Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Cold Crypt/Utter Contempt For Life/Senseless Life Records/2014 CD Review


  Cold  Crypt  are  a  1  man  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "Utter  Contempt  For  Life"  which  was  released  by  Senseless  Life  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  atmospheric  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  sounds  of  a  newborn  child  and  after  a  minute  spoken  word  samples  which  are  also  used  regularly  throughout  the  recording  are  added  into  the  music  before  the  album  starts  getting  a  lot  more  heavier  and  brings  in  a  raw  black  metal  sound  that  also  uses  grim  suicidal  screams  and  blast  beats.

  There  is  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  present  throughout  the  recording  and  the  ambient  sounds  are  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  black  metal  parts  and  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  some  of  the  tracks  bring  in  some  industrial  style  noises  and  mix  in  with  some  of  the  rawest  black  metal  that  there  is  in  existence.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  add  a  good  amount  of  talent  and  skill  to  the  tracks  they  are  utilized  on  and  a  good  amount  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  depressive  sounding  melodies  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  more  power  electronic  and  underground  electronic  elements  are  brought  onto  the  recording  which  also  leads  to  the  album  getting  more  avant  garde  and  experimental  while  the  music  also  keeps  it's  black  metal  roots  and  brings  in  even  more  demonic  growls.

  Cold  Crypt  keeps  the  atmospheric  and  depressive  ambient  black  metal  sound  while  also  being  more  experimental  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  th e lyrics  cover  hate,  madness,  suicide  and  murder.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Cold  Crypt  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  the  depressive,  ambient  and  experimental  black  metal  genres,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Born  To  Abhor"  "Purest  Negative  Thoughts"  "Ugly  Passion"  and  "Farewell  TO  Innocence".  8  out  of  10.      

Unsacred/False Light/Forcefield Records/2014 CD Review


  Unsacred  are  a  band  from  Virginia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  crust  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "False  Light"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Forcefield  Records.

  A  very  distorted  sound  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  direction  along  with  some  brutal  blast  beats  and  the  energy  of  crust  punk  while  you can  also  hear some  technical  parts  in  their  musical  sound  along  with  some  melodies  and  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  You  can  hear  a  lot  of  modern  Scandinavian  influences  in  the  bands  musical  style  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  d-beats  and  all  of  the  songs  remain  true  to  a  very  fast,  heavy,  raw  and  brutal  direction  throughout  the  recording  and  there  is  never  a  soft  or  weak  moment  to  be  found  anywhere  in  the  tracks  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  bass  guitars  bring  in  more  of  a  powerful  sound.

  Unsacred  plays a  very  fast  and  extreme  style  that  combines  some  of  the  rawest and  most  talented  black  metal  with  crust  punk  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  and  this  is  probably  one  of  the  heaviest  US  black  metal  records  to  be  released  in  a  long  time,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  brutal  and  dark  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Unsacred  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  brutal  mixture  of  black  metal  and  crust  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "False Light"  "Erode"  and  "Cage".  8/5  out  of  10.    

Exquisite Ending/The Rites Of Misanthropism Psalms I to IV/Hibernacula Records/2015 EP Review


  Exquisite Ending  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  ep  "The  Rites  Of  Misanthropism  Psalms  I  to  IV"  which  will  be  released  by  Hibernacula  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounds  which  also  have  an  ambient  feeling  to  them  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some spoken  word  parts  and  after  a  minute  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  grim  screams  and  after  awhile  the  band  starts  to  bring  a  good  amount  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  At  times  the  riffs  bring  out  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  you  can  hear  a  lot  of  hate  being  utilized  in  the  vocals  and  the  spoken  word  parts  also  make  a  return  on  a  couple  of  the  tracks  and  they  also  mix  some  technical  parts  into  a  very  raw  black  metal  sound  at  time  which  also  makes  their  music  stand  out  even  more.

  Exquisite Ending  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  misanthropic  capturing  a  lot  of  the  old  school  sound  while  also  mixing  in  some  of  the  more  modern  technical  sound  as  well as  keeping  everything  in  a  very  true  and  pure  style  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropic  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Exquisite Ending  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  misanthropic  black  metal b and  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ostracism  Of  Tormenting  Morality"  and  "We  Perish  As one  Vessle".  8  out  of  10.

  

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hell Poemer/Arcane Mysteries Of Dead Ancestors/Tenebird Music/2013 CD Review


  Hell  Poemer  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric,  raw  and  melodic  form  of    t black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Arcane  Mysteries  Of  Dead  Ancestors"  which  was  released  by  Tenebird  Music.

      A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  melodic  black  metal  direction  that  also  incorporates  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grim  screams  and  the music  also  brings  in  very  epic  and  atmospheric  sounding  synths  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  which  also  have  an  ambient  influence to  them  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  added into  the  music  they  continue  the  melodic  sound  this  band  focuses  on  a  great  amount  and  there  are  also  some  spoken  word  parts  being  utilized  at  times  and  a  good portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  also  hear  war  samples  being added  into  some  of  the  tracks.

  When  clean  parts  are  added into  the  music  they  bring  in  a  very  medieval  pagan  folk  music  feeling  while  the  main  focus  remains  on  an  epic  black  metal  sound  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  nature  sounds  and  a  tragic  feeling  coming  out  of  the  synths  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  vocals  also  start  getting  deeper  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  bring  in  more  of  a  death  metal  feeling  to  the  songs  they  are  utilized  on.

  Hell  Poemer  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  fast,  raw,  melodic,  atmospheric  and  epic  sounding  and  they  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  on  the  musical  instruments,  the  production  has  a  very  raw,  heavy  and  powerful  sound  to  it  while  the  lyrics  cover  The  Dark  Side  Of  Nature,  Ancient  Pride,  Philosophy  and  Greek  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hell  Poemer  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  melodic,  atmospheric  and  epic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Temple  of  the  Appollonian  Wisdom"  "Triumphant  battle  In  Hyperion's  Winter"  and  "When  Ichor  Calls  For  War".  8/5  out  of  10.

 


Ctulu/Sarkomand/Black Blood Records/Human To Dust/2014 Vinyl Re-Issue Review


  Ctulu  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of   their  2011  album  "Sarkomand"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  December  on  vinyl  as  a  joint  effort  between  Black  Blood  Records  and  Human  TO  Dust.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  old  school  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  and  when  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  they  are  grim  sounding  screams  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  bringing  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  At  times  you  can  hear  some  ritualistic  and  nature  sounds being  added into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  old  school  melodies  that  bring  a  NWOBHM  to  the  album  and  after  awhile you  can  hear  a  small  amount  of  chants  in  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  a  few  tracks  that  are  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  acoustic  guitars  and  melodic  vocals  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  and  you  can  also  hear  death  metal  growls  being  utilized  at  times  along  with  some  of  the  riffing  also  bringing  in  element s of  that  genre  and  a  good  portion  of  the  bands  musical  style  seems  to  be  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  90's  Swedish  black  metal  bands  while  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  thrash  feeling  to  the  riffs  and  on  the  last  track  keyboards  are  added  into t he  music  while  the  song  also  still  brings  in  heavy  parts.  

  Ctulu  plays  a  Swedish  style  of  black  metal  that is  very  old  school,   raw  and  melodic  and  also  incorporates  some  death metal  influences  which  also  gives  the  album  more  of  an  update  blackened  death metal  feeling,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  Lovecraft  and  Nightmare  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ctulu  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast,  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Arckanum  Der  Tiefen"  "Traumturm"  and  "Mondsucht".  8  out  of  10.

     

Inchiuvatu/Via Matris/Inch Productions/2014 EP Review


  Inchiuvatu  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  an  acoustic  form  black  metal  with  elements  of  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "Via  Matris"  which  was  released  by  Inch  Productions.

  Acoustic  guitars  and  folk  instruments  start  off  the  ep  giving  the  recording  a  medieval  pagan  feeling   and  after  a  minute  melodic  clean  singing  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  which  also  evolve into  grim  black  metal  screams  and  they  also  add  fast  drumming  into  the  folk  music  parts  at  times  and  after  awhile  the  acoustic  guitars  also  start  getting  more  aggressive  with  the  black  metal  style  vocals.

  The  keyboards  have  a  very  tragic  feeling  to  them  at  times  and  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  the  acoustic  guitars  start  utilizing  raw  tremolo  picking  while  they  still  keep  around  the  folk  music  influence  and  some  of  the  alter  songs  also  sees  the  music  using  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  along  with  some  psychedelic  elements  and  a  couple of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  on  the  last  track  the  vocals  start  bringing  in  demonic  growls.

  On  this  ep  Inchiuvati  creates  a  very  grim  style  of  black  metal  that  is  done  with  acoustic  guitars  which  also  have  the  fast  picking  of  regular  black  metal  at  times  and  they  also  add  in  folk  music  to  their  music  sound  more  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Sicilian  and  cover  anti  Christianity,  sex  and  drama  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Inchiuvatu  are  a  very  great  sounding  acoustic  black  metal  band  with  folk  music  influences  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In Utero"  "Trafitta"  and  "Santa  Balata".  8  out  of  10.

           

        

Goatchrist Interview

1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Goatchrist is a mouthpiece for a range of diverse (yet related) thematic topics. We aim to build upon what is often described as 'the true essence of black metal' with magickal lyrical formulas and influences from other genres of music; thus far, I'm content with our progression towards this goal.
Goatchrist was 'formed' this year (2014) as a solo project by myself. This came after my brief time as an auditioning guitarist for Sathamel, a similar band to my own, which is comprised of some friends of mine. At the time, my skill with the guitar and attitude towards the music did not match their requirements, so I was declined the role; however, I'd already commenced writing material for them. These songs (both parts of Bloodletting, The Four Horsemen and Catacombs) were recorded alongside two other, older tracks (The Scrying Mirror and Inferno, then called 'Crushing Your Essence Under Fire and Brimstone') which were re-recorded and released under the Goatchrist name.
Shortly afterwards, I decided to turn the band into a live project, and recruited Kaahl (ex-Slaughter Throne) and Aamon-Vetis to complete the lineup.

2.So far you have released 2 demos this years, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both recordings and also how do they differ from each other?
The 'Legion' demo is a recording from 2013 created whilst I was under the spell of Xasthur, Leviathan and other excellent USBM bands. It had been sat on an old computer of mine until months after the first demo was released, and upon re-listening to my old recordings, I decided they were a sufficiently polished insight into my musical roots to release.
She Who Holds the Scrying Mirror differs greatly from this. The sound and production, though still raw, is more polished and certainly more fitting for the style of music. Whereas Legion is an attempt to recreate a specific sound, The Scrying Mirror is an exploration into my own sounds and ideas.

3.Your lyrics cover some Luciferian and Occult themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
I don't think there exists a single black metal fanatic that, at some point, has not identified as an adept or follower of some form of Sinister philosophy. My own path began in a very juvenile manner, with the label of 'Satanist' used for shock value alone. However, my interest in chaos magick began after the influence of my friend [Ryan Fleming, from Solitude Forest]. The Order of the Nine Angles, a belief system that mirrors the basic principles of chaos in its core values, soon became a useful tool to develop my beliefs.
The Luciferian imagery in the first demo comes as a result of my disdain towards other bands that promote "chaos" by presenting it in a dogmatic format, which I find absurd [it is for this reason that I despise groups like the Misanthropic Luciferian Order, who preach about Abrahamic rituals and Jewish dragons and expect to be taken seriously].
It should be noted that my own personal beliefs are more akin to Thelema and the ancient religion of Sumer, far more so than any type of 'Satanism'.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Goatchrist'?
The goat is the independent warrior; the sheep is the mindless follower. Thus, the 'Goatchrist' is the warrior-king, a prophet who declines to keep any followers or worshippers and instead teaches the strong to become stronger, and in time, banishes the weak.

 5.Are there any plans to do any live shows with this band or is this strictly a studio project?
We have a gig booked for February 20th at the Fenton in Leeds, supporting Sodomized Cadaver. As of now, the band is a live project.

6.Recently SixSixSix Music re-issued your first demo, are there any plans to also re-issue the second demo?
No. There'd be no reason to; it's available already for free to those who desire to trace our/my musical roots.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
Fantastic, actually. We've had several excellent reviews of the Scrying Mirror demo and one good review of Legion. It seems that our music appeals to both the 'kvlt'-type black metaller and the brutal death metaller alike.

8.What is going on with some of your other bands or musical projects these days?
Kierkegaard, my ambient project, is taking a break from recording until the new year. Mors Voluntaria, my personal outlet for a different kind of message, is in the process of recording its first album [I've already recorded all guitars, and B. is in the process of recording drums and his own guitar parts].

9.Where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future?
A far more melodic and faster sound. Previews of the new songs have already been sent around a few of my close inner circle of friends. I think we'll stay with SixSixSix too, as they've done a truly excellent job of promoting the release and, for now, are the perfect label to work with.

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?
Good black metal is my only direct influence for this project; the rest of the sound is my own ideas and experimentation. I'd say Leviathan is a definite influence, as are Absu, Destroyer 666 and Melechesh. Other than that, I don't really listen to much metal, and some of my preferred artists and bands include the Grateful Dead, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Shining (from Norway; Niklas Kvarforth isn't my cup of tea in the slightest), ELO, the Eagles, the Who, etc.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Reading philosophy and mathematics, and also experimenting with psychedelic/hallucinogenic substances in order to delve deeper into the acausal plane of unused universal energy (the 'spirit world' to the lay man). That's pretty much all I have time to do, and juggling those with the music can be a challenge at times, though all three of these activities enhance my musical skill in rather abstract ways.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Respect to all individuals who've supported our cause thus far. Agios O Noctulis!