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Sunday, October 11, 2020

Final Dawn/Mina Olen Pimeys/2020 CD Review


 

Final  Dawn  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  melodic  and  progressive  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  album  "Mina  Olen  Pimeys".




  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  When  the  music  speeds  up a   decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  utilized  briefly.


  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  clean  playing  when  it  is  utilized  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  progressive  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times.


  First  wave  black  metal  style  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  clean  singing  onto  the  album  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  also  sounding  very  different  from  each  other,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  some  of  the  riffing  also  shows  an  influence  of  traditional  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  depressive,  satanic,  chaos  and  war  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  Final  Dawn  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  progressive  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Till  The  Bitter  End"  "Satan;s  Hourglass"  and  "Fire  Of  The  North".8 out  of  10.


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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Ysgaroth/Storm Over A Black Sea/2020 Full Length Review

 


  Ysgaroth  are  a  band  from  Vancouver  B.C,  Canada  that  plays  a  progressive  mixture  of  black,  sludge,  post,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2020  album  "A  Storm  Over  A  Black  Sea"  which  will  be  released  in  November.


  Rain  sounds  and  clean  playing  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  solos  and  leads  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  progressive  sounding  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  some  of  the  faster  riffing  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking.  Vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  h8igh  pitched  black  metal  screams,  death  metal  growls  and  shouts  and  the  riffs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  metal  elements.


  Keyboards  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  slower  riffs  also  add  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  metal  as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  post  metal  to  make  an  old  school  style  sound  more  modern,  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death  and  Satanism  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  Ysgaroth  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  mixture  of  black,  sludge,  post,  death  and  thrash  metal and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nam  Gloria  Satanas" and  "Deluge".  8  out  of  10.


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Monday, August 17, 2020

Suffering Souls/True Godfucking Souldbright/Schwarzdorn Production/2020 Full Length Review


  Suffering  Souls  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  symphonic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "True Godfucking  Souldbright"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Schwarzdorn  Production.

  Symphonic  sounds  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in a   decent  amount  of  melody.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  one  of  the  tracks  also  being  a  brief  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  musical  direction  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  and  a  later  track  also  introduces  death  emtal  growls  onto  the  recording,  the  closing  track w as  also  recorded  live.

  On  this  recording  Suffering  Souls  remain  true  to  the  symphonic  style  of  black  metal  that  was  established  on  their  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Anti  Christianity,  Misanthropy  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Suffering  Souls  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  symphonic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Beyond  The  Nocturnal  Gates  Of  Uncertainty"  "Queen   Of  The  Night"  "The  Throne  Unite  Dimensions"  and  "Punishment  For  the  Believe  To  Christianity".  8  out  of  10.



  

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

   

  

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, 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.

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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    

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Oath Of Damnation 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?
At the time of writing this, the new album has just been released, so it's early days yet, but we're pretty stoked to finally be unleashing it upon the world! We had actually finished the recording back in June/July of 2019. Since then we've been working with Carlos of Gore House Productions steadily building up promotion for the album release and getting our name out there. We've also been busy rehearsing and gearing up for live shows again as we've been away from the stage for a while now. Our first show coming up is the official album launch here in our home town of Adelaide March 21st. While things are still relatively quiet on the live show front we're already getting stuck into writing new material for the next album. This time it won't take six freaking years, haha!

2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Whereas our first album, 'The Descent' was a much more black metal album atmospherically, 'Fury and Malevolence' still carries that through, but with a much more brutal edge to it. There's certainly more death metal sounding elements this time around, as well as an emphasis on more technical aspects. Overall it's taken what we established with 'The Descent', I feel, to the next level. The songs are stronger, the recording itself is night and day compared to the first album, being a lot clearer and more powerful sounding compared to the first one.

3.This is also your first release since since 2014, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
It wasn't too long after the release of our first album 'The Descent' that we had to go through a line up change. Our previous vocalist/keyboardist, Formosus decided to call it a day, and we parted ways on friendly terms. He and I still play together in a couple of different projects, actually. We sort of floated in a bit of a limbo for a while really until we made the decision that I take on the vocal duties as well as continuing on bass. That just left us with searching for a keyboard player, and eventually Haemorrh joined to fill the role. With the line up once again secure, we set to work rehearsing the set, writing material for the new album and getting back out there playing shows again. Constantinos, Necromancer and myself also play in another band called Shadow Realm, which during a lot of that time took more of a priority over Oath of Damnation as we were writing and recording an album with that band plus playing quite frequently.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the new album and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?
Something I like to do with lyrics is take a theme from either a personal or objective point of view and add a great deal of artistic license, ranging from concepts of ancient mythologies, horror themes, history, religion and the occult. Imhullu for instance comes from ancient Sumerian/Babylonian text. 'Imhullu' is the name of a wind weapon that Marduk used to help slay Tiamat as described in the classic tale. 'To Crack the Earth, and Bring Down the Sky' is based on a black magic spell designed to give one control over extreme weather. 'I Curse Thee, 'O Lord!' is a twist on the classic biblical tale of Abraham being commanded by his god to sacrifice his son, Isaac. In the original tale of course, an angel comes down to stay his hand at the last minute, but in our own horrific tale, the deed is carried through in grim fashion. One thing I would avoid though is injecting personal opinions or beliefs into the lyrics. Where we may tackle some subjects related to, say, the occult, or satanic themes as we have done and may continue to do is purely from an outside perspective as an actor in film or theatre would play a demon or sorcerer. With these new batch of songs, compared to those of the last album, I feel we've managed to work a more natural flow and balance between the different genres you can hear in our music compared to that of the last album. Obviously the dominant sounds you can hear are death and black metal in nature, but the shred guitar and progressive elements are there also, and we've been very mindful that none of it feels forced in any way.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Oath Of Damnation'?
It's pretty much meant to be a curse. The idea for the name came from the earliest foundation of the band, which was a concept thought up by our previous singer about the vengeful spirit of Pope Formosus, (who was Pope of the catholic church from 891 to his death in 896 ad) turned dark and wrathful against his former religion. “Curse and damnation be upon ye, who wear the cloth and cross of those that defiled my corpse!” In 897, by the order of his second successor Pope Stephen VI (his immediate successor Pope Boniface VI lasted only fifteen days!), Formosus' body was exhumed and put on trial, sentenced and stripped of his papal title and decrees, buried in a commoner's grave, but then dug up again and thrown in the Tiber river. Ninth Century Papal politics at its finest! With this whole concept, we were thinking very much along the lines of something like out of a horror movie (King Diamond is also a big influence on us when it comes to concepts). An earlier moniker that we were going under was Popecorpse, but we were never really a hundred percent settled with that name, and through the evolution of lyrical and conceptual imaginings, the wrathful spirit Formosus' 'Oath of Damnation' was born, and has since remained.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
The art was done by the mighty Jenglot Hitam, who's done a huge amount of work for a lot of bands out there now, and is an absolute master at his craft! This particular piece I came across on my social media news feed one day. Its image depicting demons and angels engaged in battle with one another instantly jumped out at me and just fit the album title and the song 'With Fire and Malevolence' perfectly, which lyrically, is a war in the heavens type of song. Luckily it was available for purchase, so I snapped it up straight away. We've since commissioned him to produce the artwork that you can find on the lyric video of 'I Curse Thee, 'O Lord!', which turned out a goddamned masterpiece.

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?
Two shows I can recall that I really enjoyed playing was with Dead Congregation in Brisbane back in 2016, and opening for Psycroptic and Archspire here in Adelaide. Also the first show we played as Oath of Damnation back in 2012 with Impiety and fellow locals Tzun Tzu and Cauldron Black Ram. Our live show, in line with our earlier concept I mentioned earlier was more theatrical, garbed as dark priests and monks and complete with a lecturn that our previous vocalist used to stand behind and scream forth his sermons. We've toned it down quite a lot visually since then, but stepped it up quite a bit in musical brutality, engaging more with the crowd and bludgeoning their senses like a hammer.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
At the time of writing, our home town album launch is now only a week away, March 21st at Jive bar on Hindley St. The next is April 18th, also in Adelaide and is part of an all day festival called Heavy S.A. Fest, which is a showcase of a variety of metal acts that our state of South Australia has to offer. We're just starting to secure dates for elsewhere around the country. Early days there, but plans are forming. We'd love to get out of Australia and tour anywhere that'll have us, but as we're still relatively unknown, the gameplan is to build up a name for ourselves with this album which I'm confident will help put us more within the global metal community's radar.

9.The new album was released on 'Gore House Productions', how did you get in contact with this label?
Purely by chance. We were still in the process of finalizing the recording, when Constantinos sent a track to a friend of his, Walter Greggs, who is a DJ for Cranium Radio based in the U.S. Walter is also a friend of Carlos, who runs Gore House Productions, and he sent him the track. Carlos got in touch with us almost straight away. We got to talking and could see right off that working together would be mutually beneficial, so here we are! It's obvious to us he works hard for the bands on his label and already he's done a lot to help increase our exposure to new fans out there in the metal world, so much more than we could ever do ourselves.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
So far, particularly with Fury and Malevolence, the feedback has been great. Like I said, it's early days still, but reviews are starting to trickle in, and they've been really positive. We're starting to get a lot of listener feedback from fans of both style also, which has also been so far very positive.

11.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?
Myself, Constantinos and Necromancer also have a band called Shadow Realm, which is more of a fusion of classic heavy metal with thrash/bkack/progressive elements. We've been busy playing a fair amount of shows and have just about finished recording a new EP. On top of that, I play guitar/vocals in a death metal band I've had going for many years now called Beyond Mortal Dreams, and am working towards having a new album out later this year. Haemorrh plays keys in another band called In The Burial, which has recently put out a new album and has also been quite active on the live scene of late. Between us all we keep ourselves quite active musically.

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
For now, I see us continuing down the path that Fury and Malevolence has put us on. I feel like we've hit our stride musically, so I'd love to carry on and build on that. Some of the new material that's beginning to emerge is already taking a bit more of a brutal turn, but that's not to say we'll be moving away from our more atmospheric side.

13.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
For as long as I've been playing in bands, I've always been inspired by death metal styles. With what we produce in Oath of Damnation, we're obviously we're quite driven by both the death and black metal genres, and we do listen to a lot of music that fall in those realms. Of course, other music you really enjoy are gonna influence and rub off you in a sub-conscious way naturally, so I guess you're always gonna hear similarities with other things out there. Collectively we listen to a wide variety of music, from classic metal, to thrash, death, black, prog, even rock, jazz, funk and orchestral music.

14.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?
Only as I mentioned earlier on, portraying these themes as an actor would play the role of a demon or sorcerer, or any other dark type of role. These concepts are not reflective of any personal spiritual beliefs held by anyone in the band, but are held as a point of interest in a fictional sense.

15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Just to say thanks for the interview and the opportunity to further spread Oath of Damnation's name and music out amongst the metal hordes at large. To everyone who knows us, or just discovered us, a huge thanks to you all! We really appreciate all your support and we hope to see you on the road one day soon. Until then, play loud and destroy!


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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Warlust/Unearthing Shattered Philosophies/Dying Victims Productions/2020 CD Review


  Warlust  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Unearthing  Shattered  Philosophies"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Dying  Victims  Productions.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  while  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  synths  and  clean  playing  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very melodic  style.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of Swedish  influences  along  with  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Vocals  are  mostly  blackened  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  death  and  thrash  metal  elements.  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  but  still  captures  a  modern  atmosphere  as  well  as  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  both  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  classical  gutiars.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  War,  Devastation  and  Torture  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Warlust  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Burning  Eyes  Of  Satan"  "In  The  Shadow  Of  The  Alchemyst"  and  "To  Fall  Aprt".  8  out  of  10.

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Sunday, March 8, 2020

Oath Of Damnation/Fury And Malevolence/Gore House Productions/2020 CD Review

  Oath  Of  Damnation  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  virtuoso  and  symphonic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2020  album  "Fury  And  Malevolence"  which  will  be  released  on  March  13th  by  Gore  House  Productions.


  A  very  dark  sounding  interlude  starts  off  the  album  while  classical  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  some  keyboards  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.

   Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  demonstrating  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  symphonic  sounding  as  well  as  a  couple  of  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  technical  moments,  all  of  the musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  cover  darkness  and  blasphemy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Oath  OF  Damnation  are  a  very  great  sounding  symphonic  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  "The  Abortuary"  "In  Death's  Dominion"  and  "I  Curse  Thee,  O"  Lord!".  8  out  of  10.

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

King Satan/I Want You To Worship Satan/Inverse Records/2019 CD Review


  King  Satan  are  a  solo  project  from  Finland  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  industrial  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "I  Want  You  To  Worship  Satan"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  inverse  Records.

  Heavy  riffing  and  industrial  elements  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  distorted  vocals  and  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  alter.  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  programmed  while  synths  are  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  aggrotech  elements.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  Female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  on  a  few  tracks  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  bringing  in  more  of  a  melodic  hard  rock  style  when  they  are  utilized.

  Growls  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  samples  also  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  some  songs  also  adding  in  elements  of  death  punk,  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  mid  tempo  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Chaos  Magick  and  Anti  Christianity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  King  Satan  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  industrial  and  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Killing  Of  God"  "All  Magick  Is  Chaos  Magick"  "The  Antichristification"  and  "The  Portrait  of  Darkness".  8  out  of  10.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Vargrav/Reign In Supreme Darkness/Werewolf Records/2019 CD Review


  Vargrav  are  a  solo  project  from  Finland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  old  school  form  of  symphonic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "Reign  In  Supreme  Darkness"  which  will  be  released  on  April 26th  by  Werewolf  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  while  also  introducing  symphonic  elements  onto  the  recording  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  Clean  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily rooted  in  the  90's  era  while  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  tracks  as  the  album  progresses  and  the  closing  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  hatred  and  Misanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Vargrav  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  symphonic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Glory  Of  Eternal  Night"  "As  The  Shadows  Grow  Silent"  and  "Arcane  Stargazer".  8  out  of  10.   

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Suffering Souls Interview

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

Immediately after the recordings, of course, as with every album, the mastering came and immediately afterwards the concept for marketing, advertising, organization and the tuning of a release date.
We, Patrick especially and I, are working really hard to bring the album to a very high level, and the worldwide reviews and ongoing interview requests prove us right. So far we are doing everything right and things are going very well.

2.You have a new album coming out during the beginning of 2019, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

There are nine symphonically arranged Black Metal songs in the usual Suffering Souls style.
The main difference to the previous albums is that this album is going to be much more structured, catchy and towards medium tempo. However, still satanic and inhuman.

3.This is the first release in 10 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time span?

At the end of 2009, after the release of "Sadistic Goat Complex" I started to work on new songs right in the middle of 2010, which I was working on until the end of 2014.
After the pre-production in September 2015, which was created in my studio, I decided to let the almost finished album rest. In November it was time that I went to a longtime companion from Nuremberg in a very familiar studio, where I once again played all the instruments from scratch for months and reorganized the orchestral parts with him.
In the autumn of 2016, I then started with the vocals, but something was missing, right: Vocals are sometimes "clean". Like listening to "In Synergy Obscene" now, I also wanted to try the "normal" vocals, which I think I coped quite well with. I also brought in Joe Jones, a guy from an Irish folk band, to help out, which is on the album now. Writing, arranging and recording the whole album took from January 2010 to autumn 2017. Afterwards, the tracks were mixed and mastered by me for about nine months until mid-2018, in a local studio (Musikomm) in my hometown of Amberg.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore on the new album?

As with all Suffering Souls albums, it's about inhumane themes, satanism, occultism, and the end of the human race throughout. Of course, death and the devil in their most beautiful and abominable form, as the world has earned.
I love it...


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Suffering Souls’?

The name of the band is self-explanatory if you and especially the followers deal with the topic, the lyrics and especially with the music and deal with it intensively.

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

The artwork was made by the Frenchman Remy C. from Headsplit Design, just like for the 2009 album "Sadistic Goat Complex".
A few ideas of me in a sketch packed, the album title and a "have fun" were sufficient that I had two months later, the first serious drafts on the table.
It has become absolutely fantastic and reflects the complete album in its gloom. Every single song is visually united in this picture. Listen to it intensively and you will understand what I mean.

7.Currently the band is a solo project but had a full line up in the past, are you open to adding other members in the band again or do you prefer to work alone?

Since completion of the second album "Incarnated Perfection" in 2003, I do everything in complete solo. Since I was responsible for most of our riffs from the beginning, that is, since our founding in 1994, it has taken endless years from the first official demos, "In the Moonshadow of Dispair" and "When Silence Cries Eternally" MCD "Cries of Silence" on the first full-length album "Twilight Ripping Souls Apart" to the "Incarnated Perfection" the second longplayer, forced us to be a band. Eternal discussions about riffs, length, structure and type of lyrics have limited me in all too much what I wanted to express with "Suffering Souls". Although "Incarnated Perfection" already came completely from my pen, both musically and lyrically, I needed the then members as extras and means to the end of the album. Ultimately, my own studio and the advances in technology were the logical consequence: "It was not nice with you, Fuck Off, dictator Esgaroth is now sole ruler over the Suffering Souls."
.... and the burden of having to endure other people had also been dealt with.
It will remain so in the future, that I will do everything alone, except it should eventually be a big gig or a long tour pending, then of course I will have to work with some session musicians together.

8.Was there any live shows back when there was a full line up?

Yes, of course, every band wants to play live and that's what happened to us back in 1994 when Suffering Souls was founded. On March 16, 1996, we had our first appearance in a local pub and were absolutely sold out. However, at that time there were only about 110 people. From then on we were unstoppable and until our little European tour in 2000, after the release of "Twilight Ripping Souls Apart", we played permanently live.

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

The massive and worldwide response to the new album "In Synergy Obscene" is so overwhelming that it takes Suffering Souls to a new level in Black Metal. Above all, the reactions, ratings and sales figures have skyrocketed in North America, South America, Asia and Europe. Inquiries from interviews and presentations in radio shows have increased so much that I am fully booked with my appointments.
The album teaser that Patrick from Schwarzdorn Production produced has also been a big help.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

Suffering Souls will be the spearhead of German Symphonic Black Metal. Of course I expect a chart placement !!!
... only for this album, not for the next, because I'm back "true". It will always go on ...

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?

Brahms, Rachmaninow and I, the calm, the loneliness and the bringer of the light, it changes, promised, nothing!

12.How would you describe your views on Satanism?

He is always and everywhere, among us, in us and in every crappy religion.

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

Stop the Norwegian Incest, long live German Black Metal

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Hecate Enthroned/Embrace Of The Godless Aeon/M-Theory Audio/2019 CD Review

 

  United  Kingdom's  Hecate  Enthroned  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  symphonic  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  while  also  keeping  some  of  the  death  metal  elements from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019 album "Embrace Of  the  Godless  Aeon"  which  will  be  released  on  January  25th  by   M-Theiry  Audio.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  horror  movie  style  keyboards  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  evolves  into  more  of  a  symphonic  direction  after  awhile.  After  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  while  also  keeping  the  symphonic  elements  and  also  introducing  black  metal  screams  onto  the  album.

  When  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  are  brought  into  the  music  they  give  the  songs  more  of  a  90's  feeling  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody,  Death  metal  growls  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  A  great  portion  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  averaging  from  6  to  minutes.  One  track  also  adds  female  vocals  into  the  music  which  also  adds  in  more  of  an  operatic  atmosphere  as  well  as  a  touch  of  goth  metal  while  a  later  song  also  adds  in  a  few  seconds  of  clean  male  vocals  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them. As  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  is  also  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  small  amount  of  spoken  word parts  giving  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  atmosphere.  The  production  has  a  very  powerful  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Mythology  and  Darkness themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hecate  Enthroned  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  their  previous  albums,  you  should  enjoy  this  release.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Revelations  In  Autumns  Flame"  " Whispers  Of  The  Mountain  Ossuary"  and  "Erebus  And  Terror".  8  out  of  10.

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Dawn Of Ashes/The Crypt Injection II(Non Serviam)/Metropolis Records/2019 CD Review


  Dawn  Of  Ashes  are  a  band  from  Los  Angeles,  California  that  plays  a  mixture of  industrial,  ebm,  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "The  Crypt  injection  II(Non  Serviam)"  which  will  be  released  on  January  18th  by  Metropolis  Records.

  Ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  electro  industrial  elements  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  grim  black  metal  screams  and  heavier  guitar  riffs  start  mixing  in  with  the  more  industrial  and  ebm  style  while  also  adding  in  some  elements  of  aggrotech  and  the  music  also  has  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences.

  Harsh  industrial  style  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  spoken  word  parts  can also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  most  of  the  music  sticking  to  more  of  a  mid  tempo  style  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  synths  also  gives  the  music more  of  an  epic  atmosphere.

  Dawn  Of  Ashes  plays  a  musical  style t hat  takes  industrial,  aggrotech,  ebm  and  black  metal  ans  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Anti  Christianity,  Death,  Torture  and  Violence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dawn  Of  Ashes  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  aggrotech,  ebm,  industrial  and  black  metal  and  if  you  are    fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ahirman"  "The  Serpents  Of  Eden"  "Sitra  Ahra"  and  "Entering  The  Realm  Of  Shadows".  8  out  of  10. 

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Gloomy Grim/Obscure Metamorphosis/Symbol Of Domination Productions/Murdher Records/2018 EP Review


  Finland's  Gloomy  Grim  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  symphonic  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Obscure  Metamorphosis"  which  was  released  as  a  joint effort  between  Symbol  of  Domination  Productions  and  Murdher  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  that  also  get  very  deep  and  grim  at  times  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  fast  riffs  also  adding  in  some  tremolo  picking  and  later  songs  also  bring  in  more  symphonic  elements  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  On  this  recording  Gloomy  Grim  remains  true  to  the  symphonic  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti  Christianity,  Satanism,  Horror  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Gloomy  Grim  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Stars  Above  Me"  and  "Impressive  Physical  Sight".  8  out  of  10.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Suffering Souls/In Synergy Obscene/Schwarzdorn Production/2019 CD Review


  Suffering  Souls  are  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  plays  a  symphonic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "In  Synergy  Obscene"  which  will  be  released  in  2019 by  Schwarzdorn  Production.

  A  very  symphonic  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  after  the  intro  while  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  along  with  some  programmed  beats  also  being  used  at  times  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  some  clean  vocals  are  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.

  Back  up  shouts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  of  the  fast  riffing  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  growls  can  also  be  heard  and  acoustic  guitars  and  female  vocals  are  also  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Suffering  Souls  plays  a  style  of  symphonic  black  metal  that  is  very  melodic  and  modern  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Anti  Christianity,  Death  and  Misanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Suffering  Souls  is  a  very  great  sounding  symphonic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  Synergy  Obscene"  "As  The  Truth  Unfolds"  and  "Unseen  Phenomenon".  8  out  of  10.


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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Haiku Funeral/Decadent Luminosity/Aesthetic Death/2018 Double Album Review


  Haiku  Funeral  are  a  band  from  France  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  mixture  of  blackened  industrial  and  ritualistic  satanic  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  double  album  "Decadent  Luminosity"  which  was  released  by  Aesthetic  Death.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  first  side  of  album  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length   along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  industrial  elements  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  done  in  a  very  grim  black  metal  style  and  synths  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  A  great  amount  of  programmed  and  militant  beats  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  some  melodic  chants  also  being  used  briefly  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  stringed  instruments,  some  tracks  also  add  in  whispered  style  vocals  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts  and  when  percussion  is  utilized  briefly  it  adds  in  more  of  a  shamanistic  atmosphere  and  the  closing  track  also  adds  in  elements  of  Indian  ethnic  music.

  Ritualistic  percussion's  start  off  the  second  sound  of  the  album  along  with  some  clear  yet  chanting  vocals   while  spoken  word  parts  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  they  also  sound  very  demonic  at  times  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Ambient  style  synths  and  ritualistic  soundscapes  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  second  half  of  the  album  while  grim  whispers  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  at  times  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  an  instrumental.

  With  this  double  album  Haiku  Funeral  brings  out  2  different  sides  of  their  musical  style  with  the  first  side  being  blackened  industrial  and  the  second  side  ritualistic satanic  ambient,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Eastern/Western  Occultism,  Rituals  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Haiku  Funeral  an  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  industrial,  experimental,  ritual  and  dark  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  double  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Scientia  Intra  Satana"  "Dreaming  Kali  In  The  Temple  Of  Fire"  "Lacerate  The  Light"  and  "Endlessly".  8  out  of  10.

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