Saturday, December 9, 2017

Thaw/Grains/Agonia Records/2017 CD Review


  Thaw  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  sludge,  improv.  experimental,  ambient  and  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Grains"  which  was  released  by  Agonia  Records.

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and   dark  sounding  melodies  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal s creams  along  with the  slower  riffing  bringing  in  elements  of  sludge  and  doom  metal and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  distorted  fashion.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  at  times  along  with  some  robotic  vocals  also  being  used  briefly  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling,  whispered  vocals  and  melodic  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  a s all  of  the musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  of  the  tracks  sound  very  different  from  each  other.

  Thaw  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  mixture  of  black  metal,  sludge,  improv,  experimental,  ambient  and  noise  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while t he  lyrics  cover  occult  and  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Thaw  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  sludge,  improv,  experimental,  ambient  and  noise,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Cabalist"  and  "Wielki  Piec". 8  out  of  10.      

Grave Spirit/The Beast Unburdened By Flesh/Iron Bonehead Productions/2018 7 Inch Review


  Grave  Spirit  are  a  band  from  an  unknown  location  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  with some  death  metal  touches  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  ep  "The  Beast  Unburdened  By  Flesh"  which  will  be  released  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions  on  February  9th, 2018.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  while  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition  while  also  capturing  the  aggression  of  war  metal  at  times  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark,  raw  and  melodic  fashion,  at  times  some  of  the  riffs  go  in  a  slower  section  along  with the  music  always  remaining  very  heavy  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Grave  Spirit  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  fast  and  raw  in  the  90's  second  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  covers  tales  of  the  mythical,  both  dead  and  undead.

  In  my  opinion  Grave  Spirit  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast  and  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Beast  Unburdened  By  Flesh".  8/5  out  of  10.    

Friday, December 8, 2017

Kuoleman Galleria/Pimeys Saapuu Pohjoiseen/Inverse Records/2017 CD Review


  Kuoleman  Galleria  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  black'n'roll  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Pimeys  Saapuu  Pohjoiseen"  which  was  released  by  Inverse  Records.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  folk  instruments  a  few seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  black'n'roll  elements  as  well  a s some  back  up  shouts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion,  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard,  a  couple  of  tracks  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls,  stringed  instruments,  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  playing.

   Kuoleman  Galleria  plays  a  style  of  black'n'roll that  is  very  catchy  as  well  as  keeping  most  of  the  music  in  a  mid  tempo  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  sarcasm and  dark  humor  themes.

  In  my  opinion   Kuoleman  Galleria  are  a  very  great  sounding  black'n'roll  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pimeys  saapuu  pohjoiseen"  "Materian  omistama"  "Vahtikoira"  and  "Mieleen  haudattu".  8  out  of  10.

    

Mortis Mutilati/The Stench Of Death/2018 Full Length Review


  France's  solo  project  Mortis  Mutilati  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  funeral  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released album  "The  Stench  Of  Death"  which  will  be  released  in  2018.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  elements   while  operatic  female  vocals  are  also  used  briefly  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  while  also  introducing  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  some  keyboards  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  some  of  the  slower  riffing  also  brings  in  elements  of  doom  metal  along  with  some  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  melodic  chants  can  also be  heard  briefly  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Mortis  Mutilati  creates  another  recording t hat  remains  true  to  the  funeral  style  of  black  metal  that  was  established  on  previous  releases,  the  production  sound s very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  French  and  cover  death,  eroticism  and  taphophilia  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mortis  Mutilati  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  funeral  or  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Echoes  From  The  Coffin"  Onguent  Mortuarie"  and  "L-odeur  du  mort".  8  out  of  10.   

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Entheogen/Without Veil, Nor Self/Fallen Empire Records/2018 Full Length Review


  Entheogen  are  a  band  with members  from  Texas  and  Pennsylvania  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Without  Veil,  Nor  Self" which  will  be  released  in  2018  by  Fallen Empire  Records.

  Ambient  style  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in a   great  amount  of  atmospheric  elements.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  North  America  style  of  the  mid  2000's.  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.

  Entheogen  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  atmospheric  as  well  as  being  heavily  rooted  in  the  North  American  tradition  of t he  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  metaphysical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Entheogen  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sol  Genesis"  and  "Pall".  8  out  of  10.

      

The Reptilian Session Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1. First of all, we are not exactly talking about a band, The Reptilian Session is an hybrid project conceived between a one-man band and a collective that takes part in an almost anonimous way. The attutide of a musical product, nowadays, is often labeled by the appearance of the authors themselves. Without any image of the people involved, the only reference that is given to the listener is the music itself, so we've decided not to spread our photos. Let's say that our facade is a monster that lives in a world created by our music and inspirations, the Lizard Lord.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
2. Starting from square one, the musical sound is a violent black metal with influences from mid-tempo groovie riffs and crackling modular synths, alternating, the vibes of the rhythm. The entire album is recorded with analogic tecniques that gives to the music a warm and dusty sound, despite the glacial atmosphere of the whole record: basically, the eletricity is a physic component that characterizes our music.

3.A lot of your lyrics have some occult, reptilian, u.f.o's and conspiracy theory themes. can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

3. The refusal of embracing the standard themes of the black metal and migrate them to unexplorated contexts, is our will to not taking part of a defined genre, so not submitting under the regime of labelling rules. The gateway of our lyrics is purely symbolic, its a logic that doesn't give room for external references ,the arguments comes, as the music itself, from outer space.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'The Reptilian Session'?
4. Well, the Reptilian is conceived as a constant presence that haunts the Earth, is something subliminal, intangible, that chases our footsteps until the end of the world and Session is just referred at the encounters of the people involved in this supernatural project.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
5. As I said before, there's not a stable line-up so things gets challenging in terms of arranging a quality gig. We received a lot of offers but for now our main goal is to make something that could last in time. Probably we'll go live when we'll have the certainty of giving the exact same atmosphere of the studio version.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
6. By referring to the last answer, no, not currently. Our current priority is to give birth to a new album.

7.The album was released on 'Dead Seed Productions', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
7. Absolutely, Dead Seed Productions did a great job and we couldn't be more satisfied than this. In addition to had printed the album in 500 vinyl copies, this label has been committed in spreading this record all over the Europe. I've faced a real high quality standard, in terms of professionality, considerably higher than the avrage.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
8. The hard work is paying off, but for the average metalhead we're still unknown; we received great feedbacks from some magazines but obviously we've to wait that our product will be consolidated in this music scene, in order to be taken in consideration.

9.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?

9. Nothing special, since the drummer left Fingernails and moved to France, he stopped playing with his main project, Chronic Hangover, (band that I suggest to listen to, that signed this year with Minotauro Records) and now The Reptilian Session is his only band.
In this hiatus, the guitarist is planning to start a new post-metal band, while he is also playing in some local metal bands.
As for me, since the splitting of my ex black/thrash metal band, called Vesper, I've started to entirely dedicate myself to this project and, sometimes, to other external collaborations.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
10. In our recording studio, for sure:
We are full of material on which we are working to, and, in a short time, we will record a new album, even this time, with the effort of Dead Seed Production. It will include a guest appeareance of his owner, as one of the guitars.

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?
11. Armagedda, Beherit and Katharsis are only some of the main influences that characterize the mould of our sound; we also got inspirated from outsider genres and bands, like Bauhaus (to which we've paid homage, reproposing "Double Dare" as a bonus track of this record's B-side). In short, we don't represent that kind of listener that doesn't go out from the boundaries of the black metal genre.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? 
 12. We thank you for the time you gave us and all the readers who had the intrest of reading our opinions.
The power of art is given by its supporters, and it is really thanks to them if we have the opportunity to give continuity to this project. A thing is certain: this is only the beginning!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Satanic Warmaster/We Are The Worms That Crawl On The Broken Wings Of An Angel/Werewolf Records/2017 Compilation Album Review


  Satanic  Warmaster  are  a  solo  project  from  Finland  that  has  been  around  for  more  than  20  years  and  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  satanic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  compilation  album  "We  Are  The  Worms  That  Crawl  On  The  Broken  Wings  Of  An  Angel"  which  will  be  released  on  December  27th  by  Werewolf  Records.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  compilation  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  90's second  wave  style.

   Throughout  the  compilation  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  compilation  progresses  some  songs also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  riffing  and  atmospheric  sounding  synths  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  melodic  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  some  of  the  later  songs  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  flutes  and  spoken  word  parts  closer  to the  end.

  Throughout  this  compilation  Satanic  Warmaster  bring  out  some of  their  best  material  which  is  mostly  done  in  a  very  raw  yet  satanic  black  metal  fashion,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Darkness,  War,  Vampirism and  Lycanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  compilation  from  Satanic  Warmaster  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  solo  project,  you should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "March  Of  The  Legion  Werewolf"  "The  Chant  Of  The  barbarian  Wolves"  "Nameless  Sacrifice"  and  "Black  Metal  Death".  8/5  out  of  10.