Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Veldraveth/Malformations Of God/Iron County Records/2016 CD Review


  Veldraveth  are  a  band  from  Venezuela  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  mixture   of black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Malformations  For  God"  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  Iron  County  Records.

  A  very  distorted  sound  along  with  blast  beats  start  off  the  song  as  well  as  adding  in  some  heavy  riffing  and  death metal  growls  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  music  brings  in  a  very  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  melody  in  some  of  the  riffing  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic fashion .

A  lot  of  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  old  school  death  metal  elements  while  black metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are very long  and  epic  in  length  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals  while  a  later  song  brings  in a  brief  use  of  rain  and  thunder  sounds  and  all  of  the songs  also  stick  to  a  heavy  musical  direction.

  Veldraveth  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  second  wave  black  metal  and  old  school  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Anti  Religion,  Darkness,  Violence  and  War  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Veldraveth  are  a  very  great  sounding  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  "In  Chaos  Born"  "Ominous  Omen"  "Thunderstorms"  and  "Murder".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Xalpen/Black Rites/Morbid Skull Records/2016 CD Review


  Xalpen  are  an international  band  with  members  from  both Chile  and  Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  satanic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2016  album  "Black  Rites"  which  will be  released in September  by  Morbid  Skull  Records.

 Knife  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  90's  second  wave  influences  in  the  bands  musical  style.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  you  can  also  hear  some  melodic  yet  ritualistic  chanting  in  the  background  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  melodies  at  times  and  the  vocals  also  use  more  of  a  spoken  yet  angry  approach  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  nature  sounds  and  clean  guitars  as  well  as  melodic  guitar  leads  being  used  briefly  while the  main focus  remains  more  on  a  raw  black metal  style  and  they  close the  album with  a piano  outro.

  Xalpen  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  fast,  raw,  aggressive  and  misanthropic  sounding, t he  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism, Black  Arts,  Spirituality and  Ancient  Traditions  Of  Dark  Knowledge.  

  In  my  opinion  Xalpen a re  a  very  great  sounding  raw  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Unseathe  the  Dagger"  and  "Spirits  Of  Darkness".  8  out  of 10.

   

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Lord Almighty/Paths/2015 CD Review


  Lord  Almighty  are  a  band  from  Boston,  Massachusetts  that  plays  a  very  progressive  form  of  black  metal  with  some  thrash  and  rock'n'roll  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  self  released  2015  album  "Paths".

  Distorted  drones  start  off t he  album  along  with  some  guitar  sounds  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  fast  and r aw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present on  the  recording. 

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  elements  of thrash  and  black'n'roll  and  when  clean  playing  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  and  the  solos  and  leads a  southern  rock  feeling  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Lord  Almighty  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  black  metal  and  also  mixes  in  elements  of  southern  rock,  progressive,  and  thrash  to  create  an  original  sound,  the  productions  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Lord  Almighty  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  black'n'roll  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I  Embark"  "O  Wanderer"  "The  Tower"  and  "Beware  The  Wolves". 8  out  of  10. 

Hegemony/Demo MMXVI/Goatprayer Records/2016 Cassette Review


  Hegemony  are  a  band  from  Alabama  that  plays  a  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  demo  which  which  was  released  on  cassette  by Goatprayer  Records.

  A  very  chaotic  sounding  guitar  lead  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  heavy  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  and  once  the  bestial  death  metal  growls  and  blast  beats  kick  in  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  fast  war  metal  direction  and  the  music  is  very  heavily rooted in  the  90's  tradition  of  underground  metal.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts while  some  of  the  riffs  bring  in  some  raw  black  metal  elements  and  dark  sounding  melodies  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  grim  screams  and  some  oft he  solos  and  leads  bring  in  more  of  a  dark  and  melodic doom/death  metal  style.

  Hegemony  plays a  musical  style  that  takes  war,  black  and  bestial  death  metal  and  mixes them  together  to  create  some  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  music,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hegemony  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Fist  Of  heretical  Triumph".  8  out  of  10.  

   

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Antiquus Scriptum/In Pulverem Reverteris/Elegy Records/2016 CD Re-Issue Review


 Antiquus  Scriptum  are  a  band  from Portugal  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  epic  form  of  black metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2000  demo  "In  Pulverem  Reverteries"  which was  re-issued  on  gigi  pack  in  2016  by  Elegy Records.

  Epic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  demo  and  they also  have  a symphonic  feeling  at  times  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  also  mixing  it  in  with  the  sounds  from the  intro  and  you  can  also h ear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  black  metal  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  while  also  mixing  in  clean  vocals  at  times  and  folk  instruments  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  medieval  feeling  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  deep  growls  and  spoken  word  parts  and  one  of  the  tracks  is very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  acoustic  guitars  along  with  nature  sounds  are  added  onto  the  last song.

  Antiquus  Scriptum  played  a  style  of  black  metal  of  black  metal  on  this  recording  that  was  very  raw  and  aggressive  while  also  mixing  in  some  epic,  symphonic  and  pagan  elements  which  also  makes  the  music  stand  out  a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are written  in  their  native  tongue  and  cover  bygone  times  and  ancient  history.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Antiquus  Scriptum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  epic,  symphonic  or  pagan  black  metal  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bula  Ad  Exterpinda  (Innocentio)"  and  "A  Nightside  of  Eden".  8  out  of  10. 

End Interview

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

Nothing special really. After our latest split releases "Moerae" and "Swallow Matewan", we are not going to release something anytime soon. Yet there is some new material waiting to be rehearsed.

2.You have a split coming out in September, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on your side of the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Each production evolves based on what we get on the recordings. We don't mind if we have different sound on each release. Yet i think that Swallow Matewan and Moerae are quite similar both on sound quality and musical style.

3.Between 2009 to 2015 there was no new music being released, can youtell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time frame?

There where always big intervals between releases. There is no need to rush. What we do is for personal expression. We do it when and if we feel it's necessary.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your newer music?
5.Some of your lyrics deal with existentialism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

This philosophical theory it happens to coincide on many points with my worldview and consequently with the output of the lyrics. Existentialism is a theory in which the human existence is the first center and everything else comes after. Existence precedes essence. It supports individualism while personal action is all that matters. We are absolutely responsible for what we are and for how we are going to end up. We create our freedom and our boundaries. The responsibility of each individual binds all humanity.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'End'?

End is a small word with many big meanings, explore it..

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has done over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

We are not doing live shows.

9.You have a split coming out with 'Torrid Husk' what are your thoughts on the other band that will be a part of the split?

When i first heard "Mingo" (Torrid's first release) i instantly contacted the band to get it. In my surprise, Tyler told me he was a big fan of End's music too so the next step was easy. We decided to make the split. Torrid Husk is a great band and in my opinion one of the best newcomers from the US. 

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

The feedback is in accordance with what we do. Having 3 albums in 15 years of existence and without doing live shows, we get what we deserve. 

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 of?

I have no idea really. Yet Nechochwen and Dephosphorus are bands that i truly like and respect.

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

I am thinking of some changes. Even to enrich the line-up. I would like to give more time on rehearsals and create the material in the studio more physically instead of preparing everything at home. This could lead us to different musical paths.

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?

On our latest releases many influences came from atmospheric and pagan bands. The list is huge. Nowadays i am listening mostly to non metal stuff such as electronic, classical and more folk music.


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

Consume less meat. Thanks for your interest and support.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Skogen/Svitjod/Nordnis Produktion/2016 CD Re-Issue Review


  Skogen  are  a  band  from Sweden  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  nature  orientated  form  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2011  album "Svitjod"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  October  by  Nordvis  Produktion.

  A  very  dark,  melodic  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim yet  high  pitched black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  growls  can  also  be  heard at  times  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present on  the recording  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

 At  times  the  music  can  be  very atmospheric  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  very  true  to  a  melodic  direction while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  classical  guitars  can also  be heard  in certain  sections  of  the recording  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  folk  felling  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats can  be  heard and  the tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs more  of a  raw  feeling  while  most  of  the  music  sticks  either  to  a  slow  or  mid  paced direction.

  Skogen  played  a style  of  black  metal  on  this  recording t hat  was  very  epic,  melodic,  mid  paced  and  atmospheric  sounding  while  still  maintaining  a  grim  edge,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Skogen and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "Dighra  Dodh"  "Bergraven"  "Storm" and  "Svitjod".  8  out  of  10.