Thursday, July 20, 2017

Hate Moon/The Imprisoning War/Folkvangr Records/2017 CD Review


  Hate  Moon  are  a  duo  from  Pennsylvania  that  plays  a  very  symphonic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Imprisoning  War"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Folkvangr  Records.

  Dungeon  style  synths  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  classical  guitars  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  symphonic  elements  that  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  which  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  growls  are  also  used  at  times  and  a  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  classical  guitars a re  added  on  the  outro.

  Hate Moon  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  symphonic  and  epic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  ancient  Celtic  World  and  historical  fantasy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hate  Moon  are  a  very  great  sounding  symphonic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Golden  Power"  and  "The  Skeleton  Forest".  8  out  of  10.

 

  

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Throne Of Heresy/Decameron/The Sign Records/2017 CD Review


  Throne  Of  Heresy  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  melodic  form  of  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2017  album  "Decameron"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  The  Sign  Records.

  A  very  heavy  yet  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  while  black  metal  screams  are  also  used  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording h ave  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  elements  of  viking  metal  are  also  used  at  times  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  onto  the  recording  and  they  also  add  in  a  touch  of  folk  music  and  clean  pagan  vocals  are  also  used  briefly  while  a  later  songs  adds  in  spoken  word  parts  and  operatic  female  vocals  and  one  track  is  an  instrumental.

  Throne  Of  Heresy  plays  a  style  of  blackened  death  metal  that  is  very  melodic  in  the  Swedish  tradition  while  also  adding  in  touches  of  fol,  pagan  and  viking  metal  to  stand  out  a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  the Black  Death  of  the  14th  century.

  In  my  opinion  Throne  Of  Heresy  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Shores  Of  Issyk-Kul" "The  Plague  Ships"  "A  silent  Vigil"  and  "The  Pale  Burden".  8  out  of  10. 

Hexenklad Interview

1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
The story of Hexenklad began with the planting of a seed, an idea: to create a metal band that was as deep in meaning and feeling as it was heavy and aggressive in sound. Co-created by guitarist Michael Grund (SIG:AR:TYR, ex-Battlesoul) and drummer Sterling Dale, Hexenklad’s roots sunk down after Grund made the drastic decision to move to the forests of Bancroft, Ontario, Canada, leaving city life and materialism behind. With this mental shift in place, and with the first two Hexenklad songs composed in those very woods, Hexenklad was born: a melodic, folk-inspired black metal band with thematic leanings towards nature, a respect for magick and ancient religions, and personal enlightenment and freedom.
Its branches spread in late 2015 with the addition of guitarist John “The Ancient One” Chalmers (Pagan Ritual), who helped round out the music. In 2016, after having recorded the drums for the new album “Spirit of the Stone”, Sterling Dale left Hexenklad and Timothy “Voldamares” Johnston (Eclipse Eternal) joined as vocalist, who expanded the sound still further. With the vision of the album and band now fully formed, comrades were called upon to complete the recordings. Alex Snape (Unbowed) did a guest appearance to add his signature bass sound, while guest cellist Raphael Weinroth-Browne (The Visit, Musk Ox) added his wizardry to several tracks. Now-permanent member Clare B. (Eclipse Eternal, ex-Operus) deepened the sound with keyboards to put the final touches to the tapestry. Having now completed the debut album “Spirit of the Stone”, Hexenklad branched out again, growing this time to include new permanent members Jon Kal (Pagan Ritual) on bass and Andrew C. (Pagan Ritual) on drums, once again reuniting father and son (John and Andrew).

2. You have an album coming out at the end of July. How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Take the depth of feeling of Falkenbach with the writing stylings of Hypocrisy, the folk melodies of Moonsorrow with the twin guitar blast of Dissection, the depth of emotion of Primordial with the overwhelming nature of Insomnium. Then you will begin to be able to describe the sound of Hexenklad’s new album “Spirit of the Stone”. Every song pulls from all the previously mentioned influences yet sounds completely unique in its essence. Heavy yet melodic, violent yet uplifting, extreme as a whole yet with moments of beauty and calm, this is Canadian Folk-Influenced Black Metal.

3. Some of your lyrics deal with Magick and Ancient Religions; can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?
The lyrics of this album are an amalgamation of ideas and writings from Michael Grund, an eclectic spiritualist, seen and interpreted through the eyes of Timothy Voldemars Johnston, who is Asatru. For many years now both have delved into the depths of ancient wisdom and beliefs and formed ideas around what they found. Each song’s lyrics revolve around a different aspect of those beliefs and ideas, and how they relate to life and the world around us. Those topics have such depths to explore that each word said about them holds a spark of Magick that can be felt. It is one of the reasons the album has so much energy in it—so much momentum and unbridled wildness.  

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Hexenklad'?
The name Hexenklad was the brain child and creation of guitarist Michael Grund, the founder of the band. In his own words:
"The name itself was one of those words that came to me in a quiet moment. Depending on how the listener chooses to interpret it, the meaning is somewhat open. For me it ties in to Magick, occult, witchcraft, and many otherworldly themes which are present within the music. The literal meaning when broken down: "Hexen" - a spell, to curse; and "Klad" or "Clad" - covered in."

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We played our first show just recently on July 7, 2017 in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada with our friends in Vesperia, Battlesoul, and Imperion and, judging by the audience response, it's safe to say it was very well received. Descriptions of our performance offered from the audience ranged from punishing and intense to epic, deep, and powerful. On a side note, our guitarist John "The Ancient One" dropped an amp head on his hand while loading in and played the show with a broken finger. A small example of our dedication to our craft.

6. Do you have any touring or show plans once the album is released?
We are currently in the process of booking shows to support the "Spirit of the Stone" album in the Ontario and Quebec provinces of Canada. On August 3, 2017, we have been given the great honour of being the first Metal band to perform at Kaleidoscope Gathering, one of the largest Pagan Gatherings in Canada. We are also playing a show with Ashbringer and Klarg in Toronto on August 26, 2017. And we're always open to offers...from anywhere.

7. The album is coming out on 'CDN Records'. Are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
The support from CDN has been fantastic. They have given us complete breadth of artistic freedom with the music and imagery, which is our strength, and have provided us with rock solid support on the business and marketing side of things, which is their strength. Craig has assembled a team of professionals, Jason and Kim at Black Element for example, who are quite exceptional at what they do.  Simply put, they are good people and we are honoured to have them on our side.

8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of folk and black metal?
The response has been absolutely amazing! Far greater than we could have ever expected or imagined.  In late 2016 we did a photo shoot in a forest not far from our jam space. We made the conscious decision to avoid the conventional Black Metal background of a snow-covered pine forest and instead opted to capture the beauty and majesty of the Canadian hardwood forest in Autumn, something we all hold close to our hearts and something that better represents what this band is about. Once the images were placed on our Facebook page, we were greeted with an unbelievable amount of support from all over the globe—Mexico and Brazil in particular. Then, on New Year's Day 2017, we shared our first musical offering in the form of a YouTube video for our song “Path to Ruin”, and even though it was a simple picture video, once again we were blessed with an absolutely astounding response. It has really been quite a humbling experience and we are very grateful for all of the support. We are very much looking forward to the world experiencing “Spirit of the Stone” in its entirety when it's released on July 28, 2017.

9. Where do you see the band heading musically in the future?
We are very proud of the musical direction and trajectory that we have created thus far. Currently we have the framework for over a dozen new songs recorded, with more and more being written each month. At this point we are still in the early stages of composition and are simply capturing creative ideas as they emerge—some heavy and melodic, others quite folky and earthy. It's when we dive balls deep into writing mode later this year that these ideas will be refined and perfected. Musically, you can expect a continuation of the journey that we have created with “Spirit of the Stone”.  The heaviness, the melody, the harmonies, the highs and lows. An idea that we have been toying with is doing a double CD, the first disc being a continuation of the classic Hexenklad sound with the second disc being a more folk oriented acoustic, natural offering.

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?
Obviously, the aforementioned bands—Moonsorrow, Falkenbach, Hypocrisy, Dissection, Primordial, and Insomnium—have all had a deep and powerful influence on the Hexenklad sound and the creation of "Spirit of the Stone". But that is only the tip of the iceberg, as we are all rabid, insatiable music fans.  Emperor, Gorgoroth, Arkona, Woods of Ypres, Amon Amarth,  Forteresse, Wolven Ancestry, and Taake, among others, are in constant rotation. Some bands that have recently caught our ears are MGLA, Helheim, Nargaroth, Batushka, Elderwind, Vallendusk,  and Thrawsunblat. As you can see, our influences are vast and ever-growing.

11. What are some of your non-musical interests?
Spending as much time in nature as possible, drinking with comrades and kin, axe-throwing, reading, philosophy.

12. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Each of us has spent many years in other bands honing our craft, finding ourselves and our voice, and it is our belief that we have been doing so in preparation for this project. The path lies ahead. We hope you join us on it. Horns up!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Siberian Interview

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

After we released the album we've been on a European tour that we worked with together with our booking agency.
One of our goals is to become a great live experience and we're still working very hard on trying out different ideas every tour.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

We usually say we play some kind of Post-/sludge metal, but that can sometimes be misleading.
We all like different things and we try to incorporate our differences in our music.
I think Siberian is a forum for us to express our feelings and when our feelings change, the music change.


3.Your lyrics cover some dystopian and existentialism themes. can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

Our first album, Modern Age Mausoleum, has a dystopian theme to it. Somewhat based on George Orwell's 1984 but also based on other dystopian works.
Through Ages of Sleep, our most recent album has nothing to do with these topics.

4.Origianlly the band was known as 'Shrine', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Siberian'?

In 2013 we signed with local record label 'Gaphals' and had to change the band name for legal reasons.
We named the band after the vast wilderness in Siberia, because we find the primitive and untouched taiga to be a great source of inspiration to us,


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

All of our shows are great shows no matter where we play or the size of the audience.
We have done shows for 200 people and also shows for 2 people and we play as intense we can for everybody.


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

I think we've gotten a very mixed response. We are very aware that we are difficult to categorize as a band
since we mix alot of important genres in the metal scene. The goal with Siberian is to try to make something that stands out
musically. We don't want to paint ourselves into a corner and focus only on one genre. Most importantly we write what we want
to hear ourselves and don't pay much attention to what other people think about the direction of our music.
We flirt with Sludge, black metal and post-metal a lot since we are big fans of those genres but we explore other genres like
folk, rock and ambient music as well. The response from our recent tour was very positive and people seem to like what we do.
I don't think we have any expectations at all but if people like what we do that's great! If people don't like what we do that's okay too.


8.Are you happy with the support 'The Sign Records' has given you so far?
Yes.

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

Only time will tell. We have already started to speculate the theme for our third and final album in this trilogy.
I think our third album will be very great.

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?

A lot of our inspirations doesn't necessarily come from other bands but rather
philosophical ideas that we discuss with each other from time to time. We also have literature and real-life experiences
as a source of inspirations to write our music. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Atriarch/Dead As Truth/Relapse Records/2017 CD Review


  Atriarch  are  a  band  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  blackened  mixture  of  doom  and  sludge  metal  along  with  some  elements  of  noise,  death  rock  and  post  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Dead  As  Truth"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Relapse  Records.

  Ambient  noise  sounds  start  off  the  album  and  after  a  few  seconds  drum  beats  and  melodic  vocals  are  added  onto  the recording  which  leads  up  to  more  of  a  heavier  sludge  and  doom  metal  direction  and  after  awhile  elements  of  death  rock  and  goth  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  black  metal  screams.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  atmospheric  synths  are  also  used  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  punk  fashion and  and  on  one  of  the  alter  tracks  the  music  speeds  up a   bit  along  with  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  last  song  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording

  Atriarch  remains  true  to  the  blackened  sludge/doom  metal  and  death  rock  mixture  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death,  destruction  and  hate  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Atriarch  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  death  rock,  black,  doom  and  sludge  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Inferno"  and  "Hopeless".  8  out  of  10.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Suns Of Sorath Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We formed in 2009, the idea to form the band came from us, Evan and Cody, and our old drummer but now it’s back to just the two of us. We were discussing the lyrical ideas and mixture of genres we wanted to make happen, and shortly after we sought out our old Guitarist and Drummer. It took us a while to come up with the name of the band, but we quickly started writing material.

2.So far the band has released an ep, single, and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?
Continuing from the first question, we have written so much material over the last few years that we have really attempted to keep the songs in some sort of chronological order but sometimes the feeling of one song doesn’t necessarily fit the next even when its written in the same 3-6-month time span. Mostly everything we have recorded is from the same writing era, its mostly older stuff we have written except for ‘Flowers of the Lily’ and ‘Bull of Dharma’ being a bit newer. Cody also added some new stuff to the bass lines and keys while in the studio. Vocal patterns are written on the spot and lyrics where mostly written while in the studio, with the exception of ‘Tides of Macrocosm’ and ‘Bull of Dharma’ so that adds a bit of a newer feel. We are working on new material but by the time its recorded it will be old to us.

3. Between 2011 and 2017 there was no new music being released, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
We were playing live for some of the years during that time period but for a lot of it we didn’t have a full line which ultimately led the two of us to just start recording the songs that we have written. We were both working on some of our own musical goals during that time and some of the compositions that each of us wrote are now being used for the bands future releases.

4.Your lyrics cover some Satanic, Occult, Astrological and Spiritual themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

Each of us weave our Occult philosophies into the band lyrics in a poetic way so as to not make each song at all the same. There really is no set topics we talk about so far except that each song we have written relates in some way to some discussion or idea we have had about the occult/Satanism.

5.I know that the bands name comes from the angel-demon son of Lucifer, how does this name fit in with the musical style you play?
It embodies both light and dark principles in just the musical progressions alone, while all the while continuously being as Satanic as can be. That’s about as simple as we can put it. We had a long discussion when naming the band and it’s a lot to get into in a short interview.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to having a full line up again or do you prefer to remain a duo?
We both consider us to be the founding members as well as the only composing members of the band, but we are looking and would very much like to find a live drummer capable of playing the odd times and technical stuff we play as well as a rhythm guitarist for live shows.

7.What have been some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
There have been so many good shows in the past it’s hard to pick out just a few, we have played with so many good local acts and had some pretty heavy shows. Some that come to mind are when we played with some great acts such as Satan's Host, Allegaeon, Sylosis, Vale of Pnath, and Cryogen to name a few.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We are very open to finding a label, we have not spoken to any labels yet but we are not putting outside the realm of possibilities.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
This release has been better than our last, more exposure. But it’s still a slow process getting outside of the local scene and getting larger groups of people in other countries to listen, but so far the feedback has been largely positive.

10.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?
Practicing piano and Suns of Sorath is mostly what I have going on musically, but there might be some other stuff in the works, about to happen. -Cody
Recently I have been playing drums in a couple bands, Pile of Priests and Amdusias, and also another project where I do guitars and vocals called Astraeus. Pile of Priests has a full length featuring me on drums and we are in the studio right now doing an EP and single, Amdusias is gearing up for some live shows and a debut album with me on drums, and Astraeus has released a full length and a music video. -Evan

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We have a bunch of material written for our next few recordings and a lot of it has slower tempos, but is still very progressive, and experiments with styles outside of metal at times.

12.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?
Metal: Therion, Voivod, Akercocke, Meshuggah, Enslaved, Metallica, Dissection, Burzum, Arcturus, Bathory
Classical: Chopin, Wagner, Beethoven, Brahms, Debussey, Mozart, Bach, Schubert, Shostakovich
Jazz: John Coltrane, Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller
Classic Rock: Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath
Rap/Pop (that's right): Migos, Brotha Lynch Hung, Tech N9ne, Twista, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Rittz, Michael Jackson
Punk: Misfits, Dead Kennedys

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
Anything related to the stuff we write about, anything else isn’t very interesting.  Sometimes I watch Netflix or stupid Youtube Videos, A lot of times those are music related. -Cody
I skateboard - Evan

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for taking the time to do this interview with us!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Shrine Of The Serpent/Black Urn/Caligari Records/2017 Split Cassette Review

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split cassette  between  Oregon's  Shrine  Of  The  Serpent and  Pennsylvania's  Black  Urn  which  was  released  by  Caligari  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Shrine  Of  The Serpent  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge,  doom  and  death metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with ritualistic  sounding  bells  and  drones  before  adding  in  dark  and  heavy  doom  metal  riffing  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  is  also  very heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  and  both  of  their  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  riffing  along  with  a  brief  use  of  grim  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  and  spoken  word  samples  are  also utilized  briefly and  both  of  the  tracks  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  horror  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding recording from Shrine  Of  The  Serpent  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  sludge,  doom,  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  their side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Catacombs  Of  The  Flesh".

  Next  up  is  Black  Urn  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  plays  a  blackened  mixture  of  sludge,  doom  metal  and  grindcore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  being  introduced  onto  the  recording  a  few seconds  later  and  after  awhile  deep  death  metal  growls  start  to  make  their  presence  known  along  with  the  music  going  into  a  heavier  direction.

    A  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  only  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  high  pitched  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  they  give  the  songs  more  of  a  black  metal  feeling  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  elements  of  grindcore  can  be  heard  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Black  Urn  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  sludge,  doom  metal  and  grindcore,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "My  Strength  Is  Within  Heavenless  Plains".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  black,  sludge,  and  doom  metal.  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Hexenklad/Spirit Of The Stone/CDN Records/2017 CD Review


  Hexenklad  are  a  band from  Ontario,  Canada that  plays  a  melodic mixture  of  black  and  folk metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album "Spirit  Of  The  Stone"  which  will  be  released  on  July  28th  by  CDN  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  epic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  black  metal  screams  and  melodic  guitar  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while t he  keyboards  also gives  the  songs  a  more  epic  atmosphere  and  after  awhile  acoustic  guitars  and  folk  instruments  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  fast  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  while  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  very  tribal  and  shamanistic  sounding  instrumental.

  Hexenklad  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  folk  and  melodic  black  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Magick  and  Ancient  Pagan  Religions  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hexankald  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  folk  metal  and  if  you  are a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  This  Life  Or  The  Next"  "Returned"  and  "Path  To  Ruin".  8  out  of  10. 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Zornheym/Where Hatred Dwells And Darkness Reigns/Non Serviam Records/2017 CD Review


  Zornheym  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  symphonic form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2017  album  "Where  Hatred  Dwells  And  Darkness  Reigns"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Non  Serviam  Records.

  A  very  sci-fi  orientated  sound  starts  off  the album  along  with  some  heavy  and  melodic  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  which  also mixes  in  with  the  symphonic  side  of  the  recording  and  after  awhile  deep  yet  grim  black  metal vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats can  be  heard.

  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  and  there  are  also  a  couple  of  brief  instrumentals  which  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  oriental  music  along  with  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  and  spoken  word  samples  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  last  2  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic in  length.

  Zornheym  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in symphonic  black  meta  while  also  mixing  in  some  influences  from  other  genres to  stand  out  a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  short  graphic  stories.

  In  my  opinion  Zornheym  are  a  very  great  sounding  symphonic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "The Opposed"  "Trifecta Of  Horrors"  and  "Hestia.  8  out of 10.

   

 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Ledge/Cold Hard Concrete/Translation Loss Records/Hibernation Release/2017 CD Review


  Ledge  are  a  solo  project  from  Chicago,  Illinois  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  sludge,  doom  metal,  power  violence  and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Cold  Hard  Concrete"  which  will  be  released in  August  as  a  joint  effort  between  Translation  Loss  records,  and  Hibernation  Release.

  Hardcore  style  riffing  and  angry  shouting  vocals  start  off  the  album  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  the  slower  sections  of t he  songs  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  sludge  and  doom  metal  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  black  metal,  power  violence  and  d  beat  elements  can  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also used  briefly  and  one  track  also  adds  in  elements  of  harsh  noise  and  the  music  always  remains  brutal  with  no  solos  or  leads  ever  being  utilized.

  Ledge  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  sludge,  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  them  with  hardcore  and  power  violence  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent,  angry,  and  hateful themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ledge  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  sludge,  doom  metal,  power  violence  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blacked  Out"  "Fuck  Yourself"  and  "Contempt".  8  out  of  10.

Tele S. Therion Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
TST was established in 2007 with the purpose of creating a variable ensemble dedicated to the esoteric side of the art of noise.

2.Recently you have released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented n the recording?
Michel Chion define the “acusma” as a “sensory phantasm”, consisting of a sound whose true source of emission is invisible. In this way “Luzifers Abschied” it’s a device for “ghostly” manifestation of sound masses.

3.You refer to your music as being 'acousmatic black metal, can you tell us a little bit more about this term?
Extended methods and unortodox practices of "sound fixation" and "sound reproducibility" to design the audible and the inaudible.

4.Can you tell us a little bit more about the concept behind the album and also the opera it is based upon?
It is a sort of transfiguration of the homonym score composed by Karlheinz Stockhausen, originally conceived for male chorus with mass bells, good friday clappers, organ/synth, tam-tam and seven trombones (live or tape), a caged wild black bird and a sack of coconuts.
“This opera cycle revolves around 3 archetype characters, Michael, Eve and Lucifer, and over the 29 hours each of these characters are introduced, come into conflict, face temptation and finally come into union“. – Ed Chang about the opera of Karlheinz Stockhausen –
“Luzifers Abschied” was originally composed on a commission to celebrate the 800th anniversary of St Francis of Assisi, and premiered in 1982 at the Assisi Cathedral where St Francis was baptized.A suggestive link with this sub-theme of the opera, not formally related, it is the hagiographycal essays of the saint, written by Andrea Armati, “Lo stregone di Assisi - Il volto negato di San Francesco” and “Le stimmate dello sciamano”.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Tele.S.Therion'?
Echemytia.

6.Has the band done any live shows yet? TST have done also rare public sound diffusion, but not to be intended as a music show. A public diffusion for loudspeacker orchestra and audience, is conceived as site-specific artwork, deliberately focused on the psycho-acoustic experience.
If you ask to the right people, someone could explain you better what it mean, unless he too is under the rule of silence.

7.In what part of the world is the band located in?
It is kept secret.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal and other dark or underground forms of music?
“You may have immersed yourself in the blackest of metals for decades. You may feel you have embraced the sonic distillation of evil. You may have walked the deepest catacombs of black metal’s kingdom of fire and shadows, searching out the harshest creations by the most intimidating of the face painted disciples of darkness. Not one moment of all those years, searching in the black, has prepared you for Luzifers Abschied “ [...] “To listen to this album is to walk a path you have never taken before, to see sights you have never seen before, to step over the threshold” – ImperativePR -

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Coming to know is a process of dynamic adaptation towards viable interpretations of experience. Act always so as to increase the total number of choices.

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?
There is a pragmatic relation with the studies of Luigi Russolo (a depth study about this author is the Luciano Chessa’s assay “Luigi Russolo Futurist - Noise, Visual Arts, and the Occult”), Edgard Varese and with many authors involved in the cultural framework called “last avantgarde” (circa 1950 – 1980), including: concrete, aniconic and non-objective visual artists, conceptual artists, and in the aural field, there are relations with the praxis of the electroacoustic and atonal music, sound art, non-idiomatic improvisation, metaphonic researches (including spontanous music and direct voices phenomenon), the first era of black, dark and doom metal (searching for the roots of these terms, for their sonic phenomenas, their thought-forms, before they became a music genre).

11.How would you describe your views on Occultism?
The acousmatic practices dealt into TST are focused on the mysterical degrees of the art of listening; the art of silence.

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

Friday, June 30, 2017

Siberian/Through Ages Of Sleep/The Sign Records/2017 CD Review


  Siberian  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  blackened  and  progressive form  of  sludge  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Through  Ages  Of  Sleep"  which  was  released by The  Sign  Records.

  Powerful  bass  guitars  and  drum  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  Euroasian  music  a  few  seconds  later  which  are  also  done  in  more  of  a  metal  style  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  direction  along  with  some  screams  that  are  done  in  a  more  modern  post  black  metal  style.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  progressive  along  with  the  heaviness  of  sludge  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can be  heard  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  melodic  vocals.

  Siberian  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  post  black,  sludge  and  progressive  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  inner  struggles,  dystopian,  and  existentialism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Siberian  are  a  very  great sounding  progressive  blackened  sludge  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TERACKS  INCLUDE  "Witness"  "Transcend"  and  "age  Of  Sleep".  8  out  of  10.   

Breag Naofa/Cearo/2017 EP Review


  Breag  Naofa  are  a  band  from  Seattle,  Washington  that  plays  a mixture  of  black,  sludge,  and post  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "Cearo".

  Nature  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  clean  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  that  also  gives  the  songs  a touch  of  post  rock  and  after  awhile  melodic  guitar  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording which  also  leads  to  a  heavier  direction  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  After  awhile growls  and  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  slow  riffs  being  heavily  influenced  by  sludge  and  doom  metal  while  some  screams  also  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds up  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Breag  Naofa  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  sludge,  and  post  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  how  religion  still  poisons  very  aspect  of  human  existence.

  In  my  opinion  Breag  Naofa  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  sludge  and  post  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Phosphorus".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Suns Of Sorath/Flowers Of The Lily/2017 FUll Lenth Review


  Suns  Of  Sorath  are  a  band  from  Denver,  Colorado  that  plays  a progressive  and  melodic  mixture  of black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Flowers  Of  The  Lily".

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  powerful  sounding  bass guitars  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  up  to  a  more  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  music also  incorporating  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  influences  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  A  great  amount  of  prog  rock, classical  and  jazz  music  elements  can  be  heard  at  times  along  with  a  small  amount  of  pianos  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  while  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  on  a  couple  of  tracks  also  has  a  small  amount  of  melodic  vocals  being  utilized  in  the  background.

  Suns  Of  Sorath  plays  a  style  of  blackened  death  metal  that  is  very  melodic  and  progressive  while  also  mixing  in  influences  from  other  genres,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Astrological,  Spiritual  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Suns  Of  Sorath  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  progressive  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  "Until  The  Stars  Be  Numbered"  and  "Flowers  Of  The  Lily".  8  out  of  10. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Infestus/Dresses Of Darkness.Club Inferno Ent/2017 EP Review


  Infestus  are  a  band  from  Venezuela  that  plays  a  vampiric  form  of  gothic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of t heir  2017  ep  "Dresses  Of  Darkness" which  will  be  released  on  June  29th  by  Club  Inferno  Ent.

  Horror  movie  style  keyboards  start  off  the  ep  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  direction  along  with  some  goth  elements  while  spoken  word  parts  and  clean  guitars  are  also  used  at  times  and  they also  give  the  songs  a  more  vampiric  edge  and  death  metal  growls  are  also  used  at  times.

  After  awhile  black  metal  screams  and goth  style  vocals  make  their  presence  known  and  the  music  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  atmospheric  doom  metal  and  when  guitar  leads a re utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Infestus  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  and  goth  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  vampiric  and  goth  horror  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Infestus  are  a  very  great  sounding  gothic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED TRACKS  INCLUDE  "My  Mournful  Charlotte"  and  "Blood  Matriarch".  8  out  of  10. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

SinnerAngel/Sinister Decalago/GrimDistibution/2017CD Review


  SinnerAngel  are  a  band  from  Columbia  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  black, death  and  power  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Sinister  Decalago"  which  was  released  by  GrimDistribution.

  A  very  epic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  bringing  in  the  atmosphere  of  a  fantasy  movie  along  with  some  symphonic  elements  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  melodic  riffing  and  after  awhile  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  death  metal  growls  are  also  used  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  stick  to  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  At  times  the  music  can  get  very  ritualistic  and  demonic  sounding  while  the  fast  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  tremolo picking  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  80's  and  90's  influences  and  still  keeping  it  modern  and  the  solos  and  leads  capture  the  melody  of  power  metal  and  classical guitars  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  SinnerAngel  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  melody  of  melodic  death  and  power  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  sinister  side  of  human  existence.

  In  my  opinion  SinnerAngel  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  mixture  of  black,  death  and  power  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Zeon"  "Cerberus"  "Banshee"  and  "IX".  8  out  of  10.

Cormorant/Diaspora/2017 CD Review


 Cormorant  are  a  band  from  California that  plays  a  melodic  progressive  mixture  of  black,  death,  folk,  psychedelic  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Diaspora'  which  will  be  released  in  August.

  Drum  beats  along  with  some  fast  tremolo  picking  and  a  few  blast  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  the  riffs  start  getting  more  melodic along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  death  metal  growls  also being  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  A  great  amount  of  funeral  doom  metal  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  slow  guitar riffing  while  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  music  also  gets  very  progressive  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  singing  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  a  few  songs  and  some  tracks  also  add  in  psychedelic  and  folk  music  touches  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  stringed  instruments.

  Cormorant  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  melodic  black,  death,  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  mixes  it  with  some  progressive,  psychedelic  and  folk music  elements  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Surrealism,  Mythology,  History,  Nate  and  Political  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cormorant  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  mixture  of  psychedelic,  folk,  melodic  black,  death  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  looking  for something  very  original,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Preserved  In  Ash"  and  "The  Devourer".  8  out  of  10. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Canyon Of The Skull/The Desert Winter/2017 Full Length Review


  Canyon  Of  The  Skull  are  a  band  from  Texas  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  instrumental  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  sludge  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "The  Desert  Winter"  which  will  be  released  in  August.

  Wind  sounds  start  off  the  album  and  a  few  seconds  later  drums  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  after  a  minute  heavy  doom  metal  riffing  is  added  onto  the  recording  and  they  also  mix  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  while  the  track  is  all  instrumental  and  37  minutes  in  length  along  with  an  improve  feeling.

  Clean  guitars  can  be  heard  in  the  song  briefly  after  12  minutes  of  slow  and  repetitive  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  song  progresses  melodic  riffing  and  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  elements  of  black  metal  and  the  album  also  always  sticks  to  a  very  slow  musical  style.

  Canyon  Of  The  Skull  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  instrumental  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  sludge  metal  from  previous  releases  and  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Canyon  Of  The  Skull  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  doom  and  sludge  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  8  out  of  10.   

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Eshtadur/Mother Gray/Bleeding Music/2017 CD Review


  Eshtadur  are  a  band  from  Columbia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review of t heir  2017  album  "Mother  Gray"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Bleeding  Music.

  Heavy  and  melodic riffs  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric synths  in  the  background  while  death  metal  growls  are  added  onto t he  recording  a  few  seconds  later  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  a  great  amount  of  Swedish  influences  can  also  be  heard.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  grim  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  in certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  some  songs  also  mix  in  symphonic  elements  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length and  clean  singing  is  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  On  this  recording  Eshtadur  moves  away  from t he  black  metal  influences  and  focuses  more  of  a  melodic  death  metal  style  while  still  retaining  some  of  the  symphonic  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  rebellion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Eshtadur  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Plaguemaker"  "Time  Hole  To  Paris"  "The  Day  After"  and  "Last  Day  Of  The  Condor".  8  out  of  10.    


Monday, June 19, 2017

Enfold Darkness/Adversary Omnipotent/The Artisan Era/2017 CD Review


  Enfold  Darkness  are  a  band  from  Nashville,  Tennessee  that  plays  a  melodic  and  technical  mixture  of black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2017  album  "Adversary  Omnipotent"  which will  be  released  in  July  by  The  Artisan  Era.

  Ritualistic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  adds  in  high  itched  black  metal s creams,  fast  riffs  and  blast  beats  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  technical elements  along  with  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very melodic  and  technical  fashion  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly.

  Some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  one  song  is  an  instrumental  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use of  classical  music  elements  can  be  heard  and  they  are  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  chants.

  Enfold  Darkness  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  melodic  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  technical  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Esoteric,  War,  Religion  and  Misanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Enfold  Darkness  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  technical  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  "Lairs  Of  The  Ascended  Masters"  "The  Sacred  Daemonic"  "Terror  Of  A  Perilous  Quest"  and  "Summoning  The  Archons".  8  out  of  10..


Tele.S.Therion/Luzifers Abschied/Minotauro Records/2017 CD Review


  Tele.S.Therion  are  a  band  from  an  unknown  location t hat  plays  a musical  style  they  refer  to  as  'acousmatic  black  metal'  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2017  album  "Luzifers  Abschied"  which  was  released  by  Minotauro  Records.

  Avant  garde  sounds  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  add  in  a  touch  of  underground classical  music  along  with  some  touches  of  noise  and  experimental  and  whispered  ritualistic  chants  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  at  times  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in length.

  After  awhile  the  chants  start  utilize  more  of  a  melodic  tone  along  with  a  very  grim  black  metal  edge  and  stringed  instruments  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  after  awhile   drum  beats  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  evil  screams  and  demonic  voices  and  at  times  synths  and  saxophones  are  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  when  percussion  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  and  shamanistic  feeling.

  Tele.S.Therion  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  metal  without  the  electric  guitars  and  mixes  it  with  avant  garde  and  experimental  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  are  based  upon  the  fourth  act  of  Karlheinz  Stockhausen's  opera  "Samstung  aus  Licht  (Saturday  From  Light).

  In  my  opinion  Tele.S.Therion  are  a  very  great  sounding  and  original  mixture  of  black  metal,  experimental  and  avant  garde  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t hose  musical  genres,  you  should c heck  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS INCLUDE  "Periode  V  -VII"  and  "Periode  X  -XII".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Formicarius/Black Mass Ritual/Schwarzdorn Productions/2017 CD Review


  Formicarius  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  symphonic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Black  Mass  Ritual"  which  will  be  released in  July  by  Schwardorn  Productions.

  A  very  heavy  and  symphonic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  the  riffs  also m using  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  hear  while  the  vocals a re  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  few  growls  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  some  of   the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  demonstrate  a  great  amount  of talent  and  skill  along  with  clean  playing  along  with  a  small  amount of  acoustic  guitars rare  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Formicarius  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  melodic  and  symphonic  sounding  while  also  demonstrating  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Formicarius  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "Lake  Of  The  Dead"  "Under  Darkness"  and  "Master  Of  The  Past  And  Present".  8  out  of  10.

 
 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Wolvenguard Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
 1. The band is currently comprised of six members. Will Rohirrim and Justin Buller on Guitar, Adrian Steve on keyboards, Nikos Riekstins on drums, Ethan Wissman on bass/vocals and Jake Wayman on vocals. We started early 2016 and have been working diligently on shaping our own lane in the metal world. We are based out of Austin Texas.

2.You have an ep coming out in June, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
2. The music is our take on combining  some of our favorite metal genres.  Each song has it's own thing going on but the ep has a consistent stylistic thread running throughout  which makes it come together as something all our own.
Fans of melodic death metal, folk metal and even black metal should be able to take something away from what we are doing with the band.

3.You label your music as 'primal archiac extreme metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?
3. The atmosphere of the music has this real primal, archaic spirit to it. It makes you think of the times of old.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
4. The ep title track  "Elemental Reclamation" is about nature reclaiming the planet back from the human race. The destruction and rebirth of earth. "Formless Aeons" is basically about the creation of the universe and "Vangrimst" is a battle song through and through.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Wolvenguard'?
5. The Wolvenguard is one of our local native american tribes. We felt it fit the sound of our music and relates to future topics we are looking to write about.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
6. We are still working towards our first few round of shows.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
7. No plans set in stone yet but we are definitely driven towards hitting the road in the future.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
8. We are currently on the search for the right fit for our brand of metal. Nothing set in stone there yet.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and melodic death metal?
9. We have received an overwhelming amount of amazing feedback from people all around the world. It's great seeing that people are connecting with what we are doing with the band.

10.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?
10. Ethan's band Cerebral Desecration plays regionally quite often and has a solid fanbase. Justin's band khringe plays regularly and his other band In oblivion is till active as well. Niko's plays for bands Sitri and Death Motif. They both play regularly in the Austin area. Will's other band Vesperian Sorrow is writing a new record.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
11. We are recording a full length record sometime in the near future, which will expand on the sound established on the ep. We are motivated towards playing live, touring.

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an infleunce on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
12. Wolvenguard is mainly influenced by bands such as Amon Amarth, Borknagar, Bathory, Enslaved.
The newest Borknagar and Insomnium records have been on heavy rotation.

13.How would you describe your views on Paganism?
13. We do take up the pagan metal tag when describing the band so we do stand behind several different pagan viewpoints, philosophically and spiritually.

14.What are some of your non musical interests?
14. Spending time with friends and family, cooking out and catching a good metal show are all a few things we enjoy doing outside of the band.

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



Sunday, May 28, 2017

Gates Of Ishtar/A Bloodred Path/Vic Records/2017 CD Re-Issue Review


  Gates  Of  Ishtar  where  a  band  from  Sweden  that  played  a  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of their  1996  album  "A  Bloodred  Path"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  June  of  2017  by  Vic  Records.

  Blast  beats  along  with  some  heavy  and  melodic  guitar  riffing  starts  off  the  album  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  blackened  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  mix  in  the  more  melodic  side  of  death  metal  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  really  displays  a  great  amount  of  influences  from  the  Swedish  bands  of  that  era and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  synths  can  be  heard  as  well  a s a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  W.A.S.P's  :I  Wanna  Be  Somebody".

  Gates Of  Ishtar  played  a  musical  style that  takes  the  Swedish  forms  of  melodic  black  and  death  metal  and  mixed  them  together,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  the  era  it  was  recorded  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression,  solitude  and  inner  struggles  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Gates  Of  Ishtar  where  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  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  "Where  The  Winds  Of  Darkness  Blow"  "The  Dreaming  Glade"  and  "A  Bloodred  Path".  8  out  of  10. 

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Wolvenguard/Elemental reclamation/2017 EP Review

  Wolvenguard  are  a  band  from  Texas  that  plays  a  primal  and  archaic  form  of  black  metal  which  is  also  heavily  influenced  by  melodic  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "Elemental  Reclamation"  which  will  be  released  in  June.

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  ;after  while  death  metal  growls  are  also  used  at  times  and  the  solos  and leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  clean  singing  is  also  used  at  times  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  heavy  style  while  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  Swedish  influences.

  Wolvenguard  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  melodic  styles  of  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  their  own  style  of  primal  archaic  extreme  metal,  the  production  sounds very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Wolvenguard  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  black/death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Formless  Aeons".  8  out of  10.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

El Camino/Cursed Congregation/Night Tripper Records/2017 CD Review

  El  Camino  are  a  band  from  Sweden   that  started  out as  a  stoner/doom metal  band  and  on this  release  expanding  on  the  style  by  mixing it  with  black  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Cursed  Congregation"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Night  Tripper  Records.

  Clean  guitars  and  nature  sounds  start  off  the  album   and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  where  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known.

  When  solos  and  leads a re  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  and  as  the album  progresses  elements  of  thrash  are  added  onto  the recording  and  some  of  their  early  stoner/doom  metal  style can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  tracks  and  spoken
word  parts can also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  either  to  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  On  this  recording  El  Camino  takes  black  and  thrash  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  stoner/doom  metal  sound  they  are  known  for  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Lovecraft,  Darkness,  Decadence  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  El  Camino  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  thrash,  stoner  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Into  The  Dark"  "Penance  On  The  Pyre"  "Vengeance"  and  "Ordeal  Of  Faith".  8  out  of  10.