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Saturday, May 8, 2021

Cult Of Occult/Ruin/Breathe Plastic Records/MusicFearSatan/2021 EP Review

 


  Cult  Of  Occult  are  a  band  from  France  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  blackened  mixture  of  drone,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  ep  "Ruin"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  by  Breathe  Plastic  Records  and  musicFearSatan.


  Distorted  sounding  drones  start  off  the  ep  before  adding  in  a  very  slow  and  powerful  bass  guitar  which  also  introduces  elements  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  onto  the  recording.  After  the  heavy  guitar  riffs  are  added  into  the  music  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  also  start  making  their  presence  known.


  Both  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  vocals  also  add  in  more  of  a  deep  yet  aggressive  growling  sludge  metal  style  vocals  at  times.  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  utilized  briefly  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  style  when  they  are  added  onto  the  recording.


  When  synths  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  nightmare  oriented  atmosphere  and  on  the  second  track  the  vocals  also  start  getting  more  deep  and  demonic  sounding  as  well  as  all  of  the  music  also  sticking  to  a  slower  direction  as  well  as  the  second  track  also  being a   re-mixed  version  of  the  first  song.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover satanism,  alcohol  and  hatred  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Cult  Of  Occult  and  if  you  sre  a  fan  of  drone,  black,  sludge  and  doom  metal.  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  8  out  of  10.


www.cultofoccult.bandcamp.com       

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Eonian Interview

 


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


 


Eonian is a symphonic extreme metal solo project that I started in early 2020, mostly as way to keep my mind busy during the first lockdown. It originated as an instrumental project, but as I began composing and recording the first songs, I changed directions and decided to incorporate lyrics and harsh vocals.


 


2.You have an ep coming out this year, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


 


I have always been a fan of bands that combine all the elements of metal music with epic orchestras and choirs, no matter the style of metal they play. I have spent countless hours listening to bands like Nightwish, Epica, Blind Guardian, and Rhapsody of Fire, but for this project I thought that darker compositions with black/death metal vocals fit better. 


 


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


 


“The Nomad” is a concept EP. All five songs tell the story of the protagonist, a mysterious character condemned by the gods to drift through hostile lands for eternity after his reign of terror is overthrown. The lyrics borrow from myths, legends, and fantasy, but there is also a subtle social commentary against dictatorships and the use of violence to subdue the population, which is what ultimately brings about the downfall of this character.


 


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Eonian'?


 


The name of my project is as a homage to one of the pioneers of this genre, Dimmu Borgir. ‘Eonian’ is the title of their latest album, released in 2018. I wanted a short name and ‘Eonian, which means “everlasting” or “continuing forever,” goes really well with the story I tell in the EP and the character’s forced exile and perpetual search for a place to call home. 


 


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


 


Spanish digital artist Javier Barjollo created the artwork for “The Nomad” and he absolutely nailed it. The cover captures the mysteriousness of the protagonist, accentuated by his glowing blue eyes that are reminiscent of those of the White Walkers from Game of Thrones and serve to dehumanize him and to show that there is something evil in him.


 


6.This band is mostly a solo project but would you consider working with a full line up in live performances?


 


Definitely. I played in a couple of bands before I moved to the US, and I miss being on stage.


Now that things seem to be slowly opening up again (at least here in NYC) it would be very cool to play these songs live and to write new songs with a band. 


 


7.You also have a great amount of session musicians on the recording, can you tell us a little bit more about who they are and also their contributions on the recording?


 


11 session musicians from all over the globe collaborated in this EP. Every single one of them brought something to the table that I could never have come up with myself. Ex-Entrails drummer Freddy Ortscheid (Sweden), Helioss’s vocalist DM (France), Koroth’s bassist Francesco Loconte (Italy), and orchestra composer Diego Soldi (Argentina), recorded in all of the songs. The rest of the guest musicians recorded solos. There are two guest guitar solos, performed by Frozen Shield’s Isaac “Whitefingers” Solanas (Spain) and Dethknell’s Manish Kashyap (India); two violin solos, recorded by Margarita Chernova (Russia) and Tales of Gaia’s Néstor Català (Spain), who shredded in his electric violin; and three keyboard/piano solos, performed by Utópica’s keyboardist Pablo Pallares (Argentina), Desvirtual’s Andrés Samboní (Mexico), and Polina Chornaya (Ukraine).


 


 


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


 


Having the support of a label obviously makes things easier and, if a label were interested, I would definitely hear what they have to say. However, getting signed is not a priority at the moment for me. 


 


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


 


So far, the feedback has been very positive. I will be able to tell you more once the EP is officially released, but I’m pleased to see that people are reacting so well to it.


 


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


 


I already have a lot of ideas for a new EP. Like I mentioned, it would be great to transform this project into a band and to write new songs with other members. In the meantime, my plan is to start recording the first demo by myself during the summer, in order to visualize better what works and what does not. We will go from there!


 


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?


 


To write this EP, I took inspiration from bands such as Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth, Emperor, Fleshgod Apocalypse, and Gorgon. When I’m not writing, I like listening to instrumental stuff. For example, lately I have been listening a lot to some of my guitar heroes, especially to John Petrucci, Paul Gilbert, Kiko Loureiro, Andy James, Nita Strauss, and Angel Vivaldi. I have also been listening to Bodom After Midnight’s EP. Alexi Laiho was one of the main reasons I picked up the electric guitar, and his last compositions are amazing. He influenced an entire generation of guitar players, and his legacy will live on forever.


 


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


 


I would like to thank all of my guest musicians for making this EP a reality and for their awesome performances. I would also like to thank Fernán Nebiros, from Peruvian death metal legends Mortem, for his involvement in the early stages of this project and for his valuable input. And lastly, I want to thank you for this interview and for your positive review of “The Nomad”!


Sunday, May 2, 2021

Red Antlers/Deadwood/2021 Full Length Review

 


  Red  Antlers  are  a  band  from  Gothenburg,  Sweden  that  plays  a  mixture  of  post  black  and  sludge  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  album  "Deadwood"  which  will  be  released  on  May  21st.

   A  very  dark  and  distorted  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Blast  beats  are  also  added  into  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  vocals  being  done  in  a  very  angry  and  shouting  blackened  metal  style.


   Elements  of  sludge  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  lot  of  post  metal  influences.  Clear  vocals  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  and  one  track  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  album.


  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  instrumentals  as  well  as  most  of  the  music  also  sticking  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  fast  playing  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  the  psyche  of  man  and  actual  real  life  events.    


  In  my  opinion  Red  Antlers  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  post  black  and  sludge  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Opia"  and  "Kenopsia".  8  out  of  10.  


https://www.facebook.com/RedAntlersOfficial/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaj-UbzD7PFSC1jbQ-IxdBA

https://www.instagram.com/redantlersswe/

Alchemia/Inception/WormHoleDeath Records/2021 CD Review

 


  Alchemia  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  symphonic  mixture  of  black,  death,  goth  and  heavy  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Inception"  which  was  released  by  WormHoleDeath  Records.


  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  symphonic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  vocals  that  also  add  in  touches  of  hard  rock  and  traditional  metal  while  King  Diamond  style  vocals  are  also  utilized  at  times.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  some  aggressive  shouts  also  being  utilized  at  times.


  Black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Elements  of  goth  metal  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  also  capturing  the  atmosphere  of  a  classic  horror  movie  at  times  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  also  showing  some  influences  of  nu  and  groove  metal,  most  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  mid  tempo  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  reflection,  conscience,  mental  imprisonment,  phobias  and  psychological  disorders.


  In  my  opinion  Alchemia  are  a  very  great  sounding  symphonic  mixture  of  black,  death,  goth  and  heavy  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Grind"  "Haunting  You"  "Mind  Prison"  and  "Secret  Call".  8  out  of  10.


  alchemiaband.com

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Saturday, May 1, 2021

Morgarten/Cry Of The Lost/Inner Wound Recordings/2021 Full Length Review

 


  Morgarten  are  a  band  from  Switzerland  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  folk  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Cry  Of  The  Lost"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Inner  Wound  Recordings.


  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  the  sounds  of  a  party  before  adding  in  some  clean  pagan  vocals  and  percussion  style  instruments  which  also   mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  keyboards  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  symphonic  feeling.


  Grim  black  metal  screams  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts   along  with  some  tremolo  picking  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  faster  riffing  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  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  bagpipes  also  bringing  in  elements  of  folk  music  when  they  are  utilized.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  one  song  also  introducing  female  vocals  and clean  playing  onto  the  album.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  the  legend  of  Swiss  hero  called  Arnold  von  Winkelried  and  important  events  in hid  life  during  the  medieval  period.   


  In  my  opinion  Morgarten  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  symphonic  mixture  of  black  and  folk  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "To  Victory"  "Sons  Of  Darkness"  "Die  Or  Fight"  and  "Meet  The  Almighty".  8  out  of  10.


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MorgartenSwissMetal

 Website: http://www.morgarten.net


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