Thursday, October 17, 2019

Immanifest Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1. Immanifest technically began conceptually in December of 06. Asgrim had I (Anton) had both been session members in a band (keyboards for Royal Anguish) and we grew to admire
each other's work. Asgrim was the mastermind of a band I basically worshiped in my teens known as Yeti. In 2006 I was working at Sam Ash Music and I remember listening to the
Revelations in Darkness demo in Asgrim’s truck and feeling inspired to start a band. From there we wrote 5 songs and named the band Immanifest in 08.

2.In November, you have your first full length coming out, musically how does it differ from the ep you had released in 2010?
2. Macrobial features some music that was originally supposed to appear on the Qliphotic EP and also tracks written afterwards. I'd say each song has its own identity. None of us would
consider the album any particular style other than Extreme Metal – an amalgamation of many different styles. Perhaps we just took some elements that we had began to experiment with
on Qliphotic even further this time around. We don’t rely on technique as a means to an end,but rather employ techniques in expressing the songs.

3.This is also your first release in 9 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
3. Hiatus. Non – band related.

4.In the press release you mentioned that the lyrics are inspired by the works of Michael Tsarion whoe in turn is infleunced by the works of John Dee, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwrting that is presented on the new album?
4. Tsarion is most certainly a major influence. Basically, he describes how a 16 th century black magician Dr. John Dee (Mathematician, astronomer and council to Queen Elizabeth I)
established ritual contact with extra-dimensional beings. It’s a classic demonic evocation ritual story but gives it a ‘scientific’ depth when the nature of such entities are explored. Tsarion
called them “Macrobes”. Thus Macrobial is an exploration of this theme- a deal with devils –exchanging blood for power and knowledge. Some tracks, lyrically, explore the theme of
Global Wars acting as strategically planned mass blood rituals – the pain and horror released into the ether, siphoned off by Macrobial parasites.

5.Your also go into the concepts of ultraterrestial's and astral travel, can you tellus a little bit more about your interest in the paranormal and metaphysical topics?
5. The term Ultraterrestrial denotes the concept of a divergent timeline – for the concept of free will to be ultimately true, all possibilities of every infinite divergent timeline (or worldline)
must exist somehow in the universe – perhaps enfolded, and then unfolded when navigated or chosen. For a sci-fi example- Dinosaur-Humanoids evolving out of the Mesozoic era,
developing advanced space and time displacement technology and then exploring our timeline. We would meet as Ultraterrestrials.

In regards to Metaphysics, there is much that can be said of our interest in such a topic, but to quote the father of atomic theory Max Planck “I regard matter as derivative from
consciousness.” The key to connecting it all- the one thing that makes up the majority of the universe and even the atom – space. Within the seemingly empty space that constitutes the
fabric of existence might lay a multitude of dimensional realities.

6.Some of your other lyrics mention Nifelheim, Egypt and Jahbulon, a name that is mentioned in Freemasonry, how did you get interested in the various forms of occultism?
6. Interest in occultism was sparked by David Ickes work in the late 90s, specifically “The Biggest Secret”, and from there Jordan Maxwell whom took inspiration from his connection to
Manly P. Hall (writer of The Secret Teachings of All Ages). The term ‘Occult’ means hidden or obscured – and largely in my experience there is much to history and reality that is obscured
either purposely perpetuated by oligarchies or naturally lost to time. A burning desire to understand reality and existence therefor necessitates a study of the occult.

7.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Immanifest'?
7. The inspiration for our band name comes from Dr. David R. Hawkin’s work entitled ‘The Eye of the I’. Described as the “Unmanifest” formless ground of being in which all of dualistic
reality arises from.

8.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
8. The cover art for Macrobial is a nightmarish re-envisioning of the 6th Tarot Card – the Lovers. This card denotes many things, including the bond between flesh and lust – but also
of life, union and spirituality. Our interpretation is an inversion of that – what we feel represents the world more accurately in the age of Kali Yuga – the suns elliptical journey
furthest from galactic center – the galactic winter.

9.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
9. The most memorable shows were probably opening for Tyr and Korpiklani in Tampa and then in Ft. Lauderdale with Kult ov Azazel. The crowds were extremely enthusiastic and
supportive. We are a six piece so I think the size of the band brought a bigger presence – not to mention our front man Eric carries with him an ominous and foreboding vibe. We have not
yet performed with our second vocalist but we think that would bring things to the next level,for sure.

10.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
10. No plans currently – but not ruling anything out.

11.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black, death and symphonic metal?
11. Any fan of extreme music is a friend of ours. We’ve made friends/listeners from Canada to Europe to South America to Malaysia. We all speak different languages but the music bonds
us. We flirt with different styles of metal but Symphonic Black/Death Metal is what we do – we feel like there are less rules there – which is critical in breaking limitations and exploring
creatively. Fans of that style tend to be cognizant of this, and we dig that.

12.What is going on with 'Shadow Society' these days, a band that shares a lot of the same members?

12. Shadow Society releases a new EP next year and will follow that up with live shows.
They are working on some cool multimedia content as well – 2020 definitely their year.

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

12. Shadow Society releases a new EP next year and will follow that up with live shows.
They are working on some cool multimedia content as well – 2020 definitely their year.

14.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?
14. We are lovers of Metal in general – so many amazing bands from our home state and abroad. Without beating a dead horse – obvious influences are Late 90s/Early 00’s Cradle of
Filth and Dimmu Borgir (what we would call their “Nick Barker” era) Old Man’s Child, Dissection, At the Gates, Dark Funeral. Listening to Borknagar’s True North and revisiting my
Naglfar discography currently.

15.What are some of your non musical interests?
15. We are all nature lovers. A lot of boating and water sports here in sunny Florida. The winters are lovely with many forest excursions and bonfires. We also tend to voyage to
Tennessee yearly to experience the Appalachian mountains.

16.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
16. Thank you for the interest and thoughtful questions. Ave atque Vale!

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Tragedy In Hope Interview

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



 ‘Tragedy In Hope’ is a black metal based music project, where a lot of attention is paid to small details in the lyrical and musical elements. For example, you can hear the tiger’s roar on “Smile At Death” single, which is a reference to the “Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger”, or if you are attentive enough, you can figure out the estimated date when events of “Grim Love Story” happened.



2. In November you have a new ep coming out, musically how does it differ from your previous full length and singles?



It is much better produced, a structure of some tracks is more complex and the lyrics contain more little details.



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



It’s really complex question, because I structured the lyrics the way they contain the whole world behind almost each phrase. You can take a random quatrain from any song and separately from the lyrics it will mean one thing, with the near quatrain it will mean the second thing and in the context of the whole track itself it will mean the third one.

In short, basically, it’s all about tragedy in hope.



4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Tragedy In Hope'?



Actually, the name can be understood in very different specter of meanings. Everything depends on how a certain person sees ‘Tragedy In Hope’ and I prefer it to be so. All I can say, for instance, it can be a feeling, a situation, a way of life etc.

As for inspiration, I love running, especially at the evening, when it is already dark outside. Sometimes it feels just sad.  I usually go running, when I feel it. The state of sadness goes to the different level, when you run. It doesn’t really feel sad anymore. I would say, it rather feels like euphoria, but in a quite twisted way. I wanted to find the word or the phrase, which would most closely convey this feeling. Eventually, I came up with ‘Tragedy In Hope’.

There were many factors, which played a huge role in it as well, I chose running just as an example, because ‘Tragedy In Hope’ applies to many situations in our lives.



5. Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new ep cover?



The devil is in the details. This artwork contains a lot of references to the lyrics of the EP. Like, for example, you can see a falling star at the upper-left corner of the artwork. The thing is, it’s not a star, it is Halley's Comet, which is mentioned in the track “Pierce The Heavens”.



“Halley's tail seems so pale

Compare to void inside us,

An ember of joy smolders.”



1. In short, the whole track is a wordplay about space.

2. One of the meaning of ‘Tragedy In Hope’, as I said already, is a twisted feeling of euphoria, when you feel sad and happy simultaneously.

3. An ember of joy is a reference to the whole ‘Tragedy In Hope’ meaning and to the track “Smile at Death”, where hopeless madmen try to save their embers (hopes) after realizing that life isn’t that easy, as it seemed to before.

4. Thus, I mock at Halley's Comet. It is bright, but its brightness incomparably dull when it comes to the darkness inside us. Our sadness is darker than brightness of Halley's Comet itself, in other words. However, in the same time, just slight light of an ember (hope) can be seen in the darkness inside us.

5. WHICH MEANS, our hope, even if it is little, is brighter than any light in the universe.

6. Anyway, we should never forget, tragedy is in hope.



As you can see, it’s just one little detail, but there is a lot behind, and there are many such details, which is just crazy. The EP is just around 12 minutes, but I tried to put the whole world in it.



Also, there is an artwork for each single, which contains such little details as well.



6. Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?



It’s a studio project so far, but I don’t exclude a possibility of live shows in the future. Right now, I am alone writing music and lyrics.



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



I am not looking for a label at this point. Cooperation with a label is just unprofitable for both sides right now. I am sure as soon as I and a label have something interesting to suggest to each other, this question will be reviewed.



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



I would say, it has been quite mixed. On the one hand, there were people who really admired my previous work and told me how dramatic and passionate it was. On the other hand, I received comments like “Just some hysterical girl squeals. Nothing interesting in it”. I can understand such hate comments, for I think some people just didn’t get the point I wanted to say. It isn’t about production after all, it’s about the content I put in my songs. Wordplays, mindgames etc.



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



I am writing something right now, but I don’t want to spoiler anything. All I can say, it will still be black metal based music, but slightly different from the EP.



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 would say, there were tracks or rather pieces of tracks, which affected my music style. For example, I am not really into this band, but in teenage years I loved listening to “Gorgoroth – Funeral Procession” 1997 version. I still think it is a great, underestimated track.



Here are last three projects I’ve been listening to recently:

1. Lingua Ignota.

2. Gost.

3. Pryapisme.



11. What are some of your non musical interests?



Nothing can be better for me than a good run, especially at the evening. Plus points if it is the full moon.



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



Some people say that music is twice as good if it is enjoyable even without words.

I say that lyrics are twice as good if it is enjoyable even without music :)



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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Birth Of The Monolith Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1. We're - Birth Of The Monolith. We play post-metal / post-back / sludge music in the cold heart of Siberia, Russia. Gathered together in 2016, released 2 EPs since.

2.So far you have released 2 ep's, musically how do they differ from each other?
2. The first EP "S/T" has more sludge/doom sound, while second one, "Cult", is more inclined towards post-black. Lyrics on both releases are immersed in atmosphere of gloom and despair, and there're references to works of H.P.Lovecraft also.

3.Your lyrics cover Occultism and Rituals and the logo also has a Thelema symbol, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the esoteric arts?
3. We always liked occult literature, its thoughts and ideas. For example, the works of A. Crowley, "Kibalion", etc. As for the hexagram (the Thelema symbol) in our logo, it was an excellent replacement for the pentagram, which is a sort of stereotypical symbol for metal music.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Birth Of The Monolith'?
4. The name of band was born under the influence of Robert Howard's Black Stone, which included The People of The Monolith.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
5. The cover of the first EP was inspired by the work of artist Valnoir Mortasonge. The second is Jeff Grimal.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
6. As you know, Russia and Siberia in particular are very large, so all our shows are still held in Siberian cities. It is difficult to single out any show, but it is worth noting that recently we have changed the visual appearance - the members of the group perform in the clothes of cult followers, which further immerses the audience in an atmosphere of darkness. Such a change in appearance definitely pleased the audience, we received a many positive feedbacks.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
7. So far, plans for shows in Siberia and in the Russia in a whole. Huge distances limit us, but nothing is impossible)

8.Recently you covered a 'Downfall Of Gaia' song, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?

8.'Downfall Of Gaia' really influenced our music, and their footprints are also in our other tracks :) We were torn between two of their songs - In The Rivers Bleak and Ephemerol. The choice was not easy but, in the end, In The Rivers Bleak seemed more suitable to us :)

9.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
9. Actually there were some offers, but none are really interested us. So, at the moment we're in search of proposal we couldn't refuse.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black, sludge and post metal?
10. We haven't faced negative or devastating reviews yet. And, honestly, we were really pleasantly surprised by many good, positive foreign reviews, despite that our songs are in Russian. Although our lyrics are also available in English. We try to add local flavor to songs through the language. Hope we succeeded well, and our music will stay in listeners hearts for a long.

11.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
11. We are currently working on the next release. Part of the material is ready, another part is at the writing stage, the concept and topics have been already worked out. The songs are writing long enough (the latter one took more than half of a year), and we hope that it is worth it. The release is scheduled for 2020, but we would not like to rush things. After the release, we want to arrange a short tour in Siberia. The release will be available at https://botm.bandcamp.com and probably published as a limited edition on physical media.

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?
12. As we said earlier, our music is heavily influenced by Downfall of Gaia. Also Cult of Luna, Amenra, Black Table, it's not the complete list, just major ones. Currently in playlist are: latest releases from Cult of Luna and Mgla, The Ever Living, The Ocean.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

13. Actually we're all different. Each has own hobbies besides music. For instance, our guitarist is fond of electronics and making guitar effects pedals, drummer - owns craft-beer pub

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

14. First of all, thanks for the questions:) Listen to Russian music, there're alot of interesting black-, post-, post-black metal and dark-hardcore bands. Hope you'll like our music :) 

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Barad Guldur/Frammenti di oscurita/2019 CD Review


  Barad  Guldur  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  folk  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  album  "Frammenti  di  oscurita".

  Fire  burning  and  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  album  before  adding  some  acoustic  guitars  on  the  recording.  Bag  pipes,  flutes,  fiddle's  and  hardy  gurdy's  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  tracks  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  as  well  as  the  vocals  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  clean  pagan  singing.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  some  speed,  heavy  and  power  metal  influences  at  times  and  when  growls  and  screams  are  utilized  they  bring  elements  of  black  and  death  metal  onto  the  recording.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  shamanistic  and  ritualistic  moments  and  at  times  the  music  captures  the  atmosphere  of  a  fantasy  film  or show,  female  vocals  are  also  added  onto  some  of  the  tracks and  as  the  album  progresses  an  instrumental  is  also  added  onto  the  albums.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  tales,  legends,  mountains,  horror  and  fantasy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Narad  Guldur  are  a  very  great  sounding  folk  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Canso  de  Bouye"  "Nella  notte  piu  nerra"  "Per  chi  ela  la  nocc"  and  "Frammento  di  oscurita".  8  out  of  10.

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Tragedy In Hope/Smile At Death/2019 EP Review


  Tragedy  In  Hope are  a  musical  project  from  Russia  that  plays  a  symphonic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  ep  "Smile  At  Death"  which  will  be  released  in  November.

  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  ep  while  also  introducing  symphonic  elements  onto  the  recording  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  Cries  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  A  decent  amount  of  mid  90's  and  early  2000's  era  symphonic  black  metal  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  musical  style.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  beats  are  also  utilized  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  shouting  vocals  are  also  added  in  some  parts  of  the  music  and  clean  singing  is  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Tragedy  Of  Hope  plays  a  style  of  symphonic  black  metal  that  goes  back  to  the  mid  90's  to  early  2000's  era  of t he  genre.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a s elf  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  death  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Tragedy  In  Hope  are  a  very  great  sounding  symphonic  black  metal  musical  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Grim  Love  Story".  8  out  of 10.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Northwind Wolves/Mountains And Darkness/Black Lion Records/2019 CD Review


  Northwind  Wolves  are  a  band  from  Los  Angeles,  California  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  melodic  and  symphonic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2019  album  "Mountains  And  Darkness"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Black  Lion  Records.

  Symphonic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences. When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  some  growls  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  album,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  can  also  be  heard.

  On  this  recording  Northwind  Wolves  remains  true  to  the  melodic  and  symphonic  style  of  black  metal  that  was  established  and  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Winter,  Death  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Northwind  Wolves  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  and  symphonic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lord  Of  Winter  And  Death"  "Pale-Winter  Storm  Lightning"  "Ludmilla  The  Witch"  and  "Curse  Of  Ages".  8  out  of  10.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Nachtterror 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?

The members of Nachtterror for the most part have all moved on to other projects or real life stuff as of its completion, so unfortunately not very much.

2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Much more Majestic,  less about getting the moshpits going and more about thought provoking music. We've grown up from back then. And our story reflects that

3.This is also your first release in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

Members have moved onto different projects, but I (Maelkleth) still remain as the "lorekeeper"/ main songwriter for anything new.


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores on the new album and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?

Lyrically we strive to be storytellers who delve into the deeper emotions of man. Vengeful rage, bitter sorrow, hateful revenge, and fearfull understanding. As we have grown as people, so too has our understanding of our lives and the trials we've faced and for some, still struggle with every day. These reflect in our songs so others may see themselves in our position and judge themselves accordingly.

5.Some of your earlier lyrics dealt with occult topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Occultism?

We have always been interested in lovecraftian horror, video games and their soundtracks, and Id have to say our interest in Japanese Psychological Horror games was more of an influence than just the occult. Most of us are familiar with Anton LaVey, Crowley, and the Necronomicon. But our biggest influence lyrically has always been Silent Hill.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nachtterror'?
The meaning of Nachtterror would to me be, the "Fear of what comes in the Night". At the time it was an attempt to find a foreign language word for Night terror. But over time all things have come full circle and its meaning has evolved to reflect what we aimed to do with our music in the first place.

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

The cover is representative of the start of a journey through the dark. The three Vatiel figures on the outside are meant to represent Courage, Wisdom and Power, which are virtues to be gained along the path of Judgement.  A figure is seen holding a dying woman, reflective of the story of Walter and his bride. The barren landscape represents the nightmare world which he seemingly resides. A cold forest. The doorway is the path in which he must walk to find enlightenment. The tall mountain in the distance borrowed from tarot cards using the same imagery. Looking at the Tarot for judgement one can usually see archangels blowing trumpets to resurrect the dead. In this way the three Vatiel figures are calling to Walter to become more than the guilt ridden man he has become.

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

Nachtterror has had the opportunity to play alongside some of the great Canadian Metal acts, as well as festivals throughout our history. From opening for Wolven Ancestry in 2009, to being featured at Black Mourning Light Festival,  not to mention our kinship with bands like Psychotic Gardening and Altars of Grief, among others. The Canadian metal scene and its promoters have always had a passion to support incredible bands, and we have been very fortunate to experience so many.
Our stage performance has always been centered around taking our audience to another place. We have always pushed for immersion and intensity. Whether it be in attire, ligting, or theatrical acting moments built into our live performance, we have always intended to have our live show act as an extension of our lore.

9.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

 Unfortunately at this time there are no plans to promote the album, but thats not dismissing any possibilities in the future.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of black, doom and symphonic metal?

From the little feedback we recieve Id have to say fairly good. Its hard to say when we havent been super active socially as of late.

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

Depending on interest, another concept album continuing the idea of the souls journey to be reborn anew. Possibly a collection of eps rather than a full length.

12.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?

Video game music has always been a huge influence, but bands like Cradle of Filth, My Dying Bride, Wolves in the Throne Room and Nile have always had a big part in it. Akira Yamaoka and his Silent Hill music, and the old SNES games like Zelda and Metroid are major influences for me. Also a surprising amount of older Trance music gives me the ideas to write blackened riffs. There was also local band called The Orchard,  keyboards and really badass musicianship with an often terrifying atmosphere to their live show. I really wanted to play after seeing them.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
Most of us like Video Games to some degree, but thats fairly common. Movies and Wrestling is prevalent in the band as well. Model making, Art, Photography, are some of the hobbies members share.

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

Nachtterror is a band of brothers who grew up facing each others darkness, and understanding a bit more of themselves for it. We have all fallen, and in that darkness we have all risen up with our own "dark god" of conciousness to guide us toward a new flame of hope. With this album, I hope the listener can reflect in their own Dark Mirror of Judgement and maybe face the things they do not wish to see. So they can rise up out of the sea of dread, and become the Ruler of their own Kingdom.

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Messora/The Door/2019 CD Review


  Messora  are  a band  from  Montreal,  Quebec,  Canada  that  plays  a  progressive  and  melodic  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  self  released  2019 album  "The  Door".

  A  very  dark  and  demonic  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  adding  in  some  clean  playing  which  is  also  added  into  a  lot  of  parts  of  the  music.  Elements  of  prog  emtal  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  heavier  riffing  while  the  vocals  also  add  in a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  one  of  the  tracks  being    an  acoustic  instrumental.  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  clean  vocals  onto  the  recording  and  throughout  the  album  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  some  songs  also  show  an  influence  of  thrash  metal  and  one  track  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Messora  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  progressive  mixture  of  black,  doom  and death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Door"  and  "The  Tide".  8  out  of  10.

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

King Satan/I Want You To Worship Satan/Inverse Records/2019 CD Review


  King  Satan  are  a  solo  project  from  Finland  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  industrial  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "I  Want  You  To  Worship  Satan"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  inverse  Records.

  Heavy  riffing  and  industrial  elements  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  distorted  vocals  and  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  alter.  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  programmed  while  synths  are  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  aggrotech  elements.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  Female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  on  a  few  tracks  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  bringing  in  more  of  a  melodic  hard  rock  style  when  they  are  utilized.

  Growls  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  samples  also  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  some  songs  also  adding  in  elements  of  death  punk,  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  mid  tempo  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Chaos  Magick  and  Anti  Christianity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  King  Satan  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  industrial  and  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Killing  Of  God"  "All  Magick  Is  Chaos  Magick"  "The  Antichristification"  and  "The  Portrait  of  Darkness".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/8uYcsWaB1j8

https://youtu.be/zzJ4CGjkPFU      

Friday, October 4, 2019

Chorea/Chronicles Of The Darkened Earth/2019 Full Length Review



  Chorea  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  symphonic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  album  "Chronicles  Of  The  Darkened  Earth".

  Synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times  as  well  as  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  symphonic  edge.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  of  the  songs  being  instrumentals.  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  at  times  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  medieval  times,  plagues,  crusades,  inquisition  and  waiting  for  judgement  day  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Chorea  are  a  very  great  sounding  symphonic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Teutonic  Knights"  "The  Plague"  and  "The  Hooks".  8  out  of  10.

https://choreasanctiviti.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.facebook.com/chorea.band/

      

ShadowThrone/Elements' Blackest Legacy/Non Serviam Records/2019 CD Review


  ShadowThrone  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  symphonic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Elements'  Black  Legacy"  which  was  released  by  Non  Serviam  Records.

  A  very  dark  sound  starts  off  the  album  which  also  introduces  keyboards  onto  the  recording  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  black  metal  growls  and  death  metal  growls  while  blast  beats  can  be  heard  in  the  faster  parts  of  the  songs.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Symphonic  elements  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  along  with  the  faster  riffing  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  also  showing  an  influence of  thrash  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  choir  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  at  times  the  music  also  has  its  avant garde  and  atmospheric  moments,  one  track  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  and  the  album  closes  with  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Fantasy,  Nature  and  Black  Magick  themes.

  In  my  opinion  ShadowThrone  are  a  very  great  sounding  symphonic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Endless  Dance Of The Universe"  "Saturn  off  Newborn  Era"  "Curse  Of  The  Royal  Blood"  and  "ShadowThone".  8  out  of  10.


http://www.facebook.com/shadowthrone      

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Savaoth Interview

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

Basically it has been all about promoting the material and working on some new stuff as well. Also working on some guest appearances that will probably happen on the next album.

2.Recently you have released a new ep, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

It is quite different from Whispers Often Bleat. Less "cyber" and industrial sounding for sure. The music is now more mature and heavy sounding than before, the production is definitely better and the whole atmosphere is more ritualistic at times. Clean vocal work is also part of the music now. I can tell that it has a more progressive touch.

3.This is also your first release with this project in 10 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

Yeah it's been a very long time ! So long that most fans don't even know Savaoth still exists ! I've been busy with Word Of Life and Arkhangelsk all this time, which are the main bands I play. I also became member of a newly formed band named Khôra. Some work for the new Savaoth material also took place of course.

4.In the beginning there was a full line up but on the new recording you turned into a solo project, what was the decision behind going into this direction?

The truth is that some former Savaoth members participate now in Word Of Life and Arkhangelsk, so we ended up playing together again after years even if we did our own thing at times ! I wanted to keep Savaoth as a personal project to release my own stuff considering that it is a separate entity not related to the other bands.

5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the new ep and also how would you describe your progress as a songwriter over the years?

Mainly philosophical and esoteric stuff. For Neophyte I kept all the lyrics private, as there were lots of lyrics that were written in other languages than English, so most people wouldn't be able to read them. About songwriting, I think that I tend to be more straightforward and minimal now. Less is more !

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

Savaoth is one of the many "nicknames" of the Hebrew god, whose real name was forbidden to be pronounced. It basically means " powerful lord " or " lord of all powers".

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new ep cover?

The artwork is designed by me and it's just some cool black liquid and smoke forming random shapes. When you look at it, it reminds you of something familiar, but you can't really tell what it is. Everyone sees something different, like when you see clouds on the sky and the shapes remind you of something. It might be an alien entity, a god-like form or a dog, who knows. It represents the deeper aspects of the human soul where lots of emotions and feelings develop. Sometimes they are so deep that they are unrecognizable but yet so familiar.

8.When you had a full line up was there any live shows being performed and if so which one stood out the most?

Yeah there were many shows that took place, I can't really pick one ! Maybe the one with the Greek industrial black metal band Nyne. We had a very similar approach in music and the crowd seemed to enjoy a full night of mechanical industrial black metal.


9.The new ep was self released while you have worked with labels in the past, are you open to working with another label again in the future?

Savaoth is not a touring band with a full line up, so this is a problem for most labels. If a label is interested in releasing the music despite the limitations then I am open to that !


10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of industrial and black metal?

It is too early to make a conclusion, but the feedback is being very positive so far.


11.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that you are a part of?

We have 2 complete full lengths with Arkhangelsk and Khôra that are waiting to be released. We are also working on the new Word Of Life full length !


12.When can we expect another full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?

A new Savaoth full length is being composed as we speak. I expect it to be ready by next year. I hope I'll keep on composing new stuff for many years to come. That's the main goal, to constantly create fresh content.


13.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?

I am listening to lots of modern progressive metal stuff lately. This has had a huge impact on my sound. I also keep an eye on the whole black metal scene, this is my main genre of preference.

14.How would you describe your views on Occultism?

We need a whole interview to cover this one haha ! Well, occultism has certainly become a trend, especially in the black metal scene, but most bands out there have no clue about occultism in reality. They approach occultism in an epidermic and naive manner just for imagery and marketing purposes with no actual knowledge and practicing background. Occultism should be about self improvement and not for showing off. I do not consider Savaoth to be an occult band though, I would prefer to say that I work on esoteric and philosophical / psychological concepts.


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

Thank you very much for this interview. I hope black metal fans out there give Neophyte a shot and I am looking forward to sharing more stuff with you in the future, cheers !


https://www.facebook.com/savaoth/
https://savaoth.bandcamp.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LSKDcfnk9A

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Les Chants Du Hastard/Livre Second/I, Voidhanger Records/2019 CD Review


  Les  Chants  Du  Hastard  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  classical  and  orchestra  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "Livre  Second"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records.

  A  very  avant  garde  neo-classical  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  music  also  adds  in a   great  amount  of  symphonic  and  orchestra  elements.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  which  also  sound  very  evil,  tortured  and  cavernous  at  times  as  well  as  the  orchestras  also  capturing  the  aggression  of  extreme  metal.

  At  times  the  songs  goes  for  more  of  a  clam  classical  music  approach  while  choir  male  and  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  and  clean  vocals  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  Gregorian  chants  can  also  be  heard.

  On  this  recording  Les  Chants  Du  Hastard  remains  true  to  his  mixture  of  black  metal,  cello  and  classical  music.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Les  Chants  Du  Hastard  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  classical  and  orchestra  music,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Le  Bossu"  "La  Course"  and  "La  Defiate".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.facebook.com/leschantsduhasard/      

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Epta Astera Interview

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

Epta Astera is a way to explore transcendence in music. Despite the wildly different timbres, atmospheric metal and polyphonic chant are both trying to evoke the same sort of feeling in the listener. In that respect, the fusion of the two is quite natural. Being able to anchor atmospheric metal in a tradition much older than it, and to bring polyphonic chant forward into a new medium, has been very rewarding, and fertile enough to keep my interest as a musician for 12 years now.

2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

The main difference is that Feste Burg doesn't make compromises. In previous work I'd made a point of spending essentially no money. Everything through 2013's Semper Reformanda was recorded on the internal microphone of my 2007 laptop, for example, and most of my instruments were things I'd picked up for free at one point or another. Considering those limitations, it turned out pretty well. But for Feste Burg, I wanted to see how far I could get without those constraints. I invested in new instruments, new mics, new software – and all of these investments didn't just improve the sound quality; they also gave me the freedom to write and record more ambitious material than would have been feasible before, and to really envelop the listener in the Gregorian chant. I've also been able this time to mostly avoid the use of synths, which is a compromise that I'd been dissatisfied with on previous releases.

3.This is also your first album since 2013, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

Besides honing the sound of Epta Astera, I started and finished a PhD in that time, so I've had to really take my time finishing Feste Burg. In a lot of ways that's been good: it's allowed me to be more thoughtful in the songwriting, to go through multiple revisions of older songs, and to put more polish on the sound overall. I believe the end result justifies the long wait, and I hope listeners will agree.

4.You label your music as being 'Gregorian Folk Metal', can you tell us a little bit more about that term?

I've talked already about the Gregorian and the Metal parts, so the Folk part is justified partly from convenience (these are the instruments I had to work with initially), and partly from principle (I rarely find the bare guitar/bass/drums ensemble compelling on its own).
The various folk instruments I use are useful tools besides the chanting to set the stage and transport the listener to another time and place.

5.The lyrics on the new recording are a concept album, can you tell us a little bit more about the story you covered with your songwriting/

This is an album I've wanted to write since the beginning of the project. I find Martin Luther personally compelling as someone who bore the weight of a civilizational tumult on his own shoulders without cracking or compromising. The first half of the album is about his journey to that point. And at the climax, he was able to maintain his integrity in the face of both tremendous opposition (the subject of "Exsurge Domine" and "Ich Kann Nicht Anders") and supposed allies who wanted to take his ideas too far (the subject of "Die Mordischen und Reubischen Rotten der Bawren"). In our era of populism and polarization, striking this balance – resisting the pull of both friends and enemies – is enormously difficult, but also crucial.

I'm also interested in the Reformation as a turning point in the history of Western Civilization. On the one hand, the break from medieval modes of thought and a rationalistic approach to religion made possible the Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution, and eventually almost everything that we enjoy about the modern world. On the other hand, critics point to the iconoclasm of the Reformation as the ultimate source of things like populism today, where the primacy of conscience turns into kind of an anti-intellectualism. Both of these are true: much of what's worth celebrating about Western Civilization can be traced to the Reformation, and also the fruit of the Reformation might contain the seeds of its self-destruction. That ambiguous legacy is the subject of "Augsburg". Even if Luther himself had the strength and integrity to navigate the path between stagnant conservatism on the one side and suicidal radicalism on the other, the rest of us might not.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Epta Astera'?

Epta Astera means "seven stars" in Greek, coming from Revelation 1:20. Unfortunately I mis-conjugated, and by the time I realized, it was too late to change the name. So with apologies to my Greek listeners, I've stuck with it.

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

First of all, the architectural theme reflects the title of the album. "Feste Burg" means "Mighty Fortress", which – along with the stone chamber on the cover – suggests something permanent and immovable.

Second, the oculus on the cover reflects Luther's own agony in arriving at his convictions (the subject of "Noche Oscura" and "Metanoia"), both physically (going through it in a chamber at his monastery) and emotionally (the torment of being able to see a light that remains unattainable).

Third, returning to the ambiguous legacy of the Reformation I mentioned earlier, it suggests our own striving for an unattainable light. We've seen over the past 500 years just what human society can be; how much people can do when their creative energies are channeled into value creation. This is a blinding and intoxicating light. And we're just starting to wake up to the possibility that it may turn out to have been a historical aberration. A civilization based on Reformation ideals burns brightly, but it may burn out, and that light may slip back out of our grasp forever.

8.On the recording you record most of the music by yourself , would you be open to expanding the line up on future releases?

For sure. In fact the guitar solo in the middle of "Noche Oscura" was played by a very talented friend of mine. I'm happy to draw on the talents of others for Epta Astera, though if creative control were to be shared, it would be the start of a different project.

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

From the beginning Epta Astera has been distributed almost entirely online, so the audience has been small, but global. The reaction has been especially positive in Latin America, which I didn't expect from the outset. I speculate that the chant aspect resonates in an area where most people are still raised Catholic. It's also an area that's been deeply shaped by that double pull of conservatism and radicalism. But it may also be that there's a stronger culture of underground metal in Latin America. Either way I won't complain!

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

The releases to date have mostly explored historical themes. The next release, I think, will explore more current themes, especially as they relate to the double pull I mentioned earlier. I'd also like to expand the black metal aspect to make it as intense of an experience as possible.

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?

My original three inspirations were Tenhi, Orplid, and Subway To Sally. Later on I was heavily influenced by Agalloch. Since I started in 2007, however, there's been a big renaissance in both atmospheric metal (I've been enjoying recent and upcoming releases from Alcest, The Great Old Ones, and Latitudes) well as atmospheric folk (like Wardruna or Heilung). The market for this kind of enveloping and transcendent sound seems a lot thicker now than it was at the outset, when I had to cobble it together from disparate influences.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

My day job is as an economist; I'm interested in how money facilitates humans organizing themselves to accomplish big things without necessarily intending to do so, and how norms, institutions, and beliefs evolve over time. You probably picked up on some of the latter in my earlier answer about the Reformation. My approach there, like my approach to music, is eclectic. I enjoy being able to make connections that no one else has made before; to take disparate approaches and show how they can be used together to shine new light on a problem. Besides that, I also enjoy spending meditative time outdoors, hiking or kayaking.


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


Thanks for the thoughtful questions and for taking the time to do the interview. I'll just close by emphasizing the importance of transcendence. It's something that's crucial to a rich life, but it has to be pursued intentionally today. We don't get it automatically anymore, in part because of Reformation attitudes. Epta Astera is my small contribution to filling that void, and I hope others will take up the work as well.


Immanifest/Macrobial/The Artisan Era/2019 Full Length Review


  Immanifest  ate  a  band  from  Tampa,  Florida  that  plays  a  symphonic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Macrobial" which  will  be  released  in  November  by  The  Artisan  Era.

  Symphonic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  on  a  few  tracks  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Vocals  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  of  the  riffing  also  showing  an  influence  of  prog  metal  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  clean  vocals  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  consciousness,  death,  astral  travel  advanced,  and  sequestered  technology,  and  it's  westernization  through  global war  as  a  sacrificial  blood  ritual. 

  In  my  opinion  Immanifest  are  a  very  great  sounding  symphonic  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  "Ultraterrestrial  Creation"  Jahbulon's  Labyrinth"  and  "Spirits  Of  Old".  8/5  out  of  10.

https://www.instagram.com/immanifest/

https://youtu.be/_l2UOJdrmH4

 

  

Nachtterror/Judgement/Hypnotic Dirge Records/2019 Full Length Review


 
  Nachtterror  are  a  band  from  Regina,  Saskatchewan,  Canada  that  plays  a  symphonic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of their  2019  album  "Judgement"  which  will  be  released  on  October  10th,  by  Hypnotic  Dirge  Records.

  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  on  a  few  tracks.  Clear  vocals  are  also  used  on  a  couple  of  tracks  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  symphonic  elements  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  in  the  faster  parts  of  the  tracks.

  High  pitched  black  metal  screams  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  music  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style   along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  showing  an  influence  of  doom  metal  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  progressive  moments  and  death  metal  growls  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  metaphysical  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Nactterror  are  a  very  great  original  sounding  symphonic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sea  of  Dread"  "The  Beauty  Of  The  Withering  Flower"  and  "Upon  Ashen  Shores".  8  out  of  10.

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