Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Itnuveth/Tales And Legends of Wolves/Base Records Production/2017 CD Review


  Itnuveth  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  has  been featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017 album  "Tales  And  legends  Of  Wolves"  which  was  released  by  Base  Record  Production.

  Acoustic  guitars  along  with  some folk  instruments  start  off  the  album  as  well  as  some  nature  soundscapes  and  after  the  sounds  of  wolves the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  while  also  introducing  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in a   very  melodic  fashion.

  Grim  black  metal  screams  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Both  acoustic  guitars  and  folk  instruments  also  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  along  with  some  songs  being  instrumentals  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses melodic  pagan  vocals  can  also be  heard  briefly  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Itnuveth  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  melodic  style  of  pagan  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Wolves  and  Norse  Mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Itnuveth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Slightly  Dead  Sun"  "The  Battle  Of  The  End  Of  The  World"  and  "Under  The  Eternal  Wings".  8  out  of  10.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Tyakrah Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Hey, this is J.R. speaking (or rather writing)! Sure, Tyakrah came together in 2016 to play some atmospherical and melancholic Black Metal. I had this project for some time in my head, but I never could pull it off like I wanted to, there were always some obstacles. Mostly that I suck at playing guitar. After I met I. XII while working on another project, it took me quite some time to convince him... But after i bothered him enough he finally agreed and Tyakrah was born. He gave Tyakrah a more melodic edge without compromising on the melancholic vibe which is what I really like. But he likes to stay rather anonymous, which is fine by me.

2.In October you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
It is some very atmospherical Black Metal with a lot of Lead and Solo Guitars, which may throw some people off, but it makes perfect sense for us. It also has a quite "Epic" feel to it, hence our Label has featured us as an Epic Black Metal Band. We also like to experiment with dark Ambient sounds as you can here in the interludes. I think it gives a bit more depth to the Album as a whole and underlines the atmosphere. But we only do that if we really think it needs to be there, it's not just a filler for us.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Well, that is a very good question. Our Album "Wintergedanken" (Winterthoughts) is a concept album about the winter as a destructive but necessary force. I wanted to do this a long time ago, but of course, this will not be the only lyrical topic in Tyakrah. But in fact I don't know what else there will be in the future. I will decide that on the run, when we are writing new songs, because of course it has to fit the music.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Tyakrah'?
That is totally up to yourself as it has no constant meaning.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding your line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
Personally I am fine with beeing a duo, because we two exactly know what we want and too many cooks can spoil the broth easily. I just don't see the reason to have more members, as we can handle everything just fine. But also you should never say never.

6.The album was released on 'Satanath Records', are you happy with the support that they have given yo so far?
Yes we are. Alexey Korolyov gives his heart and soul for the russian metal scene, he is a very good dude, the CDs are really quality stuff, can't really expect more.
But the album was a split release with Slaughterhouse Records from the US, also a big thanks to them.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Generally the feedback has been really good. Actually better then I thought it would be. Of course you have some elitists which ramble that this is not Black Metal because it has Lead Guitars and so on, but that was to be expected.
It's always nice to see your music gets played in countries you would never expect. Since I started making music over 10 years ago this was always what I loved the most. You can post your songs online and everyone in the world can just hear it and leave feedback.

8.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects?
Yeah, I am always involved in some projects, I get bored really easy ;) Most projects are not in the realm of Metal but Dark Electro to be exact. The only other Metal project I am running is Azlazah with a friend of mine, we are working on our debut Album, too.
As I. XII wants to stay anonymous I don't know if I am allowed to speak about his projects, so I won't.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I think that we will refine our style with every release, to find our own unique sound. We are very close, but there is always something to improve on.
The recordings for "Wintergedanken" where "not ideal" to say it mildly, but we did the best we could with it and embraced all the little flaws it has. It's that feeling that you can not recreate if you just had recorded the album new.
We always try to learn from our mistakes, so every album will also be a little step forward.

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?
Well, as I have a very wide array of music i like to listen to, it's mostly not a direct influence for me. I also just don't want to copy something I hear.
From Black Metal to Dark Electro to Folk there is so much to discover.. In fact too much. Unfortunatelly I don't listen very much too new stuff coming out. I don't know why, but often enough it just doesn't kick me right now. But that will also change again I am sure.
Sorry for not giving my "Alltime Favourite Band List" as it would be unfair to just name a few bands.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Well, after my regular job I hole up in my homestudio working on new stuff and also doing mixing and mastering jobs for other Projects, there is just not enough time for non musical interests ;)

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I want to thank everyone who gave Tyakrah a try and if you like atmospheric music you should do too!
Thanks for this interview and the review on our album, it is all very appreciated.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Morvigor/Tyrant/2017 CD Review

 Morvigor  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  very  experimental,  raw  and  melodic mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Tyrant".

  A  very  avant  garde  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  style  synths  and  soundscapes  before  adding  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  the  energy  of  punk  rock  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Vocals  are  mostly grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  the  riffs also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  some  of  the  vocals  have  a  semi  melodic  tone  to  them.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  they  give  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  blast  beats  are used  quite  a  bit  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  tracks  along  with  a great  portion  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  add  more  of  a  progressive  style  to  the  music  and  as  the  album  progresses  psychedelic  elements  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts.

  Morgivor  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  raw,  old  school  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  elements  of  death  metal,  punk,  experimental  and  psychedelic  music  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  religion,  philosophical  and  fantasy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Morgivor  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental,  raw  and  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  "No  Repentance"  "Blood  Of  The  Pelican"  and  "Tyrant".  8  out  of  10.      

Vaki/Kirous/Redefining Darkness Records/2017 EP Review


  Vaki  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  modern  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Kirous"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Redefining  Darkness  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  chaotic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  angry  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  distorted  fashion.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  a  brief  use  of  shouts  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  melodic  singing  also  being  used  briefly.

  Vaki  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  modern  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  death,  impurity  and  chaos  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vaki  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  modern  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Kuoleman  Sakeet".  8  out  of  10.

Seid/Darkness Shall Fall/Urtod Void/2017 LP Review


  Seid  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of their  2017  album "Darkness  Shall  Fall"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Urtod  Void.

  Tribal  style  beats  along  with  some  heavy  riffs  start  off  the  album  while  melodic  leads  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  tracks  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  small  amount  of  clean  pagan  vocals  and  during  the  faster  sections  of   the  songs  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music gets  more  atmospheric  while  classical  guitars,  sounds  of  wolves  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  an  intro  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  also  bringing  in  more  of  a  traditional  metal  feeling  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  on  one  of  the  songs.

  Seid  plays  a  style  of  pagan  black  metal t hat  is  very  raw,  epic,  melodic  and  old  school  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Vikings,  Asatru,  Rune  Magick,  Seidr  Rituals,  Witchcraft,  Prophecies  and  War  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Seid  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Ancient  One"  "I  Will  Carve  My  Runes  Upon  You"  and  "The  Awakening  Of  The  Spawn  Of  Loki".  8/5  out  of  10. 

Throaat/Reflections In Darkness/Dying Victims/2017 Full Length Review


  Throaat  are  a  duo  from  New  York  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Reflections  In  Darkness"  which  will  be  released  on  November  24th  by  Dying  Victims.

  Drum  beats  and  fast  and  raw  riffing  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  start  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  a  decent  amount  of  atmospheric  synths  on  some  of  the  tracks.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  bring in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style  and  the  riffs  also  mix  in  elements  of  first  wave  black  metal  and  thrash.

  As  the  album  progresses  elements  of  traditional  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  horror  movie  samples  as  well  as  one  of  the  later  songs  being  an  instrumental  and  they  also  bring  in  a  Tormentor  cover  close  to the  end.

  Throaat  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  first  and  second  wave  styles  of  black  metal  and  mixes  them  together  with  a  touch  of  thrash  and  heavy  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  hell  and  Satanism  themes.   

  In  my  opinion  Throaat  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Burning  The  Ice"  "Alive  Inside  Of  The  Pentagram"  "Tormentia"  and "Impaler's  Night".  8  out  of  10.  

Friday, November 17, 2017

UR/Black Vortex/Arachnophobia Records/2017 CD Review


  UR  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  heavy  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Black  Vortex"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Arachnophobia  Records.

  Heavy  yet  melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  elements  of  thrash  and  heavy  metal  which  also  gives  the  music  an  old  school  vibe  as  well  as  remaining  very  modern  sounding.

  Spoken  word  parts  along  with  some  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times while  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  tribal  elements  and  when  the  music  speeds up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  main  focus  being  more  on  a  mid  tempo  style  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  On  this  recording  UR plays  a style  of  black  metal  that  they  also mix  with  the  energy  of  regular  metal  to  create  a  style  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophical,  hatred  from  human  greed,  materialism  and  stupidity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  UR  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  heavy  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  Vortex"  "Shed  My  Skin"  "Cleansing  By  Fire"  and  "Oblivion".  8  out  of  10.