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Friday, October 16, 2020

Poison Wind/Virus!/Eleventh Key/2020 CD Review

 


  Poison  Wind  are  a  band  from  the  United  States  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  doom,  death,  thrash  metal,  avant  garde,  crust  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Virus!"  which  will  be  released  on  October  30th  by  Eleventh  Key.


  Hardcore  style  shouts  and  crust  influenced  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  elements  of  thrash  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing.  At  times  the  music  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  80's  era  grindcore  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Death  metal  growls  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  sounding  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  also  sounding  very  different  from  each  other  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  clean  singing  onto  the  recording,  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also be  heard  and  one  track  also adds  in  touches  of  harsh noise.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  COVID19  pandemic.


  In  my  opinion  Poison  Wind  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  doom,  death,  thrash  metal,  avant  garde,  crust  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Branch  CoVidians"  "Viral  Tales"  and  "Weight".  8 out  of  10.


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Friday, October 2, 2020

Favna Abisal/Argonautas/2020 EP Review

 


  Favna  Abisal  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  plays  an  avant  garde  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020 ep "Argonatas".


  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  avant  garde  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  clear  vocals  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.  Synths  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times.


  Grim  yet  high pitched  black  metal  screams  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  metal  style  as  well  as  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow  and  mid  tempo  parts,  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length. 


  Favna  Abisal  plays  a  musical  style  that  goes  back  to  the  90'sera  of  avant  garde  black  metal  as  well  as  mixing  in  some  elements  of  post  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  Philosophy,  Literature  and  Madness  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  Favna  Abismal  are  a  very  great  sounding  avant  garde  post  black  metal b and  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "El  Ente".  8  out  of  10.





     

Monday, September 28, 2020

Feed Them Death/For Our Culpable Dead/Brucia Records/2020 EP Review

 


  Feed  Them  Death  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  an  avant  garde  mixture  of  black,  sludge  metal,  experimental,  noise  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  ep "For  Our  Culpable Dead"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Brucia  Records.


  A  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  guttural  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  while  experimental  and avant  garde  elements  as  well  as  some  synths  are  also  mixed  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.


  All  of  the  musical instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very powerful  sound  to  them  while  a  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in some  of  the  guitar  riffing. Touches  of  sludge  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


 Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  some  harsh  noises  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length and  on  the  closing  track  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard.   The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophical  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Feed  them  Death  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  sludge,  death  metal,  grindcore,  avant  garde  and  experimental,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "For  Our  Culpable  Dead".8out  of  10.


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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Nocte Obducta/Irrlicht/Supreme Chaos Records/2020 CD Review


  Nocte  Obducta  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  avant  garde  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Irrlicht"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Supreme  Chaos  Records.

  Drum  beats  and  heavy  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  keyboards  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  avant  garde  sounding  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  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,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard.

 Programmed  beats  can  also  being  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  one  song  also  introducing  melodic  vocals  onto  the  album  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  dark  poetry,  nature  and  depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Nocte  Obducta  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  avant  garde  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Zuruck  im  bizarren  Theater"  "Der  alte  Traum"  and  "Noch".  8  out  of  10.

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Noite/A Cor do Fogo/I, Voidhanger Records/2020 Full Length Review


  Noite  are  a  solo project  from  Portugal  that  plays  an  experimental  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "A  Cor  do  Fogo"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  I, Voidhanger  Records.

  Operatic  vocals  start  off  the  album  while  choirs  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  clean  playing  and  drums  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  also showing  an  influence  of  90's  era  avant  garde  black  metal.

  Elements  of  neo-classical  and  medieval  music  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the recording  while  the  songs  also  get  very  experimental  sounding  at  times.  Psychedelic  sounds  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  as  well  as  the  whole  recording  also  sticking  to  a  slower  musical  direction.

  Noite  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  experimental  and  avant  garde  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  psychedelic,  neo-classical  and  medieval  music  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.   the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Portuguese  and  cover  witchcraft,  human  damnation,  hell's  nostalgia,  Devil  Worshiping  and  mordant  satire  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Noite  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  black  metal solo  project  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  that  is  very  original  sounding,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Noite  Eterna"  "Marcha  Do  Caldeirao".  8  out  of  10.

https://i-voidhangerrecords.bandcamp.com/album/a-cor-do-fogo

   

  

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Dead Bronco Interview


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


We were supposed to have a full European tour this summer and a US/Canada tour in the fall but COVID-19 destroyed all plans, so we had to postpone our Euro tour for the summer of 2021 and we are still rescheduling our North American tour since their out break occurred later than ours so we'll see when that can happen. On a positive note, I was able to take advantage of the lock down and wrote a bunch of new material for our up coming album due in 2021, which I'm very excited to get into the studio and get that going.


2.In 2020 you have released 2 albums, musically how do they differ from the stuff you have released in the past?


Dead Bronco started off as a cow punk band but since the beginning we've had numerous changes in the line up due to our tendency to tour heavily. Many people can't handle the life style of long periods of time away from home with out much of a benefit. Every time I had to bring in a new member the music would change, obviously because of the influence each one would bring to the table. I always saw DB as an aggressive dark band even if we did play country, but once we released our third album “Bedridden & Hellbound” I saw that the music we were making was very cheerful and that wasn't what I was trying to go for, so I decided to reconstruct everything and form an entirely new line up which came with “Driven By Frustration”. I was very happy with the result of the album but I was very disappointed with my band members. They were in it for the wrong reasons, thinking they would make a lot of money or get famous. They would make outrageous demands that basically bankrupted the band, that formation almost destroyed my dream and my band which I worked so hard to create. Again, I decided to throw them all to the curb and remake the band with straight up friends and create what ever came out naturally. THE ANNUNCIATION was planned as my final farewell album but I enjoyed touring and creating with these guys that I've decided to keep it going. I've upset a lot of country rockabilly people with the change, I've been threatened at shows and have had things thrown at me on stage and one dude tried to fight me calling me a “traitor”. Luckily I've lost all those closed minded finds and have made new ones in a totally different scene. I'm a lot happier now where I'm at with my music and can't wait to see where it takes me.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore wit the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?


I guess you can say my lyrics are a bit darker and more violent now but they kind of have always been that way. I come from Florida from a very religious, right winged house hold where I grew up with domestic violence and the guilt of sin bestowed on everything I thought or did. I write a lot about my past and what my stepfather used to do to us and how it still affects me. Doesn't matter if the music is happy or dark sounding, I sing about my demons. I've seen how my writing has evolved over the years and I have lyrics that are better than others but I do see that what I write now is way more coherent than what I've written in previous albums. Practice makes perfect.


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


When I first arrived to the Basque Country I saw a few guys playing Johnny Cash outside of a bar and I asked them if I could play as well. They were called “Mis Amigos Me Llaman Bronco” (my friends call me Bronco), they said yes so we started playing in front of all the bars in town for free beer. The band started to gain recognition around town and I wanted to start something more serious but the singer of the band seemed like he wanted to do his cover songs forever, so I decided to go my own way and take those who were willing to make original music. Pretty much all the good members of the band decided to join me so after that the Broncos died and that is why I named the band Dead Bronco because I killed the band.


5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork on the newer album covers?


We worked with the Russian artist Trofimova Alina Sergeyevna who had done the art work for “ Death Roots Syndicate” out in Texas which we were featured in a few times and they were a label that promoted dark country artists and I really liked her work. I wanted to get a rootsy feel keeping true to our folk base but leaning towards a black metal cover. I think she did a great job mixing the two textures together.


6.The band has members in both the United States and Spain, how does this work out in the recording process?


I'm actually the only one from the US. I've been based out in Spain since 2008 and have been working with Spanish musicians ever since.


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?


We've played our share of concerts over the years but I think the most memorable one was at Sziget Fest in Budapest where there were thousands of people but I think my favorite show was Tsunami Fest 2018 when we played with Bad Religion and Prodigy, the energy of the crowd was intense. I would say our stage performance is very high energy with a lot of attitude. I like to give a show that I myself would enjoy seeing and I'm very big fan of mosh pits and walls of death even though I'm trying very hard to not injure myself anymore. I've had a few accidents where I fell off the stage a few years back and broke my arm and wrist which is still giving me problems till this day.


8.The new albums where released on Sun & Moon Records, how would you compare working with this label to other labels you where a part of the past?


We've always self-released our albums except two which were released with Roots Union Records out in Nashville Tennessee but there's no comparison with Sun & Moon Records. They give complete artist freedom to create what the band wants and believes and our music is finally available world wide and reaching another type of audience which would have been more difficult to get to with out their help. I'm very happy to be part of the family.


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


We are receiving a very positive reaction. The change was a slow process and as I mentioned before we lost a lot of our fan base but gained a totally new one. Our shows are filling up with new faces and open minded people. We've also been receiving good reviews by music critics so I think over all its been good and I can't wait to finally get back on the road and show everyone what we do.


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

The future is so unclear but we do have a contract with Sun & Moon for two more albums and I will always make music as long as I am alive, it's my reason of being.


11.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 listen to a lot of different types of music but I guess the bands that have most influenced me in these last two albums have been “Those Poor Bastards”, “King Dude”, and “Capricorns”.

I love all types of music from classical, country, black metal, to cumbia. I often listen to Pergolesi and Vivaldi to start the day. I'm very big into Bethlahem, Scour, Silencer, and then I'll change it up and go to NoFx, Union 13. But I was just listening to Death in June as I was writing this.


12.What are some of your non musical interests?


Surfing is basically the only thing other than music that keeps me sane and makes living life a bit more easy. Being from Florida I was born and raised on or in the water, so I need to be by the ocean to feel that I'm ok. I also enjoy cutting hair very much, I've been doing it since I was 15, even though I haven't done it in a while.


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


I would like to thank all those who have supported us through all the changes and ups and downs in the band and I would also like to welcome the new listeners to the family. If it wasn't for you all we wouldn't be where we are and doing what we do. Thank you!

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Dead Bronco/The Annunciation/Sun & Moon Records/2020 CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  U.S.A/Spain's  Dead  Bronco  which  continues  their  mixture  of  black,  sludge  metal,  punk,  goth  rock,  rockabilly,  country,  Americana  and  folk  music  and  the  album  will  be  released  in  July  by  Sun  &  Moon  Records  and  called  "The  Annunciation".

Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  and  also  brings  elements  of  folk,  country,  and  American  onto  the  recording.  The  vocals  are  done  in  mostly  a  clean  style  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  goth  rock  and  rockabilly  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  keyboards  and  grim  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Some  of t he  heavier  riffs  also  capture  the  heaviness  of  sludge  metal  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  At  times  the  music  also  brings  in  the  raw  energy  of  punk  rock  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in  guitar  solos  and  leads

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  psychedelic  rock  touches  onto  the  album  as  well a s  the  music  also  being  more  aggressive  than  the  previous  recording  reviewed  on  one  the  closing  track  the  music  also  speeds  up  and  also  adds  in some  tremolo  picking,  blast beats and  demonic  growls.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  depressive,  satanism,  country  life  and  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dead  Bronco  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  sludge  metal,  punk,  goth  rock,  rockabilly,  country,  Americana  and  folk  music,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Church  of  The  Endless  Road"  "Do  Us  Part"  "Suicide  Is  All  I  Think  Of"  and  "The  Annunciation".  8  out  of  10.




      

Dead Bronco/Driven By Frustration/Sun & Moon Records/2020 CD Review


  Dead  Bronco  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  U.S.A  and  Spain   that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  sludge  metal,  punk,  goth,  Americana,  folk,  world  and  country  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Driven  By  Frustration"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Sun  &  Moon  Records.

  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  and  also  introduce  elements  of  folk,  country  and  Americana  onto  the  recording  while  the  slow  and  heavy  riffs  also  add  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  metal.   The  clean  vocals  also  add  in  touches  of  goth  rock  and  rockabilly  as  well a s  the  mid  tempo  sections  showing  some  punk  rock  influences.

  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  at  times  touches  of  blues  rock  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  steel  guitars,  folk  instruments  are  also  added  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  the  music  also  captures  the  darkness  of  black  metal

  Dead  Bronco  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  sludge  metal,  punk,  goth  rock,  rockabilly,  country,  Americana  and  folk  music  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  that  is  very  original  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  depressive  and  country  live  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dead  Bronco  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  sludge  metal,  punk,  goth  rock,  rockabilly,  country,  Americana  and  folk  music  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something t hat  is  very  original  sounding ,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Death  of  An  Appalachian/Scumbag"  "Driven  by  Frustration"  "Lord  Call  Me  Home"  and  "Funeral  Inhabited".  8  out  of  10.


 

    

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Wedrowcy-Tulacze-Zbiegi/Berliner Vulkan/Devoted Art Propaganda/2020 Full Length Review


    Wedrowcy-Tulacze-Zbiegi  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording moves  away  from  their  metal  roots  and  goes  into  more  of  an  80's  era  new  wave  and  post  punk  direction and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Berliner  Vulkan"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Devoted  Art  Propaganda.

  Electronic  music  sounds  and  synths  start  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed.  Goth  style  clean  vocals  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  some  elements  of  80's  era  synth  pop.

  The  music  also  avoids  the  use  of  electric  guitars,  black  metal  elements  and  heavier  riffs  that  where  a  part  of  their  earlier  recordings.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  post  punk  influences  as  well  as  some  touches  of  industrial  also  being  utilized  at  times.

  On  this  Wedrowcy-Tulacze-Zbiegi   moves  away  from  the  metal  influences  of  pat  albums  and  goes  into  more  of  a  mixture  of  new  wave,  post  rock  and  electronic  music.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from Wedrowcy-Tulacze-Zbiegi and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  post  punk,  new  wave  and  electronic  music,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I"  and  "IV".  8  out  of  10.

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Sunday, May 3, 2020

Creature/Ex Cathedra/I, Voidhanger Records/2020 CD Review


  Creature  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  plays  a  very  progressive,  symphonic  and  avant  garde  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "Ex  Cathedra"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records.

  Avant  garde  style  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  progressive  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  symphonic  and  classical  music  elements.

  Blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  very  aggressive  sounding black  metal  screams  along  with  a  few  deep  death  metal  growls.  Horns  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  more  brutal  parts  of  the  music  at  times  as  well  as  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  having  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  which  they  also  mix  in  with  a  more  modern  style.  Operatic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them. 

 One  of  the  later  songs  is  also  an  instrumental  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  also  adding  in  some  dissonant  structures.  Elements  of  60's  to  80's  French  pop  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  violins,  acoustic  gutiars  and  hip  hop  style  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  French  and  and  cover  poetic,  metaphysical  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Creature  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive,  avant  garde  and  symphonic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fugue  en  Sol  Mineur"  "Note  Anticosmique"  and  "Ethemellement".  8  out  of  10.

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Saturday, April 18, 2020

Koneic Pola/trop/Devoted Art Propaganda/2020 CD Review


  Koneic  Pola  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  experimental,  avant  garde  black  metal  and  post  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "trop"  which  will  be  released  on  April  27th  by  Devoted  Art  Propaganda.

  Avant  garde  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  tribal  style  percussion  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  spoken  word  parts  give  the  recording  more  of a  ritualistic  feeling.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  some  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  sounding  along  with  some  tracks  adding  in  violins  and  clarinets.

  Heavy  riffing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  album  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  elements  of  folk  and  post  rock  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording.  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  distorted  yet  melodic  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard,  the  closing  track  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  dream  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Koneic  Pola  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  experimental,  folk,  avant  garde  black  metal  and  post  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Trzeci"  and  "Szosty".  8  out  of  10.

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Lychgate/Also sprach Futura/Debembur Morti Productions/2020 EP Review


  Lychgate  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  progressive  and  avant  garde  mixture  of  black  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Also  sprach  Futura"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Debembur  Morti  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  avant  garde  elements  along  with  the  faster  sections  also  adding  in  a  lot  of  blast  beats  and  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  Death  metal  growls  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  progressive  style.  The  slower  sections  of  the  songs  are  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  funeral  doom  metal  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  some  blackened  screams  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.

  Clean  playing,  organs  and  mellotron's  can  also  be  heard in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  along  with  the  music  also  taking  some  of  the  mid  90's  avant  garde  black  metal  style  and  mixing  it  with  some  more  modern  influences.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  transhumanism,  simulacra  and  simulation,  post-humanity,  the  uncanny  valley,  Pygmalionism,  and  the  fictional  machine  Golem  XIV  which  exceeds  human  intelligence.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Lychgate  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  progressive,  avant  garde  black  metal  and  funeral  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Progeny  Of  The  Singularity"  and  "Vanity  Ablaze".  8  out  of  10.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Violence Mortuaire 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 organized our release party to launch our album and federate our community in France. We are starting to work our line up to perform live concerts!



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


Our rigor during the recording, mixing, production and mastering phases has increased enormously, so the final result is much more qualitative. From a musical point of view, we have been drawn from more cultures to create even stronger sound textures.



3.The lyrics on the new album are inspired by poets, which poets have had the most influence on your songwriting?


Colt wrote more poems for this album and the poets that inspired us are: Paul Eluard & Maurice Rollinat




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

The group is made up of musicians experienced in black metal, jazz, world and rock styles.

We wanted to highlight the light and dark side of each idea of ​​our music.

The idea of ​​the project is to try to explore contradictory sound universes that reflect the fragility and violence of certain human emotions.


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

We wanted something very crossed out.

We wanted to open the doors of our personal wills and explore our frustrations, dreams and nightmares and

calls for help

"Humanity is made up of more dead than living," said Auguste Comte. How ironic even for the founder of positivism ...



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

Violence Mortuaire has never happened on stage before.



7.Do you have any touring or show plans for 2020?


We are currently working to make our first scene with this group during 2020 in Brittany in France.


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


We are not looking for a label at the moment but we have been contacted.


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

The reactions were surprisingly good because our mixture is quite unique.

What our audience likes is the subtle mix between violence and melody. You can find the reviews on our website.

https://www.violencemortuaire.com/


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


progressive black metal


11.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?


Benighted

Tesseract

Der Weg einer Freiheit

Vitalism

Periphery

Hypno5e

Plini

Colt is very modern metal oriented (Djent, Post-Hardcore). It also touches on many other musical universes (salsa, jazz, bossa nova). Clément is a traditionalist (Heavy, Thrash, Swedish Death, Black).



12.What are some of your non musical interests?


Clément is passionate about history and geography. Colt is passionate about sport (climbing, diving, hiking) and entrepreneurship.


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

If you want to change the world, you have to change yourself.

https://violencemortuaire.bandcamp.com/

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Violence Mortuaire/Ab Intestat/2019 Full Length Review

Violence  Mortuaire  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  hardcore,  progressive  and  experimental  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  album  "Ab  Intestat".



  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  done  in  a  screaming  style  along  with  some  elements  of  hardcore  being  added  in  the  mid  tempo  sections.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  style  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  softer  sections  of  the  music  also  adding  in  some  saxophones  and  jazz  influences,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  When  clean  vocals  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  avant  garde  style  as  well  as  the  riffing  also  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  thrash  metal.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  progressive  rock  style  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Growls  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  are  based  upon  poems  written  by  Paul  Verlaine,  Arthur  Rimbaud,  Victor  Hugo,  Charles  Peguy  and  Jean  de  la  Fontaine.

  In  my  opinion  Violence  Mortuaire  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  hardcore,  progressive  and  experimental  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Post  Chaos"  "Post  Hell"  "Post  Religious"  and  "Post  hate".  8  out  of  10.

https://violencemortuaire.bandcamp.com/releases
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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Ainsoph/Ω - V/Woves Of Hades/2020 Full Length Review



 Ainsoph  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  post  black  metal  with  elements  of  avant  garde,  post  punk.  progressive  music  and  jazz  and  this is  a  review  of  their  album  "Ω - V"  which  will  be  released  in  2020  by  Wolves  of  Hades.



  Heavy  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  all  done  in  a  very  clean  and  ethereal  style  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  metal style.Elements  of  shoegaze  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.



  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  some  touches  of  post  punk. When  the  music  speeds  up  on  a  couple  of  tracks  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  as  well  as  some  synths  also  being  utilized  briefly



  At  times  the  music  also  has  its  its  progressive  moments  as  well  as  mixing  in  elements  of  jazz.  One  track  is  an  instrumental  and  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  along  with  a  couple  of  the  songs  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  spoken  word  parts  are  also  added  onto  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while t he  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Kaballah  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ainsoph  are  a  very  great  sounding  post  black  metal  band  with  some  elements  of avant  garde,  post  punk.  progressive  music  and  jazz  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Malkuth"  "The  Long  And  Self-Destructive  Road"  and  "Maggot  brain".  8  out  of  10.

https://wolvesofhades.bandcamp.com/album/v  

Friday, August 23, 2019

Castle Of Yester/Echoes From Hobgoblin Ha'/2019 Full Length Review


  Castle  of  Yester  is  a  solo  project  from  new  York  that  plays  a  very  symphonic,  ambient  and  avant  garde  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2019  album  "Echoes  From  Hobgoblin  Ha'".

  A  sci-fi  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  while  also  introducing  synths  onto  the  recording  which  also  add  in  elements  of  dungeon  synth.  At  times  the  guitar  riffing  also  captures  a  lo-fi  atmosphere  while  also  mixing  symphonic  elements  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  most  of  the  music  goes  back  to  the  90's  demo  era  of  the  symphonic  side  of  the  genre.  Blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  riffs  also  start  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody,  out  of  key  power  metal  style  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  songs  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  some  avant  garde  and  ambient  elements.

  Castle  of  Yester  plays  a  style  of  symphonic  black  metal that  goes  back  to  the  early demo  days  of  the  genre  while  also  mixing  in  some  touches  of  dungeon  synth,  ambient  and  avant  garde  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  Scottish  Yester  castle  and  its  beacon  of  sorcerers. 

  In  my  opinion  Castle  Of  Yester  is  a  very  great  sounding  avant  garde,  ambient  symphonic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Donning  Myself  In  Armor  Most  Spiritual"  "On  The  Infestation  of  Goblins  In  Our  Humble  Village"  and  "Encrumbling".  8  out  of  10.

https://castle-ov-yester.bandcamp.com/releases     

Friday, June 21, 2019

Allone/Allone.../Aesthetic Death/2019 CD Review


  Allone  are  a  duo  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  avant  garde  black,  dark  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Allone..."  which  was  released  by  Aesthetic  Death.


  Wood  burning  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  slow,  melodic  and  heavy  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  elements  of  dark  and  doom  metal  onto  the  recording.  Synths  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  all  of  the  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  clean  vocals  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  an  avant  garde  feeling.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Classical  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  album  closes  with  an  instrumental,  towards  the  end  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  isolation  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Allone  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  avant  garde  black,  dark  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out t his  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Challenge  To  The  Dark"  and  "Ruins".  8  out  of  10.

https://allone2018.bandcamp.com/releases


Monday, April 29, 2019

Embrace Of Disharmony/De Rervm Natvra/My Kingdom Music/2019 CD Review


  Embrace  Of  Disharmony  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  an  avant  garde  form  of  dark  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "De  Rervm  Natvra"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  My  Kingdom  Music.

  Dark  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling. At  times  the  songs  also  mix  the  avant  garde  and  heavy  parts  together  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Clean  male  and  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  music  also  has  its  symphonic  and  orchestra  moments,  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  progressive  and  experimental  sounding  as  well a s  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Elements  of  goth  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  used  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.  Some  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  stringed  instruments  and  one  track  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  poetic  and  mythological  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Embrace  Of  Disharmony  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  avant  garde  dark  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "De  Primordiis  Rervm" "De  Mortalitale  Animae"  and  "De  Formatione  Orbis".  8  out  of  10.

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Dreams Of The Drowned/Self Titled/Cult Of Nine Records/2019 Full Length Review


  Dreams  Of  The  Drowned  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  psychedelic  avant  garde  black/gray  metal  and  anarcho  post  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2019  album  which  will  be  released  on  March  20th  by  Cult  Of  Nine  Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  first  track  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction.  A  great  amount  of  dissonant  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  clean  avant  garde  style  vocals  also  being   utilized  at  times.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  grim  black  metal  screams  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  music,  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Elements  of  post  punk  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  as  well as  some  synths  also  being  utilized  at  times  Some of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  psychedelic  elements  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music.

  They  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Dodheimsgard  "Midnattskogens  Sorte  Kjerne".  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  European  Witchcraft,  atypical  mental  states,  the  feeling  of  loss,  the  forest,  the  will  to  reclaim  long-gone  connexions  and  power  from  within,  and  the  urge  to  properly  name  and  subsequently  confront  power-overs.

  In  my  opinion  Dreams  Of  the  Drowned  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  avant  garde  black/gray  metal,  psychedelic  and  anarcho  post  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Conciliabules"   Real  And  Sound"  and  "Danced".  8  out  of  10.

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Necroart/Caino/The Goatmancer Records/2018 Full Length Review


  Necroart  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays a   very  progressive  and  avant  garde  mixture  of  goth,  black  and  melodic  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Caino"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  The  Goatmancer  Records.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  while  also  introducing  avant  garde  elements  onto  the  recording  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  clean  vocals  are  utilized  they  add  goth  elements  onto  the  recording  will  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  music  also  getting  very  progressive  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  they  also  start  mixing  the  avant  garde  side  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.

  On  this  recording  Necroart  remains  true  to  their  progressive  and  avant  garde  mixture  of  goth,  black  and  melodic  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  esoteric  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Necroart  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  avant  garde,  progressive,  goth,  black  and  melodic  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "An  Invocation  For  The  Horned"  "Caino"  and  "one  Is  All.  All  In  One".  8  out  of  10.

http://www.thegoatmancer.com/
https://www.facebook.com/necroartband/