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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Arcane Existence/Colossus/2021 Full Length Review

 


  Arcane  Existence  are  a  band  from  San  Jose,  California  that  plays  a  melodic  and  symphonic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  album  "Colossus"  which  will  be  released  in  August.


  A  very  heavy  and  symphonic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  operatic  female  vocals  can  also be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  vocals  being  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  lot  of  melody.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  good  mix  of  both  modern  and  old  school  influences,  harps  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  album  also  closes  with  an  instrumental.


  Arcane  Existence  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  symphonic  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  melodic  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Fantasy  and  Fairy  Tale  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Arcane  Existence  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  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  "Mystic"  "Conclave"  "Castle  On  The  Hill"  and  "Beneath  Withered  Stone".  8  out  of  10.


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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Dornenreich/Du wilde Liebe sei/Prophecy Productions/2021 Full Length Review

 


  Dornenreich  are  a  band  from  Austria  that  plays  a   musical  style  they  describe  as  being 'black  arcane  rock'  which  mixes  black  metal  and  neo-folk  together  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Du  wilde  Liebe  sei"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Prophecy  Productions.


  Tribal  style  percussion  starts  off  the  album  and  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  shamanistic  atmosphere  while  the  acoustic  guitars  also  bring  in  elements  of  neo-folk.  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  clean  goth  style  vocals  and  blackened  metal  screams  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  violins  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  album.  Whispered  vocals  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  songs  also  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  adding  in  some  melodic  riffing,  influences  of  classical  music  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.


  Dornenreich  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  metal  and  neo  folk  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  love  and  alienation  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Dornenreich  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal  and  neo-folk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  Stromen  aus  Verwandlung  ein  flac"  "Der  Freiheit Verlangen  nach  goldene"  "Das  Sehnen  von  Mond  und  Sonne"  and  "Freiheit  erlosen".  8  out  of  10.


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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Voland/Voland III: Царепоклонство - Il culto degli Zar/2021 EP Review

 


  Voland  are  a  duo  from  Italy  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  symphonic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  ep  "Voland  III:  Царепоклонство  -  Il  culto  degli  Zar".


  Folk  instruments  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  symphonic  musical  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  some  operatic  style  singing  also  being  utilized  at  times.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.  Some  of  the  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  one  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.


 When  guitar  solos  and  leads  ar e utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  are  also  added  onto  one  of  the  tracks  as  well as  the  recording  also  adding  in  some  elements  of  classical  music  and  the  2  closing  tracks  were  recorded  live,  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  faster  riffing.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  Russian  History  and  the  Cult  of  Tsars.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Voland  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  symphonic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tzera  Roma"  and  "Lennigard".  8  out  of  10.


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Monday, May 17, 2021

Morgarten Interview

 

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


 


Well, as we finished the recordings around April 2020, there has not been so much going on since then with the band. We could play 2 shows since then, which would be ridiculous normally, but almost a miracle those days… Otherwise, we rehearsed the new songs, prepared the release of the new album and had a few kids.


 


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


 


I would say it’s more mature in every aspect. All the compositions are more interesting, there is more variation between the songs, the black parts are more black, the death parts more death and so on. I think it takes what makes Morgarten unique and brings it to another level. We added some clean vocals parts and bagpipes, which were not present on the previous record, but also many other elements. The recordings of the drums, the mixing and the mastering were done at Fascination Street studio, which really brought the sound to another level. I would say that if someone liked our previous album, he will definitely love this one!


 


3.This is also your first release in 6 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?


 


Yeah, you could think that we took a break with Morgarten during this time frame, but in fact we worked hard, haha. “Risen to Fight”, was our first album, so we really took the time to promote it, do some shows in Europe, before we started to work seriously on “Cry of the Lost”. We could for example do the opening for Finntroll, it was great! Then as we wanted to do a concept album with 12 songs, it took quite a lot of time to create the concept, compose the songs and so on. And with the Covid coming on board, we postponed the release date for a year.


 


4.The lyrics on the new recording are a concept album, can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical content present on the new release?


 


Yes, that’s right. In fact our previous album was also a concept album in which we told a story. If you read all the lyrics, you will have the complete story, but we were quite limited with the amount of text one can put in one song, so the tone was very narrative and superficial. For this new album we wanted to go deeper into the story so that the listener doesn’t just read the story, but can really live it and feel what the hero feels. So we decided to write a complete story and then just pick some key events of this tale to write a song about it. The lyrics were written in the first person, to immerse the listener into the story. To write our novel, we were inspired by the Swiss legendary hero called Arnold von Winkelried and included an event of his life into our story, which was then built around it.


 


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


 


The Artwork was done by David Benzal, a spanish artist, and the scene illustrates the song “The last Breath”. In this song, the hero of the story is caught in a snowstorm and is exhausted. He realises that his whole life may have been for nothing, as he will not be able to reach the goal of his quest if he falls today. We really wanted this cry of despair that he expresses when he realises that everything is in vain to come through in the artwork. A careful eye will see that the warrior is actually a member of the band ;-)


 


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


 


They are a few but “Elements of Rock”, “Devil’s Rock for an Angel”, and  the “Brainstorm Festival” were among the best shows we played. Oh, and the opening for Finntroll was crazy! I guess the best way to describe our stage performance is that we try to tell a story and give a positive message. We want to go deeper than just having fun drinking a beer while listening to a gig. Of course that’s part of what we want to share with the crowd, but even more we want the public to live the story with us and finish the concert with a smile, strength or motivation.


 


7.The new album is going to be released on 'Inner Wound Recordings', how did you get in contact with this label?

It was through our booking agency Desert Rose Agency. At first, we were a bit wary as we value our independence and didn’t really see the benefit of signing with a label. But the more we talked with them the more we saw they were serious. We don’t regret it at all, as they are great to work with.


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


 


We are amazed by the response to the clip of the single we released “To victory”: 250’000 views in about a month, that’s enormous for us. I mean, we received a lot of messages from all around the world, and it’s awesome to see how people take our concept, our lyrics and put their own interpretation on them. It’s great.


 


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


 


It's hard to say honestly. I think we're clearly going to stay close to what we've done so far in terms of atmospheres, concepts, emotions. We're going to keep that medieval/Celtic influence and try to improve every aspect of our music, but keep the variety of styles that we like to have between our songs. We will probably try to include new instruments or sounds, but sometimes we are rather spectators of what we create, so we’ll see!


We will also perform an acoustic show at the Brainstorm Festival on the 5th of November, so it could well allow us to explore new musical horizons


 


10.What are you currently listening to nowadays?


 


We cannot list everything that we are listening to in the band as we all listen to various styles of music/bands. I can just answer for myself (Pierric). These days I like to listen to some “acoustic neofolk” music, like the band “Thurnin” or to Atmospheric black metal with bands like “CânBardd” or “Eldamar”


 


11.Does Paganism play any role in your music?


 


No. Some people said we play pagan metal or something like that, but we don’t recognize ourselves in paganism at all.


 


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


 

Thank you for your job, and thank everyone that listen to our music and supports us!

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Saturday, May 15, 2021

Chestcrush/Vdelygmia/2021 CD Review

 


  Chestcrush  are  a  duo  from  Scotland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black, sludge,  post,  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  album  "Vdelygmia"  which  will  be  released  in  July.


  Drones  start  off  the  album  while  stringed  instruments  and  whispers  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into a   heavier  direction.  Elements  of  sludge  metal  are  also  added  into  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  and  grindcore  influences.


  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  distorted  sounding  noises  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording.  Death  metal  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  small  amount  of  melody  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  90's  underground  metal  style  as  well  as  some  tremolo  picking  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  faster  riffing  and  as  the  recording  progresses  small  touches  of  post  metal  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  violence  and  political  situation  in  Greece.


  In  my  opinion  Chestcrush  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  sludge,  post,  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Digester"  "Theocracyst"  "Skullcrush"  and  "Vaptizetai  O  Doulos".  8  out  of  10. 


https://metaldevastationradio.com/thebeast/blog/14379/new-promo-chestcrush-vdelygmia-blackened-death-metal-sludge-grind 


    

Friday, May 14, 2021

Jarun/Rok Spokojnego Slonca/Godz Of War Productions/2021 CD Review

 


  Jarun  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  mixture  of  progressive,  folk  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Rok  Spokojnego  Slonca"  which  will b e  released  on  May  21st  by  Godz  of  War  Productions.


  A  very  fast  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  synths  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  album. 


  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  folk  instruments  also  being  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.  Death  metal  growls  are  also  utilized  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  shouts  also  being  utilized  briefly,  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts,  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  nature  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Jarun  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  progressive  and  folk  influenced  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "W  Swiatlo  Stycznia"  and  "Pierwszy  Snieg".  8  out  of  10.


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Saturday, May 8, 2021

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

 


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


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


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


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


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


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