Thursday, February 23, 2017

Plagues/The Great Dark Devotion/2017 Cassette Review


  Plagues  are  a  band  from  Massachusetts  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "The  great  Dark  Devotion"  which  will  be  released  in  March.

  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  ritualistic  soundscapes  and  chants and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  melodic  direction  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  riffs  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  tracks  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  raw  yet  melodic  fashion.

 You  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  vocals  also  start  getting  deeper  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  spoken  word  samples.

  Plagues  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  misanthropic  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  while  also  sounding  more  modern  and  melodic  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  misanthropic  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Plagues  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  misanthropic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Abyss" "Hell"  and  "Devotion".  8  out  of  10.

Beorn's Hall/Mountain Hymns/Naturmacht Productions/2017 CD Review


  Beorn's  Hall  are  a  band  from  New  Hampshire  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Mountain  Hymns"  which  was  released  by  Naturmacht Productions.

  Melodic  yet  ritualistic  pagan  chanting  starts  off  the  album  and  after  awhile  rain  and  thunder  sounds  are  added  onto the  recording  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  and  stringed  instruments  which  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  folk  music  before  adding  in  a  heavier  yet  melodic  musical   style  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Most  of  the  vocals  are  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  mixing  the  heavier  and  atmospheric  parts  together.

  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  lot  of  influences  from  the  mid  80's  to  early  90's  while  also  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  times  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  added  onto  some  of  the  tracks  and  acoustic  guitars  also  return   on  later  tracks  along  with  a  brief  use  of  whispered  vocals  and  a  later  track  also  brings  in  clean  pagan  singing.

  Beorn's  Hall  plays  a  style  of  pagan/black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  with  a  touch  of  folk  while  also  having  a  raw  and  old  school  edge  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Nature  and  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Beorn's  Hall  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan/black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  Foe  Of  The  Earth"  "The  Accused  Wind"  and  "Lord  Of  Silver  Fountains".  8  out  of  10.

Grima/Tales Of The Enchanted Woods/Naturmacht Productions/2017 CD Review


  Grima  are  a  duo from  the  Siberian  part  of  Russia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Tales  Of  the  Enchanted  Woods"  which  was  released  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  songs  and  after  awhile  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  deep  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times and  atmospheric  synths  are  also  used  on  some  of t he  tracks.

  Melodic  vocals  are  also  added  onto  the  recording  in  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic in  length  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  stringed  instruments  and  the  tremolo  picking  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  along  with  the  riffs  also  using a  great  amount  of  melody  and  as  the  album  progresses  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  also  bring  in  acoustic  guitars  at  times  along  with  a copule  of  the  tracks  being  all  instrumental  and  the  music  also  adds  in  progressive  rock  and  post  black  metal  touches  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  Cascadian  influences.

  Grima  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  style of  black  metal  that  was  established  on  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Nature  and  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Grima  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Moon  And  Its  Shadows"  "The  Ritual"  and  "The  Shephards  of  the  Mountains  And Plains".  8  out  of  10.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Verwesung Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Verwesung is a black metal project that I founded in 2015. The only member is me, Paha Henki, although I sometimes get help by guest musicians. Even if this project basically is my second solo-BM-project (I already founded Todesnacht a year before), I had the visions for this project long before and so e.g. the lyrics of the first demo already got written in 2013 and I sadly just wasn't able to record them until late 2015.. But this project for sure is something like the center of my art, meaning that I got much more plans with it than with any other project I'm involved in and so spend the most of my time and energy into Verwesung...

2.In 2016 you had released 4 demos with this project, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Well, it really depends. I got some recording problems at every demo and also each one got a different concept. The first demo was a nihilistic tribute to the norwegian necro sound of bands like the almighty Sort Vokter, the second demo more was a chaotic hate-filled massacre of raw black metal and was the most inspired from bands like early Absurd, Goatmoon and Satanic Warmaster..although I also experimented with some Noise elements and got a guest part by a Horrorcore rapper; the third demo is a story of vampyric suffering and also much influenced by Satanic Warmaster/The True Werwolf but even more through mighty LLN bands like Mütiilation; the fourth demo still is depressive vampyric black metal but this time I was more influenced by Saatkrähe/Sale Freux. And of course you can't play vampyric black metal without a obvious Darkthrone (Transilvanian Hunger-era) influence, haha!

3.You refer to this project as being 'raw vampyric black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in vampirism?
Blood is life, so consuming blood is a act of anti-life worship for me. Especially if it is human blood then it can be very misantrophic, I mean just think about how many Vampyres killed humans just to drink their blood. If this isn't a total act of misantrophic death worship then what is? Also, who could suffer more than someone who is condemned to live eternally?

4.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you explore with this project?
My hatred for mankind and religions & my interest in nature, nihilism, death and dark art. And all the suffering of my soul...

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Verwesung'?
It's German for "putrefaction" and I guess this name just fitted the best to describe the sound of the style of black metal I play. Rotten, melancholic, raw, depressive,... With lyrics about death and similiar topics...

6.With your projects you release a lot of material, do you spend most of your time creating and writing music?
Yes. I think that, beside listening, I spend the most time with creating music and other forms of art.
7.With this project what are some of the things you are able to bring out musically that you have not been able to with your other musical projects?
I guess I have projects for every thing that goes with me in my life, haha..
Depression (Per La Lumon, Todesnacht)
Anger/Misantrophy (Teufelskopfstreitkolben, Per La Lumon, Todesnacht)
Vampirism/occultism (Per La Lumon, Verialttari)
Experiments with other genres (Kindstod, Enbilulugugal)
Verwesung just units it's all as my main-project.

8.PahaHenki Productions recently re-issued one of your demos on cassette, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
That is a wrong information. There is no label called "PahaHenkiProductions" (yet), that's just the name of my bandcamp page..so if any you could call it a netlabel. And all my demo tapes of this project got released by different labels yet, I only self-released the third demo as a CDr limited to 16 copies. The following other demos got released by this labels: Narcotic Necro Nihilism - Narbentage Produktionen
Crushing Thy Existence - Barbatos & Wulfrune Worxx
Tiefschwarze Todessucht - Wulfrune Worxx (also as CDr on Deadly Maelstrom Records)

9.How have black metal fans worldwide reacted to the musical style of 'Verwesung'?
Mostly positive if they are familiar with my influences and like them. Of course if you don't like rotten underground black metal and only listen to plastic commercial metal that is made by and for posers then you will hate Verwesung..and I welcome that!
I only produce art for myself and the very few true worshippers of darkness out there...

10.Where would you like to see this music hea1d into musically during the future?
It depends, the 2 upcoming splits will have the sound of my last 2 demos. The next, fifth, demo is finished to 33% and for now the sound is very fucked-up and the most similiar to the second demo..filled with more hatred than vampirim; but who knows how the finished release will look like, haha. Other planned upcoming releases are some EP's that could end up very different but I don't wanna reveal too much information to them now.

11.Are there any musical influences that are able able to bring into this musical project that you are not able to do with the other groups you are a part of?
Yes, I have or play in some other projects, but only with Verwesung I reach the rotten, vampyric, suffering, melancholic sound that I love so much. Last year I released a demo of my side-project Verialttari and that also has a very similiar sound but I did some experiments with the vocals, drums, etc and so even there the sound is different from Verwesung. I mean, even the sound of every of Verwesung's demos is different but I must say that it got better and more like I intended from release to release..so it just can get better in this way I guess and seriously hope with my whole ghoulish heart...

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Visit my dungeon at pahahenkiproductions.bandcamp.com and await more stuff soon! Some splits are planned and also a fifth demo and a promo tape!
Also thank you for the interview and I hope I reached some rotten souls with it.
Hail DarkneSS! Hail Death! Hail Nihil!
-Paha Henki, MMXVII

Orm/Self Titled/Indisciplnarian/2017 CD Review


  Orm  are  a  band  from  Denmark  that  plays  a  very  melancholic  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2017  album  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Indisciplnarian.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  growls  and  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody. 

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  female  vocals  are  also added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  ritualistic  and  melodic  chants  are  also used  at  times  and  the  last  two  tracks  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  album  along  with  a  small  amount  of  folk  instruments  towards  the  end.

  Orm  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melancholic  and  melodic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Nordic  Paganism,  Magick,  Ancient  Times,  and  Supernatural  Creatures  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Orm  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  melancholic  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t his  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blood  Of  Your  Blood"  and  "Apotheosis".  8  out  of  10.

   

Gra/Ramsvarta Tankar/Carnal Records/2017 Single Review


  Gra  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  single  "Ramsvarta  Tankar"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Carnal  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  single  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  music  also  remains  very  true  to  a  Swedish  style  of  the  genre  while  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  stick  to  a  very  raw  yet  melodic  style  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  tribal  style  percussion's  and  they  close  the  single  with  a  cover  of  Lord  Belial's  "Osculum  Obscenum".

  Gra  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  in  the  Swedish  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Icelandic  and  cover  the  darker  side  of  ancient  Scandinavian  Pagansim.

  In  my  opinion  Gra  are  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  single.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Ramsvarta  Tankar".  8  out  of  10. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Coldborn/Lingering Voidwards/Final Sacrifice Records/2016 CD Review


  Codborn  are  a  solo  project  from  Belgium  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Lingering  Voidwards"  which  was  released  by  Final  Sacrifice  Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  touches  of  ambient  and  they  also  mix  in  with  both  the  heavier  and  melodic  sides  of  the  music  and  after  awhile  the  music  speeds  up  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  screams  while  deep  growls  are  also  used  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with melodic  vocals  and  spoken word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  while  clean  guitars  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of t he  recording  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Coldborn  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  atmospheric  while  having  its  epic moments,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Coldborn  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Call  Of  Death's  Clarion"  and  "Withered".  8  out  of  10.