Saturday, September 23, 2017

Dreamshift/Seconds/STF Records/2017 CD Review

  Dreamshift  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  post  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Seconds"  which  is  going  to  be  released  in  October  by  STF  Records.

  Acoustic  guitars  along  with  some  shoegaze  elements  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  alternate  between  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  synths  are  also  added  onto  some  of  the  songs  and  one  of  the  later  tracks  is  an  instrumental.

  Dreamshift  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  atmospheric black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  post  rock  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  feeling  while  the  lyrics  cover  life  and  social  abuse  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dreamshift  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  atmospheric black  metal  and  post  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Flowers"  "Dark  Blue"  and  "Just  Like  Ran".  8  out  of  10.

Raventale/Planetarium/Ashen Dominion/2017 CD Review

  Ukraine's  solo  project  Raventale  has returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  atmospheric  blackened  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Planetarium"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Ashen  Dominion.

  A  very  dark,  heavy,  melodic  and  epic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  utilizing  a  great  amount  of  atmospheric  melodies.

  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  ambient  style  synths  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track  which  also adds  in  spoken  word  parts  towards  the  end.

  Raventale  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  style  of  blackened  metal  that  was  established  on  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  new  order  and  new  chaos  themes  along  with  some  astrological  and  metaphysical  touches.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Raventale  and  if  you  are a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal  with  a  touch  of  doom,  you  should  check  out  this  recording. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Gemini  -Behind  Two  Black  Moons"  and  "New  World  Planetarium".  8  out  of  10.    

Natvre's/Early Cvlts/Argento Records/2017 Full Length Review

 Natvre's  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  psychotic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Early  Cvlt's"  which  will  be  released  on  October  by  Argento  Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  drones  while folk  instruments  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  programmed  beats  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction.

  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  closing  track  is  very long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  is  an  instrumental  that  is  done  in  a  very  experimental  fashion.

  Natvre's  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  psychotic  style  of  black  metal  that  was  established  on  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Obscure  Philosophy  and  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Natvre's  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  psychotic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Night  Of  The  Sun"  :Geometrical  Confuse"  and  "Prehistoric  Technology".  8  out  of  10.

Hexis/XII/Crown & Throne Ltd/Moment Of Collapse/Truthseeker Music/Division Records/2017 EP Review

  Hexis  are  a  band  from  Denmark  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  post  black  metal,  hardcore  and  sludge  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "XII"  which  will  be  released  on  September  29th  as  a  joint  effort  between  Crown  And  Throne  Ltd, Moment  Of  Collapse,  Truthseeker  Music  and  Division  Records.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  riffing  also  incorporates  elements  of  sludge  and  hardcore  in  both  the  slow  and  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  some  touches  of  post  metal.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  while  the  riffing  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  music  always  remains  heavy.

  Hexis  creates  another  recording t hat  remains  true  to  the  post  black  metal,  sludge  and  hardcore  mixture  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sound s very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  nihilism,  anti  Christianity  and  abstract  though  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hexis  and  of  you  are  a  fan  of  post  black  metal,  sludge  and  hardcore,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nefarius"  and  "Miseria".  8  out  of  10.


Lamastu Interview

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

We are a band from Madrid (Spain), and practice a raw kind of black metal since 2014. We have three works in different ways, but always with the intention of honour the sound and spirit of our favourites bands of the genre. Our last album, Death to All, was release this year, and we are proud with the reaction of people around the metal scene.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

Basic music adorned with some thrash riffs, overwhelming rhythmic base and howls from an infernal throat!We want to respect the primitive punk sound of black metal, and to introduce some variations of different kinds of metal.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

With Witchcult we show our passion to the witchcraft histories, medieval covens, and the figure of woman like the center of existence. In Death to All, the cult of death of ancient civilizations, and the fear of waste were the main inspirations.

4.I know that the band was named after am female demon from Mesopotamian Mythology, how does this name fit in with the musical style you play?

A perfect name to us! Something old, something threatening, evil and fear of an ancient culture and the female image as the center of life and death.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Believe or not, we don't play live shows!!!We prefer to deform our sound and lyrics in the stillness of our houses.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

No concert on the horizon!

7.'Heathen Tribes' are re-issuing your current album, how did you get in contact with this label?

Heathen Tribes contacted us, and we replied "of course" in about two minutes!!!The label works with amazing bands, they treated us with exquisite respect and their releases are great!The place to be.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fansof black metal?
We are so surprised and flattered with reaction to our works!Only words of gratitude in this point.

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

Doing exactly the same! Our music is an extension of us and we are the same three insane brothers that started this journey some years ago.

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?

We would not exist without classics bands of black metal: Mayhem and Darkthrone. We must add Satyricon and Watain to the equation and you have the answer! Without doubt, the band of the summer to us is Dead Lord since we attend to their last show in Madrid.

11.What role does Occultism play in your music?

A privileged  place. We use a methaporical interpretation of reality through occultism, to express our ideas about life, about suffering and about death.

Aeolith Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Aeolith is a one-man black metal project. I wanted to create something that can reflect my visions and ideas exactly as they are without having to worry about anything else.

2.So far you have released one album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
The best way to describe my sound is to describe an image: imagine being in a dark ancient temple,looking at the stars through a crack on the ceiling, knowing that you are not alone.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects that you explore with your music?
Remnants of a Future Past is based on existing theories about the lost and misunderstood legacy of humanity and expands to the metaphysic and fantastic sides of those theories. A reminder that the future could lie in the past.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Aeolith'?
The name AEolith is derived from three greek words. Aenaos, eos and lithos. Aenaos stands for eternal, eos stands for dawn and lithos stands for rock. These are three key-words for the concept of Remnants of a Future Past .

5.Currently this project is only one person, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
As mentioned before, I want AEolith to be my personal project. I am open to working with other musicians but for other projects or as guests.
6.The album is going to be re-issued on 'Heathen Tribes', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
I am really glad that i was able to re-issue Remnants of a Future Past on Heathen Tribes. It is a label that i was keeping an eye on, even before the debut of AEolith. They have been
really supportive and i hope that i will collaborate with them in the future as well.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
It was much better that i expected. When I started composing Remnants of a Future Past
I had nothing in mind besides listening to my own creation. It was just an album created by a guy
with below-average equipment and limited knowledge of music production. Seeing that it had an impact made me realize that I have to be better not only for myself but for others too.

8.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Yes I am. I am currently working with a greek heavy-epic band, yet to debut. The first album will be released in mid 2018.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I really don’t know. Right now the only thing i want to do is work hard and improve. I have been playing music for a lot of time and worked with many bands but a solo project is a different story. My ambition is to become better with each work.

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?
Some of the bands that i have spent a lot of time listening to and consider them to be influences are
Arcturus, Limbonic art, Inquisition, Devil doll and Bathory. Right now i am listening to Thy
darkened shade, Acherontas, celtefog and generally bands from the greek black metal scene.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
With the little free time i have throughout the day,
I really like reading comic novels, books (mostly horror/fantasy/sci-fi) and gaming. Have you
played mass effect or metal gear solid? Damn! I could make an album out of them.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I just want to thank you for this interview, Heathen Tribes for their support and most of all I want to thank everyone who has listened to my music. The best are yet to come.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Zgard/Within The Swirl Of Black Vigor/Svarga Music/2017 CD Review

  Zgard  are  a  solo  project  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  folk  influenced  form  of  atmospheric  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Within  The  Swirl  Of  Black  Vigor"  which  will  be  released  by  Svarga  Music.

  Atmospheric  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Folk  instruments  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  tortured  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  as  well  as  mixing  in  keyboards  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in   a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  female  vocals  as  well  as  some  clean  male  pagan  singing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  one  track  also  brings  in  more  of  a  ritualistic  atmosphere  and  elements  of  ambient  are  added  onto  the  closing  song.

  Zgard  plays  a  style  of  pagan  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  epic,  melodic  and  atmospheric  sounding  while  the  folk  music  elements  makes  the  songs  stand  out  a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Heathen  Mysticism,  Carpathian  Legends  and  Myth  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Zgard  are  a  very  great  sounding  folk  inspired  atmospheric  pagan  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Forgotten"  "Where  The  Stones  Are  Drone"  and  "Cold Bonfire".  8/5  out  of  10.