Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Vileness/Proclamation Of Wrath/2016 Full Length Review


  Vileness  are  a  duo  that  was  originally known  as  'Ctanic'  before  changing  their  name  with  members  from  both  the  United  States  and  Singapore  that  also  plays  a  very  raw  and  blasphemous  form  of black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  self  released  2016  album  "Proclamation  Of  Wrath".

  

    A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album a long  with  a  great  amount  of   blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  and  a  few  seconds  high  pitched  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  bestial  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  along  with  elements  of  war  metal  and  the  music  is  rooted  in  the  90's.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  their  is  only  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads  and  all  of t he  songs  stick  to  a  very  heavy  and  raw  style  of  black  metal.

  Vileness  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  and  also  avoids  any  of  the  more  modern  trends  of  the  past  20  years,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  violent  and  blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vileness  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  blasphemous  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Impure  Salvation"  "Death  Shall  Come  To  You  All"  and  "God  Is  Dead".  8  out  of  10.

 

Ekelhaft/The Adversary/2016 Single Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Colorado's  Ekelhaft that  is  also  in  the  raw  and  satanic  direction  of  black  metal  from  the  previous  release  and  the  single  was  self  released  in  2016  and  is  called  "The  Adversary".

  Classical  guitars  start  off  the  single  which alos  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  finger  picking  and  full  chords  and  the  music  also  evokes  a  very  dark  atmosphere  along  with  some  ritualistic  synths and  on  the  second  track  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  darker  musical  direction.

  Once  the  music  speeds  up  it  goes  for  a  very  raw  style  of  black  metal  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  very  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  angry  shouts  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  on  the  last  track  the  bass  guitar  brings  in  more  of  a  powerful  sound  along  with  guitar  leads  also  being  added  into  the  music  briefly.

  Ekelhaft  creates  another  recording  that  is  the  raw  and  satanic  tradition  of  the  previous  ep  while  also  showing  a  great  amount  of  progression  as  musicians,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  anti  cosmic  Satanism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ekelhaft  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  single.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Adversary".  8  out  of  10.       

Ekelhaft/Blood Moon's Curse/2016 EP Review


  Ekelhaft  are  a  band  from  Denver,  Colorado  that  plays  a very  raw  and  satanic  form of  black  metal  and  this  is  a review  of  their  self  released  2016  ep  "Blood  Moon's  Curse".

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  brutal  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  while  the  vocals  are  done  mostly  in  a high  pitched  style  of  screaming  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  Some  of  the  riffs  have  a small  amount  of  death metal  influences  in  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  songs  are  also  more  rooted  in  the  old  school  style  of  black  metal  and  one  the  3rd  track  while  on  the  last  song  a  few  seconds  of  clean  playing  is  brought  into  the  music  7before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction,

  Ekelhaft  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  heavy  and  aggressive  while  also  having  a  very ritual  and hateful  atmosphere to  them,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  anti  cosmic  Satanism  and  anti  Abrahamic  themes.

  In  my opinion  Ekelhaft  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Blood  Moon's  Curse"  and  "To  Salt  The  Earth".  8  out  of  10.

 

Vourdalak/Prayers To The Void/Nauseating Whiff Records/2016 Demo Review


  Vourdalak  are  a  duo from  Denver,  Colorado  that  plays  a  very cold,  distant  and  loathsome  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  demo  "Prayers  to  The  Void"  which  was  released by  Nauseating  Whiff  Records.

  A  very  distorted  amp  sound  starts  off  the  demo  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style  of  the  genre  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Throughout  the recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  vocals  are  all  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  both  of  the  tracks  are very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  all  stick  to  a  very  heavy  musical  direction  that  is  mostly  power  chord  driven  and  also  avoids  any  melody  or  solos  to  create  a  very  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  the  vocals  on  the  second  song  have  more  of  an  angry  approach  to  them.

  Vourdalak  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  traditional  in  the  true  tradition  of  the  genre  and  also  avoids  any  of  the  more  modern  styles  and  brings  the  genre  back  to  its roots,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vourdalak  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "To  Die  In  The  Shrine  Of  the  Wolf".  8  out  of  10.

Veturheim Interview

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

Veturheim started as a one-man project and now we're full 4-piece band. We play post black/blackgaze music.



2.So far you have released 2 full length's and an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the
recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

In every track i trying to create an atmosphere that evoke your feelings and memories even deep ones. It can be loneliness,despair, anger or love, hope, happiness. If you feel bad and you are enjoying it, then we made everything right.
Our music is dark and melancholic, sometimes agressive and biting. On self-titled  album the sound was mostly based on distorted riffs and minor melodies sinks you to a trance-like state on the first half of album, then it started to become more vivid and dreamy,  but still with grim screaming.
On EP we decided to slow things down, focus on heavy groove and experimenting with some raw black.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored with the music so far?

There's  a story going through self-titled album. it's about soul obtaining its pieces, bears with unknown. Lyrics describes a world with  unique living nature where everything is connected. Themes on EP is purely emotional. At first it was meant to be released as a split with Voss Mohr, but due to some troubles we had to separate our releases.




4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Veturheim'?

"Vetur" means "Winter" on Icelandic, and "Heim" stands for realm like "Jotunheim". It's a refer to a Norse paganism.


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

For now we had only one gig. There  was  some troubles, but everything was good and we showed all the anger we have. Our live sets are somewhat heavier, faster and more furious than album versions.


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

Yes. Definitely.


7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

Yes, we are looking for label. So if you have interesting offer feel free to write to veturheim@gmail.com



8.On the ep you had done a cover of Ayr's  "Thirst", what was the decision behind doing your own version of this song?

Our drummer once said that we got to do it, because it's going to sound great and it fits us very well. He likes this band very much and wanted more people to know about it.



9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?

Haha, i remember one hilarious "review" from poland heavy music lover. I accidentaly found it, send it to drummer and we hystericaly laugh on it. At first it goes with standart "band from Russia, post black metal" and stuff but when you expecting this is going to continue he starts write  in  very pissed off style, and wishes if he had our cd to flush it in a toilet.
Speaking serious world feedback was good, people likes us everyday on facebook, buying albums on bandcamp. I think it's good for the beginning, we only starting our way.



10.When can we expect another full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Soon, work in progress. Looking forward to it, because it's going to be something interesting.



11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

I grew up on oldschool music. Rock, metal, blues, punk. The time when guys was inventing a sound I love the most. Then I discovered post-rock, shoegaze, stoner and sludge.
We are inspired by a lot of things of various genres and  use it to make an atmosphere or show an emotions we want to show.
Post-rock tremolos with delay, blastbeats and eerie guitar riffs?  We can make it sounds right.
Speaking of a present scene I listen to Solstafir, Alcest, Peste Noire, Wardruna, Eyehategod, QOTSA and many more. There are very good bands among mediocrity.



12.What are some of your non  musical interests?


I like to watch movies. Many of them. My favorite is Lynch's and Kubrick's pictures. Play video games, hang out with friends, ride long board. In future i want to travel a lot and... who knows.


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

Have fun and may the good music  be  with  you.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Unknown/Unnamed/2016 EP Review


  Unknown  are  a musical  project  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  consists  of  members  of  'Chasma'  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  self  released  and  untitled  2016  ep.

  A  very  distorted  guitar  amp  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  grim  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  also  having  an  improv feeling  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  You  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  while  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  you  can  also  hear  the  more  modern,  atmospheric  and  post  side  of  the  genre in  the  solos  and  leads  which  also  get very  melodic  at  times  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  while  some  tracks  also  bring  in  depressive  elements.

  Unknown  creates  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  ,modern  and  atmospheric  while  also  having  its  melodic  moments  and bringing  in  a  more  Cascadian  approach  to t he  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while t he  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Unknown  are  a very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "Unknown  2'  and  "Unknown  5".  8  out  of  10.

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Winterlore Interview

 1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

    Wintergeist. The band’s mythic ‘luck’ that has something weird and unexpected happen to us at every turn or creates conflicting schedules and problems with every attempt. This is kind of the inside joke in Winterlore, but it’s how we’ve operated thus far and we've always had spurts of great activity to propel us onward. Currently school, work, and living out-of-state are keeping things quiet, but eventually we’ll right back in the thick of it.
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> 2.In May you had 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?
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    A good description of the album is that it’s 90s stylized black metal with a touch of epic interwoven throughout. There is, of course, more modern affectations to the album as well. We wanted the music to come across as audible, but raw, atmospheric, yet flowing and interesting whilst trying to keep it dark and gritty. Ultimately, we build around some riffs we dig. We did lose a little bit of the drums and some other dynamic elements in the master, but are still proud of the final release. Winterlore compared to Four Swords... is more mature and shows more care in the recording stages to augment the riff-storm that ensues when listening to the album.

> 3.On the older material you had used more folk instruments and keyboards and the newer material is more raw and guitar driven, what was the decision behind going into this musical direction?

    The presence of synths and folk instruments is about the same; mostly, we used what felt right. There is 1 flute part instead of 2 and no jaw harp this time, but there are more synths on this release. The synths are just more subtly used this time around. We feel they can add something to the album, but we wanted the songs to be able to stand by themselves without them, for gig-playing purposes and for personal preferences.
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> 4.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
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    There are definitely two major themes dominating the lyrics in the album. There is present a dark and epic fantasy tone and an anti-religious stance. The latter is usually intertwined within the former. A couple of the songs had working titles taken from the Horus Heresy universe. ‘Old Night’ in Ice of Old Night gets its origin from this and so too do the first couple lines in the album.

> 5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Winterlore'?
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    We were not going to just be another band named after a demon and we had clear European metal interests when nearly all the USBM bands at the time only desired to be fast, sound the same, and have very generic riffs. So we thought long and hard and bounced ideas off one another for a few days until Winterlore was offered up. When suggested, that was unanimously agreed as a perfect and fitting name that rolls off the tongue. It very much still encompasses the image of the band, one of frozen evil.

> 6.Out of all of the shows that you have played over the years which one did you enjoy the most?
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    We definitely enjoyed all our shows but for one (an electronic kit with no monitors is a shitty surprise we would do without experiencing again). It always managed to snow intensely and out-of-nowhere on the nights of our shows, even late in April. We also had a great road trip as a band to play in Denver and see the scene outside of our hometown.

> 7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

    None as of yet.
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> 8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of black metal?
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    Pretty good so far. Perhaps a little quiet but the responses are well enthused and global.   

> 9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
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    Thorolf’s project Ered Within has a second release fully recorded and has material recorded for another project, but must await some free time from school to see them finalized. Nortaath has released an electronic album under the artist title of City at Worlds End and is working on some gaming music/sounds. R.Sodomizer has been in multiple bands here, most recently Odium Totus; Thorstien was vocalist for death metal band Malignant Inception.

> 10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
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    Wherever it heads, you may expect to hear riff-driven metal that is inspired by what we like.   

> 11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
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    One that stands out would be Sargeist; we really love how the music flows, is interesting and encapsulates the perfect black metal sound (Let the Devil In). Some others stand out, like Ulvegr, Numen, Angantyr and some other atmospheric black metal outfits influence the writing. Some of our favorite bands that we all love and any list would be incomplete without mentioning are Darkspace, Walknut, and again Sargeist. Still enjoying classic acts of the 90s and some of the great atmospheric offerings that permeate the current period. A few other great mentions would include Sünhopfer, Gratzug, Kataxu, Evilfeast, Darkenhold, Goatmoon, Paysage d’Hiver, Inquisition, Darchon, and Darkeater to name a few.
> 12.How would you describe your pagan and anti christian views?
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    None of us have any actual pagan views; when we were younger we sang about Norse mythology because it interested us and, indeed, is still interesting lore. And we are more than anti-Christian, we are anti-religious. We see how religion shackles humanity and we look to science and logic. Winterlore uses a symbol (rune) that represents ‘Odinism against Christianity’ to show a glorious fiction revolting against the feeble, yet strongly supported, fallacy that is Christianity.    

> 13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
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    Let us not heed this PC infiltration and distraction that has beset black metal and continue pursuing the paths of our desires. 

Hails and Thanks!