Thursday, July 20, 2017

Wolok/Rotting Heaven/The Anatomy Of Madness/Death Kneel Productions/2017 Split CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  France's  Wolok  and  Russia's  Rotting  Heaven  called  "The  Anatomy  Of  Madness"  which  was  released  by  Death  Kneel  Productions  and  we  will  start  off t he  review  with  Wolok  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  goes  for  more  of  an  avant  garde  style  of  black  metal  on  this  recording.

  Their  side  of the  recording  starts  with  clean  playing  and  some  experimental  and  avant  garde  elements  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  material  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  their  side  of  the  recording.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  or  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  their  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  awhile  dissonant  style  melodies  are  added  into  the  guitar  riffing  and  some  of  the  slow  riffs  add  in  elements  of  doom  metal  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow  and  mid  paced  parts.

  On  this  recording  Wolok  changes  their  musical  approach  around  and  goes  for  more  of  an  avant  garde  and  experimental  style  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  nothingness  and  end  of  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Wolok  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  and  avant  garde  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Tremors".

  Next  up  is  Rotting  Heaven  a  band  that  plays  a  satanic  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  the  sounds  of  war  along  with  a  few  air  raid  sirens  and  bombs  as  well  as  some  electronic  music  elements  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  to  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  melodic  guitar  leads  and  blast  beats  onto  their  side  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  melodic  singing  is  also  used  at  times  along  with  all  of  their  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  also  mix  the  avant  garde  elements  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  elements  of  classical  are  also  used  briefly.  

  Rotting  Heaven  takes  a  raw  and  satanic  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  more  of  an  avant  garde  style  to  create  something  very  different,  the  production  sounds  very r aw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  War  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Rotting  Heaven  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic,  avant  garde  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "An  Altar  Of  Sacrifice".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  spit  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  avant  garde  black  metal.  8/5  out  of  10.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Diktatur/La Voie Du Sang/Melancholia Records/2017 CD Review

Diktatur  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  aggressive  form  of  black  metal    and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Ls  Voie  Du  Sang"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Melancholia  Records.

  A  very  heavy  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  while  the  vocals  are  all  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  deep  growls  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  they  also  introduce  epic  sounding  synths  on  an  interlude  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  On  this  recording  Diktatur  goes  for  more  of  a  straight  forward  and  raw  approach  to  the  aggressive  style  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  cover  horror,  brutality,  death  and  damnation  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Diktatur  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  aggressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Foudroye"  "Dernier  Soupir"  "Valsa  Macabre"  and  "Revanche".  8  out  of  10.

  

Beheza Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1) Bezeha is a Black Metal duo who was formed at Serres, Greece, at 2016. The members are Mykonius at music and programming, and Zagan in the vocals. Our music is at the scales of old school Norwegian second wave Black Metal.

2.So far you have released one album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
2) Our goal is to stay in the scales of classic Black Metal, nevertheless, we want to add our own touch in anything we are recording. That's what we think we managed to do in our first album, and that's what we want to continue doing to our second.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
3) Through our lyrics, we try to pass our own messages referring to as much the social part, as much to religious and historical themes, although, to many of our songs, we have a mythistorical  style, usually using obscurantism and lyrics that are referring to Satan.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Beheza'?
4) First we wanted to pick a name that when someone  hears it, he will connect it directly to the band and not meeting it elsewhere. Thus we created the name Bezeha, which is an anagram of three demons, of Beleath, of Zephar and of Halphas. In the near future we will write a song about how these three demons are connected and create the name "Bezeha".

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
5) Many people means many different opinions. And many different opinions means many compromises in anything you want to do. Now in our case, music is something that, if there are a  lot of members in a band, you will have many disagreements constantly leading to the unconciliation of all members, which means that a band could break up due to this, so we prefer maintaining our duo line up.

6.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
6) We haven't searched yet for a record company, although we are open to any proposition, depending on the requirements of the company to be closer to our expectations.


7.On the album you had also done a 'Claudio Monteverdi cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of this song?
7) Classic music is one of our favorite genre. At first, it was Mykonius's idea when he first listened to the original track, he thought that making a cover of it in Black Metal would be a challenge. We thought that it would be nice making it, so we continued in making it with the help of Christina Mavridou, soprano of the philharmonic orchestra of Serres in the vocal part. This track was the hardest part of "The Era Of The Northern City". It took us six months to complete it and many times we thought of giving it up, but eventually we managed to complete it and the result was satisfying.


8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
8) It is yet time to say that people supports us, thinking that it's not much time since we released the album. Nevertheless, we have received many positive comments about it, and we would like to thank  everyone who supports us and everyone who would like to support us.

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

9) Since there is a good alchemy between us, we have the belief that we will continue doing what we do. We both love what we do, and we think that this is enough to say that we will continue doing what we know best. In few months, we are going back on track for our second album.

10.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?

10 ) Our listening are mainly Norwegian second wave Black Metal bands such as Darkthrone, Burzum, Mayhem, Gorgoroth, Emperor, Satyricon and others. We want to stay in the scales of old school Norwegian Black Metal, but nevertheless put our signature with a Greek element such as "I Polis Ealo" and sometimes with our own experiments such as "Lamento Della Ninfa, Amor". Bold and difficult, but we want to believe that we finally did it.

11.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?
11)  We don't support any religion. We are against any religion. Referring to Satanism and Occultism, we don't think that it is something bad, it is a creation of the shepherd in order to scare the sheep and because we are against the establishment we take the role of the wolf to challenge the sheep.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12) We would like to say a great thank you to those who support us and to those who support the Underground music scene, along with you  for the effort you make. Stay Black Metal & Let the music take us ...

Narbeleth/Indomitvs/Folter Records/2017 Full Length Review


  Cuba's  Narbeleth  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  dark,  raw  and  blasphemous  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Indomitvs"  which  was  released  by  Folter  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  dark  sounding  melodies  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  solos  and  leads  stick  to  a  very  melodic  style  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  demonic  growls  a  are  also  used  at  times  and  the  music  also  has  a  lot  of  second  wave  influences  but  also  maintaining  a  very  modern  atmosphere  and  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  they  also  gives  the  music  a  more  ritualistic  feeling  while  one  track  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  classical  guitars  and  they  also  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Arckanum's  "Dadmellin".

  Narbeleth  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  dark,  raw  and  blasphemous  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Darkness  and  Blasphemy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Narbeleth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark,  raw  and  blasphemous  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Distortion  Of  Life"  "Herald  Of  The  Dawn"  and  "Sinister  Laberynths  Of  The  Human  Soul".  8 out  of  10.      

Necrolytic Goat Converter/Isolated Evolution/2017 CD Review


  Necrolytic  Goat  Converter  are  a  solo  project  from  New  York  that  a depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  album  "Isolated  Evolution"  which  will  be  released  in  August.

  Distorted  yet  melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  some  beats  and  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known  and  the  guitar  leads  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw black  metal  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  one  track  also  adds  in  folk  instruments  and  elements  of  Asian  music.

  Some  of  the  songs  also  mix  in  modern  Norwegian  influences  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  while  a  later  song  adds  in  acoustic  guitars,  psychedelic  elements  and  70's  classic  rock  style  guitar  leads  and  the  tracks  also  bring  in a  great  amount  of  diversity.

  Necrolytic  Goat  Converter  plays  a  style  of  depressive  black  metal  that  is  very  different  than  most  bands  of  this  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  religion  and depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Necrolytic  Goat  Converter  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Isolated  Evolution"  "Seraphim"  and  "The  Calamity  Of  Not  Knowing".  8  out  of  10.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Kval/Self Titled/Hypnotic Dirge Records/2017 Re-Issue Review


  Kval  are  a  solo  project  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  titled  2015  album  which  was  originally released as the album title ''Kuolonkuu'' when the musical project was still known as Khaossos and the re-issue version will be released  on  July  28th  by  Hypnotic  Dirge  Records.

  Nature  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  style  synths  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music also  incorporates  a  decent  amount  of  melodic  yet  atmospheric  guitar  leads  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  all  instrumental  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  Kval  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  dark  while  also  being  very  atmospheric  at  times  and  also  avoids  the  more  faster  aspects  of  the  genre  to  create  some  long  epic  tracks,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kval  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sokeus"  and  "Kuolonkuu".  8  out  of  10.    

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Helvetestromb/Demonic Excrement's Cursed With Life/WormHoleDeath Records/2017 Full Length Review


  Helvetestromb  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  with elements  of thrash  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Demonic  Excrement's  Cursed  With  Life"  which  will  be  released  on  July  28th  by  WormHoleDeath  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and blast  beats  while t he  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  screams  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  punk  and  d  beat  elements  along  with  the  music  being  heavily  rooted  in  the  second  wave  tradition.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  influences  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount of  melody  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  remain  true  to  a  very  old  school  extreme  metal  style  and  all  of  the musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  at  times  the  vocals  start  utilizing  more  of  a  crust  style  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy  and  raw.

  Helvetestromb  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  punk  and  thrash  to  create  a  very  heavy  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Anti  Christian  and  Violent  themes,

  In  my  opinion  Helvetestromb  are  a  very  great sounding  raw  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  punk  and  thrash  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Restless  Satan"  "The  Demon  Bell"  "Bog  Of  Eternal  Stench"  and  "Morningstar:  Whore  Crusher".  8  out  of  10.