Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Degtras/Hominade Resonance/Wood And Stone Productions/2016Full Length Review


  Degtras  are  a  musical  project  from  the  United  States  that  plays  a  dark  and  ritualistic  form  of  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2016 album  "Hominade  Resonance"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Wood  And  Stone  Production.

  A  very  dark  ambient  soundscape  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some whispers in the  background  a  few  seconds  later  and  elements  of  industrial  and  experimental  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  at  times  and  a lot  of  the  music  is  very  ritualistic  and  as  the  ep  progresses  the  music  starts  getting more  distorted  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording   and  all  3  of  the  tracks  sound  very  different  from  each other  and  on  the  last  track  melodic  chanting  is  added  into the  music.

  Degtras  plays  a  style  of  music  that  takes  dark  ambient  soundscapes,  trance  and  noise  and  mixes  it  in  with  ritualistic  music  to  create  a  musical  style  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Shamanism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Degtras  are  a  very  great  sounding  ritualistic  dark  ambient  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Ancient  Forest".  8  out  of  10.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Sonoran Rebel Black Magick/Desert hellfire/New Density/2016 EP Review


  Sonorian  Rebel  Black  Magick  are  a  solo  project  from  Arizona   that   consists  of   Andrew  Markuszewski  of  Lord  Mantis  and  Avichi  and  plays  a  mixture  of  western  outlaw  folk  music  and  doom  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  ep  "Desert  Hellfire" which  was  released by  New  Density.

  Acoustic  guitars  that  also  use  a  great  amount  of  finger  picking  start  off  the  recording along  with  some  percussion's  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  melodic  vocals  make  their  presence  known  on t he  recording  and  whispers  can  also  be  heard  in t he  music  at  times  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  lot  of  neo  folk  elements.

  At  times  the  music  brings  in  the  atmosphere  of  driving  through  a  southwestern  dessert  and  the  guitars  also bring  in  a  great  amount  of  full  chords  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  very long and epic in length  and  while  the  music  is  all  acoustic you  can  still  hear  a  small  amount  of  doom  metal  elements  in  the  songs.

  Sonoran  Rebel  Black  Magick  plays  a musical  style  that  takes  a  western  form  of  folk  music  and  mixes  it  in  with  a  touch  of  doom  to  create  a  style  of t heir  own, t he  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  burying  enemies  in  nameless  graves,  long  rambling  nights  and  general  outlaw  behavior.

  In  my  opinion  Sonoran Rebel  Black  Magick are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  Western  outlaw  folk  music  and  acoustic  doom  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Little  Boy".  8  out  of  10.
         

Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Visit/Through Darkness Into Light/2015 CD Review


  The  Visit  are  a duo  from  Ottawa,  Canada  that  plays  an  experimental  form  of  avant  garde  classical  music  with  metal  influences  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released 2015  album  "Through  Darkness  Into  Light".

  Cello  playing  starts  off  the  album  and  is  also  very  diverse  in  the  way  the  instrument  is approached  and when  female  vocals  are  added  onto the  recording  they  are  very  ethereal  and  operatic  sounding  and  at  times  the  cello's  get  very  extreme  and  add  a  touch  of  black  metla  onto  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  only  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  are  cello's  and  vocals  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  elements  of  neo  folk,  classical,  avant  garde,  progressive  and  chamber  music  along  with  some  touches  of  Middle  Eastern  and  Persian  music  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  tribal  and  ethnic feeling.

  The  Visit  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  done  with  cello's  and  vocals  and  is mostly  rooted  in  neo  folk, classical,  chamber  and  ethnic  music  while  also  having  a  touch  of black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Visit  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental,  avant  garde  classical music  project  with  a  touch  of  metal  and  if  you  are a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out this  duo. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Without  The  Flesh"  and  "Through  Darkness".  8  out  of  10.      

Wrekmeister Harmonies/Night Of Your Ascension/Thrill Jockey/2015 CD Review


  Wreckmeister  Harmonies  are  a  band  from  the  United  States  that  plays  a  mixture  of  drone  and funeral  doom  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Night Of Your Ascension"  which  was  released  by  Thrill  Jockey.

  A very  atmospheric  sound  along with  some  female  vocals  start  off  the  album  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  drones  which  are  done  mostly  on  synths  and  after  a  few  minutes  classical  guitars  along  with  violins can  be  heard  in  the  background  and  the  vocals  also  start  going  into more  of  an  operatic  direction.

  Both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  getting more  experimental  and  avant  garde  along  with  the  second  track  taking  those  influences  to  another  level  and  when  guitars  are  added  onto  the  recording  they  take  the  music  into  a  heavier  funeral  doom  metal  direction  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in the  music  at  times  and  male  vocals  ban  also  be  hard  briefly  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  growls  and  screams  that  also  give  the  music  a  touch  of  black   metal  and  the  whole  album  also  sticks  to  a  very  slow  musical direction.

  Wreckmeister  Harmonies  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  ethereal,  drone,  funeral  doom  and  black  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  dark,  heavy  and  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Wreckmeister  Harmonies  are  a  very great  sounding  mixture  of  drone  and  funeral  doom  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  if  you are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Night  of  your Ascension".         

Friday, March 25, 2016

Phobocosm Interview

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

We’ve been mainly concentrating on rehearsing for our US East Coast tour with Mitochondrion and Auroch in May as well as playing shows with our side-projects. A lot of time was also invested in making sure everything is ready for the tour, which can be a really time-consuming and frustrating process.



2.In May you have a new album coming out, 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?

When we finally released “Deprived” in September 2014, the writing process had been done for over two years, so of course our influences and the way we write songs had evolved by the time we started writing songs for our second effort. I feel that the material on “Bringer Of Drought” is a better representation of where we’re at musically at this point in our existence. The new songs are definitely darker and the doomy, slow parts are a little more present on the new album.

Chaos, darkness and pain have always been the three main ingredients in our songs, but while “Deprived” was a little more focused on the chaotic aspect of our music, I would say that this aspect took a backseat on “Bringer Of Drought”. The new album is definitely more focused on pain and darkness rather than on chaos and dissonance. This might change again on our future releases since we still love this type of stuff, but this is how those new songs turned out when we wrote them.



3.The band has been around since 2008 but so far has only released 2 albums, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?

We formed Phobocosm in January 2008 after leaving our former band Vengeful, so from 2008 until 2010, we learned a few cover songs of bands that we like and I also wrote our first batch of original songs. We kept working on those songs and we found our sound sometime in 2010, after which I decided to scrap the material that we had at that point and to start anew in a more collaborative way. The new songs that emerged from this collaboration were written over a period of one year from late 2010 to late 2011. We rehearsed and perfected those songs for months until we were 100% satisfied with them.

We recorded drum tracks for what would become Deprived in late 2011, but just as we were getting ready to start recording guitar tracks at the beginning of 2012, our other guitar player left the band. A good friend of ours then joined the band and we started playing live in our hometown. We then resumed the recording of our first album, but the engineer we used just couldn’t seem to come up with the sound we had in mind. We decided to scrap everything besides drum tracks and vocals and re-record everything else and then we hired Colin Marston to mix and master our album in early 2014. Shortly after, we signed with Dark Descent Records but we had to wait until September 2014 to release “Deprived” since we were still working on the artwork after the mixing and mastering of the album.



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

“Bringer Of Drought” was not necessarily intended to be a concept album per se, but as the writing of the lyrics progressed, we noticed that each song had some kind of relationship with one of the four elements bringing chaos and destruction upon mankind, so we decided to use this to our advantage and to emphasize this while working on the subsequent drafts of the lyrics.



5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Phobocosm'?

When we started to look for a band name, we wanted to find a unique name that would not sound like any other band name without having to resort to using a really long one, so our best bet was to form a new word using existing words. Phobocosm is a combination of the words “Phobos” and “Cosmos”, so it loosely translates to fear of cosmos (cosmos as in the opposite of chaos, nothing to do with space). Since chaos plays a huge part in our music, we felt that it was an appropriate name for our band and we also liked how it sounded, so we just went with it.

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

I think some of our best shows are the ones we did with Vengeful and Incantation. Our album release shows with Thantifaxath and Adversarial were really good shows too. We also had the chance to share the stage with Ulcerate, Chthe’ilist, Bölzer, Mgła and At The Gates among others.

We try our best to create a dark, unsettling, hypnotizing mood when we play live by playing as loud and intensely as possible and by using oppressive, harsh-sounding samples between songs as well as dark visuals when the venue allows us to do so. Mood and atmosphere are the two most important things for us when it comes to playing live along with replicating the original recorded version of each song as closely as possible, of course.



7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

As I mentioned previously, we are doing a short US East Coast tour with fellow Canadian bands Mitochondrion and Auroch in May on the way to MDF 2016. We also have some offers for shows and tours, but nothing confirmed yet. We would definitely like to do a European tour at some point, maybe next year.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of dark death metal?

Of course we’re fans of our own music since we’re into bands that play in a similar style, but we really didn’t know what to expect when we first started playing live and when we finally released our first album in terms of reception. Luckily, the reception we got was beyond our expectations and we couldn’t be happier with everything that's happened to us since the band’s inception. We play music for ourselves first and foremost, but I'd be lying if I said that the fact that the vast majority of the reviews we read for “Deprived” were very positive didn't make us proud. I’m glad we waited until we had material that was strong enough before releasing anything because we still really like our first album and we don’t have shitty demos circulating around that we don’t want anyone to hear.

9.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?

All of us have side-projects which allow us to experiment with other musical styles. Our drummer and I are in an old-school death metal band with a bunch of old friends called Obsolete Mankind. This band is purely for fun which is a huge relief for me since I get to play music without worrying about anything else. Our singer rejoined our former band Vengeful a little over a year ago, one of the best local bands in our area. However, our main focus is Phobocosm.



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

Hard to say, really. I think our music will keep oscillating between dark death metal and doom metal. Some albums might lean a little bit more towards one or the other. However, one thing’s for sure: we will keep exploring the darker aspects of both styles and we will make sure we reach our goal, which is to create music that is heavy both musically and atmosphere-wise.



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?

I’ve been influenced by a lot of bands that do not fall in the extreme metal category for this new album. Actually, the main difference between our first and second album is that the material on “Deprived” was a lot more inspired by bands that play in a similar style, whereas the songs on “Bringer Of Drought” were significantly more influenced by bands that do not play death metal at all. As far as metal is concerned, I’ve been listening to a lot of Altarage, Abjvration, Inverloch, Regarde Les Hommes Tomber, Plebeian Grandstand, Irkallian Oracle and Gevurah as well as old favorites like Neurosis, Ulcerate, Gorguts, Incantation, Deathspell Omega, Swans, etc.



12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Personally, I like travelling, visiting historical places, museums, reading, stuff like this. However, I think I can speak for the rest of the band when I say that music comes first. We are 100% devoted to our craft and everything else is secondary.



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

If would you like to be taken to a place where darkness reigns, check out our albums and come see us live. Thanks for the interview.

www.darkdescentrecords.com


Friday, March 18, 2016

Phobocosm/Bringer Of Drought/Dark Descent Records/2016 CD Review


  Phobocosm  are  a  band  from  Montreal,  Quebec,  Canada  that  plays  death  metal  with  some elements  of  doom,  black  metal  and  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Bringer  of  Drought"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Dark  Descent  Records.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  noises  being  in  the  background  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  evolving  more  more  of  a  dark  and  heavy  sound  that  is  very  close  to  doom  metal  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  make  their  presence  known on  the  recording  and  all  of the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Elements  of  ambient  can  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  some morbid  sounding  melodies  and  the  guitar  leads  also bring  in  more  of  a  dark  and  melodic  style  to  the  bands  musical  sound  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  a  touch  of  black  metal  in  the  darker  sections  of  the  music.

  Phobocosm  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  a  very  dark  and  evil  style  of  death  metal  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  ambient,  doom  and  black  metal  to  create  a  musical  style  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Phobocosm  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark  death  metal  band  with  elements  of  ambient,  doom  and  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tidal  Scourge"  and  "Fallen".  8/3  out  of 10. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Ommadon/Self Titled/Medusa Crush/Dry Cough/Burning World/2016 EP Review


  Ommadon  are  a  band  from  Scotland  that  has  been  featured  before  in this  zine  and  plays  an  instrumental  mixture  of  drone and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2016  ep  which  will  be  released  in  April  as  a  joint  effort  between  Medusa  Crush,  Dry  Cough  and  Burning  World. 

  A  very  dark  sounding  drone  starts  off  the  ep  and  also  brings  in  an  atmospheric  feeling  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  more  guitar  noises  are  added  into  the  music  which  slowly  start  evolving  into  more  of  a  slow  yet  heavy  doom  metal  direction  that  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times. 

  Both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there are  no  vocals  or  lyrics  ever  being  utilized  while  the  music  does  bring  in  a  touch  of  sludge  and  funeral  doom  and  none  of  the  songs  ever  bring  in  guitar  solos  and  leads  and  also  sticks  to  a  slow,  dark  and  heavy  sound  throughout  the  recording.

  Ommadon  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  a  very  slow,  dark  and  heavy  mixture  of  drone  and  doom  metal  while  also  staying  away  from  any  vocals  or  songwriting  and  the  production  also  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ommadon  and  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  drone  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  8  out  of  10. 

Monday, March 14, 2016

Funeral Moth/Transcience/Weird Truth Productions/2016 CD Review


  Funeral  Moth  are  a  band  from  Japan  that  plays  a  very  extreme  form  of  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir 2016  album  "Transcience"  which  was  released  by  Weird  Truth  Productions.

  Depressive  clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  and  after  a  minute  it  starts  mixing  in with  a  heavier  sound  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very powerful  which  also  leads  up  to  deat5h  metal  growls  making  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  the  music  starts  going  into  a  funeral  doom  metal  direction.

  Both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  guitar  leads  are  added  into  the  music  they  are  very  dark  and  melodic  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  melodies  at  times  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  very  slow  and  dark  musical  direction  that  also  has  more  in  common  with  the  mid  90's  style  of  funeral  doom  metal  and  spoken  word  parts along  with  some  melodic  chants  are  added  onto  the  last  track..

  Funeral  Moth  plays  a  style  of  funeral  doom  metal  that  is  very  dark,  slow  and  heavy  and  sticks  more  to t he  pure  side  of t he  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  fate,  emptiness  and  hopelessness.

  In  my  opinion  Funeral  Moth  are  a very  great  sounding  funeral  doom  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Lost".  8/3  out  of  10.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Like Rats/II/Southern Lord Records/2016 CD Review


  Like  Rats  are  a  band  from  Illinois  that  plays  a  mixture  of  power  violence,  grindcore  and  death  metal  with  a  touch  of  sludge  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of their  2016 album  "II"  which  will  be  released  on  March  25th  by  Southern  lords  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  you can  also  hear  some  groove  and  melody in  the  music  and  the  music  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  the  music  slows  down  a  great  amount  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  elements  can  be  heard  and  the  vocals  also  throw  in  hardcore  style  screams  at  times  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced and  fast  parts  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  d  beats  and  90's  influences  and  as  the  album  progresses  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  a  couple of  tracks towards  the  end  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  keyboards.

  Like  Rats  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  old  school  death  metal,  power  violence  and  sludge  and  mixes  it  in  with  a  touch  of  black,  groove  metal  and  hardcore  to  create  something  very original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Like  Rats  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of   power  violence,  grindcore  and  death  metal  with  a  touch  of  sludge  and  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "From  Beyond"  "Gates"  and  "Evil Winter".  8  out  of  10.   

   

Black Yo)))ga/Asanas Ritual Vol. 1/Screaming Crow Records/2016 CD Review


  Black  Yo)))ga  are  a band  from  the  United  States  that  mixes  vinysa  style  yoga  mediation  music  with  drone,  noise, stoner  metal,  ambient,  industrial  and  space  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Asanas  Ritual  Vol.  1"  which  was  released  by  Screaming  Crow  Records.

  Field  recordings  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  style  drones  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  also  hear  some  voices  being  mixed  in  the  background  and  after  a  few  minutes  the  music  also  starts  getting  more  atmospheric  along  with  violins  also  making  their  presence  known  on  the  recording.

  Ritualistic  chants  and  mediation's are  used  in the  music  quite  a  bit  bringing  in  more  of  an  eastern  and  esoteric  feeling  to  the  bands  musical  style  and  there  is  also  a  great  amount  of  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  also  being  added  into  the  songs  at  times  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  sounding  and  each  song  sounds  different  from  each other  and  you  can  also hear  some  traces  of  industrial  and  noise  being  mixed  in  the  background  of  the  songs  and  as  the  album  progresses  more female  vocals  can  be  heard  along  with  a  brief  use  of  aggressive  screams  and  when  guitars  are  brought  into  the  music  they  bring  in  the  heaviness  of  space  doom  and  stoner  metal  and  the  screams  also  give  the  music  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  all  of  the  musical instruments  have  a very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  Black  Yo)))ga  plays  a  musical  style t hat  takes  mediation  music  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  atmosphere  of  ambient  industrial,  and  noise  and  the  heaviness  of  space  doom  and  stoner  metal  along  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  to  create  a  musical  style  of  their  own  and  the  production  also  sounds very  professional.

  In  my  opinion  Black  Yo)))ga  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  mediation  music,  done,  ambient,  industrial,  noise,  space  doom  and  stoner  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Dark  Places  In  Our  Lives"  "Negative  Confession"  and  "Loopholes  In  The  Universe".  8  out  of 10.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Immensity/The Isolation Splendour/Hypnotic Dirge Records/Solitude Productions/2016 CD Review


  Immensity  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  doom/death  metal  with  some  funeral  and  progressive  touches  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016 album  "The  Isolation  Splendour"  which  was  released  as  a  joitn  effort  between  Hypnotic  Dirge  Records  and  Solitude  Productions.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  symphonic  keyboards  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  up  to  more  of  a  melodic  doom  metal direction that  also  introduces  death  metal  growls  that  are  very  easy  to  understand  onto  the recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Clean  singing  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  lot  of  influences  from  the  90's  atmospheric  doom/death  metal  era  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  whispers can  be  heard  and  all of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  black metal  elements.

  Immensity  plays  a  style  of  atmospheric  doom/death  metal  that  is  rooted  in  the  90's  style  while  also  updating  the  style  along  with  some  elements  of  funeral  doom  and  progressive  music, the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  reality,  pain,  metaphor,  and  sorrow  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Immensity  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric doom/death  metal  band  with  a  touch  of  funeral  and  progressive  music  and  if you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Heartfelt  Like Dying"  "The  Sullen"  and  "Adornment".  8  out  of  10.    

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Plateau Sigma/Rituals/Avantgarde Music/2016 CD Review


  Plateau  Sigma  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  funeral  doom/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Rituals"  which  was  released  by  Avantgarde  Music.

  Nature  sounds,  laughter,  and  clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  and  after  the intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  atmospheric  funeral  doom  metal  direction  while  also  mixing  in  clean  parts  into  certain  sections  of  the  songs  and  the  vocals  start  out  in  more  of  a  melodic  style  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are present  on  the  recording.

 Spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  and  acoustic  guitars  and  melodic  guitar  leads  could  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  a  progressive  feeling and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and   epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  death  metal  growls  start  making  their  presence  known  in  the  music  and  some  songs  also bring  in  a  very  ritualistic  feeling  and  all of the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  Plateau  Sigma  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  still  rooted  in  the  funeral  doom  metal  style  of  previous  recordings  while  also  getting  more  experimental,  avant  garde  and  progressive  this  time  around, the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Greek/Roman  Paganism.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Plateau  Sigma  and  if  you  are  a fan  of  funeral  doom  metal  or  avant  garde  music,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  bridge  And  The  Abyss"  and  "Rituals  I".  8  out  of  10.