Saturday, February 17, 2018

Thy Feeble Saviour/And Darkness Fell/Hells Headbangers/2018 CD Review


  Thy  Feeble  Saviour  are  a  duo  from  Texas  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  blasphemous  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "And  Darkness  Fell"  which  will  be   released  in  March  by  Hells  Headbangers.

  Church  bell  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  brutal  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  bestial  growls  also  being  used  at  times.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early 90's  and  some  of  the  riffing  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  short  in  length  and  the  music  also remains  very  primal  and  heavy  sounding.

  Thy  Feeble  Saviour  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  the  rawest  and  darkest  elements  of  old  school  black  and  death  metal  and  gives  the  genre  a  more  modern  atmosphere,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Blasphemy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Thy  Feeble  Saviour  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  blasphemous  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  "Corpse  of  The  Crucified"  "Provoked  Crucifixion"  "Obscenity  of  The  Cross"  and  "Mocked  And  Despised".  8/5  out  of  10.

Hell's Coronation/Unholy Blades Of The Devil/Godz Of War Productions/2018 EP Review


  Hell's  Coronation  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  musical  style  they  refer  to  as  'necro  ritual  black  doom  metal'  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Unholy  Blades  Of  The  Devil"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Godz  of  War  Productions.

  Sex sounds  along  with  some  synths  and  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  grim  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  the  synths  in  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in a  decent  amount  of  melody,  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  always  sticks  to  a  slow  direction.

  Hell's  Coronation  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  early  90's  era  occult  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hell's  Coronation  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  mixture  of  occult  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Temple  Of  Wickedness"  and  "Luciferian  Wind  Blows  From  The  North".  8/5  out  of  10. 

 

   

Stillborn/Crave For Killing/Godz Of War Productions/2018 EP Review


  Poland's  Stillborn  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  mixture  of  war,  black,  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of their  2018 ep  "Crave  For  Killing"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Godz  Of  War  Productions.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  alter  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  war  metal  elements  and  blast  beats  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  growls  being  utilized  at  times.

  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also b ring  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  music  always  remains  very  heavy  and  brutal  sounding  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  air  raid  sirens.

  Stillborn  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Polish  and  cover  apotheosis  of  death,  anti  religion,  blasphemy  and  apostasy  themes. 

 In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Stillborn  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  war,  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "It'S  A  Sinner"  and  "Crave  For  Killing".  8  out  of  10.
 


Friday, February 16, 2018

Misanthropic Rage/Igne Natura Renovatur Integra/Godz Of War Productions/2018 CD Review


  Misanthropic  Rage  are  a  duo  from  Poland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  avant  garde  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Igne  Natura  Renovatur  Integra"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Godz  Of  War  Productions.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  avant  garde  style  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  before going  into  a  very  fast  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  to  give  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  mix  the  atmospheric,  avant  garde  and  heavy  parts  together along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  vocals  also  getting  more  deep and  grim  as  the  recording  progresses  as  well  as  some  of  the  leads  also  bring  in  a  more  modern  and  atmospheric  style,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Misanthropic  Rage  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  avant  garde  style  of  black  metal  from  heir  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Polish  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Misanthropic  Rage  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  avant  garde  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Call  All  Your  Angels"  "Abstrakt"  "The  Agony  Of  Breath"  and  "The  Truth  Shall  Be  Told".  8  out  of  10.

  

Misrule/Forced To Suffer/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2018 Demo Review


  Misrule  are  a  solo  project  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black,  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  demo  "Forced  To  Suffer"  which  was  released  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  bestial  growls  as  well  as  the  music  mixing  in  elements  of  war  and  death  metal  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  A  great  amount  of  grindcore  elements  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  along  with  most  of  the  songs  being  very  short  in  length  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy,  raw  and  brutal  sounding  without  ever  having  a  soft  moment.

  Misrule  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  war,  black,  death  metal and  grindcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death  and  violence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Misrule  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Led  To  The  Grave"  and  "Maggot".  8  out  of  10.  

Nocrul/Eye Of Terror/2017 Full Length Review


  Nocrul  are  a  duo  from  Hungary  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Eye  of  Terror".

  Heavy  riffs  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  while  they  also  mix  synths  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  musical instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  clean  playing  and  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  as  well  as  the  tremolo  picking  giving  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  growls  can  also  be  heard  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Heaven  And  Hell's  "Atom  And  Evil".

  On  this  recording  Nocrul  goes  into  more  of  a  melodic  black  metal  direction  while  also  keeping  the  atmospheric  elements  of  their  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  based  on  Warhammer  40k.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nocrul  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Let  The  Ground  Be  The  Grave  Marker  Of  The  Heroes"  "Dark  Purpose  Of  Madness"  and  "Forces  of  Chaos".  8  out  of  10.  

Lord Of Pagathorn Interview

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



C: Our newest album “Daimono Philia” was released at the end of the January 2018 (regular CD & digipack CD) by Woodcut Records. Vinyl and cassette will be out at the end of the February. At this moment I am working with the new material for the third album with our bassist Skrubb. Next album will consist of eight songs and hopefully we can enter the studio at the beginning of the year 2019.



2.Recently you have released a new album, 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?



C: Sometimes I have descripted our music with these next words (which are still valid in the newest album too): “We try to capture the northern feelings to the songs. It is amazing atmosphere when you spend your time in the wintry forest, daylight time is very short, snow is cracking under your shoes and cold air is almost freezing you to death. When you combine that idea with chainsaw guitars and bass, bounding barbaric drums and creeping vocals, then you get some idea how we are sounding. I hope we have managed to create our own heavy and pressuring soundscape which don´t give any remorse.”

In sound-wise the differences are coming from the guitar tunings. In early 90`s we used E tuned guitars and nowadays we are using lower tuning.

3.The band was broken up for a few years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?



C: Band was split up in 1995 and during that time it was quite impossible to find good and dedicated members for the band in the area where I was living. During these years I have had lots of ideas for the new material for Lord of Pagathorn. But it took many years to form a new line up…line up was completed in 2010 when Hellwind (drums) and Sedit (bass) joined the band.



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



C: In this new “Daimono Philia” album, lyrics are dealing about the evil itself, revenge and the crush
of the holy trinity.



5.I have read in the past the band has never done any live shows, is that going to changein 2018?



C: We are interested to do the gigs in the future but once again we have faced the line-up problems. It will take time to rehearsal all necessary songs from the past releases with the new drummer. Also we have to concentrate to rehearse songs for the next album.



6.Between 2014 and 2018 there was no new material, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time frame?



C: In 2014 our first full-length album “Nekros Philia” was released. Our bass player Sedit decided to leave from the band and it took time to find new band member. Skrubb (ex-Taake live guitarist) decided to choose our ranks and took the bass guitar as his instrument of violence. In 2015 we started to rehearse the tracks for the second full-length album (Daimono Philia) and recordings started at the spring of 2016. Album was recorded, mixed and mastered finally in February 2017. Artwork and layouts for the album took also lots of time, so finally all the material was ready in summer 2017. Our drummer Hellwind decided to leave the band after the recording sessions for the “Daimono Philia” album. We already have an idea for the new drummer and we will release the information later this year.



7.The new album was released on 'Woodcut Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?



C: We are very satisfied all the great work and support what Woodcut Records has done for our band and for the record releases.



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



C: Feedback has been surprisingly good release after release.



9.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?



C: At this moment I am also playing in a band called Witchakal. We are working for the full length album at this moment. All the tracks are recorded except vocals because Mr. SELFDESECRATOR from Slaughtbbath haven´t visited in Finland for a while.



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



C:Lets keep that as a secret. You can hear the progress from the next album somewhere in 2019.



11.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/



C: OK, if I have to choose the influences for the music from the bands, then I can say we have been strongly influenced by early 90´s Finnish underground black and death metal bands. Also Drawing Down The Moon by Beherit and first two album by Master´s Hammer have been great inspirations. At this moment I can recommend “Henbane” album by Cultes Des Ghoules. That album sounds like it was made in 1991.



12.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?



C: In short I can say; if you have chosen the way of the left hand path, you cannot hop off and hop on when you feel so.

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



C: Thank you for the good and interesting interview questions. Those who are interested to get our releases, take a look at Woodcut Records campsite.

                           

                             -Corpselord. / Lord Of Pagathorn. II / 2018 A.S.-

                             www.lordofpagathorn.com