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Friday, April 30, 2021

Eonian/The Nomad/2021 EP Review

 


  Eonian  are  a  solo  project  from  Spain  with  the  help  of  11  session  musicians  from  different  parts  of  the  world  that  plays  a  symphonic  and  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2021  ep  "The  Nomad"  which  will  be  released  in  June.


  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  yet  melodic  direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls.


  Symphonic  elements  are  also  added  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  lot  of  orchestra  and  choirs.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  also  being  added  into  the  faster  sections  of  the  tracks  as  well  as  some  violins  also being  utilized  in  some  parts  of  the  music.


  Eonian  plays  a  musical  style  that  take s symphonic  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  melodic  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while t he  lyrics  cover  dark  and  mythological  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Eonian  are  a  very  great  sounding  symphonic  and  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Versus  The  Titan"  and  "Shores  of  A  Lost  Sea".  8  out  of  10.    

Thursday, April 29, 2021

TrveSovereign Interview

 

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?

1.       Recently I’ve just been recovering from making The Dewerstone. I wrote and recorded that album in quite a short space of time and that drained a lot of my creative energy. However, over the last few weeks I’ve written a handful of riffs. Nothing solid yet, just ideas. I’m still looking for inspiration for the next albums concept. Apart from that, I’m in the middle of remixing and remastering the first album for its two year anniversary. The re-release should include demos and a bonus track not heard on the original album.


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

2.       I think everything on The Dewerstone was bigger and better than everything in my discography that came before it. I wanted to focus on longer, story driven songs rather than the shorter tracks I released in the past. I also put a lot more time and effort into the production and mixing. I find doing music production rather tedious. Despite this, I think that The Dewerstone’s production is a significant improvement over its predecessors. This is part of the reason why I’m re-working the first album.


3.Most of your music is heavily  rooted in the 90's Swedish style, can you tell us a little bit more about the decision behind going into this musical direction?

3.       I find that a lot of the 90s Swedish stuff is just more engaging to listen to than some of the more traditional black metal. It’s also, as far as I’m concerned, more challenging to write. I find this makes finishing a song or album even more rewarding.


 


4.The lyrics on the new album cover the history, myths and legends of South Devon and Dartmoor, England, can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrics and stories that you have covered with this release?


4.       Growing up near the moors, one tends to hear a lot of fantastical myths and legends about the area. I was originally going to write just one song based on one myth, but there are so many to choose from. After some consideration I decided to make it into an entire album. A lot of the stories you hear stories are quite similar. They tend to be based around evil witches, giants or the Devil, so I had to pick and choose the best and most varied for the album. A personal favourite is the true story of John Lee, a man famous for surviving three attempts to hang him for murder. Another is the tale of Classenwell pool in Dartmoor. It is claimed that at dusk the waters call out the name of the next parishioner to die and that their face can be seen in the surface of the pool at midnight on Midsummer's Eve.


5.Some of your lyrics also touch on the occult, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

5.       For The Dewerstone I was simply retelling stories that I had heard over the years. England has been a Christian nation since the 6th century and has only really started to let go of its faith in the last few decades. Many of the tales told in The Dewerstone are a few hundred years old. The threat of demons and witches roaming the moors seemed very real to the 18th and 19th century peasants who came up with these myths. As a result, there are many local stories about occult happenings. I’m just trying to tell them in a new way.


6.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you have explored on the older releases?

6.       You can still find a fair few occult songs on older releases. At the time I think I figured that’s what good black metal is all about. I also wrote a couple of songs about the cosmos on Midnight in Anthemoessa, such as “Anthem for a Dying Sun” and “Enceladus”.


7.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'TrveSovereign'?

7.       When I first started the project it was called Vampyriis. Before I released the first demo I hastily changed it to Sovereign as I thought it was super cool and original. As it turns out, there are a million other bands called Sovereign and naturally that leads to some confusion. So, before I released the first album I changed it to TrveSovereign in order to make it more unique. Not good, but unique. I would have changed it to something completely different but I decide against it. Partly because I was somewhat established and didn’t want to change the name too much just before I released the projects debut album, and mostly because I had just tattooed the projects logo on a good friend of mine. I thought it would be a bit of a dick move to change the band name almost immediately after. I’m sure you can find the pictures online if you try. However, he still wears that tattoo with pride (as far as I know) so all’s well that ends well I suppose.


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

8.       The artwork was painted by yours truly. It depicts a cloaked figure with the dewerstone in the background. I didn’t paint the figure as anyone specific. Is it the Devil? Vixana the witch? The wicked Richard Cabell? It is whoever the viewer interprets it to be.


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

9.       I’m quite content working by myself for now. I’ve worked with a few people in the past but I think I’m a bit of a David Lee Roth to work with. Although I’m much less cool and don’t do nearly as much cocaine. A producer would be nice though. And some studio engineers. And a studio.


10.The new album was released on 'Necroplague Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

10.   Necroplague is my personal label. I was planning to start signing other bands and making something of it, but as it turns out that’s a lot of hassle. So for now it’s my own Cymophane Productions. Less murdery though.


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

11.   So far the reaction has been very good. All the reviews I have read for The Dewerstone have been around the 8/10 mark, so that’s very positive. A few tracks have been featured on radio stations all over the world and the project will hopefully be in a couple of magazines in the near future. The great thing about the internet is that even for a small artist, the world is your audience. Not just the people from your local town you can offload demo cassettes to.


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


12.   I’m not much of a forward-thinking guy. At least not when it comes to music. I’m just going to keep shouting into the void until I end up on the cover of Metal Hammer. That’s the plan anyway.


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

13.   Taake was a big influence on The Dewerstone. At least I thought it was, no one ever seems to pick up on it. There was a bit of old and new Darkthrone in there, some Thorns and a sprinkle of Carcass’ Heartwork for good measure. As for what I’m listening to now, I’m on a bit of a black metal break at the moment. I’m currently listening to a lot of somewhat obscure 80s hair metal bands. I know that’s about as far away from black metal as you can get, but it can’t be doom and gloom all the time, right? I’ve had the first Vinnie Vincent Invasion album on repeat for the last few weeks. Also a lot of Heavens Edge, Danger Danger, Pretty Boy Floyd, Spread Eagle and a whole bunch of others.


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

14.   Firstly, thank you for having me. It’s been a pleasure. Secondly, if you haven’t already, go and check out The Dewerstone. It’s free on Bandcamp and you can find it on all major streaming services. Finally, give the project a follow on social media. It’s on all the platforms you’d expect it to be.


Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Havamal Interview

 

Answered by vocalist Björn Larsson

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


Ever since the recording We've been busy rehearsing for future shows, hopefully sooner rather than later, preparing for the release, finding a new bass player, define our appearance, change logo etc. It's been a busy but fun couple of months. 


2.You have a new album coming out in May, musically how does it differ from the stuff that you have released in the past? 

Our previous release was a bit faster and guitar-oriented, I'd say. The symphonic elements that the upcoming album brings is an entirely different beast, and the mid-tempo in general works wonders for the upcoming songs. It's a diverse album but with a more synchronized feel all through, I'd say. 

3.Your lyrics and the band's name comes from Norse Mythology and the Eddas, can you tell us a little bit more about how you got interested in this topic and decide to form a band based upon this lyrical concept? 

We've always been interested in our mythological heritage, and through all our suggestions We all felt that the style of music We created suited perfectly to give the hymns of old norse faith justice. It's a rich and deep lore to dive into and We've barely scratched the surface of all to come. 

4.Do you have have an interest in the other mythologies or paganism that are presented on the world? 

Of course! One of the members, guitarist Kjell, studies myths and religion for a job, and as for myself I've been told stories and legends from all around the world since I was a toddler. I love the classical greek, sami, chinese and egyptian mythology of course, but the one that's caught my attention lately is mongolian legends and shamanistic throat-singing. 

5.Musically what is that that you feel makes you stand out among other Viking metal bands? 

We're not a viking metal band by definition, rather a powerdeath group with nordic mythology in the lyrical theme. But I believe our different musical backgrounds combined with our passion for the symphonic grandeour makes for an overwhelming experience that helps us stand out amongst our kin. It's easy to get into and hard to let go. I'd also say that the story-telling is a concept that's surprisingly quite small in the area, so as a consistent theme I'd say We're in our own league. 

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

The artwork was done by Alex Rommel and it shows a shamanistic ritual where the beasts within are finally released. The monsters depicted are the norse beasts Jormungadr, Fenris and Nidhoggr, all represented on the album with one track each. To me it represents the everlasting struggle within to maintain your inner demons, your darker side, and that nothing is straight forward but more of a grey blur once you look at the detailed perspectives a bit deeper. 

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

My best memory was actually a birthday show for a common friend and also the closest fans. But overall We all love the live scene and can't wait to get back in full force! On stage We become the beacons of the Aesirs and dive directly into our ancestral roles, fully immersed in entertainment and to become one with the feeling our music creates. 

8.Do you have any touring or show plans once the pandemic ends? 

We've had some offers, but since the entire pandemic situation is so rocky at the moment We really can't nail anything down. Rest assured that our musical raids will commence the second this pandemic is over! 

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of viking, folk, melodic black and death metal? 

We have truly devoted and amazing fans, and many of them have become our close friends. We can't really express the extent of gratitude and how humbled We are by the worldwide response for our hymns. Everyone seems to find a piece that they enjoy in our music, and all thanks to the previous statement about the members different musical backgrounds. 

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

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame would be nice, haha! No, but We wish to continue to spread our music and the pagan flame to honour both the old gods and our magnificent audience all around the world. We always discuss the future, song ideas, themes, inspiration etc, so the future of the band is bright, active and on full steam ahead! 

11.What are you currently listening to nowadays? As for me, a bit of everything. I can go for some Mozart or God is an Astronaut for a chilled-out experience, Majestica and Falconer for a more epic theme of the day and of course a ton of melodic death and folk metal, too many to mention. All-time favorite is still Equilibrium - Sagas.

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

Odin give thanks to all that reads this and give us a reason to keep making music! Our own interest and our horde is the reason shield to shield why We do this and wish to continue to do for many years to come! Hope to all our Einherjars and Valkyries that our upcoming chapter will be memorable and everlasting, and hope to see you all on a liveshow in a close future! Hail our hordes! Hail ADifferentShadeOfBlackMetalZine! Hail The Shadow Chapter! Hail the hymn-weavers! Hail Havamal!


Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Aduanten/Sullen Cadence/2021 EP Review

 


  Aduanten  are  a  band  from  the  United  States  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  experimental  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  ep  "Sullen  Cadence"  which  will  be  released  in  May.


  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  death  metal growls  with  some  blackened  screams along  with  the  melodies  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  black  metal  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  sounding  along  with  one  of  the  songs  also  introducing  clean  playing,  spoken  word  parts  and  post  punk  style  synths  into  as  well  as  some  percussion  and  tribal  style  beats  also  being  added  on  a  few  songs  and  at  times  the  music  also  captures  the  tragic  atmosphere  of  90's  goth  and  doom  metal.


  Aduanten  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  more  melodic  sides  of  black  and  death  metal  as  well  as  adding  in  some  experimental  and  post  punk  elements  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Aduanten  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  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  "Sullen  Cadence"  and  "Palace  of  Ruin".  8  out  of  10.


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Monday, April 26, 2021

Pantheon/Age of Wolves/Necrotic Records/2021 Full Length Review

 


  Pantheon  are  a  band  from  Arkansas  that  plays  a melodic  mixture  of  black,  death,  thrash  and  groove  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Age  Of  Wolves"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Necrotic  Records.


  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams.  The  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  The  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  elements  of  groove  metal  while  also  being  heavily  influenced  by  thrash  metal  at  the  same  time.  Most  of the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  but also  keeping  a  very  modern  touch  and  blast  beats  are  also  added  into  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs.


  Tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  faster  riffing  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  going  for  more  of  an  old  school  approach  on  later  tracks  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard,  on  of  the  bonus  songs  is  also  a  cover  of  black  Sabbath's  "Hand  Of  Doom".  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death  and  occultism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Pantheon  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  mixture  of  black,  death,  thrash  and  groove  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Awakening  Of  The  Gods"  "Left  My  Mark"  "Eclipse  Of  The  Worm  Moon"  and  "Hand  Of  Doom".  8  out  of  10.


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Osiris Interview

 

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


We are one of the oldest bands if not the pioneers of symphonic melodic extreme metal style from Egypt. The band formed in 1996, following steps of many other Egyptian bands in the 90s that  we watched perform as teenagers in what was once a healthy scene.   Most of these bands played covers, but we took a different approach and decided to focus on original material which lead to the 1997 demo “Storms from the East”. 


2.You have your first full length coming out towards the end of April, musically how does it differ from your previous demo and singles?


The new album is richer in music and concepts as well as the lyrical content. It has been a long time for since we last made new music and time has shown its effect on how we approach composing compared to teenage days.


The material of the late 90s are mellow in a way compared to the new stuff that is coming out soon, but there are also a lot of similarities which identify how we sound as a band; lots of melodic riffing with orchestral influence. 


Regarding singles, released a couple singles from the upcoming album over the past two or three years but compared to the single released in late 1997 “Ode to Thebes”, these ones are of a totally different music feel and lyrical theme. 


3.The band was broken up for 16 years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?


We were just all graduating high school during the late 90s and naturally life take us to the next step with education etc., the biggest reason why we could not continue was because of the Satanic scandal that happened in the late 90s in Egypt which tore down the entire scene, completely shattering young dreams. It no longer made to continue as this type of underground music had no place to belong to. There also was no internet at the time. Another main reason was that our drummer from the original line up moved outside of the country.  It was very hard to replace him with somebody who could play well enough, though we did release and single after his departure; those drum lines were recorded through a keyboard.


Around 2012, the drummer from the original line up and I reconnected and discussed re-recording the 1997 demo because it was done poorly back then; you can hardly hear what is being played. Back then in the 90s there was no professional music studio in Egypt that understood how to produce metal music, thus the quality being so low.      


The idea of re-recording the old material turned into revamping the whole demo, which later lead to making new music. At first we wanted to release at 12 track return album which included both the old and new material, but the drummer decided to leave the project and that lead me to consider making a return album include only the new songs. 


4.So far the band has released very little material, other than the 16 year hiatus, what are some of the other delays you have had in recording and releasing music?


There are many reasons that can delay things. First of all, this album was done completely online, which takes time accordingly. The material for the new album had been complete by 2016, but since, lot of time was lost in searching for members and auditioning those who showed interest to be a part of the project. A lot of trial and error was done trying to record actual orchestral instruments but the task was to great, finding the right female vocalist was also one of the reasons that consumed a lot of time. The hardest part was finding the right vocal, I’m glad I was introduced to Scott by somebody from the Egyptian metal scene.



5.Some of your lyrics and the bands name comes from Egyptian Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in your homeland's ancient past?


Since Egypt has a great ancient history and a rich culture, a lot of us Egyptians take pride in it. It is also a dark and mystical theme which suits underground metal music. As we all know Egyptology is a world heritage, therefore it would be correct to say that the ancient Egyptian theme belongs to all, but surely we have our understanding and relation to it over others who are just fans of Egypt.


As for the lyrical correlation to ancient Egypt; we use the theme merely as a lens to express what we want to convey. Lyrical content of the new album focuses around modern day or every day matters. We mostly discuss an internal battle between the light in the dark aspects of human emotion, whether that be pain, anger, hate, fear, solitude, hope, passion, and such and we scope that through the deities and culture of our ancestry to maintain the theme of the band.


6.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the music?


Well one song is merely about the myth of Osiris, which is a story that includes human emotions that we can all relate to such as love, jealousy, envy, greed, hate, revenge and vengeance.  Other track discusses modern day socio-economic structures that enslave the individual to a lifetime of inevitable duty, similar to how every stone that resembles ancient Egypt was built. There also is a song that discusses the realization of self and overcoming the self through seeking guidance then redemption. So the lyrical content, as mentioned previously, tackles the darkness that exists within our daily lives as well as the beauty and hope that exists within our darkest hours. As for the rest of the songs, be sure to check them out once you have the record, for every track should convey to the listeners differently. 



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


The artwork was done by an professional artist, Michael Sissons, a mentor and a friend of mine. I think the content is straightforward; the person in the middle being torn between two opposing elements, and as such, being affected accordingly. It presents the musical and lyrical content of the album flawlessly. Again, art is open for free interpretation.  


Michael did an amazing job giving life to the album in the form of an image, and I thank him greatly for his input. He is someone who has an natural and outstanding ability to feel and mimic one form of art and transform it into another, and I truly can recommend him to anyone who seeks such immaculate work. 


8.Currently there are only 2 members in the band but you had a full line-up, are you open to working with other musicians again in the future or do you prefer to remain a duo?


We are very open to working with other musicians and talents, in fact it would be great to have more members to make our music even richer.


9.When you had a full line up, did you ever play any live shows?


We probably began the band at the worst time possible, in the late 90s in Egypt, when there was a framed devil worship scandal that resulted in the arrest of a lot of teenagers and young men, who where basically just fans of metal music. All venues were shut down. Although we released a demo in 1997, the band performed only once at a private birthday party, but never in front of an actual audience. 


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


The feedback so far has been great. We’ve had great feedback from the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, South America and Africa. 


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


There is no specific direction for the music, we play what we feel and that’s all.


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?


If by this question you mean what metal bands have influenced me, then it is definitely Dimmu Borgir "Enthrone Darkness Triumphant", Arcturus "Aspera Hiems Symfonia", Dissection "Storm of the Light's Bane", Emperor "In the Nightside Eclipse", Satyricon "The Shadowthrone", The Third and the Mortal "Tears Lain in Earth", Katatonia "Dance of December Souls", Hyprocisy "The Fourth Dimension" only to mention a few. In case you meant to include music outside of metal, I grew up with Guns n Roses, Nirvana and of course the great Michael Jackson, as well as Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Chopin, Beethoven just to mention a few of those greats as well. Also listened to a lot of game soundtracks from the early series of Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy and Castlevania as a kid. 


Who do I like nowadays, hmm, this is hard to answer.  I don’t know if you called these bands nowadays, but Insomnium, Draconian, Dark Funeral, Uada, Harakiri for the Sky, Shade Empire, Dimmu Borgir always, Rotting Christ, Septicflesh, etc are all great


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


A tree may last hundreds of years, but for the tree to bare its first fruit, it may take decades. It took us 24 years to bear this fruit, so I hope it’s enjoyable and bring something you can relate to through your happiness and difficulties. Thank you

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Pulsa DiNura Interview

 

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


We're a two-man metal project from Kentucky. We play a blend of black metal, industrial, and dungeon synth. 


2.So far you have released a couple of albums, musically how do they both differ from each other?


I don't feel that the albums differ from each very much. They were both recorded during the same time. Some of the songs that wound up on If It Bleeds, We Can Kill It (our second album) were finished before some of the songs on The Misanthropy Gospel (the first album). For instance, "Humanity's Tomb" was one of the first songs written for Pulsa diNura but it didn't fit with the other songs on The Misanthropy Gospel so it was reworked and included on If It Bleeds. The lyrical concepts are consistent between both albums, and some of the lyrics make references to ideas explored in other songs.


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


The lyrics cover some of my frustrations with being an American in modern times as well as my opinion on broader topics. I feel that religious institutions are generally some of our biggest problems in society, and that idea gets a fair amount of attention in the lyrics. The lyrics tend to be considered misanthropic because my personal view of people is that we're much more stunted in our collective than we should be; we should have grown up more than we have as a species, and that frustrates me. In turn, that frustration comes out in the lyrics.


4.I Know that the bands name comes from the Qaballa, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?


I discovered the term "Pulsa diNura" while reading up on different versions of the Golem story. Once I investigated what it meant, I was intrigued. It seems like the ultimate revenge: a death curse of eternal damnation without even a god being able to save you. The English translation would be "The Lashes of Fire," which is the name of a song from The Misanthropy Gospel.


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


The artwork for If It Bleeds, We Can Kill It is the result of too many hours spent manipulating and combining images. Essentially, it's Pandaemonium (the capital of Hell) with a statue's face blended into the foreground. 


6.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?


We've had offers from other musicians who want to join but adding members isn't something we're interested in doing. We work well as a two-piece and have no need to expand unless we decide to play shows, which we probably won't.


7.Are any of the band members open to do any live shows once the pandemic ends?


Not particularly. We both have other bands that play shows, so that itch gets scratched elsewhere. As of right now, we prefer to focus entirely on writing and recording.


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


So far, the reception has been good. We've not encountered anyone yet who hates it. The people who have been the most vocal about their praise, however, has been the black metal community, which I think is a compliment unto itself considering that black metal fans tend to be some of the hardest to impress.


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


Right now I don't see a lot of deviation from the formula we've been using. I've been tempted to use more industrial elements in some of the material that we're still working on (similar to "A Modern Extremity" or "Slanted Stairs to Salvation") but so far there's only one new song that leans more into industrial territory than metal.


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?


Our influences primarily come from a lot of music that came out of the 90s metal, alternative, and electronic scenes. From Emperor to Smashing Pumpkins to Aphex Twin, I've always thought of Pulsa diNura as a modern spin on bands like Godflesh and Ministry but with more black metal and dark ambient influences.


11.What are you listening to nowadays?


Some newer stuff but also keeping the old classics in rotation. For instance, I listened to a bit of Deus Mortem, Squarepusher, and Black Flag on my way to and from work today. 


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


Thank you very much for the interview and album review! We really appreciate you taking the time to check us out.

We can be found at:

Aversed/Impermanent/2021 CD Review

 


  Aversed  are  a  band  from  Boston,  Massachusetts  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  album  "Impermanent".


  Classical  guitars  and  symphonic  sounding  orchestras  start  off  the  album  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  The  riffs  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  blast  beats  are  also  utilized  when  they  music  speeds  up  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  Melodic  vocals  are  also  utilized  at  times  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Elements  of  death  metal  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  good  amount  of  death  metal  elements  and  all  of the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in  growls  as  well  as  a  alter  song  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  album  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  anxiety,  depression  and  the  environmental  collapse  of  the  planet  Earth.  


  In  my  opinion  Aversed  are  a  very  great  sounding  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  "Close  my  Eyes"  "Abandoned"  "Malaise"  and  "Nightshade".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/AVERSEDmetal
https://aversed.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/aversedmetal/?hl=en

https://www.youtube.com/user/AVERSEDma  

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Soothsayer/Live In Malta/Cursed Monk Records/2021 Live Album Review

 


  Soothsayer  are  a  band  form  Ireland  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  black,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  live  2021  album  "Live  In  Malta"  which  was  released  by  Cursed  Monk  Records.


  Live  audience  and  electronic  music  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts,  Ritualistic  soundscapes  are  also  utilized  briefly  while  clean  playing  and  atmospheric  sounds  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  clean  vocals  are  also  utilized  in  certain  sections  of  the  album.


  All  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  also  has  its  experimental  moments.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  distorted  yet  melodic  style  along  with  the  vocals  also  brining  in  a  great  amount  of  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  a  good  amount  of  shouts.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  frustration,  rage  and  despair  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Soothsayer  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black,  sludge  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  live  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Outer  Fringe"  and  "Lunar  Correspondence".   8  out  of  10.


YouTube: https://youtu.be/Eth55xaJGtQ

Bandcamp: https://cursedmonk.bandcamp.com/album/live-in-malta   

The Sullen/Rituals Of Death/2020 EP Review

 


  The  Sullen  are  a  solo  project  from  Greece  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2020  ep  'Rituals  Of  Death".


  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  Vocals  are  done  in  mostly  an  early  death  metal  style  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  showing  an  influence  of  early  90's  era  doom/death  metal.


  Grim  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Spoken  word  parts  also  being  utilized  briefly  along  with  some  clean  playing  is  also  added  on  one  of  the  tracks  as  well  as  some  gothic  metal  influences  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  introspection  and  mysticism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  The  Sullen  is  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  mixture  of  black,  doom,  gothic  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Rituals  Of  Death".  8  out  of  10.


https://thesullenband.bandcamp.com/album/rituals-of-death  

Ren Marabou/Valhalla Waits/Misanthropik Records/2021 Full Length Review

 


  Ren  Marabou  is  a  solo  artist  from  Ireland  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  Viking,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Valhalla  Waits"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Misanthropik  Records.


  Dark  soundscapes  and  clean  playing  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  symphonic  musical  direction.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  vocals  also  bring  in  a  mixture  of  aggressive  shouts  and  clean  pagan  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times.


  The  riffs  also  bring  in  the  heaviness  of  the  more  melodic  style  of  black  and  death  metal  at  times  while  battle  chants  can  also  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing.


The  music  also  mixing  in  influences  from  more  mainstream  styles  of  metal  as  well  as  some    acoustic  guitars  also  being  utilized  briefly  on  a  couple  of  songs  as  well  as  a  later  track  also  introducing  folk  music  elements  onto  the  album  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Norse  Mythology  and  Pagan  Folklore  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Ren  Marabou  is  a  very  decent  sounding  melodic  mixture  of  Viking,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Guide  Me  To  Asgard"  "Prophecy  Of  the  Seer"  "Yggdrasil"  and  "Champion  Of  Midgard".  7/5  out  of  10.  


https://open.spotify.com/artist/4SO7ijOmWLl1eIOXgGMOGB?si=_vyNyI3yTAyyp51JXMp1zQ

King Of Asgard/svartrviðr/Trollmusic/2021 CD Review

 


  King  Of  Asgard  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  Viking,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "svartrviðr"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Trollmusic.


  A  very  heavy,  epic  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  riffs  and  leads  also  mixing  in  a  lot  of  Viking  metal  elements  as  well  as  some  songs  also  adding  in  some  pagan  choirs.


  Some  of  the  riffing  and  solos  also  add  in  touches  of  the  melodic  Swedish  death  metal  style  along  with  some  of  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  as  well  as  a   couple  of later  tracks  also  introducing  classical  guitars  onto  the  album.,  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  tracks  and  as  the  album  progresses  throat  singing  can  also  be  heard  and  the  album  closes  with  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Norse  Mythology,  Sagas, Rune  and  the  dark  secrets  of  the  Viking  world.


  In  my  opinion  King  Of  Asgard  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  mixture  of  VIking,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  " frôðr"  "ammobiærg"  and  "harmdauðr".  8  out  of  10.


www.facebook.com/kingofasgard  

TrveSovereign/The Dewerstone/Necroplague Records/2020 Full Length Review

 


  TrveSovereign  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  old  school,  melodic  and  Swedish  influenced  style  of  melodic  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "The  Dewerstone"  which  was  released  by  Necroplague  Records.


  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them.  When  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  lot  of  melody.


  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  Swedish  style  along  with  the  tracks  also  adding  in  elements  of  melodic  death  metal.


  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  some synths  also  being  utilized  on  most  of  the  tracks  as  well  as  a  lot  of  the  music  also  sounding  like  it  could  of  been  recorded  and  released  more  than  20  years  ago.  The  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  myths,  legends  and  history  of  South  Devon  and  Dartmoor,  England  as  well  as  adding  in  some  touches  of  occultism  and  witchcraft.


  In  my  opinion  TrveSovereign  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  old  school  blackened  death  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Giant's  End"  "The  Dewerstone"  and  "Vixana".  8  out  of  10.



    

Friday, April 23, 2021

Aztlan 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?

We stopped activities due to the pandemic, but we have been composing new music, and recording new videos that will be released soon.


2.Earlier this year you had released a new album, musically how does it differ from your previous release?

This album has a heavier sound than the previous one, and brings more mariachi elements such as the trumpet, a new element that we are incorporating.


3.The band's name and some of the lyrics come from Aztec and pre-Hispanic Mythology and History, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

We really like mythology from all over the world, and in metal there are few bands that mix that Aztec mythology, that's why he encouraged us to do this project.


4.You also cover 'Mexican pride' with your lyrics, can you tell us a little bit more about what this means to you?

In Mexico people are very pessimistic, they do not believe in themselves, and they are mired in corruption, the only thing we try to do with our lyrics is to give a little encouragement to people who live in misery, we talk above all about the freedom of expression, against racism, and we speak faith union as the human race that we all are.



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

We also speak against oppression, authoritarianism, the repression exercised by the government.



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


There is a codex called Mendoza, in this painting the founding of Tenochtitlán the capital of the Aztec Empire is reflected, with the eagle on a cactus in the middle of a lake, the legend says that this was the signal to found their city, if they found the eagle over the lake there they must have settled, this vision is of Lord Huitzilopochtli who was one of the main deities of the Aztecs.

In the beak of the bird it has a kind of braid, it is a duality of water and fire called Atl-Tlachinolli in the Nahuatl language of the Aztecs means water burning, conceptualizing two elements allusive to war and that was placed in the mouths and feet of the characters as a scroll, symbolizing a call or allegory of the sacred war. It is also interpreted as "The war cry".

The conjunction of the eagle and the duality of water and fire is called "Teocalli of the sacred war". the word Teocalli means "Temple", which is known as pyramids. The Teocalli stone is the only archaeological piece that has the symbol of the founding of Tenochtitlan engraved: the eagle perched on the nopal. There is a character called "Copil" and he has a fight with Lord "Huitzilipochtli", he kills "Copil" and his heart is thrown in the middle of the lake, and from the heart of "Copil" the "tunal" will grow, which is where the nopal will grow where the eagle pose. The eagle is the solar symbol, which means the victory of the sun.

In the painting "Copil" it is the skull that has its mouth open and from there comes the root of the nopal.

On the sides of the cover the Aztec past is represented with weapons such as arrows, and on the right side are bullets and rifles that represent the time of the Mexican revolution that occurred in 1910.

below the left side is a Jaguar Warrior, representing the Aztec militia, and on the right side a skull with a balaclava representing the "Zapatista" movement, which is an armed movement of the indigenous people of southern Mexico against the current government.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

We have not been able to play live yet due to the pandemic, when our first album came out, months later the pandemic arrived, so we decided to release a second album to compensate for the fact that we will not be able to play for a long time.


8.Both of your albums have been released on 'Metal inside Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

It's the record label of an old metal friend. He was the first who was interested in releasing the first material on physical disc and it was great for us, since we only had thought about releasing the discs online. Metal Inside Records is a young record label and they have been very supportive and we thank them for everything they have done for us.


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

The response of the people has been very good and we appreciate it a lot, all the support gives us energy to continue producing more material.



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

The band goes into a deeper exploration, with folk rhythms from both Mexico and Latin America.


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?

What influences our music is the exploration of folk music from around the world, we have influences from Santana to Cannibal Corpse for example, we are music lovers. From the music we've been listening to lately are bands like DrakhaBrakha from Ukraine, Heilung from Germany, Tlen Huicani from Mexico; Inti Illimani, Los Jaivas de Chile, and much more music


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

We thank you for the space on your page, and we also send a big greeting to all the people who support us.

Website: www.aztlan-official.com
Bandcamp: https://aztlanofficial.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AztlanOfficialBand/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbfcrHyRkFKQGdv3YDpFI_A
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5JO1ShiUsRZ2emtk2uRecI?si=20eNF9-GTi2nsRgEXak35Q&utm_source=copy-link&nd=1
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aztlan_official/

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Pulsa DiNura/If it Bleeds, We Can Kill It/2021 Full Length Review

 


  Pulsa  DiNura  are  a  duo  from  Kentucky  that  plays  a  mixture  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  industrial  and  dungeon  synth  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  album  "If  it  Bleeds,  We  Can  Kill  It".


  Industrial  style  beats  and  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed  while  the  synths  also  add  in  a  touch  of  dungeon  synth  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments.  Programmed  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  most  of  the  music  also  sticking  to  a  mid  tempo  direction,  spoken  word  samples  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.


  Pulsa  DiNura  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  atmospheric  black  metal,  industrial  and  dungeon  synth  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy  themes.


  In  my  opinion   Pulsa  DiNura  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  industrial  and  dungeon  synth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Evolution  Of  American  Filth"  "No  Exit"  and  "Slanted  Stairs  to  Salvation".  8  out  of  10.


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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Havamal/The Shadow Chapter/Art Gates Records/2021 CD Review

 


  Havamal  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  VIking,  folk,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "The  Shadow  Chapter"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Art  Gates  Records.


  Epic  sounding  keyboards  and  folk  music  elements  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  choirs  and  symphonic  structures  at  times  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  blackened  metal  screams.


  Elements  of  melodic  death  metal  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  a  few  growls  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.  Throughout  the  album  you  can  also  hear  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  lot  of  melody.


  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  of  the  melodic  sections  of  the  songs  also  showing  an  influence  of  power  metal  as  well  as  some  of  the  faster  riffing  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Norse  Mythology  and  Paganism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Havamal  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  mixture  of  Viking,  folk,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fenris"  "Empire  Of  The  Ashen  Sun"  and  "The  Curse  Of  Grendal".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/Havamalofficial
https://www.instagram.com/officialhavamal