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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Lagrima/Gilgamesh (The Quest For Immortality)/2018 Full Length Review


  Lagrima  are  a  duo  from  Lebanon  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "Gilgamesh  (The  Quest  For  Immortality)".

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  acoustic  and  classical  guitars  are  also  added  onto  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  the  vocals  being  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  songs  also bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  along  with  some  elements  of  traditional  and  thrash  metal.

 Some  of  the  fast  riffing  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  while  piano's  when  they  are  used  briefly  bring  elements  of  classical  music  onto  the  recording  but  also  keeping  the  main  focus  on  a  heavier  style  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  instrumentals  before  return  back  to  vocal  songs  as  well  as   the  drum  beats  being  all  programmed  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  On  this  recording  Lagrima  takes  their  melodic mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  into  a  heavier direction  while  also  keeping  the  acoustic  parts,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  'The  Epic  Of  Gilgamesh".

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Lagrima  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Rival  Creation  (Enkidu)"  "At  The  End  Of  Enkidu  Comes"  and  "The  Great  Deluge".  8/5  out  of  10.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Lagrima Interview


1. Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band these days?

Tarek Yazbek: Currently we are preparing to record our second full album, which also going to be a concept album based on ancient Middle Eastern mythology.

We are also recruiting new members to the band so we can have a complete line up for live shows.

2. For those who have not heard the music can you tell us about your musical sound?

Tarek Yazbek: Well, our musical style is a mixture of many metal styles combined into one unique fresh sound. That should make people who like different metal genre get interest in our music. We also include in our sound lots of classical guitar influences, even classical music compositions in our intros adding even more diversity and interest to our music.

3. On your first album you had lyrics written about The Punic Wars, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in ancient history?

Tarek Yazbek: My Interest in ancient history started at an early age when I was still school. It just got me hooked in, just the idea about ancient civilization, their culture and religion was very intriguing for me. Also it tell us how things became the way they are now. It is also an original subject to use on metal albums as themes and lyrics, which can give more depth to your music.

4. I have read that you have a new album in the works that is going to be based on the Epic of Gilgamesh, how would you describe your interests in Mythology?

Tarek Yazbek: Mythology is what the ancients had left for us to tell how they viewed the world around them from a religious point of view, a way put in Symbolism. Even some Mythologies are Historical facts that got exaggerated by time, or where symbolized to be taught to the next generations. If you compare the religious texts to the mythological Texts you will be surprised how much similarities you will find, but the meanings have changed, although the symbolic factors are left the same. All these factors have pulled me closer and closer to the mythologies of this region.

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

Tarek Yazbek; currently we are only 2 members in the band, but we are recruiting new members so we can do live shows hopefully.

6. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Tarek Yazbek: not at the current time, and not sure about the future since it’s hard to get a band from the middle east to play in Europe. But all options are open.

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

Tarek Yazbek: We actually got 1 label interested, but things didn’t work out because they wanted us pay tons of money and they also will get some decent payment from sales. It was just ridiculous offer. For the next album we will try to check out some labels and we’ll see what would happen. Hopefully something would work out, because a label can get you the exposure you need.

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

Tarek Yazbek: Well we got a lot of positive feedback and reviews, but you can’t satisfy everybody as you know. We hope with this second release we can reach more people and open more eyes on our music.

9. What can we expect musically once the new album is released?

Tarek Yazbek: The new album will be more mature than previous one with better production and quality. Musically we are still going on in the same direction but of course its not gonna be a carbon copy of the first album and it will have its own flavor with the Lagrima signature. Also the band vocalist “Bilal Al-Aghar” has contributed very effectively on the music of the album adding his own touch to the band’s sound. I guess this album will leave a big effect on the fans and will get us new fans as well.

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?

Tarek Yazbek: I personally had a lot of bands and music styles that influenced the way I write music, especially in the death/black realm. For example bands like At the Gates, Hypocrisy, Dark Tranquility, Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth, Death, Old Man’s Child ect… to name some. Nowadays there are bands like Kalmah and Opeth which are new influence for me and I try to learn from them. Also am interested in finding and listening to underground metal bands, and lots of them have some great music to offer but didn’t have the chance to get the attention they really deserve.

Other than metal, I really enjoy classic guitar music and I even play that type of music which I try to include in the band’s music to give it that unique touch to makes us a little different than the other band’s out there.

11. What are some of your non musical interests?

Tarek Yazbek: Music and sports are my two major hobbies in life and travelling also. I used to play a lot of soccer in the past but because of work and smoking I haven’t been able enjoy this sport any more, but I still do some body building to keep fit. As for travelling I go like once a year to a different country each time with the wife and enjoy our vacation and just relax.

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

Tarek Yazbek: Well finally I like to thank you for this opportunity and wonderful interview, hope the fans would enjoy it. As I mentioned earlier we have a new album that we will release, most probably at the end of this year, hope it will have a positive impact on metal fans around the world.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Lagrima/Hannibal Ad Portas/2012 Full Length Review


  Lagrima  are  a   band  from  Lebanon  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  along  with  some  elements  of  neo  classical  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2012  album  "Hannibal  Ad  Portas".

  Atmospheric  and  epic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  they  bring  a  classical  music  flavor  to  the  recording  and  after  the  intro  classical  guitars  are  added  into  the  music  which  leads  up  to  a  fast  and  melodic  black  metal  direction  along  with  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  and  after  awhile  solos  and  leads  become  a  huge  part  of  the  musical  sound  on  the  album.

    A  good  portion  of  the  songs  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  and  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  solos  that  utilize  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  and  acoustic  guitars  also finding  their  way  into  the  heavier  tracks  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  progressive  feeling.

  Elements  of  thrash  metal  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  leads  incorporating  some  traces  of  traditional  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  singing  vocals  can  be  heard  at  times  while  the  main  focus  is  on  the  black  metal  vocals  which  also  get  very  grim  and  depressive  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  towards  the  end  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  mixture  of  instrumental  acoustic  and  heavy  vocal  songs  along  with  some  elements  of  Middle  Eastern  music  bring  added into  the  guitar  riffing.

  Lagrima  creates  a  very  original  sound  to  his  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  which  also  sees  him  adding  in  elements  of  thrash,  classical  and  Middle  Eastern  music  along  with  some  solos  that  display  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based on  the  Carthiginen  general  Hannibal  Barca  and  his  war  with  the  Romans  which  where  historically  known  as  the  Punic  Wars  or  more  accurately  The  Second  Punic  War.

  In  my  opinion  Lagrima  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  neo  classical  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Serenade  Upon  Mount  Aryx"  "Arise  And  Arrest  the  Destiny  Of  Rome"  and  "A  Final  Fight".  8/5  out  of  10.

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