Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Hanal Pixan/In Lu'umil Belice/Metal Mayhem Records/2015 EP Review


  Hanal  Pixan  are  a  band  from  Belize  that  plays  a  very  grim  and  atmospheric  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "In  Lu'umil  Belice"  which  was  released  by  Metal  Mayhem  Records.

  Dark  and  atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  ep  and  after  a  minute  the  music  starts  going  into  a  heavier  doom  metal  direction  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  that  are  also  a  huge  of  most  of  the  tracks  and  when  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  they  are  very  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  You  can  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melodies  in  the  guitar  riffing  at  times  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  add  in  folk  instruments  and  elements  of  Mayan  music  which  also  gives  the  ep  more  of  a  tribal  feeling  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  there  is  also  an  instrumental  track  while  the  later  songs  back  back  the  vocals  and  the  music  also speeds  up  at  times  and  brings  in  a small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  last  track  brings  in  spoken  word  parts.

  Hanal  Pixan  plays  a  style  that  combines  black  and  death  metal  with  the  music  of  the  Mayans to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  and  the  music  sound s very  dark,  raw  and  atmospheric,  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  raw  sound  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  Mayan  history, culture  and  the  Caste  War.

  In  my  opinion  Hanal  Pixan  are  a very  great  sounding  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nachan  Can"  "Ch'i'bal  Maya"  and  "Muul  Ba'ate'el".  8  out  of  10.

         

  

Rotting Bull/Beyond Ragnarok/Part Three Songs Review


  This  is  a  review  of  the  final  installment  of  the  self  released  "Beyond  Ragnarok"  album  from  Rotting  Bull  which  continues  their  raw  and  crusty  style  of  black  metal.

  Ambient  and  harsh  noise  sounds  start  off  the  first  song  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  starts  going  fro  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  as  well  as  adding  in  grim  screams  and  screams  that  are  kind  of  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  but  get more  louder  as  time  goes  on  by  and  you  can  also  hear  elements of  crust,  power  violence  and  d  beat  in  the  song  which  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  adds  in  blast  beats  at  times  and  the  song  also  uses  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs.

  Rotting  Bull  creates  2  very  diverse  songs  on  the  final  installment  with  the  first  one  being  harsh  noise  while  the  following  track  goes  for  their  raw  and  crust  influenced  form  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  angry  and  hateful  themes.

  In  my opinion  Rotting  Bull  once  again  creates  some  very  raw  and  angry  crust  influenced  black  metal  on  these  songs  while  also  adding  in  a  noise  instrumental  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  all  3  installments  that  they  have  also  put  together  as  a  full  album  on  bandcamp.  8  out  of  10.

http://rottingbull.bandcamp.com/album/beyond-ragnarok     

Monday, March 30, 2015

Tharaphita Interview


http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.de/

Tharaphita
Ank (vocal, guitar)

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

In 2014, we released our latest album “Ülestõus”. We are already working on new material.

2.A year back 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?

This is definitely our most well-tuned and professional album but still like “classical” Tharaphita. While “Raev” (1998) was our first, raw and primitive but still melodic black-metal album, which is still the favourite of many of our fans, I really enjoyed making the last album the most. I had a clear vision on how each instrument should sound. “Primeval Force” (2005) was an experiment in English and sounded different from the previous stuff. Tumedate tunnete kütkeis (2001) is our most heavy metal influenced album, we will re-release it next year. With “Iidsetel sünkjatel radadel” (2007) we came closer to our “roots” again. Listen to our albums and decide yourself!

3.This was the first full length to be released in 7 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

We had important changes in our personal lives which gave us a new wave of inspiration. Me and the drummer both had our first children, the guitar player with his wife had their second child. The previous bass player moved to Finland. The band has always been a hobby for us and we all have other jobs for living. We live in different places in Estonia and did not have enough time to rehearse. During the time, I wrote new songs but had no time to devote for the band. Tharaphita's next album will hopefully be released in 2016.

4.Originally the band started out as a solo project, what was the decision behind hiring a full line line up?

Friends wanted to play in my band. They never asked for money. The band has been a hobby to us and the Estonian scene is very small. A band from Estonia can become professional musicians but this requires touring a lot and investing much time in promotion. It is very hard if some band members need to go to work every day.

5.Originally the band was known as 'Ancestral Damnation', what as the decision behind the name change?

According to a legend, Tharaphita was the Estonian war and thunder god  - the mightiest of all gods. Ancient Estonians called Tharaphita for help while fighting against the Christian crusaders.

6.With the band name and lyrics the music is very heavily rooted in Estonian Paganism, can you tell us a little bit more about how you got interested in the Paganism of your own country?

I truly respect nature and the history of my homeland has always inspired me. I think that leaders within many organized religions are too much dedicated to gaining power over people using manipulations and fear. For me, being a pagan means honesty and respect to other living beings. I am also very interested in the Scandinavian mythology. During centuries, many events were described and much knowledge forwarded through mythological concepts. It is possible that legends of fire gods are related to falling meteorites seen by people, who could not explain these events scientifically and started to worship the fire in the sky. Others believe that the legends were born due to ancient beliefs about aliens visiting Earth. It is believed that Tharaphita was a modification of the story of Thor, as well as a god also worshipped far in the East. The vikings travelled a lot and cultural influences of both the West and the East were noticeable. The vikings established contacts along the Eastern Way, bargaining with goods and slaves. Of course, I would never say that everything done by our ancestors was admirable.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

We had a really nice gig in Ukraine last summer. The festival place was high in the Carpathian mountains. In our homeland, we've played at the Hard Rock Laager festival, which is the most important Estonian metal event with about 1500 visitors.

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

We have a few gigs booked in Estonia. The next one will take place in my hometown Rakvere at 24.04.2015. Actually, we are very interested in playing outside Estonia and we will try to arrange some concerts soon.

9.The new album was released on Vaarang Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

I wanted to maintain the copyright of the album „Ülestõus” and I also wanted to know how it feels to be in metal business. Vaarang Records belongs to me and my wife. We will put effort in promoting this album. Perhaps in the future we will start releasing other bands, too.

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

We have received mostly positive feedback to both „Ülestõus” (2014) and „Iidsetel Sünkjatel Radadel” (2007). We really hope to gather more attention worldwide now. As hobby musicians, we have not had enough time for promotion work before now. This time we will really try to spread our music worldwide.

11.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part off?

The guitar player Benton has a side project PWA and the bass player Brutalis plays in Ainus Seadus. Neither of these are metal but I am sure that these projects help to inspire these guys while creating music for Tharaphita.

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

You´ll never know what the future shall bring. I just need to feel inspired and enjoy what I do. It is sure that Tharaphita will always be metal and probably it won´t get softer in the near future.

13.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?

My great favourites are still Bathory, Burzum, Celtic Frost, Root and the good old heavy from Accept, UDO, Wasp and Manowar. There are many more bands that have inspired me for years. I guess that the favourites of my youth will always stay important to me. But from the latest discoveries for me I would mention Myrkur, Sorcerer, Myrkgrav, King of Asgaard.

14.What are some of your non musical interests?

I own a farm and I am currently studying gardening at Räpina School of Horticulture. I am also very interested in reading and watching documentaries about historical events and archeology.

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

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Massenhinrichtung Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Yes, of course. We are preparing for some live performances to support our new album that are going to take place this spring. And also we are getting ready to record our next hateful songs that have already been composed. In brief, from time to time we rehearse old material and create something new.

2. You have a new album coming out towards the end of March, 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?
 I would describe the sound of “Zakon Zbroi” as a tragic reflection of the pain and military deaths of our Ancestors. Although it’s an album that is filled with patriotic and nature-worshipping notes, the main theme of the CD is ritual of death and “mass execution” of Belarusian Folk. As for the musical direction it’s a mixture of Pagan\Black Metal with touches of different music styles. The sound is rather raw and atmospheric but at the same time it’s quality is good. We used 4 Belarusian studios to transfer our thoughts into sound and as a result we got the sound we wanted at the stage of ideas. In my opinion in comparison with previous “Adzinota Kruka” and “Go Beyond Gist” these songs are more solid, melodic and bleak with plenty of diverse arrangements. This is the first time we didn’t use keyboards during the record at all (only in introduction, but it was specially created for us by Sever from LIHOLESIE Project as an independent track). All the additional arrangements were recorded on acoustic instruments such as violin, bagpipe, different kinds of flutes, additional authentic drumming and as for me it reinforced the dark atmosphere of the album and made it truly “alive” but not synthetic. It’s very important.

3. The lyrics on the new album cover a great amount of historical topics from your homeland, can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrics you have written for the new album?
The lyrics on the album cover only one main topic – the times of the Second World War on Belarusian territory (1941-1945). During these times approximately half of the population of Belarus was killed or sorely died in concentration camps. Many of villages were burnt alive along with their inhabitants and the country was totally destroyed after fierce battles that took place here in abundance. I tried to describe the face of war as plausible as it was in reality. And I must say that the lyric part of the album is inseparable from musical one and very meaningful for us.

4. Since 2006 there has only been 1 split and one full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap between releases?
MASSENHINRICHTUNG is not an ordinary band and we have no “schedule” or release plan. When we have something to say – we do. In 2008 the situation became more complicated by the fact that I put the project on hold and for two years we had no joint musical activity with HresVelgr at all! Later in 2010 we were invited to play some gigs in Russia and that fact gave us enormous motivation to revive the band. We recorded songs for a split CD with RAVEN THRONE band and at the same time we began to work on “Zakon Zbroi” album. As you can see we have been working on it for almost 4 years. What are the reasons of such a long recording process? Trivially, families and work.
 From the early beginning we decided to make a deeply conceptual album with a strong basis on the topic that we are really concerned. The Second World War is extremely honored in Belarus as it has touched almost every family one way or another.  For dozens of times we were in stalker expeditions, visiting memorable places of war, mass graves and battlegrounds for we could inspire the real atmosphere of REAL deadly fight and express our feelings through music. It took some years but we have done it. And yes, we are stalkers in our essence.

5. I know that the band name means 'Mass Execution' in German, how does it fit in with the musical style that you play?
In my opinion it fits our music well. Our songs are dedicated to war, death, natural disasters, scourges and catastrophes. Isn’t it “Mass Execution”? I think it is.

6. Originally the band started out as a solo project but has evolved into a full line up over the years,  what was the decision behind going into this direction?
Of course, as I told you above, I wanted to extend the line up to participate in festivals that we were invited. It was a very bad option to engage session musicians every time we played, so I decided to reorganize MASSENHINRICHTUNG into a live band with a permanent line up. I wasn’t seeking for professional musicians and proposed to my Friends and Brothers to take part in this project. Since then we are a band. However, all in all in studio I prefer to record all the instruments myself. It’s a pity (or not), but sometimes I’m a little bit tyrannical during the creative process. Moreover, I guess that the music sounds like a path to the brain of the composer mostly when the author records songs totally himself. Therefore, “Zakon Zbroi” is a musical trip to my thoughts.

7. What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
During a performance we try to create the dark and authentic Belarusian atmosphere and to suppress the listener with a squall of negative energetic. Each our performance is an ejection of malice to the ears of the audience. In the rest – we behave as a usual old-school metal band. Honestly and directly.
What concerns best gigs that we had over the years, the first things that come to my mind is Travien Fest in Minsk in 2014 and Pagan Winterstorm in Vitebsk in 2013. The atmosphere and the public were really mad and crazy that times. Also it is worth mentioning Russian mini-tour with Polish ARKONA. It was a great experience.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
Unfortunately not now. We are an underground band and don’t have any particular plans to have a long-term tour to support our new album. We shall just play some single shows in Belarus, Ukraine and in some European Countries. Maybe we’ll have something like European mini-tour but it is still a subject of discussion and planning. Time shall show.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of pagan and black metal?
To be honest, I didn’t follow the feedback on “Zakon Zbroi” on this moment. But, of course, it’s very nice to receive reviews on our e-mail, both positive and negative, but actually…. we are not 100$ banknote to be liked by everybody.

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the bands members are involved with?
Many of them are preparing new materials for new albums. Some of bands are widely touring this spring.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
New material that is being prepared nowadays is rather different in comparison with “Zakon Zbroi”. It’s worth saying that it is more “old-school” and more “metallic” than previous songs. I decided to make something like a tribute to the music of the times when we were growing up. So sometimes it borders with thrash\black metal in its most aggressive and evil form. But all in all it shall be in a style of MASSENHINRICHTUNG – it comes from the heart, creates a certain authentic atmosphere and rather pushing and onslaught. Anyway, it shall be an exclusive album of experiments that shall reflect actual aspects of our outlook. Back to roots!

12.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?
When I was creating music for “Zakon Zbroi” I watched a lot of feature and documental films about War, so strangely enough, but the main influence came from soundtracks from these videos and from silence of Battlefields and Beds of Honor. Not from metal artists. Also I would like to thank Stogn, Narg and Sever for their enormous contribution to the sound of this album and for their musical ideas – they have done a lot for this CD.
My music preferences are wide enough. I like almost all metal and rock genres on a par with folk, classics and ambient\industrial music. If to talk about latest releases I am deeply impressed with last album of WOODS OF YPRES, latest works of ANATHEMA and KATATONIA. The first favorites for all the times that come into my mind now are BATHORY, SODOM, SLAYER and THE EXPLOITED.

13.How would you describe your views on paganism?
Hmm… First of all it’s not a religion, it’s a set of rules that guides us throughout our lives. We try to follow the traditions inherited from our dark past and to keep contact of Blood and Soil. We clearly understand that we are only temporary guests here and respect the Rule of Nature. We just use the energy of four elements.

14.In one interview you had talked about your interest in the writings of H.P Blavatsky, does your interest in the occult go deeper than that and if so tell us a little bit more about your interest in occultism?
Yes, I have a great interest to the occult masterpieces of Helen Blavatsky. Moreover I admire the sense of purpose of this genius scientist and writer. She contributed a lot to the theosophical culture and was one of the most “close” to the Verity. The Verity that is hidden in the depth of the Nature and will sometimes unveil only to the chosen ones. But not nowadays, because our damn generation is unworthy of that, in my opinion. Our generation is growing up on Internet, Coca-Cola,  McDonalds and porno videos. What kind of High Sciences and Ariosophy can we talk about now? Don’t confuse High Technologies and High Sciences… Spiritual traditions are almost lost now.

15.What are some of your non musical interests?
Travelling, sports, photography and literature.

16.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank You for Your profound questions. Hope that this interview will help the audience to understand clearly the concept of our new album and people in Europe shall learn something new about the history of Belarus. Hail Belarus! Hail Kryuja! SUPPORT THE UNDERGROUND!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Neverendinghate/La Caida de los Idolos/Morbid Shrine Productions/2014 Demo Review


  Neverendinghate  are  a  duo  from  Spain  that  plays  a  very  raw  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  demo  "La  Caida  de  los  Idolos"  which  was  released  by  Morbid  Shrine  Productions.

  Dark  avant  garde  ritualistic  sounds  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  takes  the  music  into  more  of  a  raw  blackened  thrash   metal  that  also  uses  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  death  metal  influences  in  the  bands  musical  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  in  an  early  90's  death  metal  direction  and  at times  the  riffs  can  also  be  very  melodic  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  raw,  heavy  and  old  school  extreme  metal  sound  while  they  close  the  demo  with  an  acoustic  guitar  outro.

  Neverendinghate  plays  a  very  raw  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  heavily  thrash  influenced  and  also  brings  in  a  touch  of  death  metal  to  create  their  own  sound,  the  production  sound s very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  misanthropic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Neverendinghate  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Silenciando  la  Memoria"  and  "Esclavos".  8  out  of  10.


  

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Isolert Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We are a Black Metal band from Volos,Greece.Our band consist of 2 members (Nick Sidiropoulos,Panagiotis Tsiglifis) We were formed on March 2015.


2.Recently you have released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
The production is more "clear" from many Black Metal bands.We are inspired by the Scandinavian Scene of the 90's but we putt  our own personal touch to the music.We didn't want to copy other bands so we tried hard and put all our effort and make our own sound.We even have Byzantine Vocals on 1 song....We want some variety in our music.


3.The band has been around since the beginning of 2015 and already have released a demo, do the band members put a great  amount of time and effort into this musical project?
We may have been a new band but we have worked for many hours for our demo.In one month we put a great amount of effort and tried our best.Many hours of rehearsing.recording,mixing,mastering.At that point we would like to say thank you to "Fiende" who helped us out with the recordings of the demo.The production is by him and Isolert.





4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
First we would like to say thank you to Jason Kasioptas for his lyrics.The lyrics are inspired by misanthropy and darkness.Just that.




5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Isolert'?
First off all we wrote our songs and the lyrics and then we were searching for a good name.Many names were in the list but we wanted to find something unique.We came accross Isolert which means Isolated in Norwegian.The inspiration comes from all of us as humans.We are people isolated in our own souls and we all hide our secrets..



6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?
There are many great things on remaining a duo.When you are only two members in a band you can understand each other. Our cooperation is great with Panos and we just didn't want to add another member cause we didn't find someone willing to join the band and work as hard as we do.So i guess we will be only two members.But only time knows....



7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We are in search for a label but the good news is that Labels from Europe and American have shown interest in our demo and we have received some offers to release our demo on Cassette and CD and recently we came in contact with Depressive Illusions  and they agreed to release the demo on cassette.





8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
So far the feedback has been great and we didnt expected it because we just uploaded our first songs and we are a band only for 1 Month.It's a good start i guess..






9.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
The next step for the band is a split album or even an EP. If everything will go according to the plan we will release our first full length album on Spring 2016.We already are working on songs for it.





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?
The main influence is Gorgoroth i think and you can hear it on our songs .But we also love Dissection, Darkthrone,Carpathian Forest, Burzum,Mayhem and almost everything from the Scandinavian Scene.
Personally i am a big fan of US Power Metal and these days i listen to the new Sacral Rage album which is FUCKIN AWESOME!Also the new Empire of the Moon album is awesome.





11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Just drinking beers and going hiking .. We are boring guys (hahaha).




12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We just wanted to say that the demo we released is dedicated to our brother Christoforos "Oliva" Ntinos
who passed away February 2015.

Thank you very much for your interested .
Support the underground.

Isolert/Isolated Soul/2015 Demo Review


  Isolert  are  a  duo  from  Greece  that  plays  a  very  raw,  old  school  and  Nordic  influenced  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released 2015  demo  "Isolated  Soul".

  A  very  raw  and  dark  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  to  speed  up  a  bit  and  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  songs  are  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  whispers  and  clean  singing  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  Scandinavian  and  Greek  black  metal  influences  and  also  have  a  sound  that  would  of  went  over  very  well  20  years  ago  and  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  in  certain  sections of  the  recording  and  the  last  song  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  leads.

  Isolert  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  grim,  old  school  and  raw  and  also  has  a  very  vintage  second  wave  sound  to  them,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  misanthropic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Isolert  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  old  school  and  Nordic  influenced  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Empty  Memory  (Hatred  For  Mankind)".  8  out  of  10.