Monday, April 30, 2018

Kroda/Selbswelt/Purity Through Fire/2018 CD Review


  Kroda  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2018  album  "Selbswelt"  which  was  released  by  Purity  Through  Fire.

  A  very  epic  keyboard  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  while the  music  also  gets  very  ritualistic  at  times before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  keyboards  also  being  mixed  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Acoustic  guitars  and  folk  instruments  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  while  nature  sounds  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  as  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  ritualistic  track  and  instrumental  can  also  be  heard  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Kroda  plays  a  style  of  pagan  black  metal  that is  very  epic  sounding  along  with  a  great  amount  of  folk  music  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism,  Heathenism  and  Nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kroda  are  a  very  great  sounding  folk  music  influenced  pagan  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Ritual  At  The  Gates  Of  Eternity"  "Beyond  The  Life  and  Nonexistence"  and  "Like  Some  Snow-White  Marble  Eyes".  8/5  out  of  10.

  

Autarcie/Seqvania/Purity Through Fire/2018 CD Review


  Autarcie  are  a  duo  from  France  that  plays  a  melodic  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Seqvania"  which  was  released  by  Purity  Through  Fire.

  Nature  sounds  along  with  some  atmospheric  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  while  also  introducing  grim  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  using  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  also  hear  a great  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  lot  of  90's  influences  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief use  of  folk  elements  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  synths  are  added  onto  the  outro.

  Autarcie  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  sounding  with  some  touches  of  folk  music,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Autarcie  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dans  la  chenaie"  "Seqvania"  and  "Terre  brulee".  8  out  of  10.    

Noesis/Unheard Whispers/Masked Dead Records/2018 EP Review


  Noesis  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  ep  "Unheard  Whispers"  which  was  released  by  Masked  Dead  Records.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  bring  in  elements  of  dark  ambient  and  dungeon  synth  onto  the  recording  while  a  great  amount  of  programmed  beats  can  also  be  heard  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  guitar  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  long and  epic  in  length  and  also  stick  to  a  slower  direction  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly,  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  vocals  are  also  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Noesis  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  his  ambient  style  of  atmospheir  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  magick  and  emotion  of  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Noesis  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ambient  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Unheard  Whispers  Pt.  II".  8  out  of  10. 

 

  

Frostagrath/Under Your Black Wings/2018 Single Review


  Egypt's  solo  black  metal  project  Frostagrath  have  returned  with  a  new  track  which  continues  his  atmospheric and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  along  with  some  session  work  from  Sayed  Ragai  better  known  for  his  work  in  Sin  Prophecy  and  the  track  was  self  released  in  2018  and  called  "Under  Your  Black  Wings".

  Atmospheric  synths  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  track  which  is  also  9  minutes  in  length  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  into  the  music  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  grim  black  metal  screams.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  style  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  song  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  song  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  some  clean  vocals  and  whispers  also  being  used  briefly.

  Frostagrath  creates  another  track  that  remains  true  to  his  atmospheric  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  negativity,  sorrow,  depression  and  anti  life  themes.

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

  https://frostagrath.bandcamp.com/album/under-your-black-wings-single



        

Melan Selas Interview

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


Melan Selas is a musical project consisted of two members, D.K., also member of Riffobia and Astraea, member of Oletir. We started in the middle of 2015 at Trikala, Greece. All music is from D.K. and vocals and lyrics from Astraea. The first project's work was released as an E.P. by Metal Throne Productions on April of 2016.


2.How would you describe the musical sound that has been presented on the recordings you have released so far?


Melan Selas' music genre is defined as black metal with epic and atmospheric elements, as well as some thrash metal ones.


3.The main member also has a background in thrash, how would you compare black metal to the other style that you play in your full time band?


There is no reason for any comparison between the two genres. It is about the expression of different feelings and musical ideas that exist in an individual.


4.Your lyrics cover a lot of Greek Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic and also are you interested in the mythologies of other cultures?


The lyrical themes of the project vary between nature, ancient times and generally philosophy. Greek mythology is not the main theme of our lyrical content. However, there are some references to this concerning the topics we metioned. We are of course fascinated with all kind of ancient mythologies. Greek mythology speaks more to us due to our connection with it.


5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the compilation album you have coming out?


The cover of this release illustates the logo of Melan Selas, that also stands as a symbol. The geometry of it expresses the meaning of the project's name. The black colour in the background is related to darkness and void.


6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Melan Selas'?


The name of the project was an idea of Astraea's father. He thought that it suits the music we present. We familiarised it because we realised that it also has a more esoteric meaning in relation with the lyrics of the project. “Melan” means “black” and “selas” means “light” in ancient greek language. The name expresses a contradiction between the dark and the light, the negative element and the positive one. These two opposite forces become one as annihilation and salvation appear at the same time.


7.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, would you be open to expanding the line up for live shows or do you prefer to remain a studio project?


We would surely want to be able to play live with a full line up but this is an ambition for which we cannot be certain at this time.


8.The compilation is coming out on 'Iron Bonehead Productions', how would you compare working with them  to your older label 'Metal Throne Productions'?


It is surely great to work with a label such as “Iron Bonehead Productions”. We are also glad for our collaboration with “Metal Throne Productions”. We always try to give our best and improve ourselves as artists.


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


We had a quite good feedback from the fans of the genre until now and we continue our work for our art to be spread even wider.

10.What is going on with 'Riffobia' these days?


Riffobia are currently working on some new stuff for their third full album release.


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


This is something that only time will tell.


12.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?


Our music is influenced by the classic black metal bands and generally the wider range of heavy metal music. We are listening to anything that speaks to our souls.



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


We thank you very much for the interview. Stay tuned for more.

Antzaat/The black Hand Of The Father/Immortal Frost Productions/2017 EP Review


 
  Antzaat  are  a  band  from  Belgium  that  plays  an  traditional  form  of  black metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "The  Black  Hand  Of  The  Father"  which  was  released  by Immortal  Frost  Productions.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  also  being  used  at  times  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  but  also  giving  them  more  of  a  modern  style  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  always  remains  heavy.

  Antzaat  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  heavy  melodic  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Dystopian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Antzaat  are  a  very  great  sounding  traditional  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rite  Of  The  New  Dawn"  and  "The  Black  Hand  of  The  Father".  8  out  of  10.         

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Agrona/Realm Of The Fallen/UKEM Records/2018 CD Review


  Agrona  are  a  band  from  Wales  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Realm  Of  The  Fallen"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  UKEM  Records.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  along  with  some  synths  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  spoken  word  parts  being  used  at  times  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  When  the music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

 Death  metal  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times  while  spoken  word  parts  are  also  utilized  briefly  and  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  along  with some  of  the  tracks  being   long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  melodic  vocals,  whispers  and  clean  guitars  are  also  added  onto  the  recording briefly. 

  Agrona  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  traditional  sounding  while  also  having  both  old  school  and  modern  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Agrona  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Treacherous  Dead"  "Storms  End"  and  "Summoning  The  Void".  8  out  of  10.  

Sleepwalker/Ichi-go ichi-e/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2018 CD Review


  Sleepwalker  are  a  band  from  Japan  that  has  recently  had  an  album  reviewed  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  experimental  and  avant  garde  form  of  psychedelic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Ichi-go  ichi-e"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  Atmospheric  drones  and  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  while  tribal beats  can also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  ritualistic,  experimental  and  avant  garde  sounding  and  after  awhile  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  and  grim  whispers  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  distorted  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  bring  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  elements  of  free  jazz.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  tremolo  picking  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  some  songs  bringing  in  elements  of  psychedelic,  krautrock  and  noise  rock  and  a  later  track  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording.

  Sleepwalker  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  experimental,  avant  garde  and  psychedelic  style  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sleepwalker  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  avant  garde  and  psychedelic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "If  Return_A  Minor  Glance"  and  "Never  Ailments  On  Oneself".  8  out  of  10.      

Jyotisavedanga/Thermogravimetry Warp Continuum/Larval Productions/2018 Full Length Review


  Jyotisavedanga  are  an  international  band  with  embers  from  India,  Russia  and  Ukraine  that  plays  a  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  metal,  power  electronics  and  harsh  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Thermogravimetry  Warp  Continuum"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Larval  Productions.

  Power  electronics  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  a  few  seconds  later  while  atmospheric  synths  are  also  used  at  times  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  war  metal  elements  can  be  heard.

  Vocals  are  mostly  bestial  blackened  death metal  growls  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  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dissonant  fashion  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  incorporating  more  elements  of  harsh  noise  and  the  closing  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Jyotisavedanga  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  war,  black,  death  metal,  power  electronics  and  harsh  noise  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  different,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  astronomy,  astrology,  occultism,  and  quantum  science  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Jyotisavedanga  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  metal,  power  electronics  and  harsh  noise  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Quantum  Integers  Systematic  Deduction"  and  "Imploding  Linear  Fusion  Propulsion  System".  8  out  of  10.

    

Brood In Black Interview

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

1. Brood In Black is a one-man project/2-man Duo Of Darkness, from the hollows of Kentucky. We play Raw Black Metal. We have released 2 demos thus far, Arrival Of Death,(one-man demo) and Blasfemas.(one-man & band demo). We are also getting ready to release our 3rd demo, a band re-recording of Arrival Of Death, called Second Arrival Of Death, in early May.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that has been presented on the demo's you have released so far?
2.  Raw, lo-fi, uncompromising, Black Fucking Metal!

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored with your music?

3. My lyrics usually consist of anti-Christianity themes, Demonology ,Mythology,  the Occult, Blasphemy, Death, and the darkness that revolves it, and of course, Satan. My interpretations and opinions of things as well, such as stories from the Bible or Christianity, religious mockery, Also, sometimes I write in a third-person point of view. "I" doesn't always mean myself. It's written in character form. I also write from a fable point of view, making characters, derived from demonology, mythology, and composing fables..It's whatever I feel that works with the music, as well. Writing along with music. But all in all, it mostly revolves around The Infernal One below, Satanas...

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Brood In Black'?
4. The name Brood In Black actually derived from when I started writing black metal/thrash/punk, from back in 2005. I started writing music like this, in which at that point, it was simply called The Brood. I wrote until 2007, when I finally purchased a Tascam Portastudio 4-track recorder, and started recording all of these songs that I had written by myself since 2005. And this project lasted until 2010, as it was solely a one-man project. No band, no shows, no demos released, no online presence, nothing. So with the disappointment with having this one-man project wither away, I put this project into the crypts, to never be seen again. Until years later, in 2015, I dug up the old tapes, and decided to perform necromancy on this project..In which, I decided instead of The Brood, because by this point, there were 10 other bands called that online, started writing down names. And of  course, The Brood was on there, but I wanted to make this project more dark, more black, and in hopes that this project would turn into a band, I added In Black to the end of The Brood. At that point, I imagined a full line-up band, fully cloaked, performing a ritual, like at a black mass. It just felt right, the name sent chills up my spine, in a good way. When you hear the name Brood In Black, you could almost imagine a black mass...with everyone in their ritual cloaks and robes, all in black. Hence the name Brood In Black.


5.Originally the band was a solo project, what was the decision behind expanding into a duo?
5. The decision was easy. I had always wanted to play this kind of music to a live audience, to perform live rituals to the masses. So a one-man black metal live ritual was kind of impossible, unless I were to play guitar and sing along with some previously recorded tracks, which would make the live rituals less organic. So in Winter 2016/2017, after recording numerous demos, and assembling the first demo Arrival Of Death, I decided to release it to the public, online and thru mail-order. I hadn't planned to do that, but for some reason I did, just to see if anyone would enjoy these blasphemies.. And to my surprise, it started getting some online reviews and also mail-order sales. So, after some thought, and also being asked about playing live, I reached out to Bulgor for help, which he accepted. Bulgor is a family member of mine, which we had played in a couple of punk rock bands before Brood In Black. So in Summer 2017 we started practicing, re-shaping the songs from Arrival Of Death, and also writing some new unholy opuses. And on August 16th 2017, we performed our first live ritual at Best Friend Bar in Lexington, Ky. And we've been playing ever since.

6.What are some of the best shows that you have played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
6.The best show we have played so far, would have to be the last show we just played this past week. We played last Thursday, April 26th, at Best Friend Bar, in Lexington. Was a very good show! The Lexington Metal Maniacs fucking rule! People were headbanging, throwing up the horns at us, and also requesting songs! Definitely the best show we have played to date, and one I will remember for a long time. We opened that show, opening for Wolfstar(Heavy Metal), Astralnaut(Black Metal), and Kur(Blackened Death Metal), all very good bands. And also all local Kentucky bands. As far as our stage performance the VISUAL aspect, we always wear our demon-paint, sometimes blood, and sometimes wear our cloaks onstage, complete with lit candles, bones, etc..But also, sometimes we just get onstage and play, without the decorations or cloaks .It all depends on the venue, and turnout as well.  The demonpaint always is a must for me...We are hoping to add more to our live rituals, more , more bones, more everything, to make our rituals something you will not forget, visually. To make the experience more evil, more brutal, more more more!  Our stage performance, musically, we just do what we do. Play our brand of Black Metal. We get on stage as warriors, and spew forth our blasphemies to the willing and unwilling alike. From the first note, until the last, it is a WAR.. we use our instruments as weapons, and our music as ammunition.. and the stage is our fucking field of battle.. The enemy is Christianity. The enemy is organized hypocritical religion. Opposers of Black Metal. Opposers of Brood In Black. So by the end of the battle, we are still standing. And everyone else-you're either with us or against us. And those left standing with us, we stand with Satan..

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
7. As far as future shows/tours, we have no tours planned as of yet, but would love to do a tour. Bulgor has a difficult work schedule, and is sometimes hard to work around for shows/tours. The plan is to get a replacement on these shows that Bulgor will not be able to play. It is understandable, that he has to work to pay his bills. But Brood In Black is my job. Black Metal is my work. That is why we would like to have a replacement, in case Bulgor cannot play certain shows. As far as shows coming up, our next show is May 7th, 2018, at the Highlands Tap Room, in Louisville, Kentucky, for a Metal Monday show. This will be a showcase show for us, as we will be the only act on this show. We will have an extended live ritual for this show, so we shall have something special lined up. Our next show after this, is a show currently planned for July 9th, for Al's Bar Of Lexington. If any Black Metal bands would like to play with Brood In Black on this show, or would like to book a show or tour with us or general contact, send an email to us at broodinblack@gmail.com

8.Can you tell us a little bit more about 'No Hope In Hell Records'?
8. No Hope In Hell Records was my first underground label, which had mainly punk rock bands, and noise rock/experimental bands on it. It is now defunct. R.I.P. Our main label now is Blasfemas Records, which is run by myself. . Blasfemas Records is a DIY underground Black Metal label. Brood In Black is the only band currently on this label. If any BM bands would be interested in releasing a demo or something on it, contact me. I am looking to release a handful of BM demos on the label. And also looking to do splits with Brood In Black. Looking for raw sounding Black Metal, demos, rehearsals. I don't care if you record with a boombox, or if it sounds like shit. To me, that is what the true underground is about. That is the essence of it- Releasing art by all means, even if it sounds terrible. And we do limited number releases.  Artwork and everything is hand-done. Cut, copy, paste, dub, release. It is all hands-on. No printing press. D.I.Y. or fucking die!

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
9. As far as feedback worldwide, we have had a couple of reviews of our demos from other countries. And here in the states, too. But overall, the feedback has all been positive from all over the world. Reviews have all been positive. I think I would actually be relieved to receive a negative review haha!!

10.What can ex expect musically during the future?
10. You can expect more music from Brood In Black. We have a new demo coming out next month, May 10th to be exact. It is called "Second Arrival Of Death". This is mostly a band re-recording of the first demo "Arrival Of Death", with some new songs added as well. We worked really hard to take the songs from the first demo Arrival Of Death, and re-constructed every song, so that they would have a style and feel of their own. When we are not rehearsing, I am constantly writing, and recording demos. So there shall be no shortage of music from Brood In Black.jThere are a couple of splits planned with some local Kentucky bands/projects, but until these develop further than talk, I will leave it at that.. Even long after I die, there will be Brood In Black music released for future generations...We hope to play as many shows as we can, and also hope to tour, even if just a mini-tour. We would like to spread this plague all over the world, known as Brood In Black!! Personally, I would love to just record and release as much music as I can, and play as many shows as I can. Because you never know when your time on this earth is neigh..I hope to leave behind a legacy, an impact on the underground U.S.B.M. scene, in one way or another.

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. My influences are a very long list, as I listen to a lot of different music. When I started playing guitar,I was 14 years old. I was listening to punk rock, classic rock, grunge rock, and also Black Sabbath. So naturally, I started playing whatever I could learn, from everything from Sex Pistols "God Save The Queen", to  Nirvana, to Black Sabbath. I cut my teeth on all of that music, which it was the early to mid 90's.This was around the first time I first heard Extreme Metal, thru my friend Mike McCollum, when he popped in Slayer "Seasons Of The Abyss", and Sepultura "Beneath The Remains".  But with all metal, it will always be Black Sabbath, the kings.  But as far as Black Metal bands go, I will list the ones who are/were most  influential, in no particular order. The first Sodom demos/albums were a huge influence, everything before Persecution Mania. Not to say that I didn't love everything after that, but In The Sign Of Evil and Obsessed By Cruelty were very influential. Venom, Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, Bathory, Darkthrone, Von( "Satanic Blood" is my favorite demo of all time.) Beherit, Azazel, Vlad Tepes. There are more from the past, but at this point I cant remember them all! hahaha
As for current listening, I've been listening to Croc Noir, from France. Awesome French Black Metal!!  France had, and still has, a vital Black Metal scene there. Devilgroth, from Siberia, who just recently released a theme album about Ivan The Terrible, "Ivan Grozny". Very atmospheric BM. Good album. Sardonic Witchery "King Of The Midnight Legions", Awesome Black Metal from Texas. Master's Curse's new cassette, "Resurgence", Fucking brutal Occult Black Metal from Kentucky. Highly recommended.

12.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?
12. My views about Satanism are, I support Satanism, even though it is now a worldwide organized religion. I'll support that before I would support any other  Judeo-Christian religion that is on this earth. I would almost consider myself a Satanist, but then that would put me in with a group of people who are a part of a religion that involves commerce, involves "belonging" to a church/cult/religious sect.  And that would make it organized, which I do NOT support. I do not support any type of organized religion. BUT I do support their credos, which is mostly common sense things that most people should do, or already do in the first place. And that is, TO BE A DECENT FUCKING HUMAN BEING! But as far as being a part of their religion, NO I am not a Satanist. I AM SATAN. I DO NOT FOLLOW ANY SHEEP OR GODS. I FOOT MY OWN PATH. I GO MY OWN WAY. HAIL SATAN.

Occultism is something I do support. I've dabbled a little bit in the Occult, the Black Arts, etc. I don't wish to speak any further of what I have been involved with, as it is personal to me. But if people want to divulge into the Occult, I recommend it. But you have to be of sound mind, body, and spirit. It is not for everyone, especially those with weak constitutes.
I fully support Occultism, witchcraft, wicca, pagan magic, nocturnal magick, and of these things of the Unlight. Fuck these Christians who practice what they call White or Christian Magic(It is the Christians who stole the pagan witches' alchemy, formulas,etc., changed it to Christian Magic. Trust me, I know one. She thinks her magic is "pure, white magic", but she doesn't understand that it is PAGAN MAGIC that she practices, not CHRISTIAN MAGIC!) The Christians have stolen everything from Pagans, Native Americans, etc. Sorry to have gone off on a tangent..

13.Are there any other black or underground metal bands that are worth checking out in your home state of Kentucky?
13. This fucking state of Kentucky needs more Black Metal bands.. Here are a few that I am fond of..
Apochryphal Revelation, Master's Curse, Pyromancer, Astralnaut, Vox Malorum

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

14. Last words? Hails to Occult Black Metal Zine for the reviews and the interview, Infernal Hails to all of our fans, throughout the world.  If anyone wants to get in contact with Brood In Black or Blasfemas Records, send us an email to broodinblack666@gmail.com  Death to the Christian Faith! Death to the prophets of Christ! Death to the Holy Priests of God! Death to their fucking lies! Death to the opposers of Black Metal! Keep the fire alive...Evil Fucking Lives..Hail Satan 666!

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Void/The Unsearchable Riches Of Void/Bad Princess Productions/2018 EP Review


  Void  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "The  Unsearchable  Riches  Of  Void"  which  was  released  by  Bad  Princes  Productions.

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  after  the  music  speeds  up  while  a  slight  grindcore  influence  can  also be  heard  at  times  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  angry  black  metal  screams  and  shouts  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  some  of  the  riffing  has  a  technical  edge.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  clean  vocals  are  also  used  briefly  along  with  some  of  the  riffing  also  displaying  more  of  a  progressive  style  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a very  power  sound  to  them,  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  avant  garde  moments  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Void  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  black  metal  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  grind,  hardcore,  death  metal,  post  rock  and  avant  garde  to  create  something  very  different,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  post  industrial  dystopian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Void  are  a  very  decent  sounding  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  very  different,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Phobia  Of  A  Fiddler's  p Paradise"  and  "The  Wildebeast".  7/5  out  of  10.  .    

Asche der Welten/Chaos bricht aus/Apocalyptic Art/2018 Demo Review


  Asche  der  Welten  are  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  plays  an  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  demo  "Chaos  bricht  aus"  which  was  released  by  Apocalyptic  Art.

  Dark,  heavy  and  melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  atmospheric  elements  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal s creams  as  well  as  both  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while the  tremolo  picking  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  has  a  very  raw  feeling  to  it  along  with  the  synths  bringing  in  elements  of  dark  ambient  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  second  track  is  all  instrumental.

  Asche  der  Welten  displays  2  different  styles  on  these  tracks  with  the  first  one  being  more  in  an  atmospheric  black  metal  style  while  the  other  one goes  into  more  of  a  dark  ambient  territory,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  post  apocalyptic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Asche  der  Welten  are  a  very  great  sounding  ambient  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Zusammenbruch".  8  out  of  10.

Abominablood/Abomination Continues/Cyclopean Eye Productions/2018 EP Review


  Abominablood  are  a  band  from  Argentina  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Abomination  Continues"  which  was  released  by  Cyclopean  Eye  Productions.

  A very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in a  a  lot  of  blast  beats  and  war  metal  elements  as  well  as  the  vocals  bringing  in  deep  blackened  metal  screams.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  raw  and  chaotic  fashion  while  the songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  fast  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  as  well  as  some  bestial  growls  also  being  used  at  times  and  as  the  ep  progresses  a  brief  ritualistic  track  can  be  heard  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  on  the  remaining  songs  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences.

  Abominablood  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  very  heavy  sounding  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  H.P  Lovecraft  and  Evil  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Abominablood  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  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  "Pentagram  Of  The  Seventh  Dimension"  and  "Beast  From  The  Another  World  (Tshup  Aklathep)".  8  out  of  10.



  

Friday, April 27, 2018

Eisregen/Satan liebt dich/Massacre Records/2018 EP Review


  Germany's  Eisregen  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  atmospheric  mixture  of  dark,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Satan  liebt  dich"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Massacre  Records.

  A  horror  soundtrack  orientated  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction which  also  introduces  grim  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  while t he  faster  sections  of the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Melodic  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  some  keyboards  also  being  mixed  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  being  added  into  some  of  the  tracks  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Some  songs  also  bring  in  elements  of  goth  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Pungent  Stench's  "For  God  Your  Soul"  which  also  introduces  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  Martin  Shirenc  doing  a  cover  of  "Mein  Eichensarg".

  Eisregen  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  dark,  black  and  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  death,  gore,  cannibalism,  necrophilia  and  murder  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Eisregen  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Onkel  Fritze"  "For  God  Your  Soul"  and  "13  russische  Krebsschweine".  8  out  of  10.

Daemon of Oa/Awaiting The Unborn/2018 Full Length Review



  Greece's  solo  project  Daemon  Of  Oa  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  him  going into  more  of  an  old  school  black  metal  direction and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2018  album  "Awaiting  The  Unborn".

  Grim  black  metal s creams  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  fast  riffing  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  faster  sections  of   the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  A  great  amount  of  90's  influences  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  music  also  sounding  like  it  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  more  than  20  years  ago  and  all  of t he  songs  stick  to  either  a  fast  or  mid  paced  direction.

  On  this  recording  Daemon  Of  Oa  goes  for  more  of  a  raw  and  90's  style  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  occultism,  Witchcraft  and  Darkness  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Daemon  Of  Oa  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cult  of  The  new  Moon"  "Under  Satanic  Moonlight"  and "Thessalian  Witches".  8  out  of  10.

  

Anicon/Entropy Mantra/Vendetta Records/2018 CD Review


  New  York's  Anicon  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  atmospheric  and  progressive  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Entropy  Mantra"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Vendetta  Records.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  angry  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads   are utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  the  riffs  also b ring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs while  the  vocals  also  add  deep  growls  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  music  getting  progressive  and  technical  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  some  of  the  tracks. 

  Anicon  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  atmospheric  and  progressive  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  oppression,  anxiety  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Anicon  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  progressive  and  atmospheric  black  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Wither  And  Waste"  "Tarnish  On  The  Emblems  Of  Ardor"  adn  "Paling  Terrian".  8  out  of  10.  

Marozia/Carta aos Senhores/2018 Single Review


  Brazil's  Marozia  have  returned  with  a  new  song  which  continues  their  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  single  "Carta  aos  Senhores".

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  track  before  a  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  and  drum  beats  kick  in  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard.

  Marozia  creates  another  track  that  remains  true  to  their  raw  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Portuguese  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Marozia  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  single.  8  out  of  10.

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ld5INTIcyGU&feature=youtu.be      

Mordgier Interview

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

Hail! I formed the band in the beginning of 2002. I played in this time in a few bands but I still had some ideas which I couldn't realized with other bands. It was natural that I started a new band. Along with the guitarist with whom I played at that time in another band, we played a few rehearsals. After finding a drummer, we had only two rehersals and we played at the festival. Then we played one more rehearsal and in December 2002 we recorded a 40-minute demo in famous at this time Selani Studio. I will add that it is a full live recording.

2.How would you describe your musical sound?

Pure Fucking Black Metal! Even then, sixteen years ago, so many bands began to change their style, that already then I began to operate under the banner of "The Forgotten Ghost ov Black Metal", which has not lost its validity until today. I am not a hard-headed idealist who locked himself into the Black Metal of the early 90's, but MORDGIER was and will musically sustain the flame of the "old" Black Metal. For sure I will not record "In Deathcold Mist" part two but for sure it will be MORDGIER and Black Fucking Metal - chaotic, raw and antireligious music for real metallers.

3.On the demo you covered a lot of satanic topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Satanism?

I don't think there are many strictly satanic topics on the demo. Texts on "In Deathcold Mist" catch on Satanism, but there is more about suicide, death, misanthropy...

My view of the ideology of Satanism underwent a metamorphosis, which I consider to be natural in the process of gaining more and more knowledge. I listen to metal since 1993 and at first I have no interest in the subject of Satanism but I was 12 at the time, although more or less at the time I began to be interested in esotericism among others. With time, I entered the path of Satanism, Occultism and Black Magic. Studying philosophy and deep interest in various religions (I read the bible, the koran and other "holy" books - on the principle of knowing your enemy) also had a considerable impact on my philosophy of life.

I follow the Satanic way but personally, quite a long time ago I stopped calling myself a Satanist, but it does not bother me if someone calls me that. In addition, I consider myself an Antitheist. My Satanism? I try to follow my own path, in which you can certainly find elements of various varieties of Satanism, Luciferianism and various philosophical doctrines, but I don't follow blindly any of the existing varieties of Satanism, because it is as stupid to me as going to church. Being a sheep will always be a sheep, even if you will follow so-called The Left Hand Path.

4.Since 2003 there has not been any new material, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

The reason for the silence was very simple. In the end of 2003 Krieger (drums) left the band (due to the duties in private life and the distance, he lived in other city). In 2004 further cooperation with my guitarist was not possible and the band stopped activity but never split-up. For many reasons like private life, new band and big health problems, I hadn't time for normal activity, but in this time of inactivity I created some new songs. Oficially MORDGIER is active again since January 2016.

5.Originally the band was called 'Triumphant' what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Mordgier'?

Yes, TRIUMPHANT was first name of my band but I change it to MORDGIER a few months later. Why? I was looking for more brutal name that would suit my band's music more. The second reason was the popularity of the name “Triumphant” in various forms. Quite by accident I found the German word “Mordgier”, which can be translated as "the lust for murder, the lust for blood."


6.Originally the band was based in Poland but now located in the United Kingdom, what was the cause of the move?

Because I moved to United Kingdom in 2015.

7.What where some of the best shows that the band had played in the past and also how would you describe your stage performance?

MORDGIER played only one concert. In December 2002, we performed in Olsztyn (Poland) at the fourth edition of the underground festival "Night ov Torment". Apart from us, there were also such bands as VESANIA, PARRICIDE, THIRD DEGREE and EFFECT MURDER. Our performance? At that time, there was no Black Metal band in Olsztyn (our city) which used tons of nails and corpse-paints, inverted crosses and blood on performances. So I think it's true if I say that as the first of the Olsztyn bands we played a full true Black Metal concert - sonic terror, nails, satanic blaspemy, corpse-paints... We played all the songs from the demo. Madness on stage, madness under the stage.

8.Are you open to doing any live shows in the future?

Yes, of course. I like to play live but concerts are not a priority for me, in the sense that they are not my focus. So you can expect concerts in future, but it's too early for details. The priority is to record EP with a few new tracks and tracks for split 7”EP with NECROSADIST (Pol).

9.On the demo you had done some 'Beherit' and 'Darkthrone' covers, what was the decision behind doing your own versions of their songs?

Why these songs? I always wanted to record my version of "The Gate of Nanna". When it comes to "Quintessence" ... till today I think it is one of the best song of Norwegians, so when we decided to record a cover of this band, the choice was simple.

10.Can you tell us a little bit more about 'Antitheus Productions'?

Antitheus Productions is a small independent label, which I am a co-owner together with Vanadis. We are focused on quality, not quantity. We do not care about release a few or a dozen releases a month, because to be honest it is not difficult these days. In addition to new releases, we are also focused on publishing old materials - forgotten, unknown or those that are worth remind. More info: www.antitheus.uk

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

In 2003, after the release of the demo tape and now after the re-edition, the opinions that reach me are good and very good. But even if they were negative, I would not change my music anyway. There will always be opponents and malcontents...

12.What can we expect musically from the new material once it is released?

Less faster parts, more at medium tempos. Most of the tracks that will be on the next two releases (split 7"Ep and EP) are already a few years old. What can I add? As I say before – raw, “old school” Black Metal. Lyrics? A long time ago I left the writing of anti-christian texts. If I touch on matters of religion, I do not focus on one religion, lyrics are against all organized, institutionalized religions. I still deal with the subject of suicides and death, but from a different perspective, not personal. Satanic threads are still present, but you will not find texts like "Hail Satan! Kill the christians! Fuck you!" in MORDGIER!

13.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?

During the creation of "In Deathcold Mist" I was heavily influenced by "Kronet til Konge" DODHEIMSGARD, "Destroyer" and "Incipit Satan" of GORGOROTH, early CARPATHIAN FOREST and “old” BURZUM. And I'm sure you can hear it on the demo (at least to some extent). Anyway, to this day I am under the influence of the above mentioned, and "Kronet til Konge" is one of the best Black Metal albums for me. What I listening nowadays? A lot of old albums and I'm totally out of date with new products. To name a few, the last few weeks I've been listening a lot of PEST „Hail the Black Metal Wolves of Belial”, THY DARKENED SHADE „Liber Lvcifer I: Khem Sedjet”, LYKAIONAS „Luciferian Fullmoon Necromancy”, LUCIFERION „Demonication” and BURZUM „Filosofem”. I like to search and listen to some less known or unknown bands, sometimes you can find a very interesting band... And I invariably listen a lot to my three best bands and the only ones I like whole (every single song) - DISSECTION, VINTERLAND and BLACK CRUCIFIXION. However, I don't think that what I am listening now has any greater impact on the music of MORDGIER

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

Remember - "When Hell Calls Your Name, There Is No Way Back" ! Thanks for the interview and your support.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Velo Misere/Genealogia del Eterno Desasosiego/Hexencave Productions/2018 EP Review


  Velo  Misere  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  an  intense  and  murky  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Genealogia  del  Eterno  Desasosiego"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Hexencave  Productions.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  dissonant  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  also  sounds  very  modern  along  with  the  songs  also  evoking  a  very  dark  atmosphere   as  well as  the  music  getting  very  bleak  and  murky  at  times  and  the  tracks  also  always  sticks  to  a  very  heavy  musical  direction.

  Velo  Misere  plays  a  style of  black  metal that  is  very  bleak,  intense  and  murky,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  tragedy  and  mourn  and  the  annunciation  of  death  as  the  supreme  power.

  In  my  opinion  Velo  Misere  are  a  very  great  sounding  intense  and  murky  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Annunciacion"  and  "Quimera".  8  out  of  10.    

Katari/Ave, Rex Ivdaervm!/From Deepest Records/2018 CD Review


  Katari  are  a  band  from  Peru  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Ave,  Rex  Ivdaervm!"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  From  Deepest  Records.

  Drum  beats  along  with  some  heavy  riffs  start  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  Some  of  the  riffing  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  very  true  to  an  old  school  style  along  with  the  songs  also bringing  in  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  music  always  remaining  very  heavy  and  they  also  bring  in  an  instrumental  track.

  Katari  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is very  traditional  and  old  school  and  also  goes  back  to t he  90's  era,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti  Christianity,  Evil  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Katari  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Extermination"  "Fucked  by  Serpents"  and  "Acid  Venom".  8  out  of  10.

Djevelkult/Nar Avgrunnen Apnes/Saturnal Records/2018 CD Review


  Djevelkult  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Nar  Avgrunnen  Apnes"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Saturnal  Records.

  Grim  black  metal s creams  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  fast  riffs  that  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  to  give  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  fist  wave  influences  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  the  music  slows  down  some  depressive  elements  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Djevelkult  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  traditional  and  old  school  in  the  90's  Norwegian  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Norwegian  and  cover  death,  darkness  and  blasphemy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Djevelkult  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Atomic  Holocaust"  "An  Evil  Unheard  Of"  and  "Vredeskvad".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Sacrocurse/Gnostic Holocaust/Hells Headbangers/2018 CD Review


  Sacrocurse  are  a  band  from  Mexico  that  has  had  some  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  war, black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Gnostic  Holocaust"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Hells  Headbangers.

  Ritualistic  soundscapes  along  with  some  choirs  and  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  while  black  metal  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  the  music  being  rooted  in  the  90's.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  bring  in  a  very  chaotic  yet  old  school  style  along  with  the  fast  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  growls  also  getting  very  bestial  at  times.

  Sacrocurse  creates  another  recording  that  remain  true  to  their  old  school  mixture  of  war,  black  and  bestial  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Gnosticism,  Occultism  and  Violence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sacrocurse  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  war,  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Jaws  Of  Hell"  "Endless  Khaoz"  "Maze  Of  Serpents"  and  "Gnostic  Holocaust".  8  out  of  10.