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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Chasmdweller/Bacterial Lotus/2020 Full Length Review

 


  Toronto,  Ontario,  Canada's  Chasmdweller  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  a  mixture  of  black,  death,  sludge  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  album  "Bacterial  Lotus".


  Drum  beats  and  heavy  riffs  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later.  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences.  


  Black  metal screams  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  During  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  elements  of  sludge  and  funeral  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  along  with  the  effects  and  synths  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling,  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  At times  the  vocals  also  get  very  guttural  sounding  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  whispered  vocals  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  some  acoustic  guitars  and  spoken  word  parts  also  being  utilized  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  cover  death  and  occultism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Chasmdweller  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  death, sludge  and  funeral  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Septic  Coma"  and  "Oracle  Of  The  Innumbable  Truths".  8  out  of  10.


https://chasmdweller.bandcamp.com/album/bacterial-lotus    

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Sarcator/Self Titled/Redefining Darkness Records/2020 CD Review


  Sarcator  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self titled  2020  album  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Redefining  Darkness  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  old  school  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats. Melodies  are  also  added  into  a  lot  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  blackened  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of thrash  metal.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  an  80's  influenced  style  of  extreme  metal.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  album  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

 The  music  also  mixes  in  a  lot  of  death  metal  influences  along  with  some  growls  also  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  synths  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small amount  of  back  up  shouts  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard. The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Anti  Religion,  Blood,  Fire  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sarcator  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  black,  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out this  album. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Abyssal  Angel"  "Midnight  Witchery"  "Heretic's  Domain"  and  "Purgatory  Unleashed".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/W-dka_z_aKE     

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

   

  

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Trident/North/Non Serviam Records/2020 CD Review


  Trident  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "North"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Non  Serviam  Records.

  Gregorian  chants  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  classical  music  sounds  and    ritualistic  percussion.  Classical  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  most  of  the tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can b e  heard.

  Vocals  are  mostly  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  lot  of  death  metal  elements  death  metal  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Swedish  style.

  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  as  well  as  the  classical  guitars  also  making  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks,  a  couple  of  songs  also  introduces  ritualistic spoken  word  parts  onto  the  album.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  a  story  about  an  Internal  journey,  of  ominous  visions  through  dreams,  touching  the  subjects  of  ancient  wisdom's  long  forgotten,  cursed  bloodlines.

  In  my  opinion  Trident  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  "Enter"  "Summoning"  "Possession"  and  "Schaman".  8 out  of  10.

https://www.facebook.com/Trident666official/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvrG4qEybGmeLhK9QIkKc4w  

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Moribund Mantras/Golden Void/Rain Without End Records/2020 CD Review


  Moribund  Mantras  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  stoner  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Golden  Void"  which  was  released  by  Rain  Without  End  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  black  metal  elements   tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  vocals  being  done  in  an  angry  screaming  and  shouting  style.

  Elements  of  stoner  doom  metal  can  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.

  Clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow  and  mid  tempo  parts as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  ritualistic  soundscapes  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Moribund  Mantras  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  stoner  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fragments"  and  "Ascension".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGF93Ga85V0 

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Dunwich/Tail-Tied Hearts/Caligari Records/2020 CD Review


  Dunwich  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  doom  metal,  prog,  darkwave  and  post  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Tail-Tied  Hearts"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Caligari  Records.

  Dark  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  returns  on  later  songs  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  darkwave.  Melodic  vocals  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  along  with  the  slower  riffing  also  adding  in  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  psychedelic  sides  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  grim  black  emtal  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times.

  Some  of  the  songs  also  show  the  music  bringing  in  more  of  a  progressive  style  along  with  a  couple  of  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  some  of  the  mid  tempo  riffing  also  shows  an  influence  of  post  punk  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  horror  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dunwich  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  doom  metal prog,  darkwave  and  post  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Through  The  Dense  Woods"  "Mouth  Of  Darkness"  and  "The  Sea".  8  out  of  10.

http://caligarirecords.bandcamp.com/album/tail-tied-hearts 



  

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Disillumination/Return To Fire Fields/Entocomophobic Records/2020 Album Re-Issue Review


  Disillumination  are  a  band  from  Columbia  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Return  To  Fire  Fields"  which  was  re-issued  in  2020  by  Entocomophobic  Records.

  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  and  winds  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  death  metal  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

 The  music  also  adds in  a  great  amount  of  Swedish  influences  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  a  later  song  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  album,  keyboards  also  make  a  brief  return  on  an  instrumental  The  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Disillumination  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  "Internal  Suffering"  "Azazel  Throne"  and  "The  Call  Of  The  Grave".  8  out  of  10.

https://entocomophobicrecords.bandcamp.com/album/return-to-fire-fields.  . 

  

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Okkultokrati/La Ilden Lyse/Southern Lord Recordings/2020 CD Review


  Norway's  Okkultokrati  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  mixture  of  black'n'roll,  sludge  metal  and  hardcore  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "La  Ilden  Lyse" which  was  released  by  Southern  Lord  Recordings.

  A  very  hard  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  Elements  of  black'n'roll  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  album  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  At  times  the  music  also  captures  the  raw  energy  of  hardcore  punk  while  the  keyboards  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  psychedelic  and  ritualistic  feeling  when  they  are  utilized.  The  guitar  riffing  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  metal  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.,  melodic  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  On  this  recording  Okkultokrati  takes  black'n'roll,  sludge  metal  and  hardcore  punk  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian,  Thelema,  Occultism,  Moon  Worship  and  Transcending  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Okkultokrati  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black'n'roll,  sludge  metal  and  hardcore  punk, you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Thelemic  Threat"  "Grimoire  Luciferian  Dream"  "Kiss  Of  Death"  and  "The  Dying  Grass  Moon".  8  out  of  10.


Friday, June 5, 2020

Serene Dark/Enantiodromia/2020 CD Review


  Serene  Dark  are  a  band  from  Ottawa,  Ontario,  Canada  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  under  their  older  name  'Enddemise'   and  plays  a  melodic  and  symphonic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  album  "Enantiodromia"  which  will  be  released  in  July.

  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  which  also  uses  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  and  spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Death  metal  growls  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  symphonic  elements  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  brutal  moments.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  as  well  as  a couples  of  them  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  throat  singing  and  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  tracks,  spoken  word  parts  also  make  a  brief  return  on  a  couple  of  later  songs.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophy,  stoicism,  hermeticism  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Serene  Dark  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  band.RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Of  Serpentine  Form"  "Dweller  In  The  Void  of  Spirit"  " Grieving  The  Distortion  Of  Self"  and  "Onward,  Burning,  Radiance".  8  out  of  10.

 Bandcamp 

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Ba'alzamon Interview

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

Marc: We all lead separate lives for the most part. This is mostly due to living so far from each other. While this hinders any hopes of live performances at the moment, we still have fun trading riffs and continuing to create music together. The internet and digital workstations have been great to us in that regard.

Rob: We are starting to track some demos for the follow up album. As a band that likely won’t be doing any touring, we want to keep the ball rolling somehow. We talked about it and I will be 50 in eight years, we’d like to have four albums out by then. So, one every 2 ½ to 3 years for the next decade.

2.In September you released your first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?

Rob: Well, what we released in September was more a demo than anything, the fully mixed and mastered album officially released in May 2020. We weren’t shooting for any particular style; we just write what we think sounds good and build upon that. 

Marc: I think we initially were trying to just redo most of the older songs as a fun project that helped keep us connected as friends. We had older demo recordings from around 1999 and wanted to update them to reflect what we have learned as musicians over the last couple decades. Once those were completed, we continued to write in the same vein musically because that just seems to be how things fall into place for the three of us. In a nutshell, I don't think we're ever going for a particular sound exactly. I think we just play what comes to us and it sounds how it does.

3.The band formed in 1998 and broke up in 2001, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?

Marc: Towards to end of our initial run there was some turmoil brewing within the group. We had other guys playing with us at the time and things just didn't seem to work out overall. During the past couple decades, we were all involved in music somehow and I think it was just decided that we should try to get those original songs recorded for our own personal enjoyment. Once we started that process it just kind of took off for us again.

Curtis: Well the disbanding was brought on by many things. A big portion was due to not having support in the local scene (which was thriving at the time). There was national publicity in the Little Rock sludge scene which I was a part of, but somehow Ba'alzamon was not. On any given weekend, you would see some amazing extreme band come through with 2 or 3 stoner bands made up of the same handful of guys, and that was beyond frustrating. All that, along with previous members causing turmoil within the band, just killed it for all of us for a while.

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

Marc: The original songs from the 1998-2001 era were kind of all over the place. There was no one solid topic that we used. We had a protest song (There Was No Blood), a song about cults (Heathens of the Blackest Fold), and even a song about celestial rebirth (A Vow of Celestial Fealty). We were younger then and were exploring many topics based on the state of the world then and also our influences at the time.

Curtis: Subjects tend to gravitate toward Cults and cult type activity, astral projection, breaking out of dark places in life and destroying what oppresses you. One song is a dedication for my love of nature and the beauty of the Ozarks.

5.I know that the band’s name comes from Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time” series, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these writings and also are there any other fantasy authors that have had an influence on the music?

Marc: Unfortunately, I'm not much of a fantasy reader. That would be Rob who read those books and suggested the name. I'm personally more of a Sword and Sandals guy, while The Wheel of Time is Sword and Sorcery type stuff.

Curtis: Knights of Soth is about a character in the Dragonlance / Ravenloft series.

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

Marc: We wanted to capture some of the area where Ba'alzamon first got together as a band and started writing while also keeping things a little spooky.

Curtis: I took that while at sunset on a swampy part of Lake Conway.

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?

Rob: Probably a show we did at a place called Vino's. It is a staple club in the scene (has been for decades), and it was kind of a rite of passage to play there. Plus, I can still remember the after-party pretty well, and that was, I think, where we were peaking with that particular line-up.

Marc: We were a wild bunch for sure. Lots of DIY theatrics. We would use fake blood, homemade stage lighting and whatever else we could think of to try to give the crowd the best show possible. My personal favorite show that we ever played was at Vino's in Little Rock. We had all seen many bands that we loved there so sharing that same stage finally was a great experience. Other shows that are memorable were at The Parlor Tattoos in Little Rock and The Electric Moo in Russellville.

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

Marc: I don't believe we've received any interest at this point. It may be a bit soon for that considering the album just got released. I think if the right offer were to come around, we may be interested.

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

Marc: People into metal seem to like it so far and we've received some good reviews. I'm not sure how many international listeners have heard us at this point, however.

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

Marc: I think we'll keep writing music and working on the next release. With modern technology and faster ways of trading ideas, we could probably do this for a long time to come.

Rob: When we last spoke on it, we talked about doing 3 more albums before evaluating if it was worth continuing. For now, we are starting to lay some tracks for the next album.

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?

Rob: A lot of early second wave black metal and early symphonic black metal. Those first few Emperor, Cradle of Filth and Dimmu Borgir albums, anything produced by Peter Tägtgren, some early melodic death metal. That is what influences me. I listen to a wide variety of things but lately have enjoyed the newest mgła album, Deathspell Omega, Dark Funeral’s Angelus Exuro pro Eternus.

Marc: I think we had a lot of black metal influence early on. I've personally never been much of a true death metal fan and was always the guy trying to get Luca Turilli into the CD rotation at parties. Cradle of Filth was a favorite especially during the Dusk and Her Embrace/Cruelty and the Beast era. Dimmu Borgir's Spiritual Black Dimensions was another one I think we all listened to often. There was also Borknagar, Manowar, Acid Bath, Rwake, Emperor, etc. Nowadays I'm listening to mostly bands like Nargaroth, Rotting Christ, Lustre, None, and Insomnium.

Curtis: UADA, Dopethrone, Graves at Sea, Origin, Cattle Decapitation


12.What are some of your non-musical interests?

Marc: I'm actually an avid trading card collector. I mainly stick with baseball, football and Star Wars cards. I have a good time buying, selling and trading with others like me who just enjoy the hobby.

Curtis: Camping, kayaking, youth football really all the youth sports we are involved in.

Rob: I am currently working on a PhD in Communication and Information Studies. I am in the dissertation phase, with two kids aged seven and one, as well as teaching undergraduate courses, so all that eats up most of my time. Any free time I usually dedicate to music.

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

Marc: Just that we appreciate every single person who has given us a listen and hope to continue making music. Thank you to everyone who has listened and reviewed us as well.
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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Ba'alzamon/A Desolate Place/2019 Full Length Review


  Ba'alzamon  are  a  band  from  Arkansas  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  album  "A  Desolate  Place".

  Ritualistic  chants  and  whispers  start  off  the  album  while  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  choir  vocals  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Keyboards  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  and  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  symphonic  feeling  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.

  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  deep  death  metal  growls  and  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  a  lot  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic style  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  female  vocals  and  spoken  words  onto  the  recording.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  parts  as  well  as  one  song  also  bringing  clean  playing  into  the  music,  the  album also  closes  with  a  cover  of  Raf's  "Self  Control".  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ba'alzamon  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  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Heathens  Of  The  Blackest  Fold"  "There  Was  No  Blood"  "Knights  Of  Soth"  and  "Quest  For  The  Twelfth  Sphere  Of  Amaroth".  8  out  of  10.

https://baalzamon.bandcamp.com/album/a-desolate-place

  

Friday, May 22, 2020

Luna13/Wicked Gods/Cleopatra Records/2010 CD Review


  Luna13  are  a  band  from  Los  Angeles,  California  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  industrial,  electronica  and  bass  music  and  this  is  a  review  of their  2019  album  "Wicked  Gods" which  was released  by  Cleopatra  Records.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album while  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  and  samples  on  the  recording.  On  the  first  track  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  the  vocals  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  drum  beats  are  programmed.

  Elements  of  electronica  and  bass  music  are  also  mixed  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  while  also  adding  in  touches  of  industrial.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  synths  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  ritualistic  moments.

  Programmed  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  groove  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  distortion  pedals.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Luna13  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  industrial,  electronica  and  bass  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Serpent"  "Leviathan"  and  "Onyx  Witch:.  8  out  of  10.

https://www.instagram.com/luna13official
http://luna13.net/
https://luna13music.bandcamp.com/
https://twitter.com/Luna13official
https://pandora.com/artist/luna-13/ARn5mwVJqZVt46K
https://open.spotify.com/artist/7mzWnPp42hjTU6ZCAJX6Ae
https://www.facebook.com/luna13official/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV83QW5Hm3TV3TDMUi3n9iw    

Monday, May 18, 2020

Inlandsys Interview


Antonin - Inlandsys 

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

Inlandsys offers an innovative blend of Scandinavian-influenced Death and Black Metal. Vocals are performed by several band members, which brings variety in the tracks.



2.So far you have released an ep and a full length, musically how do they both differ from each other?

There is five years between the two productions so our music is more mature now. The full length includes more variety in atmospheres and more complexity in the tracks. Production quality is also better on the full length.



3.The band has been around since 2011 but so far have only 2 releases, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap in between releases?

We all have other activities outside of music. And composing an Inlandsys’s song takes some time, doing it together with guitars and keyboard playing different things takes even longer. So many bands takes times to release a production even if it’s a debut album to make it similar too our expectations.



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

The full length is a concept-album telling a story based on punical mythology. A fiction about the god Hammon baal and is desire to conquer the city of Carthago.



5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Inlandsys'?

In french an inlandsis is a common word for the unexplored frozen lands located in the Earth poles. The word is a little bit unknown so is therefore a little mysterious.



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

The work therefore illustrates part of the concept of the album. El Ash, one of our guitarist, draw the central chapter of the story, when the army of Hammon Baal besiege Carthago.



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?

The best show we did was a support show for Insomnium during their Winter’s gate tour part 2. We have encountered technical issues but went through the whole set. All the feedback's from the audience and reviewers were really good and talked about our professional stage charisma.



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

Yes, we are looking for partners to release our second album. We have already received interesting proposals, we need to think about and take the best decision for the band’s future.



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

Overall the reactions was pretty good. Our music is a blend of death and black metal witch can satisfy fans of both. We have a very rich music but still understandable even if it’s enhanced by various vocal styles.



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

Composing the second full-length album keeping the same philosophy than the first one but taking into account the feedback we got. So the future songs of Inlandsys will be an evolution of the 10 first songs.



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?

Band members have many different influences, sometimes conflicting, but we can quote Septicflesh, Dark Tranquillity, Dimmu Borgir. But some of us can also be influenced by Gotheborg death metal like At the gates or Power melo death like Kalmah.

Nowadays it differs for each band members : it goes from video-game ost to Eurodance music but always with a great dose of metal.



12.Does Occultism play any role in your music?

No.



13.What are some of your non musical interests?

Video games but we also like to laugh and telling bad jokes, especially when we are on tour !



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

(Grebe : It is a palmiped bird with silver and grey feathers who living in north amercia!)


We hope you will enjoy our music and maybe to meet you on tour.

https://www.facebook.com/InlandsysBand/

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Welicoruss/Siberian Heathen Horde/El Puerto Records/2020 CD Review


  Welicoruss  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  symphonic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Siberian  heathen  Horde"  which  was  released  by  El  Puerto  Records.

  Wind  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  tribal  style  drums  a  few  seconds  later  before  adding  in  some  symphonic  elements  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of the  songs.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Vocals  are  done  in  an  angry  yet  deep  style  while  the  music  is  also  mostly  rooted  in  black  metal.  Clear  singing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  utilized  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while the  lyrics  cover  Philosophy,  Theosophy,  Esoteric,  Heathenism,  Astral  Travels,  Mystery  and  Siberia  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Welicoruss  are  a  very  great  sounding  symphonic  black  metal band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Speelcaster"  "Metaphysical"  and  "Hymn  Of  Lost  Souls".  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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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

God Dethroned 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?
Well we did a European tour right on top of the release of the album and we even managed to finish it, because some bands who started a tour a week later couldn’t finish their tours anymore due to the shutdown of countries to contain the corona virus. Now we are waiting for better times like everyone else.

2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
On this album we added a lot of additional layers in the music. Especially vocals and keyboards. This created an extra dimension and lifted the atmosphere. We are glad we did this experiment, because at first we discussed if we just keep it basic like we did on the World Ablaze album. The songs themselves were strong enough to do without this, but we had the time to try all these extras, so we did.

3.The band split up for a couple of years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?
I just needed some time off for myself. I didn’t know if it would be a definite ending or a break, but if i would have called it a break then people would have kept on asking me about shows and stuff. This was something i wasn’t looking forward to at that time, so i decided to quit for real. Then after a couple of years i noticed i missed it and decided to come back.

4.The album title is 'Illuminati', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the Illuminati,Freemason's and other secret societies?
I just wanted to add something new to write about, so i looked into the Illuminati. Everybody has heard about this secret society and the mysteries surrounding it. I found out that they were basically fighting for freedom. Wanting to be able to read books that were forbidden at that time and to discuss things that weren’t allowed to discuss about. They infiltrated in certain organisations to blend in. I took this point of view and projected it upon religion.

5.Over the years you have also covered some satanic and demonology topics and made some references to grimoires and the writings of Aliester Crowley, can you tell us a little bit more about how you got interested in occultism and also how has your interest evolved over the years?
It’s just something that i like to read about and especially Aleister Crowley was a big influence. I don’t use this so much in my lyrics though. Mostly i use stories from the bible and turn them into my own earthly view of it and i use some sarcasm to do so.

6.You have also covered some war topics over the years, which past war has the most interest to you?
I’m interested in history generally. I used to visit Ypres a lot in the past, because one of our guitarists used to live there. I got fascinated by seeing all these people from the UK going there every weekend to visit the graves of their relatives who died there during WWI. Then i visited the war memorial sites, museum and so on and decided to write a concept album about it. It was received so well that we ended up doing two more.

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
The artwork is done by Michal Xaay Loranc who also did artwork for Nile. He created some really beautiful artwork for us. The cover shows a vortex of souls and fits very well to our music and lyrics on this album.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for 2020?
We did, but not anymore. Now we have to wait patiently for 2021 to be able to back out on the road again. We have more European tours in the works and also South America and Canada at the moment.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of black and death metal?
The response on the new album is overwhelmingly positive. Many people regard this as one of the best albums in a long time. We also played 4 songs of the new album on tour and although the album was just out since a week, the songs were appreciated a lot by the audience.

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Most of those bands are just things on the side and i don’t know that much about it to be honest.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
That’s too early to tell right now.

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Can’t say which bands as we try to not get influenced by other bands so much when we are writing new songs, but having loads of melodies in our songs is very important to us. So for me my love for Iron Maiden songs will probably show a little in our music.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? 
Hope we can go back to normal sooner than later, so we can go back on the road and play!

Cheers, Henri
God Dethroned

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Golden Blood Interview

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

Golden Blood came to life in early 2020. I was writing the debut album for Order of Ištar at that time and the songs came out a lot thrashier and heavier than I thought, so Golden Blood was born to give home to these songs.



2.Recently you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

I didn’t have a specific genre or style in mind. I spent my early teens listening to mostly punk and hardcore and I think you can still hear that in the songs. They turned out quite catchy and don’t need a huge build up or get lost in repetitive structures.



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

The title track of the debut EP deals with sex & drugs and Nightfall captures the feeling of being out drunk with your crowd. So everyday life. Golden Blood is not about deep and meaningful lyrics, it’s about fun and pleasure.



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

I like shiny things and I like blood. That’s it. And it has a an aristocratic vibe to it, I like that.



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

The Indonesian artist Deggeha is responsible for that. Mother Mary is torturing a demon and then has a drugged feast with her son in the other picture. There is no deeper meaning or anything open to interpretation in it. You get what you see. That applies to the music as well.



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

For the writing process I prefer to work alone The album will be recorded with a drummer and a couple of guest musicians. My solo guitar abilities have definitely reached their limit. And if I find enough time and the right people, I’d love to hit the stage.



7.The ep was released on 'Witching Hour Productions', how did you get in contact with this label?

I’ve been knowing them for a while because of their work for Vader and Helheim and their huge distro. So I gave it a shot and contacted Bart and he was immediately interested in my stuff. The upcoming album will also be released by them and I’m really grateful for their work.



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

Mainly positive. Of course you always have people complaining about it, that it’s not true enough, the sound isn’t right and whatever. But that’s how it is, fuck ‘em.



9.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects?

I’m writing the debut albums for Order of Ištar and Rheingold and the first demo for Ad Victoriam right now. I’m also still working on new stuff for Der Toten Lebend Schein. All of these are more or less black metal projects. My focus is on the Golden Blood album though.



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

The drum recordings will begin as soon as the quarantine restrictions here in Europe are eased. I plan to finish the album in summer. There are plans of playing live, but I cannot promise anything right now.



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?

Midnight, Deströyer 666 or Inculter are a huge influence. But also bands like Helloween, Mystic Prophecy, Primal Fear or the 90s punk bands on Fatwreck Chords. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Savage Grace, Sortilége and Glacier. I don’t really observe the scene right now, so mostly I just discover gems from the 80s I didn’t know about.



12.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?

Yes. Both are pillars of our existence, so they are also the inspiration for everything I do.



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

Listen to Agazul!

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Golden Blood/Cum, Coke & Blasphemy/Witching Hour Productions/2020 EP Review


  Golden  Blood  is  a  solo  project  from  Austria  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  black,  thrash  metal  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  ep  "Cum,  Coke  &  Blasphemy"  which  will  be  released  on  March  30th  by  Witching  Hour  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.  Elements  of  thrash  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  The  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  Swedish  influences  while  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  music.  Keyboards  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  At  times  the  music  also  captures  the  raw  energy  of  punk  rock  as  well  the  recording  having  a  lot  of  roots  in  the  80's  and  90's  era  but  keeping  it  modern  at  the  same  time,  clean  vocals can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  songs.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  blasphemy  and  drug  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Golden  Blood  is  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  mixture  of  black,  thrash  metal  and  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cum,  Coke  &  Blasphemy"  and  "Empress  Of  The  Unholy  Reich".  8  out  of  10.

https://witchinghourproductions.bandcamp.com/album/cum-coke-blasphemy