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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Nestrena Interview


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

It’s a one-man-band, inspiration and influences vary to a great extent from old school Florida deathmetal to various forms ov Blackmetal (Master’s Hammer, Necromantia, Gehenna, etc) + Dark Ambient stuff.
Nestrena is the monicker I use for making extreme metal. I’ve been making deathmetal for a long time, played in bands before but now do a solo project.
The point is simply to make death and blackmetal, and include whatever weirdness I see fit. I also make industrial/dark ambient musick, so there will be some subtle hints of that stuff too.

2.So far you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
I didn’t have much planned apart from thinking I’d make some death and blackmetal, and and there was a subtle funk influence too hahaha.

3.According to the bandcamp page you do not record with a real amp and use a laptop mic for the vocals, can you tell us a little bit more about the recording process?

No, I have no real studio. I record on a digital porta studio from 2001 for guitars and bass, line them in – and I roar/sing into the laptop microphone for vocals in isolated spaces, like cars, or cottages without electricity hahaha, DIY bitches!

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?
Monism and Nihilism, and Chaoist thought á la Spare & Carroll.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nestrena'?
It’s an amalgation of a mantra/audio-sigil. I have “forgotten” the meaning ;)

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
The original artist who made “Grindslanten” (Roughly translated as “The alm at the Gate”) showed a picture of old time farmer kids fighting over a penny tossed from the rich in horse & wagon for passing the gate.
But now, this perversion of the artwork denotes how the spirit of Lucifer (The Chariot with horses) blasts past the Horusian Children/the egos (solar selves) who are either stuck fighting for material stuff in life or stand still observing the nonsense remain passive.

7.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?
No, never, and will probably remain a studio project.

8.So far there has been very little information about the band online other than the bandcamp page, is that intentional or do you plan on expanding your presence in the future?
I’m working on it.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
It’s been out less than a month so I don’t know that yet. I got an interview within a week so that’s good!

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
There will be another EP first I’m sure, there are two songs ready (I can send you rough versions of them if you want and you can tell me what direction they are going – I personally don’t really think of it that way, I let chaos/randomness dictate a lot in this musical process). A full length? I have no idea when that would be.

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 nwadays?
As previously mentioned, old school Floridia Deathmetal bands, Then, of corpse, Immolation, Napalm Death, Necromantia, Mortuary Drape, Cryptopsy. Embalmer, Malignancy. I could namedrop tons of bands. Nowadays I’m still listening to all those bands because they still make good music – and I also like “new” DM bands with veterans like Kurnugia and Surgikill. As for new younger metal bands: Malignant Altar, Inferior Wretch, Suffer Yourself. As for Non-metal; RAAN (even I don’t know if it’s still active), The Sun Burns black, Frater Epitheton, Spuntic.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you very much for the interview, the review and for your UG-suporting work with your zine!

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Cenotafio/Larvae Tedeum Teratos/Blood Harvest Records/2020 CD Review


  Cenotafio  are  a  duo  from  Chile  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Larvae  Tedeum  Teratos"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Blood  Harvest  Records.

  Dark  yet  ritualistic  soundscapes  and  thunder  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  vocals  also  being  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences.  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  growls  also  getting  very  cavernous  sounding  at  times.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  style  when  they  are  utilized  and  the  ritualistic  soundscapes  also  make  a  return  on  the later  tracks.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Death,  Mysteries  and  Transcendence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cenotafio  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "La  Apoptosis"  and  "Maleficae".  8  out  of  10.

http://bloodharvestrecords.bandcamp.com/album/larvae-tedeum-teratos  

   

Phobetor Interview

Debora Conserva (vocals)

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

Phobetor formed in 2018. Mitch (the guitarist) had just moved to London and was looking to form a band. I found him through an advert online and from there we started playing some covers from bands we loved and then finally moved onto writing our own original songs. Marc stood in a few times for live drums and then finally joined the band full time after recording drums for the album.



2.So far you have released an ep and a full length, musically how do they both differ from each other?

For the EP we were still struggling to find our sound although with the album it all came together as a much heavier sound, better songs as well as better musicians bringing in Marc on drums and producer Neil Hudson. 



3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?

The album revolves around the concept of mental illness, every song explores a different facet of internal struggles and battles, from Merging Infinity alluding to themes of depression via the allegorical depiction of the black hole, to When Life Falls Silent as an overview of the wholeness of life and its struggles.



4.I know that the band’s name came from Ovid's "Metamorphosis' can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this novel and also do you have an interest in mythology?

Although we are not familiar with this novel the band’s name does come indeed from Greek mythology. The reason we chose Phobetor is due to the fact that he/she represents the embodiment of nightmares. It is said to penetrate a person’s dreams with various horrific manifestations. We found this concept highly appealing due to the fact that this is what we want to achieve with our music: a deep connection with the psyche, facing it with themes belonging to the darker side of life.



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

The choice of the artwork (by Hans Trasid) was made in order to reflect the lyrical themes treated throughout the album. As an album centered around the concept of mental illness and inner struggle, the artwork seeks to capture the nightmarish, macabre feelings of such experiences.



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

As the band is still in the process of establishing itself within the music scene we mostly played local shows in London however we had the honor of supporting Memoriam at the Camden Underworld shortly before the Covid-19 lockdown.  In terms of stage performance we would describe it as high energy and intense. As the singer in the band I seek to convey a sense of uneasiness and horror to my performance.



7. The album was released on 'Black Jasper Records', how did you get in contact with this label?

We set up Black Jasper Records last year as an independent label named after our beloved house cat.



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

It is still early days as the album was released only two weeks ago, however reviews and feedback so far have been mostly positive.



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

In terms of musical style we hope to push the sound to a more extreme level, incorporating more death/doom/black metal elements whilst retaining the groove aspect of our music.



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?

We all have lots of different influences however my personal influences include Behemoth, At The Gates, Whitechapel, Sepultura, Fear Factory and others. In terms of recent albums I am really enjoying the new Paradise Lost album and the debut album from Strigoi.



11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I am currently studying for my Master in Film Studies therefore cinema is one of my greatest passions beside music. I am not particularly a sporty person but I enjoy badminton and kayaking and in January this year I was lucky enough to kayak in Torres Del Paine national park in Chile.



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

We appreciate all the support and positive feedback we have received so far and look forward to being able to perform some of these songs live when possible.


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Monday, July 27, 2020

Christrape Interview


I- INFERNAL: GUITARS/VOCALS

U-UNHOLY: DRUMS/BACKING VOCALS

 1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little about the musical project?
1.I-For this project, there really aren't any rules. It's raw, dirty and old school.

U- Raw Black/Thrash, in my opinion.


2.So far you have released a demo, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style yu went for on the recording?
2. I-The style I was going was black/thrash and speed metal. Truthfully those two songs aren't really my favorites, the other songs we have I'm definitely more proud of.

U- These tracks were the first ones recorded, so naturally we released these first.


3.All of the other band members are also involved with other bands or musical projects, what is it that you bring into the music of 'Christrape' that you are not able to do with your other groups?
3. I-Not too much has changed with this project. With this project there is just a higher focus on Thrash/speed metal.

4.A lot of your lyrics cover satanic themes. can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?
4.I- I would be considered Agnostic, but I have read into the Göetia some and I have attempted some spells. As for myself being and actual Satanist, I'm not. I have more belief in Alchemy.

U- I have a strong belief in Satanic philosophy,  and also practice in the black arts. Chaos magick, Enochian magic, etc.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Christrape'?
5. I- When it comes to the name it was a choice between two options... I'd personally would have love to have more options but it's hard finding/thinking of a name. It was easy back in the 70s/80s to name a band Destruction, Satan, Black Hole, Tormentor, etc... Pretty much have to think hard of something that isn't just gonna rip off another band.


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

6. I-The artwork and the whole release was rushed, Unholy is truthfully better with art. The next release is sure to have better art work and won't be as rushed.

U- Agreed. We did rush the release, the next one will be better, as we will have proper artwork, better recording. And we are also talking about re-releasing the first demo with proper artwork, and some extra tracks.

7.Currently there are only 2 member in the band, are you open to expanding the expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
7 I- It should remain as it is. I've had many other offers of people wanting to be in the band, but there was no commitment or were mainly focused on other projects which I do understand that... I guess. If we were to ever play live again which I doubt, we would need a bassist, vocalist, and second guitarists. Mainly just a bassist and a really good offer since I've lost interest in playing live anyway. It's nice seeing Covid 19 eliminating all these scheduled shows and seeing people ass hurt about it

U- I personally have no desire to bring anyone else into Christrape, unless they are someone who absolutely fits the band, and understands what we are about.

8.You also did a Slayer cover on the demo, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?
8. I-Well, there is a bunch of classic thrash songs I'd like to do eventually. That song and Black metal war are the only songs I can fully play through. Plus that song is just pure evil, Old Slayer killed! Glad they're done though.

U- This was one of those cover songs that we just jammed, and it turned out that we could play it all the way through. Of course it would have to be early Slayer. Nothing after Hell Awaits, in my opinion.


9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black, death and thrash metal?
9. I-It hasn't really had a big reaction yet due to just having two songs out. A lot of people I show this too, they tend to like it, but I've not noticed any big reaction from it.

U- Christrape is still underground. In our area, we have only played a handful of shows, to very small crowds. So Christrape has yet to make a name for ourselves with this band. But this will change. There is much to be done with Christrape.

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects the main person is a part of?
10. I- With Apocryphal Revelation... A pretty big update is coming along with an actual full length. I'm Also starting a solo Project soon, since I picked up drums.


11.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
11. I- Not sure about a full length as of now, but as moving forward musically it'll get more doom elements.

 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?
12. I-I've always been into to German Thrash and the Swedish melodic Blackened/death metal. But to keep it short Destruction, Iron Angel, Mortuary Drape, Dissection, Dawn, Vomitor, Black Hole, Destrcuctor, and the list will go on and on. Listening to now.... I've been stuck on Hallas and Black Magik SS new release for the longest time but I've been all over the place recently.

U- Of course, all of the ancient ones before us. VON, Beherit, Profanatica, Demoncy,  Hellhammer/Celtic Frost. I could go on and on. But as far as new music, the Perverted Ceremony/Witchcraft split is amazing, and so is everything else from both of those bands. Also, everything from Black Blood Invocation, Death Worship, Moenen Of Xezbeth, Cult Of Eibon. And the new Profanatica rips, too much to mention.

13.Before we wrap up this interview do you have any final words or thoughts? 
13. I-Thanks for selecting us for the interview. nobody's life matters. Hails Master of Graveyard Torment, Unholy, Pete, Kristina, Vimur, Hellgoat, Sadistic Ritual and Intent,  Profanatica, Mortuary Drape, Zemial, Tudor, Agatus, Niflheim, Sebastian Ramstedt, Fornicus, Cruel Force, Antichrist (sweden) Nocturnal Witch and Diabolic Night.

U- Hails to Blackened Death Metal Zine, and to all of our local Kentucky bands/ comrades of the real Black Metal underground. Ave Satanas.


https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Christrape/3540461394

From Hell 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?
The only thing I can do at this point is promote our new album, Rats & Ravens. Normally, we would be preparing to play shows and tour, but with this COVID-19 virus running rampant like a surreal horror movie, no one can really do anything. It’s pretty strange. We have a tour booked in Europe this fall, but as of the writing of this, they have not yet cancelled it and there is no way in Hell the EU countries are going to let anyone from the US into their countries. Talk about weird! I don’t even want to book any shows right now or even attempt it until there is a handle on this madness. I don’t want to put anyone in my band in any sort of jeopardy in any way.

2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
This is a new story based on old themes with a weird center to the story. It’s about a witch who steals children (old themes) and does horrific things to them. I try to write the music based on the theme of the story. I think the tone of these songs is much different than the previous album. Ascent From Hell was written with the idea of fire and brimstone and being in the heart of Hell. This one is written from the point of the witch and the dark energy around her. I think the music sounds more like what you might imagine the tone to be. I think this could be most evident in the song Three and Nine.

3.The band has been around since 2010 but so far has only put out 2 different releases, can you tell us a little bit more about the gaps in between albums? Life. Life really gets in the way sometimes. Other people’s changes of direction. I am definitely the driving force behind this band. And it’s rather up to me to take care of everything. I’ve chosen to be an independent vs go to a label and thus the expenses are much greater. Then I need to train everyone how to play the songs. You know, the typical fuckin’ BS. Right now, I have the best players on the planet. They all come up with amazing music to add to what I have written. Even though we started in 2010, my lineup changes every so often. Actually, the idea was conceived in 2007. That’s when I recorded the first song called The Walking Dead. That’s what the first album was going to be called and then, there was this TV show that came on.

4.The lyrics on the new recording are a concept album, can you tell us a little bit more about the story you had covered with this release? This album is about a witch who steals children and reanimates their corpses with rats. She calls them ‘Lilium’ and sends them out to terrify the nearby villages. The story starts with a man who unwittingly disturbs this evil in the east and it follows him home. When he wakes up in the morning, his son has disappeared. A witch appears in the night sky and tells them what she has done. She then proceeds to sacrifice the little boy and tells him what happens when he dies. That when a raven comes for his soul, she’ll trap the bird and keep possession of his soul. She’ll drain his blood with cuts on his wrists and feet then she’ll let the rats crawl into his body. They’ll crawl in and live inside of his flesh and compel the little boy to do as the witch commands.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'From Hell'? It means we’re from Hell. Aleister Sinn is this demon figure from hell who tells these horror stories over heavy metal music. The inspiration behind this band is King Diamond. Other aspects fueling the inspiration behind this band was the utter disgust with politics. My last band was called Down Factor and it was very focused on politics and social events and situations. I got burned out on it. Nothing changes for the most part. Every 10, 15, 20 years, you look back and shit is still more or less the same. I got tired of complaining about something that wasn’t going to change. So, I wanted to go in the completely opposite direction and follow King’s path and tell horror stories over music. I don’t write music like King Diamond. I don’t sing like King. I don’t wear face paint like he does. It’s similar, but very much its own thing. When I created it, I thought, “How do I be King Diamond without being King Diamond?” and Aleister Sinn is what I came up with. 

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
Yes! Created by Pete Novak (@pcnovak on Instagram). I met Pete at a horror convention called Monsterpalooza in LA several years ago. Walking through the aisles and aisles of amazing horror movie memorabilia, I see this guys work stand out. He had a piece that he called The Wendigo. It was just badass on so many levels, I asked the guy for his info and we started talking about doing my album cover. It’s actually his first album art. But we discussed what my album concept was and I gave him plenty of descriptions of what was in my mind for the story and then I let him go and create the twisted images that came to his wicked mind. If you look at the artwork closely enough, you will see interesting things in the background. He sent me some preliminary pictures that looked so amazing and they were just mere sketches when it came to the final piece. So happy with what he created. I really hope he gets lots and lots of work doing more band album covers. He does great work!

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? Some of our best shows have actually been playing Karla LaVey’s Black X Mass Party on Christmas night for The First Satanic Church. Karla is the daughter of the infamous Anton LaVey, founder of The Church of Satan in San Francisco. I had met her in the past, but one night after seeing King Diamond play at The Warfield, me and my girlfriend were at Tommy’s Joynt in SF and just before we were leaving, King Diamond arrived at the same place for a late dinner. I had the distinct pleasure of meeting King Diamond that night. That’s a bit of another story. At some point in talking to King, Karla was sitting at his table. I was talking to King about FROM HELL and Karla looks up and says, “Your band is called FROM HELL?” I said yes. She said, “Do you want to play my Black X Mass Party on Christmas night?” “Yes” I said, immediately. I wasn’t about to say no in front of King Diamond. Could you imagine? “Uhhhh, let me think about it and talk to the band.” HELL NO! Of course I said yes. And those shows are just amazing to play and the crow is always super into it. wWe have our full production show with our zombie dancers mostly naked and covered in blood. Everyone has a great time those nights. After that, some of the shows we played while we were on tour with Possessed and Belphegor in Europe a few years ago. Some of the crowds in some places were just off the hook. And when you play night after night, the band just gets so tight with what we are doing, that our performances are always at the top.

8.On the new album you also had a few quests, can you tell us a little bit more about who they are and also their contributions to the recording? The only guest I can think of at the moment was our female singer on Forest of the Screaming Trees. She’s a friend of my drummer, Wes. I was talking to the band about what I wanted for the song and he suggested Moorea Dickason. I started talking to her about what I wanted and she recorded the parts and sent them over to me and it worked out great. Originally, I really wanted to bring in a children’s choir to sing some creepy Pet Semetary shit, but after repeated requests from a famous children’s choir in the bay area, I didn’t hear back and I was out of time to get the album completed.

9.The last 2 albums where released on 'Scourge Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label? Scourge Records is my label. I am an independent and I do everything myself. It is how I interact with the businesses I contract to help me promote this band. From signing agreements, to printing CDs, fliers, posters, permits, rentals, ads in magazines, etc. That is a label’s responsibility. That is how I handle all of the band business.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of extreme and melodic metal? The overall reaction has really been pretty good! I have to say that the promotions that I have done for this album have had a very extensive reach and I’m very pleased with that. I with to hell we could tour and really promote this record the right way. But so far, the response has been awesome. I’m excited to get out there and play shows for people. Fuck this virus shit!

11.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
At this very moment, as of the writing of this interview, I don’t know. I don’t believe that anyone is doing anything because of this pandemic. The other 3 members usually have other projects they play in. It’s what they do. I unfortunately, don’t have the names of these other bands off hand.

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future? I don’t know. The slate is clean right now. It’s fresh from just having released an album. It’s time to erase all of the boards I have and archive all music files created for the last album. It’s time to start fresh and I have no idea what that is. First thing I’m going to do is take some sort of a break. I’m waiting for the flesh of this album to decay so I can start the next one. And then I’m going to let the next horror story write itself in my head. And then I will begin to write the next album.

13.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? Besides metal, horror movie soundtracks play a big role in the way I write and develop the songs for this band. I listen to soundtracks like The Omen, The Omen II, Hellraiser, Halloween, Silence of the Lambs, Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Other dark orchestral pieces. Things with majestic choirs like Lord of the Rings. I have the great benefit of having band members who play styles other than metal such as jazz, blues and fusion, rock, you name it. So, sometimes these styles will show themselves in parts of the songs and it comes out with an interesting flavor that I really dig.

14.Does Occultism play any role in your music? As a base element to the stories I write. I do not practice occultism. I am drawn to it because I like the dark and mystical nature of it, but my true self is a skeptic, so I can’t really divulge myself to follow any religion. I don’t believe in the Christian god or the Muslim god. I think they are stupid for causing wars over it and causing bloodshed in the name of fuckin’ whatever. It’s just so hypocritical. Often the things they do are projections of themselves that they claim occultists do. I think I’m drawn to occultism because the practice of hypocrisy does not appear to be one of the tenets of the faith. I was raised a Christian and then discovering the hypocrisy of it, having lost faith in it completely, I can’t bring myself to even believe in any other faith no matter what. 

15.What are some of your non-musical interests?
I’m also a video editor. I like doing video production. I’m actually just getting back into it over the last year or so. I probably would have been doing this full time already as another job, but I took a job running a giant rehearsal studio that was pretty awesome. I was there for 10 years and then my contract came to an end. So, now I’m getting back into video production. I also like scuba diving. Wish I could do that way more than I do, but it’s something I like.


16.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Stay safe. Don’t be dumb. Unless you want to volunteer to thin the herd. But for the sake of the rest of us, do what we need to do so we can get through this surreal moment in human history. We want to return to normal and get back to playing shows, but we can’t do that until this fuckin’ pandemic is over and they find a vaccine for this shit. Honestly, I would prefer an alternative to a vaccine, whatever that may be. Something that speeds recovery time versus voluntary injection. But that’s just me. Fuck this pandemic! Fuck dumb people! And Fuck racism!




Sunday, July 26, 2020

Phobetor/When Life Falls Silent/Black Jasper Records/2020 CD Review


  Phobetor  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death  and  groove  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "When  Life  Falls  Silent"  which  was released  by  Black  Jasper  Records.

  Stringed  instruments  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  keyboards  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  while  elements  of  groove  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  are  also  utilized  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  clean  playing  and  melodic  vocals  are  also  introduced  on  one  of  the  tracks.

  Phobetor  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  death  and  groove  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  cover  dark  and  nihilistic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Phobetor  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  death  and  groove  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Merging  Infinity"  "Blind  Widow"  "Harmony  Of  Solitude"  and  "When  Life  Falls  Silent".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/jOYWvZDrGdQ

  

Khthoniik Cerviiks/Æequiizoiikum/Iron Bonehead Productions/2020 CD Review


  Khthoniik  Cerviiks  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  avant  garde  form  of  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Æequiizoiikum"  which  was  released  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  while  Gregorian  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  some  avant  garde  and  experimental  elements  also  being  utilized  at  times.  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  while  the  music  also  has  its  brutal  moments.  Tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  faster  riffing  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  some  melodies  at  times  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in  some  back  up  shouts  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  seem  progressive  and  dissonant  structures.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  apocalypse,  devolution,  decline  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Khthoniik  Cerviks  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  avant  garde  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Odyssey  3000"  "Para-Dog-Son-Demagorgon"  and  "Bloodless  Epiphany  Delire  des  N".  8  out  of  10.

http://soundcloud.com/iron-bonehead-productions/khthoniik-cerviiks-t-recite-the-kriitiikal-maess

          

VoidCeremony/Entropic Reflections Continuum: Dimensional Unravel/20 Buck Spin/2020


  VoidCeremony  are  a  band  from  Ramona,  California  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  on  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  progressive  form  of  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Entropic  Reflections  Continuum:  Dimensional  Unravel"  which  was  released  by  20  Buck  Spin.

  A  very  heavy  and  technical  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  progressive  sounding  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  bass  guitar parts  are  also  done  on  a  fretless  bass  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  black  metal  elements,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  progressive  and  technical  style.

  One  of  the  tracks  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  faster  riffing  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  as  the  album  progresses  an  instrumental  is  also  added  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Dark  Spiritualism,  Occultism  and  Philosophy themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  VoidCeremony  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  progressive  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sacrosanct  Delusions"  and  "Solemn  Reflections  Of  the  Void".  8  out  of  10.

https://voidceremony.bandcamp.com    

Mynskh/Chapter 01: Obliterating Perfection/Atmaah Records/2020 CD Review


  Mynskh  are  a  band  from  Austria  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  with  some  elements  of  ambient  and  classical  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Chapter  01:  Obliterating  Perfection"  which  was  originally  released in 2017  with  the  new  version  having  the  bass  guitar  tracks  re-recorded  in  2020  and  the  album  will  be  released  in  September  by  Atmaah  Records.

  Sci-fi orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  while  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly,  Once  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  black  metal  screams  are  also  added  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  ambient  elements  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  as  well a s  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  programmed  beats  also  being  utilized  at  times.  Clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  influences  of  classical  music  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  they  also  add  instrumental  versions  of their  songs  as  bonus  tracks.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  a  bizarre  universe  that  has  its  own  laws  and  nature.

  In  my  opinion  Mynskh  are  a  very  great sounding  blackened  death  metal  band  with  some  elements  of  ambient  and  classical  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  that  is  different,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Amendment  Of  A  Cosmic  Fault"  and  "A  Screaming  God".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.facebook.com/mynskh/
https://www.mynskh.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8v3Es_dsaz5hLQYEbhVqHQ    

Wills Dissolve/Echoes/Hypnotic Dirge Records/2020 CD Review


  Wills  Dissolve  are  a  band  from  Houston,  Texas  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  progressive  mixture  of  black,  doom,  death  and  post  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020 album  "Echoes"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Hypnotic  Dirge  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  the  only  track  on  this  recording  being  over  30  minutes  in  length.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly while  the  clean  playing  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  when  it  is  utilized  and  melodic  vocals  are  also  utilized  at  times.

  Death  metal  growls  are  also  a  very  heavy  part  of  the  recording  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  song  also  bring  in  elements  of  doom  metal.Black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  prog  metal  style  as  well  as  some  acoustic  guitars  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  track.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  blast  beats  also  being  utilized  when  the  music  speeds  up  as  well  as  the  song  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  touches  of  post  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  space  exploration  and  technological  development. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Wills  Dissolve  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  doom, death,  progressive  and  post  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Symbiotic Growth/Self Titled/2020 Full Length Review


  Symbiotic  Growth  are  a  band  from  Ontario,  Canada  that  plays  a  very  progressive  form  of  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  and  self  titled  2020  album.

  Nature  sounds  and  dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  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  dark  yet  melodic  style  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  Vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  with  a  few  black  metal  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times  along  with  the  songs  also  having  their  progressive  moments.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  soundscapes  also  giving  the  music  an  experimental  and  avant  garde  feeling  at  times,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  as  well  as some  songs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  vocals.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  singularity  of  man  and  the  terrifying  unknown  of  higher  dimensional  experience.   

  In  my  opinion  Symbiotic  Growth  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Technological  Singularity"  and  "The  Wilting  Shroud  Of  Latent  Automata".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.facebook.com/SymbioticGrowth
https://symbioticgrowth.bandcamp.com/ 

Cult Burial/Self Titled/2020 Full Length Review


  Cult  Burial  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  doom,  death  and  post  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  and  self  titled  2020  album  which  will  be  released  in  November.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  decent  amount  of  post  metal  elements.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  are  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  doom  metal.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  progressive  sounding  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  a  couple  of  later  tracks  also  introducing  clean  playing  and  synths  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cult  Burial  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  doom,  death  and  post  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dethroner"  "Abyss"  "End"  and  "Sorrow".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.facebook.com/cultburial/    

Impalement/The Impalement/2020 CD Review


  Impalement  are  a  solo  project  from  Switzerland  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2020  album  "The  Impalement".

  A  very  fast,  melodic  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  black  metal  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  but  still  utilizing  some  melodies.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  good  balance  between  old  school  and  modern  influences.  One  of  the  tracks  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  some  of  the  songs  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard.

  Impalement  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Impalement  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  death  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Impalement"  "Alma  Pater"  and  "Satan's  Fire  In  my  Eyes".  8  out  of  10.

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Evoke/Seeds Of Death/Pulverised Records/2020 Full Length Review


  Evoke  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  blackened  mixture  of  thrash  and  speed  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Seeds  Of  Death"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Pulverised  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats,  Elements  of  thrash  metal  are  also  added  into  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  vocals  being  done  in  a  mostly  first  wave  black  metal  style  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  era.

  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  riffs  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style.  Influences  of  speed  metal  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  The  whole  album  also  makes  a  retro  style  sound  more  modern  and  the  music  also  captures  the  raw  aggression  of  the  South  American  bands  from  more  than  30  years  ago  as  well  as  the  closing  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  stringed  instruments.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Darkness,  Death  and  War  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Evoke  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  thrash  and  speed  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Deadly  Revenge"  "Leviathan's  Victory"  and  "Satanic  Rebirth".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/tKuQOygcXko

http://www.facebook.com/EvokeOslo  

Snakeblade/The Kingdom/2020 Full Length Review


  Snakeblade  are  a  solo  project  from  Vancouver,  B.C,  Canada  that  plays  a  musical  style  that  he  describes  as  nerdy'n'dirty  black  metal  which  combines  black  and  thrash  metal  together  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2020  album  "The  Kingdom"  which  will  be  released  on  July  31st.

  Melodic  guitar  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in a   decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  you  can  also  hear  a  lot  of  thrash  metal  elements  into  the  guitar  riffing.

  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The tracks  also  add  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  as  well  as  adding  in a   brief  use  of  growling  vocals  and  death  metal  touches,  back  up  shouts  are  also  introduced  on  one  of  the  tracks  and  later  song  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  and  the  album  closes  with  a  cover of  Truent's "Devoted  to  Destruction"..

  Snakeblade  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  and  thrash  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  cover  fantasy  themes  and  medieval  battles  inspired  by  Lord  Of  the  Rings,  Dungeons  And  Dragons,  The  Witcher  and  Metal  Gear  Solid.

  In  my  opinion  Snakeblade  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "When  Kingdoms  Collide"  and  "Vamp,  the  Impaled".  8  out  of  10.

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Hath/Hive/Willowtip Records/2020 EP Re-Issue Review


  Hath  are  a  band  from  new  Jersey  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  progressive  form  of  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "Hive"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  October, 2020  by  Willowtip  Records  with  a  bonus  track.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also b e  heard.

  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  music  also  has  its  progressive  moments  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times.  Acoustic  guitars  and  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  tracks  and  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  faster  riffing.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  progressive  musical  direction,  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Dark  Souls,  Salt  And  Sanctuary  and  Dark  Fantasy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hath  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  progressive  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Apparition"  and  "Hive".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.facebook.com/HathBand/ 

https://youtu.be/zWwdgursurE   

Undead/Existential Horror/Kadabra Music/2020 Full length Review


  Undead  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  Spain  and  the  United  Kingdom  and  on  this  recording  go  into  more  of  a  blackened  death  metal  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Existential  Horror"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Kadabra  Music.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  blackened  metal  screams  as  well a s  a  few  growls    along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  death  metal  style.

  Melodies  are  also  added  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  as  well  as  some  tremolo  picking  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  faster  riffing,  some  of  the  riffs  also  show  an  influence  of  thrash  metal  and  the  whole  album  also  always  sticks  to  a  heavier  musical  direction.

  On  this  recording  Undead  brings  elements  of  black  metal  into  their  old  school  style  of  death  metal  to  take  their  sound  to  another  level.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Death  Cults,  Existentialism  and  Horror  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Undead  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  blackened  death  emtal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Haunted  By  Hate"  "Santa  Muerte"  "Existential  Horror"  and  "Beyond  Divine  Regulation".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/O216gmfYNiE 

Nestrena/Pitiful Cycles Of Death/Nailed Nazarene Industries/2020 EP Review


  Nestrena  are  a band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Pitiful  Cycles  of  Death"  which  was  released  by  Nailed  Nazarene  Industries.

  A  very  fast,  heavy   and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  a  lot  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls.

  Elements  of  black  metal  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  lot  throughout  the  recording  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  At  times  the  growls  also  get  very  guttural  sounding  along  with  a  brief  use  of  atmospheric  sounds  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized  and  they  also  demonstrate  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill.

  Nestrena  plays  a  style  of  blackened  death  metal  that  is  very  heavily  influenced  by  both  the  old  school  and  modern  eras  of  the  genre.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nestrena  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  death  metal band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "She  is  All".  8  out  of  10.

https://nailednazareneindustries.bandcamp.com/album/pitiful-cycles-of-death  

Sepulchral Curse/Only Ashes Remain/Transcending Obscurity Records/2020 CD Review


  Finland's  Sepulchral  Curse  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  blackened  death  metal  style  of  their  previous  release  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Only  Ashes  Remain"  which  will  be  released  on  July  31st  by  transcending  Obscurity  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  Vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  melodies  are  also  added  in  some  of  the  guitar riffing.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  black  metal  screams  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  old  school  yet  melodic  style,  dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  a  lot  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  whole  album  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  musical  direction.

  On  this  recording  Sepulchral  Curse  remain  true  to  the  old  school  style  of  blackened  death  metal  that  was  established  on  their  previous  release.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Mysticism,  Spirituality  and  Death  themes  along  with  the  last  song  being  written  in  Finnish.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Sepulchral  Curse  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "From  Within  The  Bowels  Of  Earth"  "Into  The  Depths  Unknown"  and  "Dead  Starts  Drawing  Spirals".  8  out  of  10.

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