Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Darkenhold/Memoria Sylvarum/Les Editions de le Veille Tour/2017 CD Review


  Darkenhold  are  a  band  from  France  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  and  epic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Memoria  Sylvarum"  which  was  released  by  Les  Editions  de  le  Veille  Tour.

  12  string  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  a  touch  of  folk  music  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  few  pagan  style  choirs  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses the  music  starts  incorporating more  keyboards  and  a  couple  of  the tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Darkenhold  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  epic  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  covered  Castles,  Medieval,  and  Fantasy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Darkenhold  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  epic  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sombre  Val"  "A  I'Oree  de I'Esclier  Sylvestre"  "Clameur  des  Falaises"  and  "Presence  des Obres". 8  out  of  10.


BVDK Interview

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

A-152 : Hi, we're a trio from Eastern France. I play guitars, bass and do some electronics in the band. Lvx is our singer, she also wrote lyrics and do some programmings. Scree is the third member of the band and he plays guitars. Also, our sound engineer Benjamin did some drums arrangement during the recording.


2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recoridngs?

A-152 : Simply a mix of things we love to listen to.

3.The lyrics on the new album cover 'African and Haitian Voodoo', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

A-152 : Actually, I'm very interested in this kind of cults. Africa didn't have a lot of written sources, so there's a lot of mystery to solve with archeology, history and other social sciences. We're trying to be the most precise possible in our thought and you'll not hear lyrics about Voodoo Dolls or Zombie in the album. Actually this is more like a metaphor between modern times and Dahomey Kingdom cults, Fon Voodoo and some Haïtian References. I think the modern society is actually questioning its relation with religion. And I personally found a lot of subjective answers in books like « Haïtian Voodo » by Alfred Métraux or in « Asres » by Jacquer Mercier. So, I think it was natural to talk about this. And of course there's also a musical interest to play Black Metal (which is a very mystic music to me) and give to it the flavor of percussive rites.

Lvx : I didn't necessarily wrote the lyrics in order to stick to the main theme. I mostly talk about my personal experience. However, everyone has its own interpretation. We thougt about writing in english but I preferred french, as I feel more confident using this language to express myself, and due to the various possibilities it offers.

    • 4. I know that the band name are the initial's of 'Bree van de Kamp;', can you tell us a little bit more about this name'?

A-152 : This is a name that comes from one of our demo track. Actually, we like a lot Desperate Housewives. The Bree Van De Kamp character is very interesting : she's elegant, she makes muffins, she have a beautiful garden but she's also alcoholic, passionate by shotguns, etc... In fact, she's a woman with a lot of contradiction. Our band is also founded on contradictions : man vs machine, electronic vs acoustic, screams vs choirs, etc... So, this name is finally very adapted with our music.

Lvx : In these contradictions, she is the opposite of us.


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

A-152 : Actually, we've only made one show in our hometown. We didn't want to play a lot of shows, our music isn't very simple to play live. But, I think this show was epilleptic and a little bit chaotic in some way... We'll release a video from this show soon.

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

A-152 : No, we're focused on the creation of a second album.

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

A-152 : We discussed with some labels months ago but nobody released the album, so we're still searching for a label to do a physical version of the album.

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

A-152 : The feedbacks are pretty cool at the moment. We know that we play a music that will never be liked by everyone, even in the metal scene but some people seems to enjoy it. Of course, this is good to see that our sound is enjoyed in other countries !

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

A-152 : We're working on new sounds. We're not the kind of band that will repeat the same sound for ten years, Our EP is different from our first album and our second album will be different of « Architecture ». We're working on incorporating new musical genres (Jazz and Funk) in our next album.

Lvx : We have so much influences, we can even release True Black Metal album someday.

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?

A-152 : Personnaly, I would say Frank Zappa, Deathspell Omega, Blut Aus Nord and the extended French Black Metal scene, Deafheaven, Miles Davis, Afrobeat Scene, Crystal Castles, Aphex Twin and a lot of Screamo (Raein, Touché Amoré, Daïtro,...). Currently, I'm listening to the Nier : Automata OST by Keiichi Okabe.

Lvx : Actually, I haven't the same influences than A-152. I often listen to Martial and Neo Folk, like Death in June, Rome or Dernière Volonté ; post-punk like Siouxie and The Banshees, Joy Division...Or electro like Felix Kubin, Crystal Castles. Obviously, I listen to a lot of Black Metal (Crystalium, Krallice, Nokturnal Mortuum, Hate Forest, Diapsiquir, Xasthur...). Lately I'm into bands like Death in June and some Deathcore bands (Oceano, Carnifex, …).

Scree : I would say, the holy trinity of the 90's doom/death band (old Anathema/Paradise Lost/My Dying Bride), a lot of melodic/symphonic black metal bands like Cradle of Filth,Sigh, Dissection, Diabolical Masquerade, Mörk Grying... Satyricon, Type O Negative, Electric Wizard, Summoning etc etc. And a lot more of Shoegaze, Post-Punk and Synthwave stuffs.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

A-152 : Litterature, Video Games, Movies, TV-Shows... Actually there's a lot of references in the album : Bloodborne video game, David Lynch's filmography, Eyes Wide Shut, Attack On Titan & Shinsekai Yori Anime Series, etc...

Lvx : I would say the same as A-152. Also Ancient History and archeology. I hope to become a researcher in this area.

Scree : Video Games and Astronomy.

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

 Thank you for your interest in our band ! We hope you've enjoyed your time spent with our album.



Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Ulven/Void Worship/2017 Full Length Review


  Ulven  are  a  solo  project  from  Akron,  Ohio  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  album  "Void  Worship".

  Heavy  riffs  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  demonic  growls  a  few  seconds  later  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while t he  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up   a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling. 
 

   Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition  bit with  a  more  modern  touch  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts while  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length along  with  some  of  the  riffs  also  adding  in a  small  amount  of  melody  and  atmospheric  synths  are  added  onto  the  closing  track  which  is  also an  instrumental.

  Ulven   plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  dark  and  raw  while  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  acoustic  guitars,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics cover  death  worship  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ulven  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  occult  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS INCLUDE  "Moonless"  and  "Funeral  Lights".  8  out  of  10.
 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Kassad Interview

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

Kassad is the sound of black metal broadcasting from a concrete metropolis wasteland. I wanted to take black metal from the empty forests and mountains to the crumbling, dirty monoliths of the city.

The first EP I released, Humans, was about the utter destruction and human cost of the Israel-Palestine conflict. For this album, Faces Turn Away, I wanted to concentrate more on the story of an individual. The album is a narrative that describes shame, ostracisation from society and the slow descent into madness and exile.

2.So far you have released an ep and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

To me it sounds like modern black metal with post-rock and post-metal influences. It’s fast and powerful but I always look for the wave to break during a song and to build on slower, ambient passages before unleashing the full force of the track. Im strongly influenced by bands like Darkspace, Isis, Anaal Nathrakh and Burzum.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?

Covered above.

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

Skipped is it’s not particularly interesting I’m afraid!

5.With this album you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

I've played in quite a few bands over the years but I'm happy with Kassad being a one man project. This music is very personal so it's best for me to have complete creative control. It does mean wearing a lot of different hats though as I do everything myself, including the recording, mixing, mastering and even the artwork. Having said that, it would be really interesting to do a split EP in the future with some likeminded musicians.

6.Recently you have signed with 'Hypnotic Dirge Records', are you happy with the support they have given you so far?

Nick at HDR has been great. They've been very happy for me to create the artwork for the digipacks and tshirts myself. They've also been fantastic at getting the album previewed on blogs covering some great bands.

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

The reaction has been really great. People have made some very flattering comparisons to bands like Dark Funeral, Marduk and Waning.

8.Are you also involve with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Nothing worth mentioning here.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

I'm actually working on the next album at the moment. I've made a lot more use of ambient drone guitars and the music has a more atmospheric feel to it. A release is still quite a way off but the new album will be about a city as a living, malevolent entity. I really want listeners to be able to feel the dirty gravel and grit between their fingers.

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?

I'm listening to the new netra who are also on Hypnotic Dirge. He's doing something really interesting with the black metal genre I think by combining elements of electronica and jazz. I'm also enjoying revisiting some old genre classics like ColdWorld's Melancholie and the Thorns album. In terms of new(ish) stuff I've particularly been digging Bloodlands by Ash Borer and The Force of the Ancient Land by Eldamar.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Didn’t have anything for these two if that’s ok.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Aktor/War Hymns/2017 Demo EP Review


  Aktor  are  a  solo project  from  Colorado  Springs,  Colorado  that  plays  a  raw  form  of black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  ep  "War  Hymns".

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  programmed  blast  beats  while  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  are  added  into  the  music  a  few  seconds  later  along  with  some  of  the  faster  riffing  almost  border  on  war  metal.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  90's  second  wave  influences  while  deep  death  metal  growls  are  also  used  briefly  and  on  the  second  track  a  small  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  and  the  music  always  remains  heavy  and  raw  from  beginning  to  end.

  Aktor  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  traditional,  fast,  raw  and  aggressive,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  Islam  and  anti  Christianity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Aktor  are  a  very  great sounding  raw  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Kill  The  Pedophile  Prophet".  8  out  of  10.

https://aktorforthemasses.bandcamp.com/album/war-hymns   

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

BVDK/Architecure Of Future Tribes/2017 Full Length Review


  BVDK  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  post  black  metal,  industrial,  ethnic and  electronic  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Architecture  Of Future  Tribes".

  Melodic  choirs  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  and  melodic  riffs  a  few  seconds  later  that  also  mix  in with  elements  of  industrial  and  electronic  music  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  and  programmed  blast  beats  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  music  also  gets  very  ritualistic  at  times.

  Elements  of  ethnic  music  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  spoken word  parts  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  the  tremolo  picking  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  black  metal  feeling  along  with  some  traces  of  the  more  atmospheric  post  style  of  the  genre  in  the  melodic  guitar  leads and the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  a  later  tracks  adds  in  clean  guitars  and  you  can  also  hear  touches  of  psychedelic  at  times. 

  BVDK  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  post  black  metal,  industrial,  electronic  and  ethnic  music  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  African  and  Haitian  Voodoo.

  In  my  opinion  BVDK  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  post  black  metal,  industrial,  electronic  and  ethnic  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Surreptitious  Cluster"  "Bahir  Dir"  and  "Psalm  32".  8  out  of  10. 

 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Black Blood Invocation/Self Titled/Deathrune Records/2017 EP Review


  Black  Blood  Invocation  are  a  duo  from  Greece  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2017  demo  which  was  released  by  Deathrune  Records.

  A  very  ritualistic  synth  intro  starts  off  the  demo  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a heavier  direction  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  war  metal  elements  can  be  heard  along  with  some  bestial  death  metal  growls while  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  black  metal  feeling.

  A  great  amount  of  old  school  black  and  death  metal  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  none  of  the  songs  ever  use  solos,  leads  and  only  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  melodies  and  focuses  more  on  a  raw,  dark  and  brutal  sound  and  synths  return  briefly  on  the  closing  track.

  Black  Blood  Invocation  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  ceremonies,  occultism,  atavism,  and  obscurity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Black  Blood  Invocation  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  Blood  Invocation"  and  "Baphometical  Prayers".  8  out  of  10.