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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Purnama/Lioness/Slovak MetalArmy/2020 CD Re-Issue Review

 


  Purnama  are  a  band  from  the  Czech  Republic  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Lioness"which was  re-issued  in  2020  by  Slovak  Metal Army.


  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a heavier  and  brutal  musical  direction  while  the vocals  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  growls.  Black  metal  screams  are  also utilized  and  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be heard.   


  Melodies  can  also be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the songs  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  along  with  all of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction,  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  faster  riffing.


  Purnama  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own. The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti  Religion  and  Mythology  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Purnama  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Acheron"  "No  Evil  No  God"  and  "Lioness".  8 out  of  10.


www.purnama.cz

www.facebook.com/Purnama-294176080610664


www.purnama.cz

www.facebook.com/Purnama-294176080610664 

Incinerated/Stellar Abomination/BlackSeed Productions/2020 CD Review


 

  Incinerated  are  a  band  from  Indonesia  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Stellar  Abomination"  which  was  released  by  BlackSeed  Productions.


  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  Vocals  are  mostly  blackened  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  mid  80's  and  90's  death  metal  elements  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  some  dark  sounding  melodies.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  while  the  music  also  shows  a great  amount  of  Morbid  Angel and  Angel  Corpse  influences.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  acoustic  guitars  and  the  other  being  more  ritualistic  and  avant  garde  but  keeping  the  main  focus  on  a  more  brutal  direction.


  Incinerated  plays  a  musical style  that  goes  back  to  the  mid  80's  and  90's  eras  of  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  with  a  more  modern  brutality.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Chaos,  Death  and  Darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Incinerated  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Chaos  Infinite"  "Doom  Legion"  and  "StellarAbomination".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/INCINERATEDEATH/    

    

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Occult Burial/Burning Eerie Love/Invictus Productions/Electric Assault Records/Stygian Black Hand/Temple Of Mystery Records/2020 CD Review


  Occult  Burial  are  a  band  from  Ottawa,  Ontario,  Canada  that  plays  a  blackened  mixture  of  thrash  and  speed  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Burning  Eerie  Love"  which  will  be  released  in  October  as  a  joint  effort  between  Invictus  Productions.  Electric  Assault  Records.  Stygian  Black  Hand  and  Temple  Of  Mystery  Records.

  Fire  burning  sounds  and  percussion  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  old  school  extreme  metal  style.

  Vocals  are mostly grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  influences  from  the  first  wave  era  are  also  utilized  at  times. A  lot  of  the  guitar  riffing  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  thrash  and  speed metal  styles  but  with  a  more  modern  day  aggression  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  all  of  the  music  also  sticking  to  a  heavier  direction,  spoken  word  parts  are  also  added  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  satanism,  witchcraft  and  evil  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  songs  also  being  written  in  French.

  In  my  opinion  Occult  Burial  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  mixture  of  thrash  and  speed  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Burning  Eerie  Love"  "Skeletal  Laughter"  and  "Temple  Of  Mutants".  8  out  of  10.

http://invictusproductions666.bandcamp.com/track/highway-through-borderland 
http://soundcloud.com/invictusproductions/occult-burial-highway-through-borderland 



https://youtu.be/rxFqhfL8OAcwww.occultburial.bandcamp.com 




      

Counting Hours/The Will/The Vinyl Division/2020 Full Length Review


  Counting  Hours  are  a  band  from Finland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  doom,  goth metal  and  dark  depressive  rock  and  this  is  a  review of  their 2020 album  "The  Will"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  The  Vinyl  Division.

  Rain  and  thunder  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  goth  metal  direction.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  depressive  sounding  melodies  while  clean  vocals  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  black  metal  screams  can  also  be heard  at  times.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  elements  of  doom  metal.  Death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  album  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  clean  playing  also  returning  on  some  of  the  later  songs  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  whispered  vocals  onto  the  recording  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  depressive  and  melancholic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Counting  Hours  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  doom,  gothic  metal  and  dark  depressive  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Will"  "To  Exit  All  False"  "Buried  In  The  White"  and  "Among  The  Pines  We'll  Die".  8 out  of  10.

https://www.facebook.com/Countinghours2
https://countinghours2.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/counting.hours/ 

  

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Malicious/Deranged Hades/Invictus Productions/2020 Full Length Review


  Malicious  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2020  album  "Deranged  Hades"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Invictus  Productions.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  Vocals  are  mostly  blackened  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  80's  to  early  90's  era's  of  black  and  death  metal  and  show  an  influence  of  early  Morbid  Angel  and  Nocturnus.

  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  adding  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic  yet  old  school  style  and  the  whole  album  also  sticks  to  a heavier  musical  direction.

  Malicious  plays  a  style  of  blackened  death  metal  that  goes  back  to  the  80's  and  90's  era  of  the  genre.  The  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics cover  Death  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Malicious  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Infinite  Perdition"  "Death  Embalmed"  and  "Deranged  Hexes".  8  out  of  10.

http://invictusproductions666.bandcamp.com/album/deranged-hexes 
http://soundcloud.com/invictusproductions/malicious-hideous-transformations

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Monday, September 14, 2020

Kira/Peccatum et Blasphemia/Ossuary Records/2020 CD Review


  Kira  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Peccatum  et  Blasphemia"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Ossuary  Records.

  A  very  ritualistic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  brutal  direction.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  while  the  vocals  also  bring  in  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  one  track  also  adding  stringed  instruments  onto  the  recording.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  songs.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Luciferian,  Thelema,  Occultism,  Blasphemy,  Death  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kira  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lucifer's  Herald"  "Temple  Of  Suffering"  "In  The  Devil's  Embrace"  and  "Silence  Is  Consent".  8  out  of  10.



    

Weight Of Emptiness/Conquering The Deep Cycle/Australis Records/2019 CD Review


  Weight  Of  Emptiness  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  plays  an  avant  garde  and  progressive  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Conquering  the  Deep  Cycle"  which  was  released  by  Australis  Records.

  Synths  and  symphonic  elements  start  off  the  album  and  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  operatic  sounding  female  vocals  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  death  metal  growls  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  album.
 
  At   times  the  music  also  gets  very  progressive  sounding  while  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks.  When  clean  male  vocals  are utilized  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  an  avant  garde  feeling  and  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  show  an  influence  of  doom  metal.

  Black  metal  screams  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  album  along  with  all  of the musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  some  blast  beats  are  being  utilized  when  the  music  speeds  up,  at  times  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  sounding  and  as  the  album  progresses  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  few  songs  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  Of  Twilight  Mist's  "Two  Tears  Alone" .  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  introspection,  emotions.  death  and  despair  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Weight  Of  Emptiness  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  and  avant  garde  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Invisible  Mind  Workers"  "Lapse  Of  Insanity"  "Eleven  Ravens"  and  "Lurking  Hope".  8  out  of  10.

https://metaldevastationradio.com/thebeast/blog/9202/new-promo-weight-of-emptiness-conquering-the-deep-cycle-avant-garde-metal 

      

Ardormort Interview


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Ardormort: Definitely, thanks for speaking with me today.  The project began in 2018, when I was going through a couple of difficult situations all at once.  I had always been an obsessive lover of music and especially metal, but had never taken the step towards creating something uniquely mine.  I needed an outlet and it felt like it was time for me to take that step.  Ardormort will always be an expression of whatever emotions I'm experiencing when writing and where I am in life.  It will also always remain outside the confines of any one genre.  I love and consume an eclectic range of music and they all play a part in shaping what Ardormort's sound has become.   I essentially just call it atmospheric metal.  Synths, guitars, and atmosphere. 

2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Ardormort: The new album is the most free and confident I've felt writing music to date.  My love and involvement in dungeon synth also played a slightly larger role in terms of influences.  It can also be heard that I have become more proficient in recording my own guitar and mixing more effectively.  Overall, I consider it the most well-rounded Ardormort record.  When you are allowing total freedom of style and influence, it can be a task to have eight tracks all sound like they belong together.  These very much do however, so I am quite pleased with it in that way.
3.The first release had a little bit of vocals while the later releases have been all instrumental, what was the decision on going into this direction and also are you open to using vocals again in the future?
Ardormort: When I decided to give music a shot, I wanted to challenge myself on all levels.  This inevitably included vocals and the result was...okay.  The problem is that I'm not a great vocalist and I don't enjoy doing them.  I'm never going to dedicate myself to becoming a great vocalist, so that would mean bringing in someone else, which is an entirely different topic itself.  In short, I imagine vocals will happen again someday, but when and by who, I have no idea.  In the present, I prefer to remain instrumental.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ardormort'?
Ardormort:   As I was in a dark place in life at the time the project began, I wanted something dark.  The mort is simply a reference to the latin root word for death.  Ardor is enthusiasm.  Ardormort is the death of enthusiasm.  A hopeless state of living. 

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
Ardormort: Indeed.  I have worked with specific artists for covers in the past, both for Ardormort and other projects, however for this one, when scanning various online collections for inspiration, I came across a stunning piece of work in the Met Museum's open access files.  It spoke to me and it lent itself to the feeling I was after.  There is actually a short fictional story I have written for the album, making it a bit of a concept piece.  It is currently only available with the deluxe edition of the album released through Pacific Threnodies.  But I simply fell in love with the painting, which is entitled "In the Woods", by Asher Brown Durand (1855).  In The Woods... are also an influence on the Ardormort sound, so it all seemed like a natural and ideal fit. 


6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
Ardormort: Only as recently as this year, have I become open to the idea.  In the past, I've been steadfast that I prefer an end result that I can say is a pure expression from myself alone.  That's what I needed when Ardormort was started.  There's no question however, that working with a vocalist for example, or an actual drummer, could really take the music to a level I cannot achieve on my own.  I have never played in a band or even jammed with someone.  Music playing and creating, for someone as chronically anxious as I, has always been something I've done alone.  As I've grown and worked on myself, I've become more open to such things however.  I can see it happening in the future. 


7.Since 2018 you have released a decent amount of music with both of your projects, do you spend a great amount of time writing and creating music?
Ardormort: I do.  When I get started on am album, I become extremely focused on it.  It's all I do.  I don't like to work on multiple albums at the same time, nor do I like to take breaks in between working on songs.  I think an album should carry a vibe that goes beyond a collection of songs.  When I get into a place in my mind where I am locked into a certain album, I don't want to break from it.  I think this helps me keep the creative ideas flowing and helps me keep a vision in mind.  I also don't play live or tour in any way, so there is never that downtime as there is in the cycle of a traditional band.  With the exception of an online performance or two, Writing and recording are how I express my creative yearnings, so I try to keep them active and sharp. 


8.So far you have worked with 'Pacific Threnodies' and 'Akashic Envoy Records' on your physical releases, do you feel these labels have been very helpful when it comes to getting your music out their heard?
Ardormort: Without question.  Akashic Envoy Records gave me my first ever physical release, with "To Live and To Die".  Within months prior, at the age of 34, I had only just decided to try writing and recording.  I had no reason to believe I'd experience success, and getting a physical release at the beginning was a bit of a distant dream.  To have someone express that level of support and confidence in my work was a huge deal and instrumental in me taking things to the next level with the most recent album, "The Desolation Letters".  Working with Pacific Threnodies on this album has been a tremendous experience.  They share my dedication to artistic integrity and we worked together to release a truly beautiful box set edition of the album.  I couldn't be more proud of it.  Their support has helped the Ardormort FB page grow exponentially.  New fans come in every single day and I couldn't be more thrilled and appreciative of every single one.  I've been very fortunate in those I've been able to work with, both with Ardormort and my other projects Shrouded Gate and Polar Keep.


9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and doom metal?
Ardormort: I try not to perpetuate the idea that the project is 'black metal' or actively promote to that crowd.  Surely there are those influences, and the albums have done well on predominately black metal youtube channels in fact, but overall it is not a black metal project and reaction from those fans will always be mixed.  Doom, I think is slightly closer to the nature and sound of Ardormort and fans of the genre might have a wider range of tolerance for deviation, but I can't point towards any one community supporting the music more than the other.  This is one of my favorite things about the music I make however.  It's unique and attracts individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. 


10.Can you tell us a little bit more about your other musical project 'Shrouded gate'?
Ardormort: Shrouded Gate is my dark ambient / dungeon synth / fantasy project.  It is not a side project to Ardormort.  I consider it equal in importance and quality and under that banner, I have experienced some of my greatest success.  The only actual live performance I've done for any project, in my life, has been as Shrouded Gate this past March.  My last album "Old Paths to the Sleeping Throne" sold out in two days after that performance and the reception was more than I could have ever hoped for.  I have the follow up completed and it can be expected this Fall.  Fans of Ardormort will likely find something to like with Shrouded Gate as well. 


11.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?
Ardormort:  I don't look very far into the future with my music, but I definitely have the goal of being a better player and performer.  Dungeon synth, and the friends I've made through it, has really been the biggest factor in my growth as a musician.  It's got me thinking about goals and what I can actually achieve.  It's given me the confidence to perform live and helped me find my confidence as a song writer.  It's where my greatest focus is...yet when I'm ready to write for Ardormort, those things all carry over.


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?
Ardormort:  I would say the biggest influences are Katatonia, more specifically early works up through Tonight's Decision (I love subsequent works, but don't draw much influence from them), Virgin Black, Shape of Despair, Moonsorrow, Depressive Silence, etc.  As for current listens, Ulver's "Flowers of Evil", Haukruunu's "Uinuos Syömein Sota", Khand's "The Sage of Witherhorn", a lot of Mortiis past and present, and Oranssi Pazuzu.  They are currently the best band on the planet in my opinion. 
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13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Ardormort:
 Thank you for taking to time to speak with me and I also pass my sincere thanks to all the new fans Ardormort has received since the release of "The Desolation Letters".  If you follow Shrouded Gate as well, you might catch some moments where the two projects collide...perhaps even in a live setting.  The set I am currently preparing for Shrouded Gate has an surprise or two thrown in.  Thanks again!

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Saturday, September 12, 2020

Ophion Interview

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

Focalor and Monarch

Ophion started sometime in 2017 with the definite intention of creating an extreme metal initiative identified by the universal symbol of the serpent. In the experimental and composition phase, we started to consolidate its sound under the extreme metal umbrella as Blackened Death.

2. Recently you have released your first album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

Focalor

As mentioned above, the musical style we went for the album was Blackened Death Metal. For this album, we wanted to emphasize atmosphere over technique, and include small doses of melodic and neoclassical elements where appropriate. The band also incorporates our interpretation of ‘ancient music or rhythms' such as can be heard in the tracks ‘Kalassa’ and ‘Grand Babylonia’.

3. Your lyrics cover ancient civilizations, mythology, and esoteric themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

Monarch

In a sense, I’ve always been attracted to the old days. So, when I was able to form my own band it was quite natural to base the concepts on such themes. Initially, it was more about that feeling of awe and mystery that you get when you think about ancient civilizations, allowing yourself to step out of your own context if you will. But they also allowed me to express things that I would not have communicated as I did through the coverings of contemporary settings. You would be surprised how different the reactions are when you express an idea someone might fundamentally believe in when you use times removed from their own as a reference.

Anyhow, by the hand of circumstance, so to speak, and through the writings of occultist philosopher Manly Palmer Hall, I came across what for me is the quintessence of the past – the very thoughts and ideals of its sages and nations. These thoughts, along with ancestral recollections, and certain cultural impulses, are expressed through what we call mythology – perhaps ‘’the history of prehistoric times’’. Nearly everything else –artifacts, buildings, and monuments – though fascinating, are but the remaining bones. Ideas are the meat, or better said, the spirit of it.  And it was through Hall’s work that I first got interested in the ‘mythological’ Atlantean theme, which is one of the central topics of ‘Antediluvian’; the other being the universality of the serpent.

As regards the term esoteric as applied to the context, it is best defined in the philosopher’s own words from his lectures on Esoteric Anthropology (min. 4:00). He states that esoteric relates to ‘’certain neglected possibilities in knowledge; something obscure; some part of knowledge that is darkened, that may arise from common neglect and through a long period of time...passes out of fashion, without actually having been disproven’’. This passing of ideas into subjectivity is what he terms esoteric, and how the conceptual content featured on the album should be seen.

Now, this hiddenness, or esoteric aspect, as it relates to the theoretical concept of Antediluvian, presents to us the great dilemma of institutionalized academic authority. Whilst some claim that evidence suggestive of the existence of an ancient civilization that exercised global influence and whose collapse is preserved in written sources, and correlations found in archaeological sites and geology, others brush it off as being simply a fable, all references being symbolic. I won’t get into fine details, but what is ironic is that those who entertain such possibilities are deemed mystics, charlatans, or fools when some ‘’authorities’’ would have us believe that structures across the world such as pyramids, universal symbols like the serpent, elaborate mythologies, and rituals – with all their steps and processes – as having sprung up in places far removed –even by vast oceans– have no interconnection other than human nature. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of deceit and fabrication out there concerning the subject too; but does not this academic myth sound more ‘mystical’ than to consider the possibility that there existed a common denominator civilization of which many others speak, even as linguists have posited the existence of a proto-Indo European language to explain the connections between Sanskrit, Greek, Latin, and so forth?

These are some of the topics and questions that interest me, and which you will find incorporated in Antediluvian.

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

Monarch

Ophion is Greek for serpent. The inspiration behind the name comes from a book I had been reading some time ago called Ophiolatreia, or in other words, the study of serpent worship. Basically, Ophiolatreia is about the universality of the symbol and tells of how it entered into the culture and religion of nearly all peoples and nations. It further elaborates on some of its intended meanings, as well as corrupted conceptions of it. The author of this particular work is unknown, but the Phoenician Sanconiathon is said to have published a work treating the subject, on which Pherecydes Tyrus is believed to have been inspired for his treatise called Theology of Ophion (Ophiolatreia, p.5). It is in allusion to this last one that the final track of the album is entitled Theology, which is arguably the darkest, atmospherically, but doubtless the most esoteric, conceptually.


5. Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?

Monarch

As you know, this marvelous artwork was done by the great Khaos Diktator. My intention for the cover was for it to capture the essence of the album, the heartland from where, I argue, the symbol of the serpent originally came. So when he and I spoke, I basically summarized the album, song by song, in order for him to have a clear idea, which he quite fortunately sympathized with. In fact, nothing will summarize it better than the words of Khaos Diktator himself,  ‘ a long-forgotten world’. Now, retain that thought.


6. The band members reside in both Spain and the Dominican Republic, how does this work out in the recording process?

Focalor and Monarch

The recording process went about like this: Focalor recorded the guitars and bass in his studio in the Dominican Republic and digitally sent them to S. at The Empty Hall Studio in Madrid, where they were reamped, mixed, and mastered. Since I (Monarch) am here in Madrid, I went to The Empty Hall Studio to record the vocals. We believe the process demonstrates that nowadays bands can perfectly operate remotely during the recording process.

7. Is the band open to the idea of doing live shows?

Focalor

Definitely. Once the world re-opens, we’ll consider the offers that come our way.

8. The album was released on 'Nefast Films Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Focalor and Monarch

Nefast Films Records is a small label for extreme metal bands run by Focalor in the Dominican Republic. Its prime objective is to help local bands by offering affordable visual (e.g. videos) and recording services. Given that Focalor recorded guitars and bass at Nefast Films Records studio before sending them to The Empty Hall in Madrid for reamping, and so on, and we did not have a label for this album, we decided to publish Antediluvian under the label’s name. In essence, the use of Nefast Films Records is both a tribute and message to all the local bands stating that it's possible to get your name out there. Hard work and attention to detail goes a long way. It’s easy to lose sight of that when you are playing on a small island in the Caribbean. So, the truth of the matter is that Ophion is currently independent and open to collaborating with a label that could make the most of what we have to offer. Antediluvian is only the beginning.

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

Focalor and Monarch

We were confident that we had created something that was both unique and interesting – it's not a copy of this or that band’s playing style, and all the songs are distinguishable from the other whilst having a recognizable musical line. But, to answer the question, the reaction has been great, and unexpected! Following the release of Antediluvian, we have been able to personally connect with people from all over Europe, the USA, Latin America, and even Australia. And of course, the Dominican Republic! For instance, we were recently featured in the German YouTube channel Heavy Harlequin and Argentina based Headbangers.es and seeing some of the stats provided by music platforms like Spotify and Bandcamp, we have started to get attention from Poland (the cradle of blackened death metal!), Russia and, surprisingly, Japan and Taiwan!

10. What is going on with the other bands that the guitar player is a part of?

Focalor

Focalor is my solo project and just last year (2019) I released the full-length ‘Uroboros’. You could check out the Focalor YouTube channel for some videos. As regards the other bands, Ad Bestia was dissolved in 2012, and Soul of Death is currently inactive. Both of these were successful bands locally, each with its own following, and fortunately enough, Ophion now counts on the support of many of those old followers, in addition to the numerous new ones.

11. Musically speaking, where do you see the band heading into during the future?

Focalor and Monarch

Our vision for the future is to produce albums that are bigger and better than the one before. In doing so, we will have established a distinct and recognizable sound in the international scene. Some of the positive feedback we have got has to do with the balance of black and death Antediluvian achieved. So, that particular balance in combination with the atmosphere is something that we intend to perfect. Indeed, we have already started to work on this since we started experimenting for the next album. What is more is that for the next production we will count on the participation of Wolv on guitars too, who will add some of the imposing and chaotic elements that his riffing is characteristic of.

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?

Focalor

Deathspell Omega, Behemoth, Dissection, and Mayhem.

Monarch

Covenant, Satyricon, Keep of Kalessin

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

Monarch, Focalor, Wolv

First of all, we would like to thank Blackened Death Metal Zine for showing interest in the band, as well as everyone who has been supporting us in the Dominican Republic, Spain, Germany, Russia, the USA, Australia, and all around the world. We hope this interview sheds some light on Ophion’s music and concept so that you could feel closer to the band. Anyone out there who wants to connect, feel free to write to us. And mark these words, Ophion is an up and coming band that you will be hearing more from in the future.

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Lyric Video
Full Album on YouTube 

Friday, September 11, 2020

Mysthicon/Silva - Oculis - Corvi/Witching Hour Productions/2020 CD Review


   Mysthicon  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  an  old  school  and  atmospheric  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "  Silva  -  Oculis  -  Corvi"  which  will  be  released  on  September  22nd  by  Witching  Hour  Productions.   
 

   Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical direction.  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal growls  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in  clean  playing.



  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  while  the  synths  also  give  the  songs  more  of  an  old  school  and  atmospheric  feeling.  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  whispered  vocals.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  album  as  well  as  the  guitar  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized,  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  album  also  closes  with  a  cover  of  Lux  Occulta's  "Passing  Away"  which  also  introduces  clean  vocals  onto  the  recording  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  cover  Darkness  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mysthicon  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  and  atmospheric  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Arise"  "Star  Prophet"  and  "Wolves  Of  Morning  Dawn".  8  out  of 10.

https://youtu.be/reyoZ_7OlOA

    

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Ophion/Antediluvian/Nefast Films Records/2020 Full Length Review


  Ophion  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  Spain  and  the  Dominion  Republic  and  plays  a  very  epic  and  atmospheric  form  of  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Antediluvian"  which  was  released  by  Nefast  Films  Records.

  Water  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  heavy  and  brutal  direction  which  also  introduces death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times.

  When  synths  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  epic  and  atmospheric  sound  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  a  couple  of  tracks  also  introducing  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording.

  Distorted  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  album  and  as  the  album  progresses  an  instrumental  is  also  added  onto  the  recording  and  a  couple  of  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  vocals.  The production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  antiquity,  ancient  civilizations,  mythology  and  esoteric  history  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ophion  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  and  atmospheric  blackened  death  emtal band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Panophion"  "Atlantean  Gates"  and  "Theology".  8/5  out  of  10.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Ardormort/The Desolation Letters/Pacific Threnodies/2020 Cassette Review


  Ardormort  are  a  solo  project  from  Rhode  Island  that  plays  a  mixture  of  atmospheric  black,  funeral  doom/death  metal,  ambient  and  dungeon  synth  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "The  Desolation  Letters"  which  will  be  released  on  cassette  on  September  29th  by  Pacific  Threnodies.

  A  very  atmospheric  dungeon  synth  orientated  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  also  capturing  the  atmosphere  of  a   fantasy  movie  soundtrack  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  they  also  mix  both  the  heavy  and  atmospheric  parts  together.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  while  the  synths  also  mix  in  some  elements  of  dark ambient  at  times.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  funeral  doom  metal.

  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  showing  some  black  metal  style  tremolo  picking.  All  of  the  tracks  are  also  instrumentals  along  with  the  music  also  showing  an  influence  of  death  metal  at  times  and  the  production  also  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Ardormort  are  a  very  great  sounding  instrumental  mixture  of  atmospheric  black,  funeral  doom/death  metal.dark  ambient  and  dungeon  synth and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Study  Of  Death"  "As  The  Smoke  Dances"  and  "Torn  Riker".  8  out  of  10.

https://pacificthrenodies.bandcamp.com/album/the-desolation-letters



  

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Infesticide Interview

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

-Infesticide is Death metal in the way it always had to exist...

2.You have a new album coming out towards the end of September, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

-Shorter songs, definitely the main difference!
The past album songs have a very skillful structure, 30 riffs per song and a length for 5 minutes as minimum.
Envenoming Wounds its direct, a powerful with dark expression...
Musically I consider this album as the statement of our beliefs.

3.The band started out playing thrash metal but the newer music is more death metal, what was the decision behind going into this musical direction?

-No... Infesticide is a whole different band. There's false information online... (specially those stupid leeaches from Metal Archives)
Infesticide was not a name change.
I put you on context;
Inherited was a thrash band where I participate at the age of 15 years old,  band disbanded in 2013
later on early 2014 Infesticide was created... 2 completely different bands! and obviously different band members.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?

-Lyrics are about an infeccion I had...
got pig-blood from my local slaughterhouse for some gigs, later that night the pig blood poured onto an opened wound located at my neck.
The Next day I started feeling awful, the fever was so high that I had hallucinations... the rest you can imagine.

5.Originally the band started out as 'Inherited' what was the decision behind the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Infesticide'?

-Back to answer No. 3.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

-Oil on canvas...it's a vision from every song name

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

-Don't have favorite gigs.
about stage performance 1 word: Intense...

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

-I don't pay attention...  We expect nothing
Death Metal outlook seems pathetic... full with HM-2 sound, Emg and low tunning... pretending sound "cavernic" just adding stupid ammounts of reverb... We prefer to not take part, If you dig our art: good! if doesn't: we don't care.

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?

Go check In Obscurity Revealed!

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

Same... executing Death Metal.

11.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?

Morbid Angel and Necrovore

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

Not really, Take care!

www.facebook.com/infesticide.death 

Friday, September 4, 2020

Diabhal Interview

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

We are a death metal band from the US, specifically New York

2.Recently you have released your first album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

Our style is very much unique to us, at our very core, we're a death metal band. The stylistic approach we took to our debut record however also includes influences from Black Metal, Deathgrind and specifically Old School Death and Doom all with a very New York Death Metal edge

3.A lot of your lyrics cover horror themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

I've (Tameem) personally have always loved horror movies, I've always considered death metal to be the auditory equivalent to the horror genre so using one for inspiration to the other only seemed fitting

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

One day our guitarist Miguel called and told me that our name at the time was already taken by a pretty well known underground death metal act. He suggested Diabhal which simply means "Devil" in Irish

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

It's an edited version of the famous art piece by John Martin, painted in 1835, called "The Fall of Babylon", we chose this art to represent our music because it was the most chaotic and aggressive piece of 19th century art we could think of

6.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 yet to perform live due to the current pandemic. We can promise that when this all ends, we'll deliver one of the most aggressive and powerful live shows possible

7.On the new album you also done a cover of Baphomet's "The Suffering" what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?

I've always loved the album "the dead shall inherit", I consider it one of the staples in early death metal. I always wanted to do a version of the song "The Suffering" in our style, we tried to do the original classic justice, at the end of the day we pretty much just played it a little faster hahah

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

All of our reviews have been overwhelmingly positive but we are still trying to break out stronger in other heavy music scenes

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

I see us developing our sound more, we want to write a similar album but stronger and more aggressive than the last. The tracks for the second record are a lot doomier with more of an emphasis on our old school death metal sound but the faster parts will be even FASTER

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?

For this record we were listening to a lot of bands like Incantation, Entombed, and Cannibal corpse, but our influences range across almost all genres. Everything from black metal to grindcore is incorporated in our sound

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Music is our biggest interest, some of us play video games

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

Thank you for having us on here! Check out our debut album M M X X out everywhere now, Spotify, Bandcamp, Apple Music and Youtube! Our second album is currently in the works and will be released sometime next year!


Thursday, September 3, 2020

Ascian/Elysion/Black Sunset/MDD Records/2020 CD Review


  Ascian  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  post  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Elysion"  which  will  be  released  in  October  as  a  joint  effort  between  Black  Sunset  and  MDD  Records.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  while  spoken  word  samples  can  also be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  doom  metal  direction.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Death  metal  growls  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  clean  vocals  are  also  utilized  at  times.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  also  being  utilized in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  The  tracks  also  mix  in  some  elements  of  post metal  as  well  as  clean  playing  also  being  utilized  on  the  other  tracks  and  as  the  album  progresses  an  instrumental  can  also  be  heard  which  also  introduces  pianos  into  the  music.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  melancholic  themes.

  In my  opinion  Ascian  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  post  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Misery  Seeds"  and  "Colder".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.facebook.com/AscianDoom/

  

Infesticide/Envenoming Wounds/Blood Harvest Records/2020 CD Review


  Infesticide  are  a  band  from  Mexico  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Envenoming  Wounds"  which  will  be  released  on  September  25th  by  Blood  Harvest  Records.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album a long  with  some  blackened  metal screams  a  few  seconds  later.  The  riffs  also  add  in  decent  amount  of  melody  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  death  metal  style  showing  a  tribute  to  Morbid  Angel.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  old  school  yet  chaotic  style.  Growls  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  lot  of  blast  beats,  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  couple  of instrumentals  can  also  be  heard  one  of  which  also  adds  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording.

  Infesticide  plays  a  musical  style  that  goes  back  to  the  early  90's  era  of  black  and  death  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover violence,  death,  chaos,  gore  and  mental  issues.

  In  my  opinion  Infesticide  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Envenoming  Wounds"  "Perpetuating  Madness"  and  "Utter  Darkness".  8  out  of  10.

http://bloodharvestrecords.bandcamp.com/album/envenoming-wounds 

www.facebook.com/infesticide.death