Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Eyelids/Endless Oblivion/2017 Full Length Review


  Eyelids  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Endless  Oblivion".

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  after  awhile  heavy  guitars  and  depressive  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  don  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Clean  playing  can  be  heard  briefly  and  touches  of  the  modern  atmospheric  sound  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up a   small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  song  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  main  focus  is  on  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  Eyelids  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  depressive  black  metal  style  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  melancholy,  depression,  and  solitude  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Eyelids  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "II"  and  "VI".  8  out  of  10.       

Corpus Diavolis Interview


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

Promotion and lots of side projects. We are working on a new video and we just started writing material for the next album. There are also some shows coming up.

2.You have a new album coming out in April, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
The sound of Atra Lumen is very organic, we got that analog vibe which captures greatly the atmosphere we wanted to create. Greg Chandler did a great job at the Priory Recording Studios. You can clearly feel the spirit of the vintage English gear in the recording, the rich harmonics, the wide dynamics and the overall organic sound.
The music is also more organic, slow doomy parts and avantgarde details enrich the primordial brutality of the past.
Atra Lumen is a journey through the obscure unexplored galleries of esoteric metal. The black light emanating from the core of the universe. A ritualistic and ceremonial approach to Satanic syncretism unveiling hidden paths to illumination and spiritual consciousness. Deconstructing the golden walls of conventional black metal and stepping towards the Ultimate Frontier.  
This is Satan, and it has to be experienced to be realized.

3.Your lyrics cover a great amount of satanic, occult and philosophical topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?
My life is dedicated to the dark arts, it’s not just an interest. When one decides to walk the path of black illumination it penetrates his whole body, flesh and soul. There is no high magic without low magic. You can resume it to everyday practice, gathering of knowledge and improving the system of rituals and well being.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Corpus Diavolis'?
Corpus Diavolis stands for The Body of The Devil. The pleasures of the flesh. Our lyrics tell our stories dealing with those pleasures. This doesn’t sticks only to physical matters but also concerns spiritual activities… as brain is also made of flesh.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We had the opportunity to share the stage with bands that we really like and respect, those were the best shows so to speak. I can mention the live with Belphegor and Inquisition, really heavy and brutal ones. Opening for Nightbringer was also a great honor  and a great opportunity to meet really inspiring people.
A Corpus Diavolis performance is built like a ritual, really ceremonial. Expect lots of candles, incense and shamanic chants.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
We are planning a release show and party in Marseille at the end of April, we’ll be also part of the ATMF festival in Italy on July the 2nd.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
As far as exposure goes, feedback is positive.

8.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?
Haiku Funeral’s new album “Hallucinations” was released last year and we are currently working on new tracks and upcoming shows. A new dark ritual ambient project called Antelogos has also been launched, expect a new record very soon. I’m also working on a solo record called Daemonicreation, album is almost completed, style is atmospheric/space black metal.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We envision something more brutal. But only the future can tell.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Mostly occult and avantgarde black metal. NIghtbringer, Abigor, Sinmara, Inferno, Acherontas, Schammasch, Dark Fortress, Deathspell Omega. Also some dark ambient and ritualistic stuff like Nastrond, Shibalba, Atrium Carceri, yelworC, Desiderii Marginis, Karl Sanders… And of course classical rock, Led Zeppelin, traditional folklore music, Buddhist chants, contemporary classical music, Stravinsky….

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Ceremonial magic, lecture, voyage, cinema, climbing sports, cooking…


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

Support the artists you like! Follow the path of extreme, true living. HAIL SATAN

Daemonicreator


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tod Huetet Uebel/N.A.D.A/Caverna Abismal Records/2017 EP Review


  Tod  huetet  Uebel  are  a  duo  from  Portugal  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "N.A.D.A"  which  was  released  by  Caverna  Abismal  Records.

  High  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  along  with  fast  and  raw  riffing  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  aggressive  yet  melodic  guitar  leads  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount of  melody.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  vocals  also  getting  very  deep  at  times  along  with  a  brief  use  of  growls  which  add  in a   touch  of  death  metal  and  the  second  track  is  over  17  minutes  in  length  and  also  adds  atmospheric  and  ambient  elements  onto  the  recording  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly.

  Tod  Huetet  Uebel  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal  that  was  established  on  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  death  and  nihilism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Tod  Huetet  Uebel  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Da".  8  out  of  10. 

Daven/Crite: Charlie's Saga/2017 EP Review


  Columbia,  Missouri's  solo  project  Draven  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  atmospheric  and  ambient  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  ep  "Crite:  Charlie's  Saga".

  Sci  fi  sounds  along  with  heavy  guitars  and  black  metal   screams  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some atmospheric  synths  and  progressive  and  symphonic  elements  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  sections  of  the  recording.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  the  synths  also  bring  in  elements  of  ambient  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction  and  the  atmospheric,  heavy  and  melodic  parts  are  always  mixed  together.

  Daven  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  ambient  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sound s very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  the  'Critters'  movies  of  the  80's.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Daven  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  ambient  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Bounty  Hunter"  and  "The  Ultimate  Killer".  8 out  of  10.

Lava Invocator/Mork/Satanath Records/More Hate Productions/2017 CD Review


  Lava  Invocator  are  a  duo  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2017  album  "Mork"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records  and  More  Hate  Productions.

  Ambient  style  keyboards  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  which  leads  to a   heavier  direction  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  also  going  the  tracks  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal s creams  and  the  guitar  leads a re  done  in a   very  melodic  fashion.

  A great  amount  of  90's  era  black  metal  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  along  with  some deep  growls  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  using  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  some  of  the  tracks a re  very  long  and epic  in  length  and  there  is  also a   brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  a  later  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  as  the  album progresses  keyboards  also  make  a  brief  return  on  a  couple  of  later  songs.

  Lava  Invocator  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  traditional  sounding  with  a  mixture  of  both  modern  and  old  school  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Lava  Invocator  are  a  very  great  sounding  traditional  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Awaken"  "Black  Dawn"  and  "Mork".  8  out  of  10.     

Monday, March 27, 2017

Lascar Interview

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

Lascar is a project that started around 2013-2014, I have been listening to Black Metal for years but it wasn’t until I came across a musical genre that for that time was known as Cascadian Black Metal that I decided to get involved in create this kind of music. I was mostly interested in the wall of sound  that’s the guitars generated and the theme of nature, so I put that as a base, but I always try to includes different ideas to that mix.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

 I think that for the albums my main focus is the feeling of everything. The sensation of being submerge in the sound, but I also try to put a melodic side into the mix, and some ideas that I consider peculiar for the genre, but always keeping the atmosphere as the most important.

3.The lyrical cover nature and mysticism themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?

It’s hard to explain an interest. I could say that for me, music as always been a thing associated with nature and individuality. My interest in music started probably in road trips, looking trough the windows at the trees, the clouds, the rain and listening songs. The mysticism, as you call it, is associated with the constant search of
answers I suppose. I really like science also, so when I work in the lyrics more than mysticism I think in “poetic science”.

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

Lascar is the name of a volcano in Chile. I wanted a name of something natural but not descriptive of the sound of the band. I ‘ve found out that means a lot of other things in other countries, and I’m okay with
all those others meanings, because it doesn’t matter for me at the end.

5.Currently there is only one member in the band, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?

I’ve work in other bands with different people, and hasn’t been the most gratifying experiences. So for now, I prefer to remain solo. Also, I hope that this project last for a long time, so with that in mind, It’s better this way.

6.Currently you are signed to 'A Sad Sadness Song', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

Yes, when I started to do this I didn’t expect the interest, so working with A Sad Sadness Song, a record who has some bands that I really like, have been a nice chapter in this process.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of post black metal?

Excellent actually, I think that people that listen to this kind of music can see that the project try to make thing a little bit different, but still inside the genre. I’m always surprise by the interest because why I do is very individual, I just try to do the thing that I like to do.

8.Are you or have you ever been involved with any other bands or musical projects?

I’ve been playing alone and in bands for about 15 years, so yeah. But none of those where popular or functioned for a long time, so Lascar is the only one that worth mentioning.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

Keep working on this, and probably other musical projects. Also, being open to new thing that appear across the way, but  I don’t like to set gold, or dreams or anything.

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?

This is hard for me because music is my main interest in life, so there is a lot in different styles and bands, but just to name a few that directly influenced Lascar, I should mention Wolves in the Throne Room, Addaura, Lifelover, Ulver, also Moonspell, My Dying Bride and The Gathering, and probably Sigur Ros, Explosions in the sky and Mono.

Lately I been listening a lot a singer called Aurora, also Gillian Welch and the new Xiu Xiu album, and in metal, the last record of Immolation who’s is my favorite Death Metal band after Death, the new Violet Cold album, and I’ve been listening Keeper of the Seven Keys of Helloween, an album that I know since forever but that I started to enjoy just recently.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

After finding new music, finding good books probably.

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

Thanks for the support to all the people interested in Lascar, and stay tuned  because we are already working to release the new album the second semester of the year.

Haar 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 split?


We're continuing to work on new material for our next full-length. We've got a few songs that we're slowly piecing together.


2.In October you had released a split, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?


The split is a natural progression from the The Wayward Ceremony, and continues the dark, dissonant sound from that album. It's also a step up in terms of musicianship and production from the last album, keeping some continuity in terms of the production and artwork as we worked with the same people once again.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?


Our concept with this release was to explore the almost pathological need the human psyche has for faith, something which has been present throughout history and across cultures.


4.How does the name 'Haar' fit in with the musical style that you play?


Perfectly – Haar is a Scottish word for a dense, all-enveloping fog, and this suits the bleak, oppressive sound we've tried to create with our music.


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


Our stage performance suits the music and the name – we play wreathed in fog in near-total darkness. Some of our best shows have been while touring with Wodensthrone and A Forest of Stars. Probably a Leeds gig in the now-closed Library was our best gig – perfect sound and atmosphere.


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


No plans for further live shows at the moment – we are focused on writing new material.


7.Currently the band is signed to 'Aeternitas Tenebrarum Musicae Fundamentum', can you tell us a little bit more about the label?


We've been fans of ATMF since the band started. They've always released interesting, experimental black metal like Sanctus Nex and Semen Datura.


8.Recently the band was a a part of a split with 'Ur Draugr', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?


Again, we've been fans of Ur Draugr since their first release on ATMF. Similar to us, their music is dark but progressive. We talked about a number of bands that we'd be interested in releasing this split with – in the end, Ur Draugr were the obvious choice.


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


We've had great press and merch sales from places all over the world. In the UK, we've had great feedback from fans, but press interest hasn't been as strong.


10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?


We're working another album just now – hopefully recording some time in 2018. Musically, it will be a continuation of what has come before, pushing ourselves to experiment further and reject more traditional black metal ideas.


11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?


Bands like Deathspell Omega, Blut Aus Nord, Abigor and Ved Buens Ende were huge influences and continue to be so. We all listen to wide variety of music, but some of the recent picks have been Sinmara, Glorior Belli, Zhrine, Spire, Krypts and Irkallian Oracle.


12.What are some of your non musical interests?


Whisky, hillwalking, fishing, art, reading.


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


Thanks for taking the time to check out the split and interview us. We look forward to sending you our next release.