  and  "My  Vengeance".  8/2  out  of  10.

https://daemonofoa.bandcamp.com/album/death-initates-life      

Daemon Of Oa/An Evil Inhail/2017 EP Review


  Daemon  Of  Oa  are  a  solo  project  from  Greece  that  plays  a  very  raw,  melodic  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  ep  "An  Evil  Inhail".

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  when  they  are  utilized  and  as  the  ep  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  some  growls  also  being  used  briefly.

  Daemon  Of  Oa  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  traditional  sounding, the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Darkness,  and  Evil  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Daemon  Of  Oa  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  satanic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Invocation  Of  The  Cosmic  Stream"  and  "Pervert Eyes".  8  out  of  10.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Reshitivist/Commencement By Failure/Sliptrick Records/2018 CD Review


  Reshitivist  is  a  solo  project  that  is  based  in  both  Siberia  and  Australia  and  plays  a  mixture  of  depressive  black,  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Commencement  By  Failure"  which  was  released  by  Sliptrick  Records.

  Nature  sounds  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  screams.

  Death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grindcore  elements  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  more  of  a  depressive  black  metal  style  as  well  as  adding  atmospheric  synths  in  some  parts  of  the  tracks and  one  of  the  songs  sis  very  long and  epic  in  length.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  symphonic  elements  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  sounding  different  than  each  other  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  the  album  progresses  and  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  raw  feeling  as  well  as  the  riffing  also  getting  very  technical  at  times  and  there  is  also  a  brief  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Reshivist  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  elements  of  the  symphonic  and  depressive  sides  of  black  metal  and  also  mixes  it  with death  metal  and  grindcore  as  well  as  some  technical  riffing  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  depression,  anarchy  and  transcendence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Reshivist  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  depressive  black,  death  metal  and  gindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Unified  And  Destroyed"  "Disrupt  Order"  "The  Deluge"  and  "Resign".  8/2  out  of  10.

    

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Black Mass Of Absu/Discography/Pulsating Putrefaction Records/2018 Compilation Album Review


  Black  Mass  Of  Absu  where  a  band  from  new  York  that  played  a  very  raw,  ritualistic  and  atmospheric  mixture  of  black,  doom  metal,  ambient  and  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  a  compilation  album  which  will  be  released  on  February  28th  by  Pulsating  Putrefaction  Records  and  consists all  of  the  material  that  was  recorded  between  1995  and  2000.

  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  compilation  along  with  some  evil  sounding  synths  in  the  background  which  also  gets  more  powerful  after  a  few  seconds  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  A  great  amount  of  doom  metal  elements  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  songs  also  mixing  in  experimental,  noise  and  ambient  elements  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  demonic  growls.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  some  elements  of  noisecore  while  the  slow  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  the  tremolo  picking  in  the  faster  sections  of   the  songs also  giving  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  as  the  compilation  progresses  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Twisted  Sister's  "Burn  In  Hell".

  Black  Mass  Of  Absu  played  a  musical  style  that  took  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  and  mixed  it  with  ambient,  noise  and  doom  metal  to  create  something  very  original  for  its  time,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Mesopotamian  Gods  and Anti  Christian  themes  as  well  as  having  a  humorous  approach  at  times.

  In  my  opinion  Black  mass  of  Absu where  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  raw  black,  atmospheric  doom  metal,  noise  and  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ave  Sathanas"  "Your  Soul  Belongs  To  The  Goat"  "Servant  Of  The  Darklord"  and  "Satan's  Supper".  8/5  out  of  10.  

Nigredo/Flesh Torn - Spirit Pierced/Transcending Obscurity Records/2018 CD Review


  Nigredo  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  thrash  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  Flesh  Torn  -  Spirit Pierced"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Transcending  Obscurity  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into a   very  fast  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  some  elements of  thrash  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  angry  black  metal  screams  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody.

  A  great  amount  of  80's  and  90's  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  but  done  with  a  more  modern  touch  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  death  metal  growls  as  the  album  progresses,  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy.

  Nigredo  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  traditional  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  death  and  thrash  metal  to  create  a  very  heavy  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Death  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nigredo  are a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Choronzon  Possession"  "Saturnian  Death  Cult"  and  "Raging  Tides  Of  Time".  8  out of  10.

  

Friday, January 26, 2018

Rites To Sedition/Ancestral Blood/2017 Full Length Review


  Rites  To  Sedition  are  a  band  from  North  Carolina  that  plays  a  very  triumphant  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Ancestral  Blood".

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  sci-fi  atmospheric  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  keyboards  when  they  are  utilized  give  the  songs  more  of  an  epic  atmosphere  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  and  one  of  the  intros  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  edge  while  one  track  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  recording,  the  bonus  track  also  brings  in  elements  of  classical  music.

  Rites  To  Sedition  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  epic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Human  Origins,  Occultism,  Ancient  Sorcery,  Lost  Continents,  Mythology,  Mysticism,  Alien  Visitation  and  Ancient  Mystery  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Rites  To  Sedition  are  a  very  great  sounding  triumphant  and  epic  sounding  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Waveform  66"  "The  Moon  Titan  Phylon"  "Sorcerers  Of  Atlantis"  and  "The  Golden  Age  of  Saturnia".  8/5  out  of  10.

Horizon Ablaze/The Weight Of A Thousand Suns/Leviatan/Diger/2018 CD Review


  Horizon  Ablaze  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  along  with  some  avant  garde  and  death  metal  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "The  Weight  of  A  Thousand  Suns"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Leviatan/Diger.

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  of  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal screams  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  avant  garde  structures  in  the  riffing.

  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  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  elements  of  death  metal  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  clean  vocals.

  When  guitar  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  of  the  riffing  also  getting  very  progressive  at  times  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  death  metal  growls  and acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard.

  Horizon  Ablaze  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  atmospheric  black  metal  while  the  avant  garde, progressive  and  death  metal  elements  gives  the  songs  a  lot  more  originality,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dreams,  visions,  and  mental  disorder  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Horizon  Ablaze  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  with elements  of  avant  garde  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres, you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sleep  Is  The  Brother  Of  Death"  "She  Who  Walks  Upon  The  Sea"  and  "Insidious".  8  out  of  10.

    

Lord Of Pagathorn/Daimono Phillia/Woodcut Records/2018 CD Review


  Lord  Of  Pagathorn  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  raw,  melodic,  old  school  and satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Daimono  Phillia"  which  will  be  released  on  January  31st  by  Woodcut  Records.

  A  classical  guitar  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition  but  also  capturing  a  modern  atmosphere.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a brief use  of  synths  can  also  be  heard  along  with  classical  guitars  also  returning  briefly  as  the  album  progresses  and  when  spoken  word  parts  are utilized  they give the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling.

  Lord  Of  Pagathorn  plays  a  style  of  black  metal t hat  is  very  raw  and  melodic  and  in  the  mid  90's  Finnish  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian,  Occult  and  the  Crushing  Of  The  Holy  Trinity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Lord  Of  Pagathorn  are  a  very  great sounding  old  school,  melodic  and  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Evil  To  Destroy  Evil"  "Rise  Of  The  Celestial Scythe"  and  "Throne  of  Lucifer".  8/2  out  of  10.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Har/Visitation/Blood Harvest/2018 EP Review


  Har  are  a  band  from  Israel  that  has  been  featured  before  in this  zine  and  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Visitation" which  will be  released in March  by  Blood  Harvest.

  Middle  eastern  style  folk  instruments  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  ritualistic  elements  before  adding  in  some  dark  and  heavy   riffing  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  after  awhile  black  metal  screams  and  bestial  growls  start  to  make  their  presence  known.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in a   great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  some  elements  of  war  metal  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  slower  sections  of t he  songs  bringing  in  elements  of  doom/death  metal.

  Har  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  bestial  black/death  and  war  metal  style  of  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover epic  tales  of  black  magick,  necromancy  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Har  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  bestial  black/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Conjure  The  Black  Flame".  8  out  of  10.  

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Beorn's Hall/Estuary/Naturmacht Productions/2018 CD Review


  Beorn's  Hall  are  a  duo  from  New  Hampshire  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  and  epic  form  of  pagan  black  metal  with  elements  of  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Estuary"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Battle  sounds  and  melodic  chants  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  acoustic  guitars  and  folk  instruments  while  keyboards  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  which  also  takes  the  music  into  a  heavier  direction  as  well  as  retaining  the  folk  and  atmospheric  elements.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  clean  pagan  vocals  also  being  used  briefly  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  feeling  and  some  of  the  tracks are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  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  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  On  this  recording  Beorn's  Hall  remains  true  to  their  pagan  style  of  black  metal  while  also  adding  in  more  folk  elements  this  time  around  to  take  their  music  to  a  different  level,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism  and  Nature  themes.

  In  my opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Beorn's  Hall  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dark  Wood-Black  Marsh" "The  Nurturing  Soil"  and  "Roads  Go  On  Forever".  8/5  out  of  10. 

  

Down To Burzum Interview


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Down To Burzum was formed in 2015, i'm from the city of Sorocaba, Brazil, the truth is that was an idea that came from nowhere into my mind, i've played drums in a few bands too, but the idea to make it alone and only mine was very comforting, also bring the feelings from the early Burzum era.


2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
  2. I wanted to bring a message, on Peace Alone you can hear steps, this steps are from a creature searching for peace, and she finds it at end.

3.The musical project has been around since 2015 but you waited until 2018 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?
 3. On april, 2017 i released only the song Down To Burzum, the feedback was great, so i planned to release earlier, got some personal problems, but now everything is going well.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
    4. The true is they are more like screams than lyrics, about hate, agony, i don't care much for lyrics.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the name 'Down To Burzum'?
   5. The name Down To Burzum means Down To Depths, which was a reference to Burzum and a subliminar message.

6.On this album you record everything by yourself, are you open to using other musicians?
      6. No, i prefer doing the things my way, but the last track Eyes Open Bring Only Pain was made by João Vitor Duarte, who have been a very nice friend to me, i thank him for that.



7.This musical project is a tribute to 'Burzum', which era of his music do you prefer, the early 90's music or post jail recordings?
7. I like both eras, but i prefer the early Burzum era, it was more raw.



8.The new album was released on 'Depressive IIlusion's Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
   8. Yes, that was a great accomplishment to me, it was released 66 limited tape copies, i thank Gabriel SN from the horde Azalok, Exequial(BRA) and Sergiy Fjordsson from the horde Moloch(UKR).

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

      9. I have been receiving a great feedback after the Peace Alone release, also got new friends, always thanks everyone for the support.



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

      10. Well i'm forming a black metal band where i'll play drums, i've played drums in Inhumane Rites(BRA) on 2015 so i miss the rehersals, live shows, but the Down To Burzum will continue with only me.



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?
      11. Bands like Maniac Butcher, Forgotten Woods, Carpathian Forest, from black metal i prefer the raw ones.
Sometimes i listen bands out of metal, to be a good musician is to known all styles, so they say.

12.How would you describe your views on Occultism?
      12. You have to study it to learn it, i like to reading about it, I don't follow it, i'm agnostic, prefer to stay away from religion, demons or god, i believe in the power of man.


13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
      13. I thank you John Larsen for the support and all the people who support in some way Down To Burzum.







Taiga/Cosmos/Symbol Of Domination Productions/Final Gate Records/2017 CD Review


  Russia's  Taiga  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  atmospheric  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Cosmos"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Symbol  Of  Domination  Productions  and  Final  Gate  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  start  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of t he  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  meaning  mostly depressive  black  metal  screams  and  cries.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  clean  playing  is  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  bringing  in  more  of  a  depressive  post  rock  style  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style.

  Taiga  creates  another  recording that  remains  true  to  the  depressive  and  atmospheric  style  of black  metal  that  was  established  on  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Russian  and  cover  depression,  mental  illness  and  isolation  themes.

 In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Taiga  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  depressive  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Styd"  "Ty"  "Slova  Poteryayat  Znacheniye"  and  "Svoimi  Rukami".  8   out  of  10. 



      

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Hak-Ed Damm/Holocaust Over Dresden/Satanath Records/Death Portal Studio/2017 CD Review


  Hak-Ed  Damm  are  a  band  from  Quebec,  Canada  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Holocaust  Over  Dresden"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records  and  Death  Portal  Studio.

  Am  radio  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with some  war  samples  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  war  samples  also  being  used  on  some  of  the  later  tracks,  death  metal  growls  are  also  used  at  time.

  Most  of  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in    decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  one  track  being  an  acoustic  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  clean  chants  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.

  On  this  recording  Hak-Ed  Damm  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  fast,  raw,  aggressive  and  brutal  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  World  War  II  Themes.

  In my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hak-Ed Damm  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  fast,  raw  and  brutal  black  metal,  you  should check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Holocaust  Over  Dresden"  "Unsine  De-Mort"  and  "Jade  With  the  Deflowered   Scalp".  8/2  out  of  10.  

Enoquian/Llamas De Gloria Primera/Satanath Records/Morbid Skull Records/2017 CD Review


  Enoquian  are  a  band  from  Argentina  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is   a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Llamas  De  Gloria  Primera"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  and  Morbid Skull  Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  more  heavier  and  melodic  direction  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  feeling.

  Elements  of  thrash  and  death  metal  can  also  be heard  at  times  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  nature  sounds and  field  recordings  also  being  added  before  some  of  the  tracks  and  he music  always  remains  heavy.

  Enoquian  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  in  the  90's  tradition  while  also  adding  in  touches  of  death  and  thrash  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Enoquian  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  band  with  touches  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  yo  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pordures  Perdurables"  "Herencia  Terrena'  and  "Equilibrio".  8  out  of  10.

  

Monday, January 22, 2018

Evil Nerfal/Bellum Est Pater Omnium/Grimm Distrubution/Morbid Skull Records/2018 CD Review


  Evil  Nerfal  are  a  band  from  Columbia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Bellum  Est  Pater  Omnium"  which  was  released  as  a  joint effort  between  Grimm  Distrubution  and  Morbid  Skull  Records.

 A  classical  music  intro  starts  off  the  album before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  mixes  in  elements  of  death  metal  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  angry  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  the recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  growls  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  the  solos  and leads  also  bringing  in  more  of  a  black/death  metal  style  as well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  At  times  the  vocals  also  get  melodic  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  decent  amount  of  80's  and  90's  influences  without  losing  the  modern  touch  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  getting  more  melodic  as  the  album  progresses  and  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling,  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  when  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  and  a  couple  of  the  later  tracks  are  instrumentals.

  On  this  recording  Evil  Nerfal  expands  on  their  satanic  black  metal  style  by  adding  in  more  death  and  traditional  metal  elements  this  time  around  as  well  as  getting  more  melodic,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Spanish  and  English  and  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Anti  Christianity  and  Misanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Evil  Nerfal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fuck  Off  Jesus  Christ"  "En  Las  Fauces  Del Demonio"  and  "Sathanas  Kingdom  Rises".  8/5  out of  10. 

Enoid/Livssyklus & Dodssyklus/Grimm Distribution/Final Gate Records/2017 Double Album Compilation Review


  Enoid  are  a  solo  project  from  Switzerland  that  has  had  a  few  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  these  recordings  played  a  raw  and  brutal  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2006  and  2007  albums  "Livssklus"  and  "Dodssyklus"  which  was  re-issued  as  a  joint  effort  by  Grimm  Distribution  and  Final  Gate  Records  in  2017  as  a  double  album.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  compilation  before  going  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  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  melody.

  Throughout  the  compilation  you  can  also  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  great  amount  of  second  wave  90's  influences  mid  still  sounding  very  modern  in  the  era  it  was  recorded  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  bring  in  a  very  dark,  raw  and  melodic  style.

  On  the  second  album  the  music  also  continues  the  raw  and  chaotic  approach  to  black  metal  while  also  taking  the  music  into  more  of  a  melodic  direction  without  losing  any  of  the  brutality  along  with  a  brief  noise  style intro  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  as  well  as  closing  the  compilation  with  two  tracks  that  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  On  both  of  these  albums  Enoid  played  a  style  of  black  metal  that  was  very  raw,  brutal  and  chaotic  sounding  while  also  being  very  melodic  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swiss  and  cover  death,  misanthropy,  and  reflection  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very great  sounding  collection  from  Enoid  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  fast  and  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ecnassian"  "Noitpecnec"  "Edicius"  and  "Dirow  Eht  Kcuf".  8  out  of  10.    

Slaves B.C Interview


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

We recorded this full length at Very Tight Recordings early in 2017. Aside from waiting on the vinyl to come back, we have been making a lot of changes.
We added a new drummer (just live so far), a new bass player (just live so far), and Brandon our bass player moved to 2nd guitar. I moved back to doing live vocals without drums for the first time since 2012. That has been both exciting and challenging.
Brandon set up a studio in his basement later in 2017, and we have been writing like crazy. While figuring out his home studio, we have recorded two singles for two different compilations and a single "wither" that we released on Bandcamp in December 2017.
All three singles were written and recorded in one day each. We also are working on a digital only EP that will be released later in 2018.


2.In March you have a new album coming out, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Musically, we pulled from our various influences to combine elements of Doom, Black, and Death metal. The recording of "Lo, and I Am Burning" was the first time Brandon really started to contribute to guitar, so this allowed us to add new layers of atmosphere and noise.
I think if you look back through our discography, we have been phasing out the hardcore elements of our music more and more until now it is almost completely gone. I would say that "Lo, and I Am Burning" is the first release that as a whole captured exactly what we have been working towards since the beginning.

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

The lyrics have always been directly taken from various books of the Bible. "This World Shall Pass Away" was taken from the book of Revelation. "All Is Dust and I Am Nothing" was taken from the book of Ecclesiastes. "Naked We Return" (our digital EP out later in 2018) was taken from the book of Job. With the exception of "The Wolf You Feed" and "Through Broken Teeth" from the "Cursed Breath / Innocent Blood" split 12", I have not really allowed my personal experiences to bleed much into the lyrics.
"Lo and I Am Burning" is completely the opposite. The lyrics for the songs on this album are pulled from lyrics I have written during my hardest days in my last 13 years. "When Her Prayers Are Silenced" was written while I was watching my Grandmother die in the fall of 2016. "Honor Thy Father and Mother" is about recognizing and admitting abuse and trying to free myself from what had been done to me. "XLV" was written the day after Trump got elected and was my response to some of my fellow Christians who voted for him. "Glory" is a shortened and slightly re-written version of a suicide note that I had written about 10 years ago. Most of the rest of the songs act as confessionals for my own struggles and insecurities with my place in the world and with my faith.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Slaves B.C'?

The name comes from imagery that the Apostle Paul used in the New Testament. He referred to himself as a slave to sin/death before encountering Christ. So "Slaves Before Christ".

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

We played at the Odditorium in Asheville a while back and that was one of the best shows we ever had. Such a cool space and welcoming scene there. We also got to play at The Acheron in Brooklyn before it closed. That was a fantastic time because I got to meet so many awesome people that I consider friends but had never talked to outside of Twitter before.
Our stage performance is usally me looking tired/angry/sad/pained and sweating a lot while everyone else in the band looks cool and jams out.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

We would like to get back to Brooklyn soon after the album comes out. We would like to hit local-ish places like Cleveland, Philadelphia, Erie, and Asheville again.

7.The new album is coming out on 'The Fear And The Void Recordings', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

The Fear and the Void Recordings is a label that was started by myself and an anonymous friend. The label is something I have wanted to do for a while. So far we have releases from Twilight Fauna (which I am the drummer for), Evergreen Refuge, Young Hunter, and Unleash the Archers. We don't take money from the label, if we sell a record, we just put it towards the next record.  I am hoping we don't bankrupt ourselves and this Slaves record sells well. There are quite a few death/black metal bands that I want to do releases for.

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

I have honestly continued to be surprised and humbled by the reception of our music. "All Is Dust..." was received with high praise from Noisey, Cvlt Nation, Metalsucks and many, many more. A lot of people that are fans of heavier music seem to have interests in more than one subgenre. Those are the people that really get into us. A lot of people that only like trve cvlt black metal hated us because someone referred to us as black metal while we were blending black metal with sludge or hardcore or grind or whatever. Some people that just like hardcore or metalcore did not get it at all because there were no breakdowns or we sound too "gross".
The people that get it, really get it. For the rest of the people, thanks for stopping by, maybe see you again when you are older. I don't think we will ever really capture those types of fans. We like a lot of different types of music so we will continue to blend more and more subgenres into our sound. We write what we want to write. We write what we want to hear.

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

We are just going to keep going. We will continue to push further into the more nauseating and horrific soundscapes that is polluting our newer material. If you look at our history, you know where we've been and where we are going. The path is before us. There is no end to the music inside of us. We will only get better. We will expand our sound to encapsulate more genre-blending and sharpen our current wheelhouse. We have only just begun.

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

As a band, we have been influenced heavily over the last several years by bands like Lord Mantis and Portal. For the singles we have been doing and our future material, you will hear a lot more influence from bands like Skaphe and Misthyrming.
I myself have been listening to new records from the following almost daily for a while now:
Primitive Man
Spectral Voice
Triumvir Foul
Suffering Hour
Succumb
Fange
The Ominous Circle
Dodecahedron
Aosoth
and anything on Fallen Empire Records

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Our wives/ladyfriends, beer, whiskey, food, and really horrible movies. Dogs.

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

Thank you for your time and interest.
To everyone else:
Don't give up.
You are not alone.
You are loved.
You are deserving of love.
Find your voice, and never silence it.

Kosmogyr Interview


Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?

Ivan: Well, we’ve got our debut album Eviternity dropping soon on March 9th. Until then, we’re doing our best to contain our excitement about finally sending this album out into the world.

So far you have released a single and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

Ivan: The roots of our music are firmly planted in second-wave black metal, but we’ve also drawn from a wide range of other more recent interpretations. It’s a punishing record, but we’ve seeded each song with a number of moments in which to stop and breathe. Pacing and dynamics were two factors that played significant roles in our songwriting process. It’s important to have balance.

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

Ivan: This is something we’d prefer to let each listener create and discover for themselves.

What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Kosmogyr'?

Ivan: I’d rather not say.

Originally both members once lived in China but one member moved to the Czech Republic, can you tell us a little bit more about the move?

Ivan: I’m the one who moved. Before leaving, I was in Shanghai for almost nine years — over a quarter of my life — and though Shanghai is an incredible city, I was itching for a change of scenery. Now, my wife and I are living in Prague, where I’m currently engaged as a freelance copywriter and illustrator.

Though Prague is lovely, I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t a lot about Shanghai that I miss quite dearly. It’s truly an amazing city.

Can you tell us a little bit more about the recording process since both of the band members live in different countries?

Ivan: After we’d settled on the final arrangement and structure of each song, using GuitarPro, Xander would record the guitars himself, while also engineering the MIDI drum tracks that I’d written in order to create a more authentic sound. While this was going on, I’d be writing lyrics. Once I’d gotten the instrumental track from Xander, I’d record the vocals in my bathroom with a simple USB mic and Garageband.

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

Ivan: Yes, and also yes! But most importantly, yes.

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

Ivan: Worldwide? That’s hard to say. The handful of reviews that have been published so far have been positive, which is very heartening. There’s still plenty of time to go before the album comes out, so hopefully we’ll be able to continue spreading the word about our music.

On a related note, if you give every album you review a score of 8/10, does the score still retain any meaning?

Are any of the band members currently or have been involved with any other bands or musical projects?

Ivan: Absolutely. You can hear more from Xander with Shanghai melodic death band The Arcbane. My most recent band in Shanghai was The Machinery of Other Skeletons, who are still going strong with a new vocalist and new music. Before that, I drummed and sang with Death to Giants.

Where do you see the project heading into musically during the future?

Ivan: I’d be very upset if this record was the last anyone ever heard from Kosmogyr. I’m eager to build on the foundation we’ve established with Eviternity and to see where we can take our music from here.

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?

Ivan: My two favorite albums of 2018 so far would be The Harlot Star by Frost Giant as well as Bind Torture Kill’s Viscères. I also greatly enjoyed Hawkmoth’s recent album Godless Summit. There’s so much that can easily go wrong with instrumental doom, but these guys nailed it.

Outside of metal, I’m looking forward to the upcoming EP from The Oh Hellos, and I’m still getting a lot of play from Turnover’s latest record Good Nature. Shanghai band Foster Parents are also worth checking out — their 2017 release Grim is a solid bit of instrumental math rock.

What are some of your non-musical interests?

Ivan: My wife and I are both big into tabletop RPGs, and we’re currently involved in ongoing campaigns for both D&D and Shadowrun. I read a lot as well — I’m about to begin Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer, with The Long Ships by Frans G. Bengtsson on deck. I also recently picked up a copy of Boccaccio’s The Decameron, which I’m looking forward to given how much I enjoyed Throne of Heresy’s recent album of the same name.

I’m also into cycling, and I brought my bike here from Shanghai. It’s a lightweight single-speed road bike, and though I love going out on exploratory rides, I’m not quite used to Prague’s hills and cobblestones and one-way streets. It’s a far cry from the flat streets of Shanghai and the…ahhh…creative techniques of the city’s drivers. I loved it, actually. Once you learn how to read the rhythm and flow of Shanghai traffic, you can immerse yourself within it on an instinctual level. I’m still learning how to read the traffic here.

Lastly, I love drawing, and it’s always a joy whenever I get the chance to work on a new art project. I’m definitely not drawing as much as I should these days…

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

Ivan: Eat plenty of vegetables, and dress appropriately for the weather.