Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Aderlating/Of Gold And Seraphim Bone/ConSouling Sounds/2011 CD Review


  Aderlating  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  very  experimental  form  of  dark  ambient  drone  with  black  metal  influences  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2011  album  "Of  Gold  And  Seraphim  Bone"  which  was  released  by  ConSouling  Sounds.

  Drums  are  ranges  slow  mid   paced  to  fast  playing which  gives  the  music  a  ritualistic  feeling,  while  the  synths  and  sound  effects  bring  in  elements  of  dark  ambient,  drone  and  experimental  elements  to  the  recording,  as  for  the  guitars which  are  only  used  briefly  they  are  very  raw  and  primitive  sounding  black  metal  riffs.

  Vocals  range  from  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  to  deep  demonic  growls  as  well  as  some  weird  style  vocals  and  spoken  word  ritualistic  parts,  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occult  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it  with  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Aderlating  are  a  very  great  sounding  black  metal  influenced  ritualistic  dark  ambient/drone  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Of  Gold  And  Seraphim  Bone"  and  "Engel  Der  Wrake".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.  

Aidan Baker/This Quiet Army/Orange/Orange Milk Records/2011 CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Aidan  Baker  and  This  Quiet  Army  both  artists  from  Canada  playing  a  musical  style  I  would  describe  as  being  dark  ambient/drone  with  the  album  being  called  "Orange" and  released  in  2011  by  Orange  Milk  Records.

  Synths  and  sound  effects  bring  in  the  dark  ambient  drone as  well  as  a  good  amount  of  experimental  music  influences  being  thrown  into  the  recording  along  with  some  amplified  guitar  effects.

  Vocals  and  song  writing  are  all  absent  from t his  recording  with  the  music  being  all  instrumental,  while  the  song  themes  cover  darkness,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  with  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Aidan  Baker  and  This  Quiet  Army  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient/drone,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Agent"  "Blood"  and  "Milk".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.   

Viscera/2 As Zeitgeist Becomes Profusion Of The I/ConSouling Sounds/2011 CD Review


  Viscera  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  started  out  as  a  grindcore  band  but  evolved  more  into an experimental  drone/doom  metal  band  with  this  recording  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2011  album  "2  As  Zeitgeist  Becomes  Profusion  Of  The  I"  which  was  released  by  ConSouling  Sounds  in  the  year  of  2011.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  utilized  at  times,  while  the  sound  effects  bring  elements  of  drone,  ambient  and  experimental  to  the  recording,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars  and  at  times  they  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced,  to  fast  riffs  that  combine  doom,  drone,  experimental  and  post  rock  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  with  a  good  amount  of  melody  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  as  well  as  some  soft  and  clean  playing,  while  the  lead  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  are  very  melodic  sounding  post  rock  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  are  mostly  clean  singing  vocals  with  some  high  pitched  screams  which  brings  a  black  metal  feeling  to  the  recording  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples,  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  everyday  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  with t he  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.    

  In  my  opinion  Viscera  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  experimental,  drone,  doom  and  post  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ballad  Of  Barry  L"  and  "Um  ad-Dunia".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.   

Monday, April 29, 2013

Royal Talons/Self Titled/ConSouling Sounds/2012 EP Review


  Royal  Talons  are  a  band  from  Denver,  Colorado  that  plays  a  mixture  of  stoner,  doom,  drone and  sludge  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of   their  self  titled  2012  ep  which  was  released  by  ConSouling  Sounds.

  Drums  are  all  slow  playing  with  no  fast  drumming  or  blast  beats  being  present  on  this  recording,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with  heavy  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  are  all  slow  riffs  that  combine  sludge,  drone,  stoner  and  doom  metal  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing,   while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  sounding  stoner/doom  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  range  from  clean  singing  stoner  doom  metal  vocals  to  high  pitched  screams  which  gives  the  music  a  black  metal  feeling  along  with  a  brief  use  of  samples,  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,   powerful,  heavy,  dark  and  professional  sound  where you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  with  the  songs  being long  and  epic  in  length.

  In   my  opinion  Royal  Talons  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  stoner,  sludge,  drone  and  doom metal  with  elements  of  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Shark  Skull"  and  "D-Day  Spell".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Adoran/Self Titled/Consouling Sounds/2013 CD Review


  Adoran  are  a  band  from  Toronto,  Ontario,  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient,  drone  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2013  album  which  was  released  by  Consouling  Sounds.

  Drums  are  all  slow  playing  with  no  fast  drumming  or  blast  beats  being  present  on  this  recording,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with  heavy  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording  with  a  great  amount  of  heavy  distortion  which  adds  the  ambient  and  drone  elements  to  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  are  all  slow  riffs  that  combine  heavy  doom  metal  with  drone  as  well  as  mixing  in  alot  of  distorted  parts  which  enhances  the  drone  elements  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording.

  Vocals  and  songwriting  are  all  absent  on  this  recording  with  the  music  being  all  instrumental,  while  the  song  themes  cover  darkness,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  dark  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  with  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Adoran  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  ambient,  drone  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Aviator".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.  

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Wholly Failure/Avalon And Everything After/Broken Limb Recordings/2012 CD Review


  Wholly  Failure  are  a  1  man  band  from  Maine  that  plays  a  mixture  of  harsh  noise,  gothic,  post  punk,  shoegaze  and  post  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  album  "Avalon  And  Everything  After"  which  was  released  by  Broken  Limb  Recordings.

  Drums  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  playing  with  no  fast  playing  or  blast  beats  being  present  on  this  recording,  while  the  synths  and  sound  effects  bring  elements  of  harsh  noise,  shoegaze  and  gothic  to  the  recording,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with  heavy  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  riffs  that  combine  goth,  punk,  shoegaze  and  post  rock  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  with  a  good  amount  of  melody  being  thrown  into  the  riffing,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  sounding  post  punk/gothic  rock  guitar  solos  and  leads,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  they  use  full  chords  and  finger  picking  to  bring  a  folk  music  feeling  to  the  recording

  Vocals  are  all  clean  singing  vocals,  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful, heavy  and  dark  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  with  some  of  the  songs  being long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Wholly  Failure  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  harsh  noise,  gothic,  punk,  shoegaze  and  post  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this   band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cold  Slow  Rain"  and  "Avalon  And  Everything  After".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

777 Babalon Interview


1. Can you tell us a little bit about the project for those that have never heard of you before?

 We started this project in september 2012 as just an idea to do some ambient. Both of us have black metal bands and other activities, but we considered making something darker and more "free" than black metal, because in ambient everything is possible.
 We made our first track called "Last Equinox" and it was a good beginning, so we continued with making other songs and having some rehearsals.

2. How would you describe your musical sound?

 Occult Dark Ambient/Noise.

3. I know that the band name and songs cover alot of Crowley and Thelema themes, can you tell us a little bit about your interests in these areas and also do you have an interest in any other forms of Occultism?

 The first book what I have read was Satanic Bible from LaVey, I think LaVey has great ideas in some ways, but still it's very focused on Christianity and without it a half of the Satanic Bible would have no meaning. I like and I try to live with idea "Do What Thou Wilt"
 and also in our music you can hear this Law. My parts are done through this idea. Everything is made as I will it. With this worldview I am happier and life is for me more easier.

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

 We had only one show till now in the capital of Slovakia. It was our first experience to peform in different way. The performance is audiovisual, so we also have to focus on the visual part (making a ritual during the performance) and not only on the music.
 And it is not a problem, because one of us makes the visual part and screams and the other one makes sounds, noises, samples.

5. Do you have any touring plans for the future?

 Yes, to make some weird shows and to scare people throughout Slovakia and other countries.

6. Recently Depressive Illusions put out your new album, what are your thoughts on the final product?

 Actually we consider "Alchymical only a EP, although it's 47 minutes long. We are satisfied with the work of Depressive Illusions.

7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of dark ambient and occult music?

 In Slovakia, we haven't got to the big scene, but there are more shows coming.
 After our first live performance we had only positive feedbacks and people enjoyed it. Some had to leave the room, because they were scared or perhaps disgusted with the visual prformance.
 Also I was suprised with the fact that people made many video records from our show so I'm satisfied.

8. What is going on with the black metal projects these days?

 I play the guitar in band called Surt and now we are finishing our first full length. The other member plays in Nevaloth, who are recording a new album by now, and also in Abbey ov Thelema, which will release a new album by the end of April.

9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

 We don't want to stay at dark ambient at all, we will try to put there some drone stuff and to make an experiment with ambient black metal.

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

 The main influence was from Burzum, Wongraven and Neptune Towers, but nowadays its Wardruna, Gravetemple and Phragments.
 Thats for ambient. Im a huge fan of oldschool black metal, so mainly I listen to Darkthrone, Burzum, Satyricon, Taake, Nargaroth...and also I really like the Czech scene of black metal. The best ones from Czech republic are for me Sekhmet, Bloody Lair, Sezarbil and Trautenauer 666.

11.Outside of music what are some of your interests?

 Nearly every weekend I'm on ice and playing ice hockey. Further I like philosophy and history (from philosophy besides Thelema it's Nietzsche, Schopenhauer and Hobbes and from history the stuff about paganism and religions)

12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

 We will continue with sharing our main idea and spreading our philosophy and please don't be a part of the crowd, be yourself, be an individualist. It will open your eyes from the blind faith.
 Don't wait and live here and now!

These questions were answered by A (samples, noises)

Here you can see us performing live : http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VO72IwSYWzA

Field Of Spears/Pale Eulogies/Broken Limb Recordings/2011 EP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  ep  from  Field  Of  Spears  with  the  music  style  being  a  mixture  of  dark  and  neo  folk  with t he  ep  being  called  "Pale  Eulogies"  which  was  released  in  2011  by  Broken  Limb  Recordings.

  Acoustic  guitars  use  finger  picking  and  full  chords  to  bring  a  very  dark  neo-folk  sound  to  the recording,  while  the  singing  is  mostly  clean  singing  neo  folk  vocals  with  some  more  aggressive  elements  being  used  at  times.

  Lyrics  cover  the  impending  chill  of  autumn  and  the  inescapable  finality  of  death,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark, r aw  and  primitive  sound  to  it  with  only  3  songs  being  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Field  Of  Spears  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  and  neo  folk,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Before  The  Pale".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.  

Monday, April 22, 2013

Field Of Spears/Serpent & Sodom/Broken Limb Recordings/2011 CD Review


  Field  Of  Spears  are  a  band  from  Maine  that  plays  Lo-fi/Neo Folk/Neo Classical  with  some  metal  influences  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2011  album  "Serpent  &  Sodom"  which  was  released  by  Broken  Limb  Recordings.

  Drums  are  all  slow  to  mid  paced  beats  that  have  a  very  militant  feeling  to  them,  while  the  synths have  a  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sound  combing  neo   folk  and  neo  classical  together  to  create  a sound  of  their  own.

  Acoustic  guitars  use  full  chords   and  finger  picking  to  bring  a  folk  music  feeling  to  the  recording,  while  the  vocals  are  all  neo  folk  clean  singing  with  the  lyrics  covering  summers  ending,  occultism  and  the  power  of  sin,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Field  Of  Spears  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  neo-folk  and  neo-classical  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should c heck  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Red  Serpent  At  Sodom"  "The  Green  Serpent"  "The  Grey  Serpent"  and  "The  Black  Serpent". RECOMMENDED  BUY.  

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

777 Babalon/Alchymical Androgyne/Depressive Illusions/2013 EP Review


777  Babalon  are  a  band  from  Slovakia  that  consists  of  band  members  from  the  black  metal  scene with  a  musical  style  I  would  describe  as  being  ritualistic/occult  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  ep  "Alchymical  Androgyne".

  Drum  programming  are  all  slow  beats,  while  the  synths  and  sound  effects  bring  a  very  ritualistic  occult  dark  ambient  sound  to  the  music  mixting  in  elements  of  martial,  noise  and  experimental  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  mixed  in  with  some  distorted  deep  demonic  growls  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  ritualistic  parts, while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Satanism,  Magick,  Thelema,  Alchemy  and  the  writings  of  Aliester  Crowley, as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it  with  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  777  Babalon  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  occult,  ritualistic,  black  ambient  and  noise  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Neosatanic  Cosmosophy"  and  "Salt,  Sulphur  And  Mercury".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.