Thursday, January 18, 2018

 This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Switzerland's  Bunkur  and  Mordor  which  was  released  in  2017  by  Nuclear  War  Now  Productions!  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Morder  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  drone  and  doom  metal  and  their  cover  of  Carnivore's  "The  Subhuman".

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  drones,  drum  beats  and  a  powerful  sound  bass  guitar  while  the  track  is  over  21  minutes  in  length  along  with  the  tortured  screams  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  being  used  in  the  background  and  the  slow  riffing  is  heavily  rooted  in  doom  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Bunkur  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  drone  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.

  Next  up  is  Mordor  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black, funeral  doom  metal,  industrial  and  ambient  and  there  version  of  Venom's  "In  League  With  Satan"  which  they  changer  to  "In  League  With  Wotan".

  Atmospheric  drones  start  off  their  side  of  the  split  along  with  some  demonic  chanting  and  growls  in  the  background  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  dark  ambient  as  well  as  adding  in  a  brief  use  of acoustic  guitars  and  their  track  is  16  minutes  in  length,  melodic  viking  vocals  are  also  used  at  times.

  The  song  sounds  nothing  like  the  original  and  after  awhile  the  music  gets  heavier  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  they  also  mix  in  epic  synths  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  song  as  well  as  some  grim  black  metal  vocals,  and  the  guitar  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  Germanic  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mordor  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  mixture  of  black,  funeral  doom  metal,  industrial  and  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  funeral  doom  metal,  drone,  experimental,  ambient  and  industrial,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  8  out  of  10.   

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Et Moriemur/Epigrammata/Transcending Obscurity Records/2018 CD Review


  Et  Moriemur  are  a  band  from the Czech  Republic  and  on  this  recording  plays an atmospheric  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Epigrammata"  which  will  be released  in  March  by  Transcending  Obscurity  Records.

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  while  spoken  word  parts  and  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of Gregorian  chants.

  Ritualistic  chanting  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  synths  are  also  mixed  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies,  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  vocals  also add  in  a  grim  black  metal  feeling  to  some  parts  of the  songs  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  era  atmospheric  doom/death  metal  elements,  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars.

  On  this  recording  Et  Moriemur  expands  on  their  atmospheric  doom/death  metal  style  by  adding  in  elements  of  black  metal  to  take  their  style  to  another  level,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  solitude,  grief  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Et  Moriemur  and  if  you  are a   fan  of  black,  death  and  atmospheric  funeral  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Agnus  Dei"  "Dies  Irae"  "Libera  Me"  and  "In  Pardisum".  8  out  of  10.

Samael Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
We recorded  and mixed “Hegemony” in the spring/summer of 2016 later that year we signed a deal with Napalm Records who released the album last October. We played a couple of show in Switzerland after the release of “Hegemony” and shoot a video at the concert in Lausanne for the song “Rite of Renewal” which will be published next week. We'll start 2018 with the 70'000 Tons of Metal Cruise that will be followed by a few festival in Eastern Europe as well as our participation to the Wacken Open Air.

2.Recently you have 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?
We had a progressive evolution with our sound throughout every album that we did and “Hegemony” is no exeption to that but more than experimenting we've consolidated our fondation adding some classics to our repertoir on the way. Basically we found our way with “Ceremony of Opposites” where we included keyboards in our music and “Passage” where we started to work with a drum computer. Since then we've build the band's identity with each new album and I think it would be fair to say “Hegemony” is the album that represent us at best.

3.This is your first full length since 2011, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
Xy has spend a whole year working on a neo-classical project for the city of Sion wich ended up being released under the name “Sedunum” the fact that he spent so much time writing and recording that music  that it delayed the whole process of the new S A M A E L album but somehow the album also beneficiate from that experience and that's probably one of the reason that “Hegemony” is more ochestral that our previous albums.

4.You have covered a number of topics over the years with your lyrics starting out with more of a satanic and occult theme before going into more political, space and discovery themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
I've always been interested by things that where obscure, by what was hidden from the mainstream and that interest has been the base of my lyrics for the past 3 decades. First it was what was occulted from religion then things got more personal  and with the time, I found a way to express my darkest feelings through my lyrics. I don't think we're a political band but it true that being exposed to more and more information about the world, led our latest album  to be more connected with the world we're living in.

5.The band has been around for 30 years, what is it that motivates you to keep going after 3 decades?
There's many things that motivate us, one is the challenge to do better music, to come with something interesting that excited us. The desire to share our music with an audience is other that motivate us. We love playing live and this is were we get our biggest kick.

6.Do you feel your early material was a very huge influence on the second and third wave era's of black metal?
We were influenced by Venom and all the darker metal band of that time so if we influenced other band in our turn it is a good thing. We never try to mesure the extent of our influence on the current metal scene, our goal is always to come with something unic and exciting.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years?
Every show is an important experience for us, we never take it for granted that the crowd will react in a positive way, every show must be a great one and we do everything for it to be that way. The first time we play in a country is always something special to remember. Our first show in South America in 2010 when we played Rock al Parque in Bogota is something I'll never forget.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We've mainly festivals booked for this year but we're still discussing with our management about a full tour to support the album.

9.How have your long time fans react to the musical style of the newer material?
We started playing new material  two years ago, first it was “Rite of Renewal” then “Angel of Wrath” both have been very well received by the fans and by the casual listener. At this point we've played 5 new songs live and all of them received a great response. I guess that mean we've done something right this time.

10.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?
Dorp is currently recording music for his project Obsydians, Mak is also working on new music for a Russian band he's producing and collectively we've started Worship And Ritual (W.A.R.) in witch we only perform material from the 2 first S A M A E L albums. We played two show last year in Switzerland and we'll perform at Wacken this summer.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
This is always a mystery for us we never know exaclty what the next album will be like but personally I would love it to be in the following of “Hegemony”.

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?
We all listen to a lot of different music styles from classical to electronic to industrial to whatever feels right when we listen to it. I'm personally looking forward to the new Judas Priest album right now.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
We all have our own interests, as far as I'm concerned, I like reading, having a good glass of red wine with friends,  going to see art exhibitions and having a walk in the mountain whenever I have the time for it.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I'd like to take that opportunity to thanks all the people that support our music, not only you make our dream come true but you are the dream.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Obscure Burial Interview

Answered by M.H.



1. Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?



Fresh seeds has already been tilled, mostly for the second album. Things are getting only more wicked and we won't cheapen the grip from that what we created for the debut. On the other hand there's no place for limits either when it comes to dark arts and the Self, and you will hear it in the future. We still are diving the depths, deeper and deeper, to dwell the Lords fiery kingdom.



2. Recently you have released your first full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how dies it differ form the stuff you have released in the past?



Firstly, we wanted to keep the rapid, authentic grip in playing so the recording was done live, as in the demonstration tapes were. That's the only way for us to capture those vile spirits we bear within into the art. But the production of course differs a lot comparing to demo tapes which were recorded in our rehearsal place by simple 4-track tape recorder, and the full length in a proper studio.





3. Your lyrics cover Occultism and Darkness, can you tell us a little bit more about what these things mean to you?



OBSCURE BURIAL is as much a church as it is a weapon. Church in mission to devote and summon the bearers of sulphurous swords and pure, godless wisdom. The occult for me is a field of questions, mysteries, and at last: answers, if your Will walks with fire. It's a lifetime lasting bride of your consiousness and a getaway to uncarnal timeless life - even during your earthly dwell.



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



Open the tomb, light the candle, breath the Truth, unbound the Dead, fill the grave with all that is fireless, false and contaminated by the disease most of you embrace as life. Cut the womb to dive the tomb.



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



We have played in all kinds of events and venues from small punk venues to bigger theaters, hard to choose which ones works best for us. What we have on stage... Pretty hard to answer because we have fukking nothing there except the band channeling the Devils message to those with open minds in a form of Metal -  of Madness and Death.



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



There is few shows already booked for 2018, but we want to play more live after getting the vinyl out. Spread the word.



7. The new album was released on 'Invictus Productions', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?



INVICTUS PROD. is a real "extreme" metal label which works perfectly for us. He has been supporting us from the very beginning (releasing the demos, inviting us to play into his events etc) and things had worked well. And all stuff he releases are top notch stuff comparing to many other "bigger" underground metal labels, so feels good to be in his roster.



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



It has appeared to such what we expected it to be, on many levels. Focus on important things mostly, people are getting the ideas that we’ve aimed for.



9. 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?



We have some new songs with NECROMONASTERY, but there's no rush to complete anything, since it's still only a band that rehearses and plays gigs whenever someone of us have time for it, and we all lack of it big time. But the first demo will get some continuation, some day...



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



Into more witching tunes. Samples are gonna be used more than in the debut to build those scenes we dream of into perfection. Spells and banes will be casted, still in a form of Death's lethal metal.



11. 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?



We don’t limit ourselves in any ways, we go from genres to genres all the time. So on nothing can’t target as clear inspiration, and won’t be.



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



Get the new album! Spread the word for us and have a fukking weekend! Fukk the world, before it fukks you... Memento mori.



Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Necrosexual/Grim 1/2018 Full length Review

 Necrosexual  are  a duo from  Pennsylvania  that  plays  a  a  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2018  album  "Grim  1"  which  will  be  released  in  February.

  Distorted  amp  sounds  along  with  some  horror  movie  style  synths  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  bass  guitars  and  80's thrash  style  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  as  well  as  the  vocals  also  getting  semi  melodic  at  times.

  Touches  of  crossover  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  solos  and  leads  bring  in  an  80's  hard  rock/metal  style  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Rolling  Stones's  "Paint  It  Back"  and even  though  the  music  is  very  retro  it  still  maintains  a  very  modern  feeling,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Necrosexual  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  old  school  styles  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  humorous  themes.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Luciferian Insectus/Zal van Beherit/Apollyon Entertainment/2017 Album Re-Issue Review


  Luciferian  Insectus  are  a  solo  project  from  the  Nethwerland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Zal  van  Beherit"  which  was  re-issued  in  2017  by  Apollyon  Entertainment.

  A  very  ritualistic  spoken word  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  heavy  musical  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams.

  All  of  the  musical instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast parts  along  with  some  melodic  vocals  also  being  used  briefly  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  as  well  as  the  fast  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking.  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long and  epic  in  length  which also introduces  clean  playing  onto  the recording. 

  On  this  recording  Luciferian  Insectus  brought  in  his  early  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal, the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Left  Hand  Path  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Luciferian  Insectus and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal,  you  should check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Teeth  Ov  Devil's  Smile  Fulfilled"  "Ritualistic  Demonica"  and  "Into  The  Eternal  Blacness".  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Infant Death/Violent Rites/Apocalyptic Empire Records/2016 CD Review


  Infant  Death  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  thrash  and  speed  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Violent  Rites"  which  was  released  by  Apocalyptic  Empire  Records.

  A  very  fast  speed  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  also  mixes  in  elements  of  thrash.

  Vocals  are  mostly  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  influences  of  the  first  wave  era  of  the  genre  and  they  also  bring  in  a  modern  take  on  an  old  school  genre  and  the  song also  bring  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  fast  parts  and  the  music  always  remains  heavy.
 
  Infant  Death  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  80's  genre  of  black,  thrash  and  speed  metal  to  create  a  sound  of   their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Infant  Death  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  speed  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS INCLUDE  "Troops  Of  Dead"  "Subhuman  Elimination"  "Blasphemy  Prevails"  and  "False  Prophecies".  8  out  of  10.