Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Ellorsith/1959/Caligari Records/2014 Cassette Review

  Ellorsith  are  a  band  from  Scotland  that  plays  a  very  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  cassette  "1959"  which  was  released  by  Caligari  Records.

  A  very  dark  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  cassette  which  also  bring s in  a  small  amount  of  distorted  noises  and  spoken  word  parts  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  direction  as  well  as  speeding  up  and  adding  in  deep  growls  which  also  have  a  bestial  black/death  metal  feeling  to  them.

  After  awhile  there  is  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  being  presented  on  this  recording  and  the  slower  sections  display  a  very  heavy  death  metal  influence  to  them  bringing  back  some  of  the  morbid  sounding  melodies  of  the  early  90's  and  mixing  them  in  with  a  more  modern  black  metal  style  and  after  a  while  a  small  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  a  couple  of  tracks  that  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  on  the  last  song  you  can  hear  some  elements  of  doom  metal  and  it  closes  with  some  melodic  Gregorian  chants  and  spoken  word  parts.

  Elorsith  creates  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  original  sounding  taking  some  influences  from t he  early  2000's  era  of  the  genre  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  as  well  as  some  doom  and  death  metal  influences  to  create  a  sound  that  is  very  different  than  what  most  bands  go  for,  the  production  sound s very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  inspired  by  the  Dyatlov  Pass  Incident.

  In  my  opinion  Elosith  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  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  "Sussuration"  and  "Compelling  Natural  Force".  8  out  of  10.

Xarkrinur/Dark Rituals/Psalm 88/2014 Cassette Review

  Xarkrinur  are  a  1 man  band  from  Bangladesh  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  the  music  on  this  recording  being  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  ep  "Dark  Rituals"  which  was  released  by  Psalm  88.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  lo-fi  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  grim  screaming  vocals  and  the  music  brings  back  the  primal  90's  style  of  black  metal  along  with  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  that  also  utilize  some  blast  beats  and  on  the  second  track  elements  of  dsbm  find  their  way  onto  the  recording.

  The  vocals  have  a  very  suicidal  sounding  edge  to  them  at  times  and  on  the  third  track  to  music  starts  to  speed  up  a  bit  and  add  in  a  touch  of  Vlad  tepees  demo  era  style  of  sound  and  the  ep  closes  with  a  7  minute  epic  song  that  sees  the  music  going  back  into  a  mkore  slow  and  depressive  direction

  Xarkrinur  creates  some  very  raw  sounding  black  metal  that  goes  back  to  the  90's  demo  days  of  the  genre  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  primal  while  also  bringing  in  a  touch  of  depressive  black  metal  at  times,  the  production  sound s very  raw,  lo-fi  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Xarkrinur  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dark Rituals"  and  "Screams  of  Darkness".  8  out  of  10.          

Winterfylleth/The Divination Of Antiquity/Candlelight Records/2014 CD Review

  Winterfylleth  have returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  their  folk  orientated  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "The  Divination  Of  Antiquity"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Candlelight  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  raw  black/pagan  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  fast  riffing  and  blast  beats  which  leads  up  to  high  pitched  screams,  melodies  and  an  atmospheric  background  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music  they  enhance  the  atmospheric  and  melodic  nature  of  the  bands  musical  style  and  some  of  the  slower  sections  bring  in  elements  of  doom  metal  but  done  more  in  a  raw  and  depressive  direction  and  after  awhile  acoustic  guitars  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  add  more  of  a  folk  orientated  and  progressive  sound  to  the  songs  they  are  utilized  on.

  The  melodic  chants  and  vocals  that  are  used  on  the  recording  bring  in  a  more  pagan  atmosphere  to  the  bands  melodic  approach  to  black  metal  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  small  amounts  of  death  metal  growls  are  utilized  while  the  songs  halfway  through  the  recording  shows  a  more  raw  black  metal  side  to  the  way  the  guitar  riffs  are  approached,  after  a  few  tracks  that  are  heavy  an  acoustic  piece  finds  its  way  onto  the  recording  and  the  melodic  vocals  start  heavy  more  of  a  powerful  sounding  presence  while  the  last  2  songs  go  back  to  the  bands  epic  black  metal  roots.

  Winterfylleth  creates  another  raw  sounding  black/pagan  metal  album  that  is  very  melodic  and  epic  while  also  being  very  atmospheric,  progressive  and  folk  influenced  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anglo  Saxon  Paganism.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Winterfylleth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The Divination Of Antiquity"  "A  Craveworn  Heart"  and  "Forsaken  In  Stone". 8  out  of  10.            

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Creptum Interview

.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 formed in 2001 by Tanatos and Animus Atra. The idea since the beginning was to perform the music in its rawest aspect. Direct riffs, fast drums and lyrics by total disregard to christianity. It's what we did 13 years ago and what we still do today!

2.Recently you had released a re-recorded version of your 2004 demo, what was the decision behind re-recording these songs and also how does the newer version differ from the original one that was released 10 years ago?

We needed to close a cycle. The first recording of "The Age of Darkness" in 2004 was made with a different lineup, although the songs were made by the original lineup. In the current version, in 2014, there was a musical maturity of all of us and to get back to where we left, we decided to record it and also add two songs of the first demo, "Disciple of Evil" and "Oh My Lord ..." .

3.The band was broken up for a few years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?

After Tanatos leave the band in 2004 for personal reasons, we changed the lineup to try to keep the band alive. But then, in 2005, I, Animus Atra, was invited to join the brazilian Death/Black Metal band CARPATUS and keep both bands active becomes impossible. So we decided to split up.
Through these years a lot of people kept always asking us about the band, so in 2013 Tanatos and I decided to bring the band to life again.

4.The lyrics cover some satanic, occult and anti christian themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

We live in Brazil, an extremely catholic country. We see all the rottenness behind this religion in many ways in our society. There is no way to condone it. In occultism and Satanism, we found our way to expose this hatred with our music.

5.The band was originally known as Nekros, what was the decision behind the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Creptum'?

We started as Nekros because our focus was a name that expresses the theme of our lyrics. However, we enter into conflict with other bands that used the same name. So, we try to keep the latin and came to "creperum", which means "darkness", and from there we adapted the term to Creptum, but the meaning is the same.

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

It´s hard to say. We did some real good shows with some real awesome bands, so is hard to choose one or two.
About the performance, I could say it’s intense... Our songs are fast and raw, especially live... We do not use corpse paint, or spikes and don´t have nothing special visually speaking. We try to make just about the music.

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

We are preparing for some shows in Brazil. We already have early conversations with some producers and the return to the stage will happen soon. We also have the idea to do a mini-tour through some European countries in 2015/16, but this are still only plans.

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

Yes. The EP was released totally independent, but we know the difficulties of making our sound reach other parts of the world and a label would help a lot. I hope that happens soon.

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

We have received messages from people all over the world congratulating us on the sound. From Indonesia to the United States. But from Europe comes most of the messages from outside Brazil.
We´re getting a great feedback since we released the EP, which means a lot for us.

10.Are any of the band members involved with any other musical projects these days?

Deimous Nefus has a Project called simply "Nefus".

11.When can we expect new material and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We are already working on a totally new material for the beginning of 2015. Some musical changes are natural and will happen, it is part of evolution, but we are focused on keeping the essence of the raw and harsh sound, which has become a characteristic of Creptum in these 13 years.

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?

Our influence comes basically from Black Metal and Thrash Metal Bands. Marduk, Dark Funeral, Desaster, Kreator, Destruction, Bathory, Taake, Sarcófago. The list could go on forever.
Speaking for myself, Tanatos, I´m listening a lot of Black Metal lately. More specifically, some bands stand out like Watain, Inferno (CZ), Belphegor, MGLA, Lord Belial, Immortal and Behemoth. Out of the style I listen to things like delta blues, Robert Johnson and Charley Patton.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

Outside of music, we have interests in art and literature, such as HP Lovecraft, Lord Byron, Mary Shelley, Nietzsche, Edward Munch, Murnau, Fritz Lang, HR Giger (beyond Alien) ... These influences were gradually becoming part of what we consider the personality of Creptum.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Fist of all we want to thank you and Occult Black Metal Zine for the support. And for the people that doesn´t know us yet, go check our songs. We try to be really true with our music and style.

Bereft Interview

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

Well, we’re a band from Wisconsin, and we began our musical journey in 2011.

2.You have a new album coming out in November, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

It’s always hard to give a completely accurate description of our music, but I would call us a Post-Metal band with elements of Doom and Black Metal.  We really like to blend those three genres together to create something that we hope is a little fresh, and different. We really try and make it as atmospheric and emotional as we can. Obviously there are numerous bands out there that fuse these types of music together, but it really isn’t something we intentionally do. Our interests as far as what we listen to all play a role in our music style, to some extent I suppose.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

Zach and I write the lyrics, and most of them center around our views on religion/politics/personal subjects.  Our central theme for our first album is about how organized religion as an institution has played a central role in halting the advancement of mankind. Whether it is technical advancement, human progress through the way we treat one another, or anything else.

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

When Zach and I are started this band, we wanted a name that was significant to both the music and our lyrics.  We both had an idea of how we wanted the band to sound, Bereft just fit, and felt right as far as our music goes.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
I think one of my favorite shows we played, was with Agalloch this past summer. It was one of our first shows playing with a bigger national act, and Agalloch is a band I truly like; it was very cool to play with such an awesome band.
I guess I would describe our stage performance as one that we put ourselves into 100%. Personally for me, I get bored watching bands that seem like they don’t want to be there, or don’t seem to appear to put much emotion behind their live performance.  Playing music live is something that I truly love; the music, lyrics, and live performance are very important to me.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

We are planning on getting out there as much as we can once the album is released.

7.Currently the band is signed to Silent Pendulum Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Absolutely. Silent Pendulum Records is a vinyl label based out of New York that releases music in the Black, Experimental, and Post-Metal genres. Michael Kadnar (Black Table, Downfall of Gaia) runs it, and we met him when we played with his bands last year in Madison. We kept in contact with him, then approached him with our album, and he’s going to help us release it on vinyl on November 18th of this year. He’s a fantastic guy, and really puts a lot into his new label.

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

So far it seems to be going well, we have released one song on our Bandcamp page, which has seemed to be well received thus far. We’re super excited to get the rest of the record released this November!

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

Well we really like to experiment with our sound, so I’m not completely sure to be perfectly honest.  With time I’ve noticed our song writing ability has improved, and that’s very important to me.

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 I grew up listening to bands like Pantera, Slayer, Black Sabbath, etc.  When I was in high school I really got into a lot of punk/hardcore, which I think dictates a lot of our ethics as a band. Recently though, as far as metal goes and new albums from this year; the new Thou album is incredible, Alraune, Pall Bearer, Forn, and Bastard Sapling, just to name a few. I like to listen to things in every genre, and the rest of the guys in the band all listen to different types of music. I definitely think it adds to our influences to be multidimensional in that respect.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I love to read, I’m an HBO Series fanatic, hanging out with my family, being in school, and work take up about all of time.

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

I’d just like to thank you for the interview and thank you for your time. I’d also like to let people know that our new album ‘Lost Ages’ will be available via our Bandcamp page on vinyl, cd, and digitally on November 18th of this year. Thanks again!

Monday, September 15, 2014

1349/Massive Cauldron Of Chaos/Indie Recordings/2014 CD Review

  Norway's  1349  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  them  continuing  their  trademark  Norwegian  black  metal  sound  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Cauldron  Of  Chaos"  which  was  released  by  Indie  Recordings.

  A  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  natural  noises  before  going  into  more  of  a  fast  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  grim  screams  and  the  guitar  riffing  also  has  some  technical  elements  and  more  of  a  modern  Norwegian  sound  to them  and  at  times  whispers  and  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  the  background.

  There  is  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  throughout  the  recording  as  well  as  a  touch  of  death  and  thrash  metal  being  added  into  their  musical  style  and  after  awhile  melodies  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads  which  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  in  the  way  that  they  are  structured.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  on  this  recording  is  more  of  a  return  to  their  roots  type  of  sound  and  has  a  lot  more  aggression  than  their  last  2  albums  and  later  on  during  the  album  they  bring  in  a  very  old  school  and  raw  style  of  black  metal  on  a  couple  of  their  tracks  which  goes  back  to  their  very early  material  

  1349  creates  some  of  their  heaviest  material  in  years  on  this  recording  and  they  bring  back  a  lot  of  aggression  that  has  not  been  heard  from  them  in  years,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  armageddon  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  1349  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Slaves"  "Golem"  and  "Godslayer".  8  out  of  10.           

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dunnock/The Rainy Season/Sylvan Screams Analog/2014 EP Review

  Dunnock  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  them  continuing  their  depressive,  atmospheric  and atonal  approach  to  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "The  Rainy  Season"  which  was  released  by  Sylvan  Screams  Analog.

  A  very  distorted  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some high  pitched  screams  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  spoken  words  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  band  adding  in  more  fast  and  raw  elements  which  also  show  them  incorporating  blast  beats.

  There  are  a  good  amount  of  experimental  traces  being  presented  throughout  the  recording  which  also  bring  in  harsh  noises  and  drones  on  some  of  the  alter  tracks  and  at times  they  guitar  riffing  mix  in  some  melodies  with  their  raw  black  metal  sound  and  the  violins  and  keyboards  makes  the  music  sound  more  atmospheric  and  the  music  on  this  ep  shows  more  of  a  depressive  approach  than  the  previous  recordings  with  most  of  the  music  being  in  a  slow  direction  while  it  also  has  its  fast  moments  at  times.    

  Dunnock  creates  some  of  their  most  raw  and  depressive black  metal  on  this  recording  while  still  being  very  experimental  at  the  same  time  and  they  manage  to  do  something  new  with  each  recording,  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  raw  sound  while  the  song  lyrics  are  based  on  2  different  days  and  have  a  very  depressive  approach  to  them.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dunnock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  raw  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I"  IV"  and  VI".  8  out  of  10.