Thursday, August 11, 2022

Dreadnought/The Endless/Profound Lore Records/2022 Full length Review

 


  Denver,  Colorado's  Dreadnought  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  a  progressive  mixture  of  post  black  and  doom  emtal  with  elements  of  folk,  jazz  and  classical  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "The  Endless"  which  will b e  released  on  August  26th  by  Profound  Lore  Records.


  Clear  vocals  and  clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  while  keyboards  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  post  rock  elements  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  black  metal  screams  are  also  mixed  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  percussions  also  give  the  songs  more  of  a  tribal  feeling  when  they  are  mixed  into  the  music.  The  slower  sections  of t he  songs  are  also  heavily  rooted  in  doom  metal  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Some  tracks  also  show  influences  of  folk,  jazz  and  classical  which  also  takes  the  recording  into a  more  diverse  direction.  Clayton  Cushman  of  the  Flight  of  Slepinar  also  adds  synths  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  the  whole  album  also  sticks  to  a  slower  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  everlasting  struggle  between  human  light  and  suffering.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Dreadnought  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  progressive  and  post  black  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Worlds  break"  and  "The  Paradigm  Mirror".  8  out  of  10.


  https://www.facebook.com/dreadnoughtband/


https://www.instagram.com/dreadnoughtdenver/  


    

  


  

Forlesen/Black Terrian/I, Voidhanger Records/2022 Full Length Review

 


  Forlesen  are  a  band  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of      post  black,  doom  metal,  dark  ambient  and  slowcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Black  Terrian" which  will  be  released  in  October  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records.


  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  vocals  also  being  done  mostly  in  a  clean  style  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  also  done  in a   very  melodic  post  metal  style  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  Grim  black  metal  screams  can  also b e  heard  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  female  vocals  onto  the  album.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Forlesen  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  post  black,  doom  metal, d ark  ambient  and  slowcore,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Strega"  and  "Saturnine".  8  out  of  10.


  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forlesen

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/forlesenmusic/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0hbsfntkd5jzcw2ytorlmy?si=5d69081c91cd47c6

Bandcamp: https://hypnoticdirgerecords.bandcamp.com/album/hierophant-violent    

Monday, August 8, 2022

Imperathron Interview

 


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


FOV: First of all, thank you for your interest John. IMPERATHRON is a blackened death metal band formed in 2020, in Chile, two members from Santiago and one from Osorno, in the south of the country.


From a very young age we came working Cristian and I, each one by his side with projects in other bands already dead these days, we had a great arsenal of riffs and a way of composing based on empiricism, when we put them together there was a good chemistry between what we did as guitarists and the way of perceiving music, the gunpowder was building up a long time ago. Later, Alfredo “Bizarrvs” joined our brotherhood, with bass and voices, he also adds percussion, he owns Greyhound Recording Studios, he is a great musician, very versatile, he was the spark that was missing from the accumulated gunpowder.


For our first demo work “Mercy for the Despicable”, we worked on 4 songs with the tools we had at hand, without a priori dogmatic style, totally independent and working in absolute silence, it sounds “cliche”, but the music just flowed. We put the result of this on two web platforms and almost immediately offers began to arrive to produce it physically, most from outside the country. It was a kind of experiment, since we didn't know what would really happen, we weren't looking for anything, no we wanted to knock on any door, or do "lobby". It was a trial by fire. We were surprised at how well received our work was, considering the sheer number of brutal and virtuous bands emerging every day.


We finally decided on Iron Blood and Death Corporation, there was a very good communication from the beginning, they achieved a high quality result that surprised us. At this time we signed with Vargeist Records who have trusted our work, they are quite professional, selective in what they are looking for and have a huge propaganda machine, we have the best expectations.


2.In August you have your first full length coming out, musically how does it differ from your previous demo?


Bizarrvs: Musically, it follows the same line of the previous work, adding two new songs, adding an intro to the song 'The Human Must Be Overcome' and polishing the musical production by me at Greyhound Recording Studios.


3. A lot of your lyrics cover war, death and stoic philosophy, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?


FOV: Since man is man art and death have been inseparable lovers, The doubt of what is hidden under the skin, death is the only thing that is truly sensible. I think that art in general is the best thing we can leave behind before death comes looking for us, art is immortal and transcendental (creative force), and it gives something tiny and ephemeral of that privilege to those who create it.


We are not worshipers of death in a basic, materialistic, morbid sense, and exalted with mystical/ritualistic clothing and imagery, or anything of that childishness, whoever becomes obsessed with that "way", I think deep down fears death. In the end, death does not harm us, it frees us from the suffering of the expiration of life. It forces us to be/live.


Basically, Stoicism helps us to wait for death standing up and look at it with arrogance. Art and war feed each other, everything materialistic that man creates at the same time ends up extinguishing it, art can do that more slowly, it is superior to whoever creates it, since it extends its breath. War as a material warlike conflict is only the lowest projection, a pale shadow, ruinous dispossession of interior battles of man against himself that will be repeated in eternal return.


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


FOV: IMPERATHRON is a name made up of Emperor/Throne, it is the throne that reigns, this throne is in the castle/cathedral of our inner kingdom, it is the will to power “Der Wille zur Macht”, the eagerness to achieve desires, self-improvement, individualism, demonstration of vital force, also represents a process of expansion of creative energy, this internal force is the foundation of nature, the challenge is to try to master and develop this vital power to a certain degree, that depends on each one, it is a daily battle against our enormous weaknesses as human beings. Eros/Thanatos in their fight. Get rid of the weight of the slave/herd morality, free yourself and watch from the top of this throne, even if this freedom is paid for with physical death.


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


Bizarrvs: The work presented for “Mors Est Veritas” is an original painting in layered oil technique, 40x40 cm format. It was painted by FOV, our guitarist. The primary concept of this work is the triumph of death as the engine of transcendental creation, creative fire, "wisdom" in the Greek myth of (Prometheus), embodied by the winged skull (origin of ideas about bone pillars), inheritance of the representation of Thanatos, Memento Mori, "remember that you will die", prevailing over La Paz, understood as the non-will, inaction, typical of weak men or in our disastrous "moral pacifist" times, the fear of confronting our fears, submissive immobility represented by the iconic white dove of the Judeo-Christian tradition. There is a carnal link between these concepts, which represents Eros as the drive for life (desire for transcendence), and Thanatos as the drive for death/Chaos, spreading his wings, covering this eternal dome with shadows.


6.Has the band done any live shows or open to the idea?


Bizarrvs: In Imperathron we set ourselves the first goal of releasing our first work through a label and we already have two, and the idea as a second instance is to be able to play the songs recorded live, without a doubt. However, for that we need a capable drummer committed to the band to be able to perform live with a full band.


7.So far the band has worked with 'Iron, Blood & Death Corporation' and 'Vargheist Records', do you feel these labels have been very helpful when it comes to getting your music out there heard?


Bizarrvs: Absolutely, 'Iron, Blood & Death Corporation' has helped us a lot when it comes to positioning the band in the Latin American market, being a Mexican label from one of the most important countries on the scene. Regarding 'Vargheist Records', the reception has been very good in the North American market, considering that the album will only be released at the end of August, and the specialized media have already begun to speak positively of this new work and this new alliance.


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


Bizarrvs: The reaction has been good, as we have received good comments by mail and on platforms such as Bandcamp and YouTube, mostly from North America and Europe.


FOV: Despite the short time we've been working on this band and analyzing the hundreds of comments and reactions among fans of death and Black metal, the reactions have been quite positive in all aspects, both musical (which is the main thing), as well as the concept. metaphysical and artwork. The congregation that enjoys this type of proposal is very small, which makes it valuable. We don't compose thinking of anyone, less of the masses, they are always wrong.


9.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?


Bizarrvs: Particularly I have been working together with my brothers from 'Degotten' on bass and second voices, in addition to the musical production of the last two works, the Split with the German band Prosatanos, entitled 'Demonic Fornication' and the EP titled 'Todeshymne'. The same happens with 'Maniaco', I'm in charge of the bass, vocals and musical production of the second LP that we hope to record this year. Regarding my musical project Grisvelos, we are just working on the rehearsals for our first presentation of the album 'Desperatio' that I composed and produced in 2020. In addition, I was in charge of the bass and the production of the second homonymous EP of 'Inhuman Entity' and the bass from the full length of 'Worship the Pestilence' called 'In Time of Plagues and Obscurity'.


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


Bizarrvs: We will maintain the extremity of the sound already created by Cristian and FOV, understanding that art is a process that is inevitably constantly changing, but nevertheless already has a central core.


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?


Bizarrvs: Basically the 90s american death metal sound, with bands like Morbid Angel, Immolation & Hate Eternal, and the European counterparts, with bands like Luciferion, At The Gates & Belphegor.


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


Bizarrvs: We hope to see you soon, somewhere in our first tour.


 

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Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Vånda/Covenant Of Death/Majestic Mountain Records/2022 Full Length Review

 


   Vånda  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Covenant  Of  Death"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  majestic  Mountain  Records.


  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  and  the  riffs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  metal  elements.


  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  of  the  faster  riffing  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  as  well  as  one  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  a  later  track  is  also  a  piano  orientated  instrumental,  acoustic  guitars  can  also b e  heard  briefly  towards  the  end.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Vånda  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Light  The  Fire"  "World  Reborn"  and  "Goddess  of  Death".  8  out  of  10.


  https://youtu.be/AO07I2uEKRA  

Monday, August 1, 2022

Diabology/Father Of Serpents/Dissonant Hymns Records/2022 Full Length Review

 


  Diabology  are  a  band  from  Los  Angeles,  California  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  goes  for  more  of  a  blackened  thrash  metal  direction  with  elements  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Father  of  Serpents"  which  will b e  released  in  October  by  Dissonant  Hymns  Records.


  Snake  sounds  and  clean  playing  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  vocals  also  add  in  a  mixture  of  clear  singing  and  growls.  Elements  of  thrash  metal  can  also b e  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  all of  the  musical  instruments  on the  recording  also having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  remain  true  to  an  old  school  extreme  metal  style  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  show  an  influence  of  doom  metal.  Back  up  shouts  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  touches  of  first  wave  black  metal.


  One  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars   along  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  on  a  couple  of  songs  a  small  amount  of  blast beats  can  also  be  heard  along  with  clean  playing  also  making  a  brief  return  as  the  album  progresses  as  well  as  one  song  also  being  an  instrumental,  the  tracks  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  modern  metal  touches  the  update  the  sound  for  the  current  era..  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  mythology,  fantasy,  social  issues  and  having  sex  with  cockroaches.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Diabology  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  doom,  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "father  of  Serpents"  "Eat  My  Heart  Out"  "March  To  Sea"  and  "Lighthouse  Hymn".  8  out  of  10.


  https://www.facebook.com/diabologyband

https://www.instagram.com/diabologyband/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoRQeXQiH1XOqDyqJG6gPBw

https://www.tiktok.com/@diabologyband

https://twitter.com/Diabology8

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Baalzagoth/Morbid Persecutions/Mara Productions/2022 CD Review

 


  Baalzagoth  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  with  elements  of  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Morbid  Persecutions"   which  was  released  by  Mara  Productions.


  Clean  yet  distorted  playing  starts  off  the  album  with  a  brief  use  of  orchestral  sounds  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls.


  A  lot  of t he  music  also  shows  an  influence  of  the  90's  era  as  well  as  remaining  very  modern  at  the  same  time.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.


  grim  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  faster  riffing  as  well  as  one  track  also bringing  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  are  also  utilized.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violence,  death,  existentialism  and  anti  religion  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Ballzagoth  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  blackened  death  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Unholy  War"  "Revenge"  "Pagan's  Hell"  and  "In  Nomine...".  8  out  of  10.


  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22XaGDw43ls


   

Friday, July 29, 2022

De Profundis/The Corruption Of Virtue/Tranascending Obscurity Records/2022 Full length Review

 


  United  Kingdom's  De  Profundis  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  a  progressive,  technical  and  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "The  Corruption  Of  Virtue"   which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Transcending  Obscurity  Records.


  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast b eats  can  also be  heard  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  blackened  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  technical  style.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  progressive  moments  as  well  as  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  elements  of  doom  metal  and  the  whole  recording  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.


  On  this  recording  De  Profundis  goes  for  more  of  a  brutal,  technical  and  progressive  style  of  blackened  death  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover anti  religion  and  anti  authoritarianism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  De  Profundis  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  brutal,  technical  and  progressive  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ritual  Cannibalism"  "Weaponised  Rape"  "Religious  Cancer"  and  "The  Sword  Verses".  8  out  of  10.


  Official Video 


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