Saturday, January 20, 2018

Scumpulse/Rotten/Gore House Productions/2018 CD Review

 Scumpulse  are  a  band  from  Scotland  that  plays  a  raw  and  melodic  mixture  of  black  metal,  crust  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Rotten"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Gore  House  Productions.

  Black  metal  screams,  heavy  riffs  and  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  crust  elements.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  grindcore  influences  can  be  heard  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  some  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  punk,  back  up  shouts  and  shouting  style  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  a  couple  of  tracks  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  samples  and  synths.

  Scumpulse  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  crust  punk  and  grindcore  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  alcoholism,  addiction  and  depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Scumpulse  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  mixture  of  black  metal,  crust  punk  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rotten"  "King  Of  Dogshit"  and  "Sand  And  Dust".  8  out  of  10.  

Claret Ash/The Great Adjudication: Fragment One/Casus Belli Musica/2018 EP Review


  Claret  Ash  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  very  progressive  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  "The  Great  Adjudication:  Fragment  One"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Casus  Belli  Musica.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  songs  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  vocals  also  having  their  clean  moments.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  atmospheric  and  progressive  at  times  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  as  the  recording progresses  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts,  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times.

  Claret  Ash  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  progressive  and  atmospheric  while  also  having  its  raw  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  violence  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Claret  Ash  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Essence  Of  Fire"  and  "The  Gyre".  8  out  of  10. 

  

Phendrana Interview

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

Phendrana was born in 2016 from the ashes of a past project I had. At the end of that year, I started working on the debut album: “Sanctum: Sic Transit Gloria Mundi”, which was released on January 8, 2018.



2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

I think the sound on it is very rich. I implemented many musical influences from different genres, so that every song can have its own essence. I also think it is very complete and balanced, since it has some progressive elements, like instrumental passages and odd time signatures, but they also have their simple, minimalistic counterparts.



3.The lyrics on the new album have a concept to them, can you tell us a little bit more about the themes of the new album?

The album tells the story of a sanctum, an ethereal place where all lost souls are destined to find their eternal shelter. The lyrics for “Sanctum” are a visual description of this place, Ethereum and Gjenganger are two different stories about the lives of some sanctum inhabitants, and Where Ages Meet is an ode to the night.



4,Originally the musical project was known as 'Pakistuf', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Phendrana'?

The name changed along with the project’s direction, genre, and approach. The name Phendrana belongs to a snowy and icy region on the videogame “Metroid Prime”, and I chose it because the atmosphere created in this region is similar to the one I intend to create with my music: Cold, Inner peace, and beautiful solitude.



5.On the album you recorded mostly everything by yourself, are you open to using a full band in the studio?

Taking care of the writing and recording duties allows me to craft my ideas better, and I’ve been very comfortable working this way. There are, however, times when I want to express something I just can’t play or sing, hence the guest vocals from Vera and AraCoelium, which gave the music a whole new meaning.



6.Under your previous name you had also done some live shows, how would you describe the stage performance of the shows you played and also where some of the most memorable gigs that you had played?

We had a really good time playing those shows and sharing stages with great bands. We also had a positive response from the audience. Maybe the most memorable gig was the first one, when we had the chance to share stage with Alcest back in 2015. None of us had played on a big concert before that day, and we didn’t know what to expect. It turned out really good, there was a lot of chemistry onstage, and the audience liked it. We also enjoyed a lot sharing stage with Nader Sadek.



7.Are there any plans for any live shows under the new name?

Of course!



8.The new album was released on 'Sickness Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

It is an underground Mexican label. They have worked with some good Mexican bands and I am glad that I have worked with them too. The album turned out very well thanks to them.



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

I’ve had a very positive feedback from the people who have heard it, even though I still have to spread the word about my project.



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

Music is my passion, and my goal has always been leaving a mark on the metal scene.



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?

I find a lot of influence in baroque music, progressive rock, and many kinds of metal. If I had to list some bands/artists , I’d say Opeth, Alcest, Yes, Vivaldi, and Agalloch.



12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Black coffee, politics and videogames.



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

Thanks to everyone that has taken the time to listen and support the project!

Isgarde/Eowlandsvintr/Fila Sophiae/2018 Compilation Album Review


  Isgarde  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  these  recordings  plays  more  of  a  folk  inspired  form  of  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  compilation  album  "Eowlandsvintr"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Fila  Sophiae  and consists  of  his  2017  ep's  "Olandsvinter"  and  "Olandscinter  II".

  Ambient  style  soundscapes  start  off  the  compilation  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  synths  before  going  into  a  heavier  pagan  metal  direction  which  also  introduces  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  bring  in  elements  of  folk  music.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  compilation  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  atmospheric  and  heavy  parts  also  being  mixed  together  at  times  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  pagan  chants  and  as  the  compilation  progresses  a  brief  instrumental  can  be  heard  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  On  both  of  these  ep's  Isgarde  plays  a  style  of  pagan  black  metal  that  is  very  melodic,  raw,  atmospheric  and  epic sounding  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  folk  music  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  paganism  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  from  Isgarde  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  epic,  melodic  and  atmospheric  pagan  black  metal  with  a  touch  of  folk,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Skedemosse"  "Harski"  and  "Doluft".  8  out  of  10. 

    

Friday, January 19, 2018

Wyrmwoods/Earth Made Flesh/Inverse Records/2018 Full Length Review


  Wyrmwoods  is  a  solo  project  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  avant  garde  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Earth  Made  Flesh"  which  was  released  by  Inverse  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  very  fast  sound  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  saxophones  when  they  are utilized  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  progressive  and  ambient  elements  as  well  as  all  of the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

 Growls  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  when  they  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  there  are  also  a  couple  of  instrumentals  as  the  album  progresses  along   with  the music  also  getting  very  experimental  at  times and  clean  playing  is  added  onto  the  closing  track  as  well a s  the  slow  riffing  also  mixing  in  elements  of  funeral  doom  metal.

  Wyrmwoods  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  atmospheric  black  metal  while  the  avant  garde,  experimental,  ambient  and  progressive  elements  gives  the  songs  more  originality,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Norse  and  Roman  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Wyrmwoods  are  a  very  great  sounding  avant  garde  and  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Break  The  Seal"  and  "The  One  As  Chaos  And  Egg".  8  out  of  10.

      

Lihhamon/Doctrine/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2017 Full Length Review


  Lihhamon  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017 album  "Doctrine"  which  was  released  by  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions.

  A very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  operatic  vocals  in  the  background  before  going  into  a  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  bestial  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  the  tremolo  picking  giving  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  synths  are  used  briefly  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  war  orientated  atmosphere  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  elements  as  well  a s some  songs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  when  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  they give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling.

  Lihhamon  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  rawest  elements  of  black,  war  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover history,  obliteration,  war  and  suppression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Lihhamon  are a   very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war,  black,  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Genocide  Crusade" "Ironsides"  and  "Death  And  Torment".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Marozia/Os Caminhos Que Ela Dita/2018 EP Review


  Marozia  are  a  duo  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  ep  "Os  Caminhos  Que  Eka  Dita".

  A  very  fast  raw  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  deep  yet  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition.

  A  couple  of  the  tracks a re  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  solos  and  leads also  bring  in  a  very  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  style  along  with  some  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as w ell  as  the  music  sounding  like  it  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  in  93  or  94,  acoustic  guitars  and  harmonica's  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  spoken  word  parts a re  also  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Marozia  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Portuguese  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Marozia  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Diabo  Velho".  8  out  of  10.