Thursday, October 29, 2015

Poyezd Rodina/Funeral Tears/Frozen Tranquility/Symbol Of Domination Productions/Metallic Media/2015 Split CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Russia/Ukraine's  Poyezd Rodina  and  and  Russia's  Funeral  Tears  called  "Frozen  Tranquility  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Symbol  Of  Domination  Productions  and  Metallic  Media  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with Poyezd Rodina  a  band  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  funeral  doom  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  avant  garde  keyboard  sound  that  also  brings  in  a  touch  of  folk  music  and  after  the  drum  beats  kick  in  the  music  starts  getting  more  heavy,  melodic  and  depressive  while  also  being  very  atmospheric  at  the  same  time  and  when  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  they  bring  an  influence  of  black  metal  onto  the  recording.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  musical  fashion  and  all  3  of  their  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  mix  in  a  decent  amount  of  death  metal  growls  and  violins  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  their  songs  along  with  acoustic  guitars being  added  in  time  that  also  add  in  a  touch  of  post  rock  and  all  of  theri  songs  remain  true  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  Poyezd  Rodina  plays  a  style  of  funeral  doom  metal t hat  is  very  atmospheric  and  melodic  and  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  black  metal,  the  production  on  their  side  of  the  recording  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Russian  and  cover  Death  and  Poestics  of  Russian  Existentialism.

  In  my  opinion  Poyezd  Rodina  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  funeral  doom  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Only  Death".

  Next  up  is  Funeral  Tears    a  solo  project  that plays  funeral  doom   metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  funeral  doom  metal  sound  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  his  songs  and  after  awhile  grim  death  metal g rowls  make  their  presence  known  on  his  side  of  the  recording  and  all  3  of  his  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark  and  melodic  sounding  and  some  of  the  vocals  also  bring  back  some  of  the  90's  atmospheric  doom/death  metal  style  while  some  of  the  screams  also  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal   and  all  of  his  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  without  any  mid  tempo  or  fast  parts  and  spoken  words  can  be  heard  briefly  on  the  last  track.

  Funeral  Tears  plays  a  style  of  funeral  doom  metal  that  is  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  sounding  and also  mixes  in  some  90's  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Russian  and  English  and  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Funeral  Tears  are  a  very  great  sounding  solo  funeral  doom  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Hope".

   In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  funeral  doom  metal.  8  out  of  10.

 

  

   

Monday, October 26, 2015

Abysmal Growls Of Despair/Between My Dead/Satanath Records/More Hate Productions/Black Plague Records/2015 CD Review


  France's  Abysmal  Growls  Of  Despair  have  returned  with  a  new  album  continuing  his  mixture  of  funeral  doom   metal  and  drone  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  album  "Between  My  Dead"  which   will  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath Records,  More Hate Productions  and Black Plague Records.

  A  very  dark  and  atmospheric  ambient  drone  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  reverb  noises  and  synths  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length   and  after  the  intro  a  very  heavy  bass  guitar  kicks  in  and  also   takes  the  funeral  doom  metal  direction  and  also  adds  in  death  metal  growls.

  At  times  the  music  brings  in  elements  of  90's  doom/death  metal  sound  and  the  songs  continue  the  tradition  of  previous  recordings  where  the  bass  guitar  is  the  lead  instrument  while  lead  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  clean  playing  and  sound  effects  are  brought  in  briefly  and  on  the  last  track  brings   in  a  few  seconds  of  violins  and  the  whole  album  sticks  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  Abysmal  Growls  Of  Despair   creates  another  album  that  remains  true  to  funeral  doom  while  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  drone  and  ambient  to  create  a  very  dark  and  heavy  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropic,  depression  and  despair  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  from  Abysmal  Growls  Of  Despair   and  if  you  are a  funeral  doom  metal  and  drone,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The End  Of  Previous  Life"  and  "Wake  Up".  8  out  of  10.     

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Noestalgya Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your musical project?
1.Hello..First I Say Thanks To This Interview Noestalgya is A Digital Project Dark Ambient With Litle Atmospheric Born in August 2014 in Pekalongan City, Indonesia First Single is "Kesunyian" Release on youtube Me "Noer Setiawan Alghoyadi is Multi Instrumental

    2.You have released a good amount of material so far, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
2.I Call My Music "Dark Instrument Ambient"with Litle Atmosphere, I Play Slow to Get Effect Down,Sorrow and Depresion

    3.So far the musical has been all instrumental, are you open to using vocals in the future?
3.Yes I have Plan Want Make Noestalgya Become Genre Depressive Black Metal

    4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Noestalgya'?
4.Hmm..I Think Noestalgya is Name Appropiate Like Theme Depressive,Sorrow,Sadness, and I Want Share That "Whatever Your Past Memory, Pain or Happy is Someone Can Estabilish You Be Better"

    5.You record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?
5.Yess..I Agree Working With Other Musician, I & Near To The Stars Dark Ambient From Brazil Make Song "In Living Death" Near To Stars Make Instrument and I In vocal, I Really Interested To Make New Project With Other Musician

    6.You have released a lot of music in 2015, do you put a great amount of time and effort into creating music?
6.No Like That..My Time 50%To School & I Just Make Song in Vacation & Holiday


    7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the various labels that you have worked with so far?

    8.What are some of the bands that you have shared splits with so far?
7.Misantropia Records (Indonesia) Salute Records (Sweden) Cvlminis (Rusia) Winterwolf Records (Germany) Vibrio Cholerae Records (Ukraine) Sinister Figure Production (Argentina) 8.Sadness of Pluto (Drone Noise Ambient) Saturn Form Essence (Space Drone Ambient) & Nocturnal Toxin & Carnage (DSBM)

    9.On the last release you did a few cover tracks, what was the decision behind doing your own version of these songs?
9.Because I Respect They Nothing They I Not Have Inspiration

    10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and dark ambient?
 10.I Think That Imposible Because I Recording All My Track With Aplication and Software not Record in Studio

    11.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?
11.I Want Release Tribute For My Inspiration And Working New Material To Noestalgya and My Other Project

    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.Burzum,Darkthrone,Nocturnal Depression,Nicrotek,Sial,Depressiva Melodia,Saturn Form Essence,Ksatria Noesantara Now I Always Listening Nicrotek..

    13.What are some of your non musical interests?
13. I'm Really Busy Now My Time 80% To School Because be Held Examination National

    14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
14.Thanks Everyone For Support Noestalgya "KEEP CALM AND STAY LISTEN MUSIC KELAM (sorrow )" **Salam Noestalgya
Percakapan Obrolan Berakhir

Friday, October 23, 2015

O.S.I.R.I.S/The Conquest Of Planet Death Vol. 1/Tyrannus Records/2015 Full Length Review


 O.S.I.R.I.S  are  a  musical project  from  Chile  that  plays  a  very  occult,  experimental  and  avant  garde  from  of  music  with  touch  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is a  review  of  his  2015  album    "The Conquest Of Planet Death Vol. 1"  which  was  released by  Tyrannus  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  experimental  drone  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  the  music  also  sounds  very  avant garde  and  ritualistic  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  gets  more  distorted  and  also  adds  in   drums  and  grim  vocals  that  also  add  a  touch  of  black metal  to  the  recording  and  you  can  also  hear  guitars  in  the  background  at  times.

  At  times  the  guitars  can  be  very  experimental  and  the  synths  also  add  more  ritualistic  elements  to  the  music  when  they  are  utilized  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses the  music  starts  getting  more  diverse  as  well  as  adding  in  psychedelic  elements  at  times  and  some tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  after  awhile  the  guitars  start  getting  heavy  and  add  elements  of  black  and  doom  metal  onto  the  recording.

  O.S.I.R.I.S   plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  ritual,  avant  garde,  experimental  and  drone  and  mixes  them  with  elements  of  black  and  doom  metal  to create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Crowley,  Egyptian,  Atlantis,  Magick  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  O.S.I.R.I.S  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of   occult,  experimental  and  avant  garde  music  with  a  touch  of  black  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE   "Descending  From  Outer  Space"  "The  Tree  Of  Life  And  Death"  and  "Flesh  Of  Death".  8  out  of  10.  


Belaqua Shua Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your musical project?
1. I play music since I was thirteen. I've been playing with different people in the last twenty years but I'm mostly a lonesome musician, I'm still trying to reach my way and "Where is everybody else?" by Belaqua Shua is my late debut, my first born child.



2.Recently you have released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
2. Every sound comes from acoustic instruments, mostly by my cheap cello, but also zither, harmonium balalaika, clarinet, classic guitar and a little bit of piano. Voices play a big role in defining the atmosphere of the tracks, even though they appear later than music they become suddenly part of it. If I should define Belaqua's music with an image I would say: it's like standing alone in front of a lake in a desert area, wondering if it would be better  jump into the water or stay and contemplate the surroundings.



3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
3. Neither topics nor subjects, maybe feelings: longing, boredom, abandon, homesickness, unfulfillment, beauty, desire. I employ texts from different sources, but they become part of the music, at least this is what I mean to do with them.



4.Can you tell us a little bit more about the other musicians that where on your album and what their contributions where?
4. I play all the music.

5.Have you done any live shows or has this been a studio project so far?
5. Never played this music live. I hope one day.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the deal you have signed  with Triple Moon Records?
6. I found Triple Moon Records on Soundcloud where I have appreciated the releases. Thanks to Nicola Fornasari of Xu(e), a beautiful project by two italian musicians, I got in contact with Philippe Blache, who immediately appreciated my music. Et voilĂ , the record was out! All has happened very fast. Triple Moon is one of the first label I met when I put my music on Soundcloud this spring, and It's still one of my favourite.



7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of folk, ambient and experimental?
7. A worldwide failure! Belaqua Shua is a brand new project and I am no "social" (no facebook or twitter, just a little bit of soundcloud), so I have had few opportunities so far to reach the world outside. Fans of folk, ambient and experimental music, please, get yourselves together and come to me!



8.Are you also involved with any other musical projects?
8. I am a member of the italian band Morose. I've been playing with this band for quite longtime, we made some records and we toured Italy and part of Europe. As the best red wine, we get better as we get older, even if nobody seems to care now, alas! I collaborated with other project such as the electroacoustic Campofame and the songwriter My dear killer, both from Italy, and I'm currently working with a talented young musician from Brighton, her name is Beth Chesser.



9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
9. Being optimistic, I see myself playing music in the same way, in my room, maybe with some other instruments, with the desperate desire of recording some better stuff every time.



10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and  also what you listening to nowadays?
10. I think that William Basinski, Jon Hassell, Luciano Cilio, Giacinto Scelsi, Popul Vuh, late Talk Talk are the kind of (impossible) target when I try to do my best with music. I have been listening to a lot of different stuff in the past twenty years: metal, grunge, post rock, contemporary, classical...
I'm found of the sound of the Sixties, expecially the Texas psychedelia and other obscure pearls.
I love the sound of piano, especially the works of Satie, Chopin, Fauré and Listz.
I love waltz. The answer of the question number nine could definitely be: I would like to compose a great waltz.



11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11. I used to love poetry.
 I like cinema, my favourite directors are Louis Bunuel, Andrej Tarkovskij, Alain Resnais, Werner Herzog. But I also like italian movies and directors from the fifties to the seventies. I suggest to the readers the beautiful work of Vittorio De Seta (not De Sica!) about the lost world of the south of Italy of the fifties, a series of stunning documentaries entirely made by the director when he was young, amazing.
I would like to play music for films, I'm looking for directors or movie makers!



12.Before we wrap up this interview do you have any final words or thoughts?
12. Thanks a lot to your readers and to the ones who have listened or are going to listen to my first solo album.  Best regards from the wasteland, Italy.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Un/The Tomb Of All Things/Black Bow Records/2015 CD Review


  Un  are  a  band  from  Seattle,  Washington  that  plays  a  mixture  of  funeral  doom  and  post  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015 album  "The  Tomb  Of  All  Things"  which  will  be  rleeased  in  December by  Black  Bow  Records.

 A  very  dark  and  atmospheric  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drones  and  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts getting  a  lot  more  heavy  and  goes  into  a  funeral  doom  metal  direction  and  after  awhile  deep  death  metla  growls  start  becoming  a  very  huge  part  of  most  of  the  songs.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  also  hear  some  depressive  sounding  melodies  in  some  of  the guitar  riffing  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  true  to  a  very  dark  and  melodic  musical  direction  and  when  clean  playing  is  utilized  they  give  the  songs  more  of  a  post  rock  feeling  and  regular  singing  can  also  be  heard at  times  and  the  whole  album  also  sticks  to  mostly  a  very  slow  musical  direction   and  there  is  also a  brief  use  of  black  metal  screams  and  spoken  word  parts  at  times  and  on  the  last  track  the  music  speeds  up  briefly  and  also  utilizes  a  few  seconds  of  blast  beats.

  Un  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  funeral  doom  and  90's  atmospheric  doom/death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  modern  post  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  melancholic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Un  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  funeral  doom  and  post  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Forgotten  Path"  and  "The  Tomb  Of  All  Things".  8  out  of  10.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Beneath The Storm/Devil's Village/Argonauta Records/2015 CD Review


  Beneath  the  Storm  are  a  solo  project  from  Slovenia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  down  tempo  mixture  of  funeral  doom  metal,  drone  and  sludge  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  album  "Devil's  Village"  which  was  released  by  Argonauta  Records.

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  that  are  also  a  huge  part  of  the  recording  which  leads  up  to  a  heavier  musical  direction  that  also  sees  the  music  mixing  funeral  doom  and  sludge  together  along  with  some  deep  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  high  pitched  screams  that  also  gives  the  music  a  touch  of  black  metal.

  A  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  as  the  album  progresses  drones  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  music  and  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  and  occult  atmosphere  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  yet  heavy  and  dark  musical  direction  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording  and  after  awhile  synths  also  make  their  return  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Beneath  The  Storm  creates  another  album  that  takes  funeral  doom  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  slowest,  darkest  and  heaviest  style  of  sludge  and  also  mixing  in  drones  and  horror  movie  samples  to  create  a  very  dark  and  occult  sounding  recording,  the  production  sound s  very  dark  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  on  the  cult  classic  movie  "City  Of  The  Dead".

   In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Beneath  the  Storm,  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  funeral  doom  metal.  sludge  and  drone,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Witches  Sabbath"  "Starting  The  Ritual"  and  "Moonlight  Through the  trees".  8  out  of  10.  

     

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Belaqua Shua/Where Is Everybody Else/Triple Moon Records/2015 CD Review


  Belaqua  Shua  is  a  solo  artist  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  drone,  avant  folk  and free  form  experimental  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  album  "Where Is Everybody Else"  which  was  released  by  Triple  Moon  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  atmospheric  ambient  sound  starts  of  the  album  before  adding  in  electro  acoustic guitars and  violins  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  avant  garde,  neo  classical  and  drone  elements  which  also  makes  the  sound s more  experimental  and  original  and  after  awhile spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs.

  At  times  the  music  can  be  very  ritualistic  and  the  music  gets  more  diverse  with  each  track  and  all  of  the  songs  sound  very  different  from  each  other  and  there  are  also some  male  and  female  vocals  being utilized  at  times  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  neo  folk  feeling  and  as  the  album  progresses  more  folk  instruments  find  their  way  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  other  tracks  also mixing  in  a  small  amount  of  drones.

   Belaqua  Shua  takes  a  variety  of many  different  genres  from  drone,  ambient,  avant  garde,  neo  folk  and  drone  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Italian  and  English  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Belaqua  Shua  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  dark  drone,  avant  folk  and free  form  experimental ,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "My Water,  My  Fire"  "Where Is Everybody Else"  and  Shipwreck  In  A  Dream".  8  out  of  10.  

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Order Of Victory/Sacris Tandem/Strength Of Materials/Casus Belli Musica/2015 Split CD Review


  Russia's  Order  Of  Victory  and  Sacris  Tandem  team  up  together  on  this  recording  and  mix  the  neo-folk,  industrial,  martial,  ritual  and ambient  genres  together  and  this is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Strength  Of  Materials"  which  was  released  by  Casus  Belli  Musica.

   A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  ambient  drone  sound  starts  off  the  album   and  the  music  also  gets  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  at  times  and  after  awhile  spoken  word  parts  start  becoming  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  when  female  vocals  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  an  operatic  feeling.

  The  whole  track  that  is  present  on  this  recording  is  almost  50  minutes  in  length  and  there  are  also  a  great  amount  of  synths,  distorted  sounds  and  bells  present  through  the  album  and  the  music  also  gets  very  ritualistic  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  vocals  start  getting  more  demonic  at  times  and  after  awhile  martial  and militant  drum  beats  are  added  into  the  music  at  times  and  they  add  a  war  like  atmosphere to  the  ambience  this  recording  creates.

  Order  Of  Victory  and   Sacris  Tazndem  combine  their  different  styles  together  to  create  an  almost  50  minute  track  that  captures  a  very  underground,  ritualistic,  ambient  and  atmospheric  martial  song  that  demonstrates  a great  amount  of  experimentation  and  originality,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics cover  war  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  joint  effort  from  Order  of  Victory  and  Sacris  Tandem  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  neo-folk,  martial,  ritual,  industrial   and  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  split.  8  out  of  10.    

  

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Father Murphy/Lamentations/Backwards/2015 EP Review


  Father  Murphy  are  a  duo  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  occult  form  of  psychedelic  pop  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "Lamentations"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  backwards.

  Percussion  beats  start  off  the  ep  and  they  also  have  a  militant  feeling  to  them  and  after a  couple  of  minutes  clean  singing  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  they  also  have  an  occult  style  of  chanting  feeling  to  them  which  also  leads  to  saxophones  and  female  vocals  being  added  onto  the  recording.

  Both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  second  track  starts  out  with  noises  before  adding  in  drones  and  avant  garde  sounds  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  stringed  instruments  find  their  way  into  the  song  and  halfway  through the  track  male  and  female  vocals  make  their  presence  known  and  they  add  a  very  ritualistic  style  of  singing  and  towards  the  end  heavy  guitars  make  their  presence  known.

  Father  Murphy  continue  the  psychedelic  occult  pop  rock  sound  of  previous  recordings  while  also  getting  more  dark  and  avant  garde  as  well  as  adding  another  dimension  to  their  sound,  the production  sounds  very  dark  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  metaphysical  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  ather  Murphy  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  themes  psychedelic  avant  garde  pop  music,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Lamentations".  8  out  of  10.    

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Cober Od/Le Revers du Soleil/Mantra Spentra/Nomos Dei/2015CD Review


  Cober  Od  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  blacked  mixture  of  industrial,  ritual  and  experimental  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "/Le Revers du Soleil"  which  was  reeased  as  a  joint  effort  between  Mantra Spentra  and  Nomos Dei.

The  album  starts  out silently  before sounds  are  brought  onto  the  recording  and  after  awhile  fields  recordings and  noises  become  a  huge  part  of  the  music  along  with some  elements  of  ambient  along  with  some  vocals  that  are  done  in  more  of  a  grim  black  metal  fashion  and  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length.

  At  times  the  music  can  be  very  tribal,  experimental  and  ritualistic  sounding  along  with  elements  of drone  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  harsh  noise,  power  electronics  and  industrial start  becoming  a  huge  part  of  the  bands  musical  style  which  also  brings  in  ancient  shamanistic  and  animism  rituals  from  the  early  primitive  beginnings  of  humankind.

  Cober  Ord  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  underground  industrial,  experimental,  noise,  drone  and  ritualistic  music  and  mixes  them  with  black  metla  screams  to  create  a  style  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  song  themes  deal  with  Occultism,  Rituals  and  Animism.

  In  my  opinion  Cober  Ord  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  mixture  of  industrial,  drone,  experimental  and  ritualistic  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cimetiere  Chimeres"  "Danse  Pierre"  and  "Metempsychosis".  8  out  of  10. 

         

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Noestalgya/Good Bye../Cvilminis/2011 EP Review


  Noestalgya  are  a  solo  project  from  Indonesia  that  plays an  instrumental  and  depressive  form  of  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2011  ep "Good  Bye..."  which  was  released  by  Cvlminis.

  A  very  dark  ambient  synth  sound  starts  off  the  album  bringing  in  the  atmosphere  of  the  ambient  tracks  black  metal  bands  did  in  the  mid  90's  and  there  are  no  vocals  or  lyrics  present  anywhere  on  the  recording  and  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  very  slow,  primitive   yet  calm  musical  direction  while  different  sounding  keys  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  the  recording closes  with  cover's  of  Burzum's  "The  Crying  Orc"  and  "Sial's  "Busuk  Hati".

  Noestalgya  plays  a  style  of  dark  ambient  that  is  all  instrumental  and  depressive  sounding  while  also being  all  done  on  synths  and  bringing  in  an  influence  of  black  metal  and  th e production  also  has  a  very  dark  sound.

  In  my  opinion  Noestalgya  are  a  very  great  sounding  instrumental  and  depressive  dark  ambient  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Goodbye"  and  "And  Only  Night  Can  Help  Me".  8  out  of  10.

       

Monday, October 5, 2015

Dark Occvlt Ritual/Hazardal/Ater Lunae Templi/2015 EP Review


 Dark  Occvlt  Ritual  are  a  duo  from  Brazil  that  has  been  featured  before in  this  zine  and  plays  a musical  style I  would  describe  as  being  occult  dark  ritual  ambient   and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "Hazardala"  which  was  released  by  Ater  Lunae  Templi.

  Dark  sounding  drones  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  atmospheric  elements  and  you  can  also  hear  noises  being  utilized  in  the  background  at  times  while  synths  have  a  very  strong  presence  on  the  recording  ad  they  bring  in  a  heavy  influence  from  ambient  music  and  as  time  goes on  by  the  sounds  of  thunder  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  song  which  is  over  33  minutes  in  length  and  is  also  the  only  song  present  on  the  recording  and  the  song  is  instrumental.

  Dark  Occvlt  Ritual  creates  another  recording  that  is  very  ritualistic  and  occult  but  done  in  more  of  a  dark  ambient  direction,  songwriting  and  vocals  are  all  absent  from  the  recording  with  the  music  being  all instrumental,  while  the  production  sounds  very dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dark  Occvlt  Ritual  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  and  ritualistic  dark  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  8  out  of  10.