Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Necrolyric Goat Converter Interview

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

Sure.  Necrolytic Goat Converter is essentially my attempt to examine and exorcise the darkness in my heart through loud and often abrasive music.  It started about two years ago as an attempt to get back into playing guitar by writing and recording a song in the vein of Darkthrone, whom I was obsessed with at the time.  That attempt, though tongue in cheek (it was about curdled milk) opened something up and since then the music has definitely been more personal and inward directed.  Though I defiantly stand by my claim that curdled milk smells like death.

2.       How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

I usually just describe it as metal; I’ve seen other sites classify it as black metal, death metal, DSBM…after a while the sub-genres and acronyms get to be a bit much.  I try to embed the tunes in a black metal foundation: the guitars and vocals in particular as well as the whole DYI/one-man band esthetic, but really the music is based on everything I’ve been exposed to growing up.  So there’s a fair amount of hair/glam metal to be found in there if you know where to look as well as some of the more obvious influences.

3.       What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the music?

Curdled milk aside, most of the tracks from a lyrical perspective are autobiographical, even when laced in metaphors or more fantastical language and imagery.  Much of it details my struggles with depression, and the anger and fear that arises from that depression.  Sometimes the light wins – tracks like “Second Skin” deals with refusing to cave to the lies you tell yourself about your worth, but more often than not like “The Dark Within” or “Eternal Winter (The Still)” on the new album it’s about the darker moments when you believe the lies.

4.       What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name ‘Necrolytic Goat Converter'?

It really came about as a joke – I had written “Smell of Death (Curdled Milk)” and reached out to my friends on Facebook to crowd-source the name.  It was agreed goats are pretty black metal, and I needed some reference to death or decay in the name.  At the time I was also working for a large bank that provided financing for cars, so started thinking about metal things in cars like catalytic converters and eventually we got Necrolytic Goat Converter.

5.       With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?

Just because of the personal nature of the music I prefer Necrolytic Goat Converter to be a solo project, which isn’t to say I don’t reach out to other bands I know for advice and feedback.  I do – a lot.  But the act of writing and recording/performing the music is something I like to remain with me.  As far as collaborating with other musicians, I’m currently in the planning stages for something that will definitely be a group effort, so we’ll see how it goes.

6.       On Halloween you had also released a split with 'Domestikwom', what are your thoughts on the other project that had participated on the recording?

I got to know Jon through the #metalbandcampgiftclub community, and we became friends over our shared interests in music, film, and other geek-related pursuits.  As far as my thoughts on Domestikwom as a musical entity, I was immediately drawn to the similarity in our choices (we’re both very much DIY, solo endeavors) and how easily Jon can adopt different styles and incorporate them into his unique musical vision.  One of the reason we chose to cover each other’s songs on the split was for me to understand his approach to writing and adopting those styles, so I chose the slowest as well as the fastest songs to cover.

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

A little interest, but nothing I was ready to commit to.  I have no illusions about this becoming a full time thing; right now I’m content to just keep writing and getting closer to getting what’s in my head out to the music.  That being said, I’d be stupid and a liar if I said I have no interest in being signed – if the right thing came along then I’d consider it.  I don’t think the music’s there yet, but who knows?

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

It’s been surprisingly well received, or least Google hasn’t turned up any “well this is a piece of shit” reviews yet!  The folks who have connected with it generally seem to get the intent: I’m not trying to go for any kind of traditional black metal sound or vibe, even though the foundation and (I hope) respect is evident.  I think for all the vocal bellyaching about things being “KVLT” or “TRVE” when it comes to black metal the majority of fans of the genre realize and accept the variety of ways the music can be shaped.  If it’s honestly crafted and sincere, people are going to respond, whether or not you’re wearing corpse paint or spiked gauntlets.  And for the records I love bands in corpse paint and spiked gauntlets; I’d just look ridiculous in them.

9.       Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

I have another small project called FirstForgiveness that’s a little more mainstream metal/hardcore focused…it’s really just an outlet for when I’m blocked with Necrolytic Goat Converter or want to try something else.  And as mentioned earlier I’m in the beginning stages of a group thing that we’re hoping to get starting later this year: we’re still working on identifying the overall sound for it – all I can say is it’ll be loud and heavy.

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

My hope is from a musical perspective it’ll get more diverse.  On the new album I tried a few different things, most evident in “The Calamity of Not Knowing” but there are some other smaller things: the ending of “Eternal Winter (The Still)” with the outro, the repeated musical cue in “A Quiet Affirmation” and “Isolated Evolution.”  The name kind of acts as a pigeonhole of sorts, no one wants an 80s ballad coming from a band called Necrolytic Goat Converter (if you do let me know), but the goal is to see where the music can go while still being rooted in something identifiable as black or death metal.

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?

Like I said, everything I’ve ever listened to has had an influence on me whether it’s immediately evident or not.  But specifically for the music released so far probably the two biggest bands for me are Darkthrone and Nachtmystium.  There are shades of Satyricon, Behemoth, Alcest and others peppered throughout, but it’s really a combination of over 40 years of listening and absorbing music.  Currently?  I write for a metal blog called Nine Circles, so it feels like every week is another dozen or so things I’m trying to get my brain wrapped around, but as far as black metal in 2017 goes I’ve been obsessed with the new records from Farsot, Woe, Twilight Fauna, Ragana, and whatever the hell Emptiness have morphed into.

12.   What are some of your non musical interests?

I’m a film nerd from way back.  I grew up watching Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant and John Wayne with my father in the 70s, and then became truly obsessed in college after taking a slew of film courses.  Same thing with books, particularly science fiction and fantasy, though I haven’t had any desire to incorporate that into the music, although there are references to Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen series in the song “Throne of Cold.”  I’ll leave that stuff to bands like Caladan Brood, who are awesome.

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

Just thanks the opportunity to talk about the band!



Monday, July 24, 2017

Sangue Nero/Viscere/Third-I-Rex/2017 Full Length Review


  Sangue  Nero  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  an  experimental  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Viscere"  which  was  released  by  Third-I-Rex.

  Atmospheric sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  natural  noises  while  melodic  chants  are  also  used  briefly  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  starts  to  speed  up.

  Vocals a re  mostly  tortured  style  black  metal s creams  while  the  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  while  they  also  mix  the  experimental  and  heavy  parts  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  one  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  introduces  tribal  instruments  and  didgeridoo's  onto  the  recording.

  Sangue  Nero  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  experimental while  also  having  its  raw  moments  and  bringing  in  a  very  modern  style,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Mysticism,  Magick,  and  Chaos  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sangue  Nero  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  "II  and  "V".  8  out  of  10.

      

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Wolok/Rotting Heaven/The Anatomy Of Madness/Death Kneel Productions/2017 Split CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  France's  Wolok  and  Russia's  Rotting  Heaven  called  "The  Anatomy  Of  Madness"  which  was  released  by  Death  Kneel  Productions  and  we  will  start  off t he  review  with  Wolok  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  goes  for  more  of  an  avant  garde  style  of  black  metal  on  this  recording.

  Their  side  of the  recording  starts  with  clean  playing  and  some  experimental  and  avant  garde  elements  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  material  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  their  side  of  the  recording.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  or  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  their  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  awhile  dissonant  style  melodies  are  added  into  the  guitar  riffing  and  some  of  the  slow  riffs  add  in  elements  of  doom  metal  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow  and  mid  paced  parts.

  On  this  recording  Wolok  changes  their  musical  approach  around  and  goes  for  more  of  an  avant  garde  and  experimental  style  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  nothingness  and  end  of  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Wolok  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  and  avant  garde  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Tremors".

  Next  up  is  Rotting  Heaven  a  band  that  plays  a  satanic  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  the  sounds  of  war  along  with  a  few  air  raid  sirens  and  bombs  as  well  as  some  electronic  music  elements  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  to  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  melodic  guitar  leads  and  blast  beats  onto  their  side  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  melodic  singing  is  also  used  at  times  along  with  all  of  their  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  also  mix  the  avant  garde  elements  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  elements  of  classical  are  also  used  briefly.  

  Rotting  Heaven  takes  a  raw  and  satanic  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  more  of  an  avant  garde  style  to  create  something  very  different,  the  production  sounds  very r aw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  War  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Rotting  Heaven  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic,  avant  garde  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "An  Altar  Of  Sacrifice".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  spit  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  avant  garde  black  metal.  8/5  out  of  10.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Diktatur/La Voie Du Sang/Melancholia Records/2017 CD Review

Diktatur  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  aggressive  form  of  black  metal    and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Ls  Voie  Du  Sang"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Melancholia  Records.

  A  very  heavy  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  while  the  vocals  are  all  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  deep  growls  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  they  also  introduce  epic  sounding  synths  on  an  interlude  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  On  this  recording  Diktatur  goes  for  more  of  a  straight  forward  and  raw  approach  to  the  aggressive  style  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  cover  horror,  brutality,  death  and  damnation  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Diktatur  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  aggressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Foudroye"  "Dernier  Soupir"  "Valsa  Macabre"  and  "Revanche".  8  out  of  10.

  

Beheza Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1) Bezeha is a Black Metal duo who was formed at Serres, Greece, at 2016. The members are Mykonius at music and programming, and Zagan in the vocals. Our music is at the scales of old school Norwegian second wave Black Metal.

2.So far you have released one album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
2) Our goal is to stay in the scales of classic Black Metal, nevertheless, we want to add our own touch in anything we are recording. That's what we think we managed to do in our first album, and that's what we want to continue doing to our second.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
3) Through our lyrics, we try to pass our own messages referring to as much the social part, as much to religious and historical themes, although, to many of our songs, we have a mythistorical  style, usually using obscurantism and lyrics that are referring to Satan.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Beheza'?
4) First we wanted to pick a name that when someone  hears it, he will connect it directly to the band and not meeting it elsewhere. Thus we created the name Bezeha, which is an anagram of three demons, of Beleath, of Zephar and of Halphas. In the near future we will write a song about how these three demons are connected and create the name "Bezeha".

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
5) Many people means many different opinions. And many different opinions means many compromises in anything you want to do. Now in our case, music is something that, if there are a  lot of members in a band, you will have many disagreements constantly leading to the unconciliation of all members, which means that a band could break up due to this, so we prefer maintaining our duo line up.

6.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
6) We haven't searched yet for a record company, although we are open to any proposition, depending on the requirements of the company to be closer to our expectations.


7.On the album you had also done a 'Claudio Monteverdi cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of this song?
7) Classic music is one of our favorite genre. At first, it was Mykonius's idea when he first listened to the original track, he thought that making a cover of it in Black Metal would be a challenge. We thought that it would be nice making it, so we continued in making it with the help of Christina Mavridou, soprano of the philharmonic orchestra of Serres in the vocal part. This track was the hardest part of "The Era Of The Northern City". It took us six months to complete it and many times we thought of giving it up, but eventually we managed to complete it and the result was satisfying.


8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
8) It is yet time to say that people supports us, thinking that it's not much time since we released the album. Nevertheless, we have received many positive comments about it, and we would like to thank  everyone who supports us and everyone who would like to support us.

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

9) Since there is a good alchemy between us, we have the belief that we will continue doing what we do. We both love what we do, and we think that this is enough to say that we will continue doing what we know best. In few months, we are going back on track for our second album.

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

10 ) Our listening are mainly Norwegian second wave Black Metal bands such as Darkthrone, Burzum, Mayhem, Gorgoroth, Emperor, Satyricon and others. We want to stay in the scales of old school Norwegian Black Metal, but nevertheless put our signature with a Greek element such as "I Polis Ealo" and sometimes with our own experiments such as "Lamento Della Ninfa, Amor". Bold and difficult, but we want to believe that we finally did it.

11.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?
11)  We don't support any religion. We are against any religion. Referring to Satanism and Occultism, we don't think that it is something bad, it is a creation of the shepherd in order to scare the sheep and because we are against the establishment we take the role of the wolf to challenge the sheep.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12) We would like to say a great thank you to those who support us and to those who support the Underground music scene, along with you  for the effort you make. Stay Black Metal & Let the music take us ...

Narbeleth/Indomitvs/Folter Records/2017 Full Length Review


  Cuba's  Narbeleth  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  dark,  raw  and  blasphemous  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Indomitvs"  which  was  released  by  Folter  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  dark  sounding  melodies  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  solos  and  leads  stick  to  a  very  melodic  style  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  demonic  growls  a  are  also  used  at  times  and  the  music  also  has  a  lot  of  second  wave  influences  but  also  maintaining  a  very  modern  atmosphere  and  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  they  also  gives  the  music  a  more  ritualistic  feeling  while  one  track  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  classical  guitars  and  they  also  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Arckanum's  "Dadmellin".

  Narbeleth  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  dark,  raw  and  blasphemous  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Darkness  and  Blasphemy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Narbeleth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark,  raw  and  blasphemous  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Distortion  Of  Life"  "Herald  Of  The  Dawn"  and  "Sinister  Laberynths  Of  The  Human  Soul".  8 out  of  10.      

Necrolytic Goat Converter/Isolated Evolution/2017 CD Review


  Necrolytic  Goat  Converter  are  a  solo  project  from  New  York  that  a depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  album  "Isolated  Evolution"  which  will  be  released  in  August.

  Distorted  yet  melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  some  beats  and  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known  and  the  guitar  leads  also  bring  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  a  more  raw black  metal  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  one  track  also  adds  in  folk  instruments  and  elements  of  Asian  music.

  Some  of  the  songs  also  mix  in  modern  Norwegian  influences  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  while  a  later  song  adds  in  acoustic  guitars,  psychedelic  elements  and  70's  classic  rock  style  guitar  leads  and  the  tracks  also  bring  in a  great  amount  of  diversity.

  Necrolytic  Goat  Converter  plays  a  style  of  depressive  black  metal  that  is  very  different  than  most  bands  of  this  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  religion  and depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Necrolytic  Goat  Converter  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Isolated  Evolution"  "Seraphim"  and  "The  Calamity  Of  Not  Knowing".  8  out  of  10.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Kval/Self Titled/Hypnotic Dirge Records/2017 Re-Issue Review


  Kval  are  a  solo  project  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  titled  2015  album  which  was  originally released as the album title ''Kuolonkuu'' when the musical project was still known as Khaossos and the re-issue version will be released  on  July  28th  by  Hypnotic  Dirge  Records.

  Nature  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  style  synths  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music also  incorporates  a  decent  amount  of  melodic  yet  atmospheric  guitar  leads  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  all  instrumental  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  Kval  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  dark  while  also  being  very  atmospheric  at  times  and  also  avoids  the  more  faster  aspects  of  the  genre  to  create  some  long  epic  tracks,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kval  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sokeus"  and  "Kuolonkuu".  8  out  of  10.    

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Helvetestromb/Demonic Excrement's Cursed With Life/WormHoleDeath Records/2017 Full Length Review


  Helvetestromb  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  with elements  of thrash  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Demonic  Excrement's  Cursed  With  Life"  which  will  be  released  on  July  28th  by  WormHoleDeath  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and blast  beats  while t he  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  screams  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  punk  and  d  beat  elements  along  with  the  music  being  heavily  rooted  in  the  second  wave  tradition.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  influences  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount of  melody  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  remain  true  to  a  very  old  school  extreme  metal  style  and  all  of  the musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  at  times  the  vocals  start  utilizing  more  of  a  crust  style  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy  and  raw.

  Helvetestromb  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  punk  and  thrash  to  create  a  very  heavy  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Anti  Christian  and  Violent  themes,

  In  my  opinion  Helvetestromb  are  a  very  great sounding  raw  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  punk  and  thrash  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Restless  Satan"  "The  Demon  Bell"  "Bog  Of  Eternal  Stench"  and  "Morningstar:  Whore  Crusher".  8  out  of  10.

    

Friday, July 14, 2017

Crafteon/Cosmic Reawakening/2017 Full Length Review


  Crafteon  are  a  band  from  Denver,  Colorado  that  plays  a  musical  style  they  describe  as  being  'bardic  black  metal' and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Cosmic  Reawakening"  which  will  be  released  in  August.

  Dark  soundscapes  along  with  the  atmosphere  of  a  horror  movie  starts  off t he  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  direction  which  also  uses  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  mid  90's  era  Swedish  influences  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly

  As  the  album  progresses  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  at  times  the  vocals  also  bring  in  a  semi  melodic  tone  while  one  song  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Crafteon  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  modern  and  epic  in  the  mid  90's  Swedish  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  are  based  upon  the  writings  of  H.P  Lovecraft.

  In  my  opinion  Crafteon  are  a  very  great  sounding  Lovecraft  influenced  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Outsider"  "Dagon"  and  "The  Whispers  In  Darkness".  8  out of  10.

  

Poison Blood/Self Titled/Relapse Records/2017 EP Review


  Poison  Blood  are  a  duo  from  the  United  States  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  punk  and  death  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2017  ep  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Relapse Records.

  Experimental  sounding  synths  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  heavy  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  drum beats  and  grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  after  awhile  melodic  guitar  leads  and  elements  of  post  punk  are  added  into  the  music.

  At times  the  music  adds  in  psychedelic  touches  and  the  music  also  adds  in  elements  of  post  punk  while  the  black  metal  side  is  more  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  a  dungeon  synth  instrumental  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounds  very  powerful .

  Poison  Blood  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  raw  black  metal  while  the  punk and  death  rock  elements  gives  the  songs  a  lot  more  originality,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Poison  Blood  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  raw  black  metal,  punk  and  death  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should c heck  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "Deformed  Lights"  "A  Cracked  And  Desolate Sky"  and  "Circles  Of  Salt".  8 out  of  10.   

Occasvs/Nocturnal Majestic Mysteria/Unspeakable Axe Records/2017 CD Review


  Occasvs  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Nocturnal  Majestic  Mysteria"  which  will be  released  in  September  by  Unspeakable  Axe  Records.

  Thunder  and  rain  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  epic  sounding  synths  a  few  seconds  later  and  they  also  add  in  elements  of  classical  music  and  one  the  second  track  the  music  speeds  up  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  to  give  the  songs  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  few growls  while the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads  stick  to  a  very  melodic  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  also  bring  in  a  very  ritualistic  and  shamanistic  track  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  the  music  has  a  lot  of  roots  in  the  90's  while  still  maintaining  a  very  modern  atmosphere  and  when  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  add  in  a  touch  of  folk  music.

  Occasvs  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  dark,  melodic  and r aw  while  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Chthonic  Cult,  Occultism  and Shamanism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Occasvs  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  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  "Triumphal  Defeat"  "Ritual  Death"  and  "Uninon".  8/5  out  of  10.

Bezeha/The Era Of The Northern City/2017 Full Length Review


  Bezeha  are  a  band  from Greece that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  satanic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "The  Era  Of  The  Northern  City".

 A  very  dark  and  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  screams  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition.

  A  lot  of  the  music  sounds  like  it  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  20 years  ago  while the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion.

  Some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  along  and  the  vocals  also  get  very  grim  at  times  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  Gregorian  chants.and  whispers  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  when  female  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  they  give  the  music  more  of  an  operatic  feeling.

  Bezeha  plays  a  style  of   satanic  black  metal that  is  very  raw  and  traditional  in  the  second  wave  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Bezeha  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Era  Of  The  Northern  City"  "In  Nomine  Del  Nostra  Sathanas"  and  "Apocalypse".  8  out  of  10.  

 

  

Arallu/Six/Transcending Obscurity Records/2017 CD Review


  Arallu  are  a  band  from  Israel  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  thrash  and  middle  eastern music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Six"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Transcending Obscurity  Records.

  Ritualistic  beats  and  middle  eastern  instruments  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  also  retaining  the  elements  they  introduced  on  the  intro  and  after  awhile  grim  yet  high  pitched black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  thrash  influences  along  with  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls  are  also  used  at  times  and   all  of t he  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very melodic  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  melodic  chants  and  singing  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Arallu  creates another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  with  middle  eastern  music  influences  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Mesoptamia,  Satanism,  Occultism,  War  and  Philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Arallu  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  middle  eastern  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Only  One  Truth"  "Subordinates  Of  The  Devil"  and  "Victims  Of  Despair"  and  "Soulless  Soldier".  8  out  of  10.    

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Vanum/Burning Arrow/Eisenwald/2017 EP Review


  Vanum  are  a  duo  with  the  members  being  from  New  York  and  New  Mexico  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Burning  Arrow"  which will  be  released  in  August  by Eisenwald.

  Nature  sounds  along  with  some  synths  start  off  the  ep  before  adding  in  heavy  distortion  and  drums  a  few  seconds  alter  which  also  leads  up  to  some  melodic  post  metal  style  guitar  leads  being  added  onto  the  recording  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known.

  All  3 of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  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  black  metal  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  clean  playing  is  added  on  the  closing  track.

  Vanum  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric,  raw,  melodic  and  modern  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  nature  themes

  In  my  opinion  Vanum  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Watcher  In  The  Eastern  Sky".  8 out  of  10.  

Monday, July 10, 2017

Godhead Machinery Interview

Interview with Kail from Godhead Machinery

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
I created Godhead Machinery as a solo band during 2015 when my previous black metal band Misericordia were put on ice. I have been exploring the concept and behavior of religion and political structures that pollute our societies for several years now and wanted to focus on these kind of topics with Godhead Machinery.

I had written most of the songs until 2016 and then realized that I needed a drummer to be able to take this concept to the next level. I were lucky enough to come in contact with Marcus who's were known for his drum skills so we could realize the Ouroboros album. We then decided to create a full setup for this project after the recording of Ouroboros and I started to pinpoint good musicians that I wanted to work with to fill all empty positions in this band. This is the line-up for future live shows and recordings.

Robert Kail Karlsson - Guitar and Vocals
Fredrik Blomqvist - Guitar
Daniel Forsberg - Bass
Marcus Somliga Andersson - Drums


2.You have an album coming out in September, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
It's hard to describe but our main atmosphere and sound can absolutely be traced to both the old and new era of black and death metal. We have included a lot of harmonies, solos, dynamic and more advanced riffing in our music that can be associated with death metal and other metal genres. Some of the tracks has been written for seven string guitars and some only for six string guitars, which also gives a variety in our songs and feeling. The album were recorded in Milk Studio which is one of the finest and largest studios in my region, so the sound is professional but still unpolished, raw and aggressive. Ouroboros will contain seven tracks and four of them are more technical and the rest are more atmospheric if you categorize them very roughly.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Each song has their own topic on Ouroboros. We have our concept that circles around religion and politics. The song The Plague is for example based on how terrorism grow and behaves in our world. Most of the songs has been inspired by different part of the bible (NKJV). Revelation is for example based on the thirteenth chapter of the Book of Revelation and is about economics. The song A House Divided is based on possession and exorcism and are among others inspired by the verse of Mark 3:20-27.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Godhead Machinery'?
Our name can be explained as a machinery of religion and politics and how that has stained all societies with different kind of superstitions, greed and cultures during our history.

The world is and has always been infected by egocentric leaders, mostly chosen in the name of a religion or directly by a invented God. These fools have during centuries formed the uneven economic structure that rule the world economy now. This is a un-empathic blind system who all too often only calculates on economic profit and rewards short-term investments without any thoughts of any social or environmental sustainability.

The stock-market is an uncontrolled growing tumor and greed has invented tons of tools for the elite to create and extract non existing funds from this human-made unreliable financial monster. The gap between the rich and poor are increasing each year which triggers hate within several groups and nations.

People kill and rape each other for power, money or in the name of their God or Gods. Morality has faded in general and states have problems to fulfill the basic need for their citizens. The elite empower themselves with lapdogs of mammon or shackles them as slaves if the nickels doesn’t bite on them. Governments and companies claimed to do good deeds but still support war and miserable living conditions as long as they’re not exposed. Knowledge and science must give in for superstition and religion to not offend uneducated leading character in numerous of societies.

Most of the human race has accepted to stay blind and numb, all to engage their lives to enrich their companies and superiors. The next generation of children are raised and schooled to do the same as soon as possible without any hesitance.

Religion is the first, strongest and the most central instrument to control mankind. Most societies are mainly based on religious laws. Corruption, war and short-term actions have fueled the fear and terror on the globe and all is claimed as a part of Gods grandeur plan if questioned. God has always been the largest cog in this machinery of today's wicked system.

The name Godhead Machinery summarizes this hell that wicked leadership and religions has caused this planet during centuries.


5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We haven't done any shows yet since Godhead Machinery were started as a solo project. We have and will rehearsal now when we finally are full lineup.



6.Do you have any touring show plans once the new album is released?
Live shows are not prioritized but we might do some performances if we will get the chance to play on the right arena and under the right circumstances for us.



7.The album is coming out on 'Inverse Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
Absolutely! They are very quick in their response and easy to work with so far.


8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
We haven't reached out to so many people yet since we only have released one official single song so far. But the direct response to Inverse Records from zines and others who have had the privileges listen to the whole album looks very promising so far.


9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I have already started to write some new songs and we will still blend our songs with technical riffs and more calm atmospheric parts but probably focus more on the harmonies than on technical riffing on future songs. The next album will definitely have a lot of common elements with Ouroboros but might be heavier and darker.


10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
I listen to everything that I like today no matter what genre it is. I have very hard to appreciate joyful music though and really hate when especially black metal bands use happy melodies. I always tends to go back to the genres of black and death metal when I take the time to listen to music instead of creating music, since that genre is closest connected to my emotions and personality in general. Acts like for example Mayhem, Burzum, Dissection, Emperor, Morbid Angel and My Dying Bride still means a lot for me.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?
It is hard to find any more spare time besides music since I have to manage a full day work also.
But I play lead guitar in one doom metal act called Warden Clyffe also that we hopefully will record a second full-length album with during this year. I also play and drink beer with some childhood friends in a band called Fallen Mankind sometimes. I besides that practice an martial art form called Te Shin Do a couple of days each week when I'm not spending my time with my guitars, family or friends.


12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Always criticism the sources of everything that seems to be too good to be true and feel free to follow us on our platforms we have on Internet.

I has been an honor for me to do this interview if you have read or listened so far.

E-mail: info@godheadmachinery.com
Official homepage: www.GodheadMachinery.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GodheadMachinery
Twitter : www. twitter.com/Godhead_Machine

Nan Elmoth/Void Serpent/Pacific Threnodies/Cassette Review


  Nan  Elmoth  are  a  band  from  San  Luis  Obispo,  California  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  epic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Void  Serpent"  which  will  be  released  on  July  28th  on  cassette  by  Pacific  Threnodies.

  Distorted  amp  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while t he  vocals  are  all  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  second  wave  influences.

  All  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  and  after  awhile  the  riffs  start  utilizing  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  only  used  briefly while  the  songs mix  in  a  perfect  balance  between  being  influenced  by  both  the  European  and  American  styles  of  black  metal  and  they  also  mange  to  capture  a  touch  of  folk  music  into  their  raw  style.

  Nan  Elmoth  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  epic style  of  black  metal  that  was  established  on  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics cover  Earth Worship  and  Ancient  Wisdom  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nan  Elmoth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  epic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ravaged  By  War  And  Plague"  and  "To  Walk  The  Path".  8  out of  10.

  

Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Austrasian Goat/Cober Ord/Et Ils Franchirent Le Seuil/Steelwork Machine/2017 CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  collaboration  album  between  France's  Cober  Ord  and  The  Austrasian  Goat called  "Et  Ils  Franchirent  Le  Seuil"  which  was  released  by  Steelwork  Machine  and  the  music  is  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  funeral  doom,  experimental,  industrial, ambient  and  ritual  music.

  Ambient  soundscapes  along  with  some  field  recordings  start  off  the  album  and  after  awhile  percussion's  along  with  some  unnatural  sounding  instruments  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  avant  garde  feeling  and  a  great  portion  of the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Drones  can  also  be  heard in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  elements  of  harsh  noise  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  some  touches  of  industrial  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  vocals  start  to  make  their  presence  known  while  also  evolving  into  depressive  screams  as  the  album  progresses  and  some  parts  of  the  tracks  also  mix  in  psychedelic  traces  while  later  songs  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  ritualistic  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  some  melodic  chants  and  folk  instruments.

  On  this  recording  Cober  Ord  takes  their  blackened  style  of  experimental  and  ritualistic  music  and  mixes  it  in  with  The  Austrasain  Goat's  black/funeral  doom  metal  style  while taking  away  traditional  metal  instruments  to  create  something original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  song  themes  focus  on  rituals  and  occultism.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collaboration  between  Cover  Ord  and  The  Austrasian  Goat  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  funeral  doom,  industrial,  experimental  and  ritualistic  music,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Seul"  and  Hades,  Hades,  Hades!".  8  out  of  10.

 

   

Friday, July 7, 2017

Hellgoat/Blasphemy From Serpent Tongues/Boris Records/2017 CD Re-Issue Review


  Hellgoat  are  a  band  from  Georgia that h as  had  music  reviewed  by  this  zine  and  plays  a  very raw  form  of  satanic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2005  album  "Blasphemy From  Serpent  Tongues"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Boris  Records.

  Ritualistic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  to  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  as  well  as  introducing  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording.

  A  great  amount  of  war  metal  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  along  with  a  small  amount  of  bestial  growls  and  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  war  samples  and  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  On  this  recording  Hellgoat  played  a  style  of  satanic  black  metal  that  was  very  raw  and also  mixed  in  elements  of  bestial  and  war  metal  to  create  a  very  blasphemous  sounding  album,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Anti  Christianity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Hellgoat  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blasphemy  From  Serpent  Tongues"  "Reflection  Of  The  Morning  Star"  and  "Apocalyptic  Prophecy".  8/5  out  of  10. 

Bitter Lake/Plagues/Old Lion Records/2017 Full Length Review


  Scotland's  Bitter  Lake  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  atmospheric  and  ambient  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  but  also  mixes  it  with  electronic  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Plagues"  which  will  be  released  later  this  year  by  Old  Lion  Records.

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  electronic  music  and  programmed  beats  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  and  at  times  a  decent  amount  of melody  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  synths.

  On  the  second  track  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  elements  of  dub  step  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  on  the  3rd  tracks  the  guitar  riffing  starts  displaying  more  raw  aggression  along  with  the  music  also  speeding  up  briefly  and  the  songs  stick  to  mostly  a  mid  paced  direction.

  On  this  recording  Bitter  Lake  takes  his  atmospheric  and  ambient  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  electronic  music  to  create  something  original,  the production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Bitter  Lake  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  ambient  and  electronic music,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Firmly  Rooted  To  The  Ground"  and  "Plagues".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Valle Crucis Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
 We are a black metal band based out of South Carolina. We began in May of 2016 after both Ashriel and I stepped away from our previous music projects. There's not much to say about us other than we're a couple of hateful people that like black metal and enjoy making music.

2.So far you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
 The sound can be described as raw with some melodic tendencies. We've gotten compared to bands such as Marduk, Mork Gryning, & Bathory

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
 A lot of the lyrics are of anti-religion (encompassing Christianity, Judaism & Islam), hate & history (coming with future songs).

4.I know that the bands name comes from the legend of the demon dog of Valle Crucis or North Carolina, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?
 We have a song on the ep that is based around the legend. The name came out from liking to have names with some meaning. I don't like to just have a random name for something, like "this sounds cool/kvlt, let's name it that". I also wanted something that was, at least, somewhat local or in the area to be named after or about. A hellhound running amuck on church grounds is pretty cool, plus the actual Latin pronunciation is aweseome, though we combine the latin pronunciation and the way the town pronounces it to create the band name (Vah-lee Crew-sis) (first part is the latin, 2nd is the southern pronunciation)
So, in a sense, it gives the feel of black metal with a demonic presence in a religious establishment.
5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding your line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
 We are trying out a bassist currently. Beyond that, there will likely be no other members added. We find that with less people, the easier it is to work together

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
 Our highlight show so far has been with Nordjevel & Imperial Triumphant back in May. We have several more dates coming soon including 3 fest appearances and a show with a major name in the genre.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
 No touring plans but our show schedule includes, Carolina Decimation, Communion of Darkness V, Opening for a national tour in our home venue & Wrath of the Goat VI

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
 We have received some interest, but have not signed yet. We are searching for a label and weighing options when offered anything

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
We've had very good feedback on our music so far. I haven't heard anything negative from anyone who has heard our music.

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
 Currently this band is the only one Ashriel & I (Skullcrusher) are active with. I'm formerly of Engulfed in Blackness from Tennessee & Ashriel is formerly of several bands including Adimiron Sphere & IV Nevermore. We do have a couple of projects we have been in talks with but to this date haven't done much with as of yet.

11.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
 We are currently writing for a full length release. We plan to head back to the studio in early 2018.

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 influences are Marduk, Dark Funeral, Sargeist, early Satyricon, Merrimack, Emperor, Behexen, among a few others.
We listen to a whole lot of black metal ranging from well known to really underground. We also dig into our local scene past and present for some great music.

13.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?
Niether really play a role. There is one concept of Lucifer we are considering for a future song. Other than that, we have atheist views which is what is relflected in the music. Some may take it as Satanic, but blasphemy doesn't necessarily have to have a satanic connotation.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We just want to say thank you to everyone in our scene, to those that stand with us & support us. If any of you haven't checked out our music then you probably ought to!
Thanks for taking the time to write us!

Bereft Of Light/Hoinar/Loud Rage Music/2017 CD Review


  Bereft  Of  Light  are  a  solo  project from  Romania  that  plays  a  Cascadian  influenced  form  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Hoinar"  which  was  released  by  Loud  Rage  Music.

  Acoustic  guitars  and  atmospheric  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  and  when  guitar  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  rock  fashion and  nature  sounds  are also  used  at  times  along  with most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  On  the  second  track  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  while  also  keeping  its  atmospheric  elements  as  well  as  adding  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  that  also  have  their  depressive  moments  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  used  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  one  of  the  songs  is  all  instrumental  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  singing  is  added  onto  the  recording  and  most  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  mid  paced direction.


  Bereft  Of  Light  plays  a  style  of  atmospheric  black  metal  that  is  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  Cascadian  bands  of  the  northwestern  section  of  U.S.A  and  Canada,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written in  Romanian  and  cover  a  deep,  emotional,  and  very  personal  take  on life  and  it's  meaning.

  In  my  opinion  Bereft  Of  Light  are  a  very  great  sounding  Cascadian  influenced  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Legament"  and  "Tarziu".  8  out  of  10. 

 

Impiedoso/Reign In Darkness/2017 Full Length Review


  Impiedoso  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  satanic  and  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  which  will  be  released  on  July  22nd.

  Ritualistic  whispers  and  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  melodic  chants  and  heavier  guitars  and  after  the  into  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  All  of the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  dark sounding  melodies  along  with  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  true  to  an  old  school  style  of  black  metal  as  well  as  having  their  melodic  moments.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  death metal  growls  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  of  the  riffing  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  thrash  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  melodic  chants  along  with  acoustic  guitars  return  briefly  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Impiedoso  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  satanic  and  occult  in  the  early  90's  tradition   along  with  some  thrash  and  death  metal  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Portuguese  and  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Impiedoso  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  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "Pelas  Desgracas  de  Deus"  "Liberty  To  Satan"  "Fire'  and  "Under  The  Moon's  Domain".  8/5  out  of  10. 

Funeral Art/Misanthropic Rituals/Todeswalzer/One Last Howling/2017 3 Way Split Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  3  way  split  album  between  Guatemala's  Funeral  Art,  U.S.A's  Misanthropic  Rites  and  Germany's  Todeswalzer  called  "One last  Howling"  which  was  also  self  released  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Funeral  Art  who  returns  with  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  raw  black  metal

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  ambient  style  soundscapes  along  with  some  ritualistic  whispers  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  second  track  is  very  long and  epic  while  also  bringing  in  atmospheric  sounding  synths  along  with  some   programmed  beats  and  when  vocals  are  utilized  they  are  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  tremolo  picking  in  the  riffing  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover darkness,  night  and  witchcraft  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Funeral  Art  and  if you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient and  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Niebla  del  Ovido.

  Next  up  is  Misanthropic  Rituals  a  solo  project  from  New  Jersey  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  clean  guitars  and  semi  melodic  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  a  few  seconds  later  before  evolving  into  a  heavier  style  which  uses  grim  black  metal  screams  which  also  have  a  depressive  edge  to  them  at  times  and  one  the  second  track  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  raw  and  fast  musical  direction.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  music  uses  more  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  getting  more  high  pitched  and  you  can  also  hear a  small  amount  of melodies  along  with  the music  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  Finnish  style,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Misanthropic  Rituals  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t his  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Serenity  In  Death  Filled  Paradise".

  Next  up  is  Todeswalzer  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal.

  Their side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  drum  beats  and  dark  riffing  that  also  uses  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  to  give  the  music  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  bears  can  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  second  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Todeswalzer  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Let  The  Swords  Speak".

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