Monday, April 24, 2017

The Noctambalant/Advocatus Diaboli/Domestic Genocide Records/2016 CD Review


  The  Noctambulant  are  a  band  from  Florida  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2016  album  "Advocatus  Diaboli"  which  was  released  by  Domestic  Genocide  Records.

  A  very  heavy  sound along  with  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  while  the  vocals  bring  in a   mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Melodies  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  coming  out of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  one  song  also  adds  in a  brief  use of  bells  while  a  later  song  also  uses  a  small  amount of  laughs  and  spoken  word  parts.

  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  can  be  heard  and  a  later  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  one  song  also  has  an  avant  garde  feeling  before  getting  a  lot  more  heavier  and  almost  towards  the  end  a  brief  use  of  rain  sounds  and  pianos  can be  heard  and acoustic  guitars  are  used  on t he  closing  track  briefly.

  The  Noctambulant  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  in  the  90's  Swedish  tradition  while  also  mixing  in  elements of  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Noctambulant  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Legion"  "Creeping  Dead"  "Evil  Calling"  "Blood  For  Life"  and  "Winter's  Hell  Dominion".  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Endless Voyage X/Those Who Time Forgot/Fragile Bunch/2017 EP Review

  Endless  Voyage  X  are  a  solo  project  from  Cleveland,  Ohio  that  plays  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  ep  "Those  Who  Time  Forgot"  which  will  be  released  during t he  summer  by  Fragile  Bunch.

  Drum  beats  and  black  metal  style  riffing  starts  off  the  ep and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast   beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling,

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  slower  sections  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  and  atmospheric  synths  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  a  couple  of  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there  is  also  an  instrumental  which  also  brings  in  acoustic  guitars  before  closing  the  ep  with  a  heavier  track..

  Endless  Voyage  X  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  atmospheric  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  oceans,  nature,  darkness,  existentialism,  and  society  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Endless  Voyage  X  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Far  From  Home"  and  "At  One  With  The  Abyss".  8  out  of  10.

 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Serpentshrine/Besetting The Altar/2017 Full Length Review


 Serpentshrine  are  a  band  from  Virginia  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self   released  2017  album  "Besetting  The  Altar".

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  and after  the  intro  melodic  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  heavy  riffs  and  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  sound  very  powerful  and  death  metal  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times.

  At  times  classical  guitars  are  brought  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  black  metal  feeling  along  with  a  couple  of  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  ritualistic  whispers  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Serpentshrine  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal a nd  mixes  it  with  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Serpentshrine  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Journey  Through  The  Haunted  Forest"  "Besetting  the  Altar"  and  "Unholy  Affliction"   

Archivist/Construct/Halo Of Flies/2016 CD Review


  Archivist  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  Austira,  Germany,  United  States  and  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2017  album  "Construct"  which  will  be  released  on  April  26th  by  Halo  Of  Flies.

  Ambient  style  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  guitars  being  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  adds  in  elements  of  post  rock  and  after  awhile  the  music  gets  a  lot  more  heavier  along  with  some  screaming  style  hardcore  vocals  and  when the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  During  the  faster  sections  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  also  incorporate  some  black  metal  screams  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  song  bring in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Melodic  vocals  can  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the   music  getting  more  progressive  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks a re  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  also  mixed  both  the  heavy  and  atmospheric parts  together  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Archivist  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  atmospheric  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  ambient,  post  rock  and  a  touch  of  hardcore  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Theosophy,  Astronomy,  Science  Fiction  and  The  Fall  Of  Mankind  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Archivist  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Birth  Of  Ire"  "Scorched  Earth  Policy"  "Witch  Finder"  and  "Theosophical  Digression...  Artificial  Intelligence".  8  out  of  10.

 

 

Afraid Of Destiny/Agony/Razed Soul Productions/2017 CD Review


  Afraid  Of  Destiny  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Agony"  which  was  released  by  Razed  Soul  Productions.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  depressive  black  metal  screams  that  also get  very  deep  at  times  and  they  also  mix  the  heavier  and  atmospheric  stuff  together.

  Touches  of  ambient  can  be  heard  at  times  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  depressive  melodies  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  rain  and  thunder  sounds  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion,

  One  track  also  brings  in a   brief  use  of  clean  singing  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  you can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Lifelover's  "Sweet  Illness  Of  Mine". 

  Afraid  Of  Destiny  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  suicide,  depression,  solitude  and  self  harm  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Afraid  Of  Destiny  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rain,  Scars  And  The  Climb"  "Hatred  Towards  Myself"  and  "Sweet  Illness  Of  Mine".  8  out  of  10.

 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Digir Gidim Interview


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Utanapistim:
Everything that's important and necessary to know on our album, can be known through concept and music. Nothing else matters.

2.Recently you have released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Utanapistim:
It's not up to us to define ourselves, but consider we are often being asked rather than questioning on other more interesting issues, I can say we have several influences. Our approach in composing follows the concept expressed but at the same time it's totally instinctive, stating what the concept wants to express. Without loosing too much time I can simply resume it with two apparently superficial adjectives, that are not in reality: it's occult and primordial. The perception is Chaos.

3.You refer to your music as 'occult avant garde black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?
Utanapistim:
Not because we personally feel the need, but actually since unfortunately everything needs to be classified and many are lost without having a guide or a category, we have tried to use terms that
are mostly closed to our proposal. It's a fact that our occult and technical stylistical approach used to express our ritual is influenced predominately by black metal, but it's also true that our album has influences not purely raw black metal and in some passages not even metal. Also the most appropriate term is Avantgarde, considering dissonances and some other aspects we have been influenced by. We don't care to be classified, we just care about the messagethat has to be spread.

4.The band has been around since 2014 but waited until 2017 to release an album, what was going on during the first 3 years?
Utanapistim:
We worked on arranging and recording during these 3 years with the calm needed to propose a concept, which had to be coherent, to propose music with no compromises and to render everything the most primordial and instinctive as possible. We are not in a hurry, because we think that every kind of pressure, even external, can compromise the writing of an album. We just took the time needed.

5.The lyrics deal a lot with ancient Mesopotamia and Esoteric Doctrines, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
Utanapistim:
Lalartu took admirably care of lyrics, being able to conceive the entire concept as a poem; expressing our common thought not purely as notional but also as conceptual and occult content coherently and
suitably. These themes have not been chosen, they’ve just been processed naturally. We didn’t get close to the topic only for using it in our music, but we took the passion we have for the ancient Mesopotamic culture turning into something intimate and deep and experienced as a new personal doctrine. Mesopotamic civilizations together with their culture, brilliance, history and occultism express perfectly the concept of neutrality, the return to the primordial stage and fit entirely with our occult and philosophical concepts. It’s not marketing, but a philosophical way of life from which
descends also the “anti-ego” choice of not divulging nationality and faces. We know well that proposing our music to the audience can create conflicts, but we didn’t act for the trend of the moment or for glory, but just for awareness and coherence of the message and themes that we
divulge and only people interested to catch them will get. I think I’ve been enough exaustive talking about our choice, whilst for the historical aspects is too reductive to answer in this contest

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Digir Gidim'?
Utanapistim:
Find band's moniker hasn't been so arduous, 'cause what we clearly defined even before the project itself it has been the entire concept. It puts together name, music, lyrics, graphic, lack of identity and
nationality, entirely congruent with what the concept is. Our official explanation of what the moniker means, it's just one. Digir is a cuneiform determinative, used to indicate the deity.It wasn't pronounced, and it could be transliterated with a simple D in the top left, beside the name of the God/Goddess. Taken as a standalone term it also could indicate the God Anu, or also the sky, so it's a symbol which and it's devoid of any pronunciation, of any sense of Ego, yet inordinately loaded and important Which contemplates elevation through the return to the primordial essence. Nullifying the Ego which is polluted by civilization, empyrical doctrines, limited ideas of religion. Modern religions tend to distort the sacred scriptures for the sake of limiting the scope of beliefs and turning them into
slavery. The most ancient civilization, the Sumerian/Mesopotamian one, holds the potential to return to this principle which was uncorrupted before other cultures, to achieve self-determination through a series of stages, arriving beyond the good/evil dychotomy as it was conceived by successive religions, all of this in the presence of the Gods and the God within us, a ghostly God which is dimmed by human stupidity.The association with the word "Gidim", which means actually ghost, is
perhaps clear at this point.

7.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?
Utanapistim
There is no possibility for this project to become a freakshow. There is no plans for lives not even for including external members. The only way to reach our message and intimacy is to listen our music.
Lalartu and I are the only entities which belong to Digir Gidim. Further members or external people would break the required equilibrium, polluting the very same project. We won’t allow!

8.The band is from an unknown location, are you planning on revealing the location in the future?
Utanapistim:
Our purpose is to never reveal; but with internet and the exposure even if minimal and constantly monitored by both, it may this happens. We’ll try our best not to. There's been a lot of arguing about our native land. To reach a neutral awareness, it's necessary to completely detach from society, to avoid its polluting effects. Digir Gidim have no boundaries, no nationality, no group identity to taint
our physical and spiritual dimensions. Faceless, Digir Gidim stay within the non-existing in order to exist. No matter what role human experiences and pre-judicial relationships may have assigned you
within society. The goal is to find our true self and, together with it, our true liberation.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fansof black metal?
Utanapistim:
We are not interested.

10.What is going on with 'Titaan' these days?
Utanapistim:
I admire and respect Titaan, I consider the project of great value. Lalartu is member both of Digir Gidim and Titaan, but Titaan is hismost intimate and exclusive project besides Digir Gidim. Both projects share a lot in the way of seeing, but we would also point out that in the same way they are two different and separate entities. One is not the evolution of the other, but they are distinct and diverse. If something it’s needed to be known about Titaan, we think it should be asked another time. We’ve decided not to answer on questions about Titaan when talking about Digir Gidim. If someone wants to know something more about Titaan can directly ask to Lalartu through appropriate questions regarding only his project.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Utanapistim:
You never know what the future holds. Only be based on present built on past. The desire is almost certain to release a second and maybe even a third album. The only truth that we know is that 'till when we feel the need to express ourselves we'll do it without compromises

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?
Utanapistim:
The entire 90’s black metal has deeply influenced our music, as well as 70’s, rock, post rock, shoegaze and much more, even music coming from other ages. Our musical background is varied, not limited just to a single genre. Whatever artistically gives us emotions and
communicates, it’s listen with no prejudices.

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

Blackosh/Rvouci Vichry/Eternal Death/2017 EP Review


  Blackosh  are  a  duo  from  the  Czech  Republic  that  plays  a  very  satanic  and  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Rvouchi  Vichry"  which  will  be  released in  May  by  Eternal  Death.

  Grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  dark,  heavy  yet  melodic  guitar  riffing  starts  off  the  ep  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences.

  Throughout  this  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  both  modern  and  old  school  black  metal  styles  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  clean  singing  is  also  used  briefly  and  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  along  with  a  brief  use  of  avant  garde  elements.

  Blackosh  plays  a  style  of  satanic  black  metal  that  is  very  traditional,   raw  and  melodic  while  not  being  afraid  to  be  different,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  the  bands  native  tongue  and  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Evil  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Blackosh  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Kult  Latrin".  8  out  of  10.