Saturday, October 21, 2017

Hanetration/Ancients/2017 EP Review


  United  Kingdom's  Hanetration  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues his mixture  of  dark ambient,  drone,  idm  and  glitch  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  ep  "Ancients".

  Idm  style  beats  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  elements  of  dark  ambient while  traces  of  glitch  and  drone  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  music  being  instrumental as  well  as  most  of  the  music  being  done  on  synths  and  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  programmed  beats  and  all  of  the  tracks  sound  different  from  each  other.

  Hanetration  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  his  mixture  of  dark  ambient,  drone,  idm  and  glitch  while  also  keeping  everything  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hanetration  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient,  idm,  glitch  and  drone,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fire"  and  "Aether".  8  out  of  10.  

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Trepaneringsritualen Interview

Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?
I just came back from a US tour with Bölzer a month ago and keeping busy with a long string of one-nighters in Europe this fall. There’s a slew of reissues coming over the coming month, but Kainskult is the obvious focus for me right now.

Recently you have released a new album, 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?
Kainskult is pretty much a natural progression from Perfection & Permanence. I suppose the main difference is that there’s more focus on rhythmic material this time around, and less ambient passages. There’s a tangible tribal feel to it, seething and hallucinatory. 

Your lyrics have on the new recording have a gnostic concept to them, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting?
Gnosis is at the very core of T × R × P, so it’s nothing unique to Kainskult. The object of the whole ritual is to achieve enlightenment, so as to be able to escape the bounds of flesh and become God.

Kainskult is first and foremost a celebration of Kain, the original transgressor and heresiarch, and all those who follow in his footsteps. It’s nine chants of defiance, of Willful heresy.

On the website you had some pictures of runes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the Germanic alphabet?
The emanate from time before time, from the whirling chaos of uncreation, and through them, one may communicate with the primordial forces that know no fleshly bounds. In them is contained all the knowledge, all the power, all the mysteries. I’ve only recently begun working with them in earnest, but it’s proven to be a very rewarding journey thus far.

What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Trepaneringsritualen’?
I never chose the name, it was given to me along with the task of carrying the curse that is T × R × P. I willingly go where I am lead. I believe the name hides many meanings, but the core would be to open ones third eye and thus come in full communion with all the gods, and all that lay beyond the created worlds.

On the albums you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians?
That is not entirely true, there’s a number of outside collaborators, without whom Kainskult would not have been the same. Thanks and praise are due to Blitzkrieg Baby, Lina Baby Doll, Veil of Light, Nordvargr, Idlu Lili Regulus, Michael Idehall, Kim Larsen, Thomas Bøjden, Joachim Nordwall, Peter Bjärgö, DE · TA · US · TO · AS, Antti Litmanen, Daniel Hofmann, Aaron Turner, Fredrik Bergström, David S. Herrerías, Alone in the Hollow Garden, Dag Rosenqvist, and last but not least Peter Johan Nijland.

Furthermore, I am never truly alone in T × R × P, as I believe it is something far greater at work here than just one man’s creativity. There are plans in the works that will see T × R × P grow far larger and far more powerful, but it’s too early to go into greater detail at this time.

What are some of the best shows that you have played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Each performance is ecstatic revery and hallucinatory ritual. The aim is to throw both myself and the audience headfirst into the Void ∴ Vision ∴ Vortex and to escape the bondage of flesh. The joint ritual with my brothers in Sutekh Hexen at Stella Natura in 2013 is one that had a profound effect, not only on me but anyone in attendance. Just ask anyone who was there, all of creation howled in agony and turned on us. A recording of the event is available on Pesanta Urfolk with the title One Hundred Year Storm, though it comes nowhere near doing justice to the awesome power present then and there.

Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
There's a handful of one-nighters across in the coming month and a half, then a bit of a break followed by 18 dates across Europa with Batushka and Shammasch in January. The rest of 2018 is still too sketchy to mention, but I have no plans of slowing down, quite the contrary.

The new album was released on 'Tesco Organization', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Tesco Organization is nothing short of legendary. They’re celebrating 30 years of uncompromising audial assaults this year, so it’s, of course, a huge honor to be working with them.

On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of ritual and death industrial?
I hear words like “legendary” bandied around, so I think it’s fair to say that people are appreciative. 

Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I go where I am led, so it is not for me to say. Like I said, T × R × P is something far greater than me, and its purpose is far from clear to me. Therefore I strive to put as little of my own consciousness into it as I can.

What are some of the bands or musical style that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
I listen pretty much exclusively to folk music these days, but it’s been a good fall for new music I must say. I’ve been listening a lot to the new albums by Zola Jesus, Myrkur, Wolves in the Throne Room, and Arckanum. All are warmly recommended. The roots of the T × R × P lay in the ritual industrial bands of the 80’s; Zos Kia, Current 93, Zero Kama, Ain Soph, Lustmord and so forth, and of course Brighter Death Now. Anything on Galakthorrö also hits the spot. I also urge everyone to check out the works of all of the contributors to Kainskult.

How would you describe your views on Occultism?
The purpose of T × R × P is to reveal that which is hidden, but words ending with “ism” rarely contribute anything of value to this world. I forge my own path.

Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Kainskult is available now on vinyl, cd, and as download on Tesco Organization.

https://trepaneringsritualen. bandcamp.com
http://tesco-germany.com
http://tesco-distro.com

Friday, October 13, 2017

Haexecnth/Macabre Noize/2017 Split Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  self  released  split  album  between  Brazil's  Haexecnth  and  Macabre  Noise  who  team  up  to  create  a  recording  that  is  a  mixture  of  harsh  noise  and drone    with  some  blackened  touches.

  Harsh  power  electronics  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  field  recordings  a  hew  seconds  later  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  mixing  in  elements  of  death  industrial  as  well  as  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  drones  and  must  of  the  music  is  instrumental.

  At  times  the  music  evokes  a  ritualistic  atmosphere  while  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  touches  of  dark  ambient  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  all  3  of  the  tracks  sound  different  from each  other  as  well  as  having  their  experimental  and  avant  garde  moments and  synths  are  added  on  the  closing  track.

  Haexecnth  and  Morbid  Noize  team  up  and  creates  a  recording  that  mixes  dark  ambient,  harsh  noise  and  drone  together  to  create  something  very  different  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  from  Haexecnth  and  Morbid  Noize  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  harsh  noise,  dark  ambient  and  drone,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Sonitsi  Abyssum".  8  out  of  10.

Tuskar/Arianrhod/Riff Rock Records/2017 EP Review

 Tuskar  are  a  duo  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of   stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  with  some  touches  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Arianrhod"  which  will  be  released  on  October  20th  by  Riff  Rock  Records.

  Distorted  amp  noises  along  with  some  drum  beats  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  which  also  mixes  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  while  the  clean  vocals  are  mostly  rooted  in  a  stoner  rock  style  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while angry  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  some  black  metal  elements  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  as  the  ep  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Tuskar  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  sludge,  stoner  and  doom  metal  while  some  black  metal  elements  can  also  be  heard  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Tuskar  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Where  Strides  The  Collossus"  and  "Crimson  Skull".  8  out  of  10.        

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Svartsinn/Morkets Variabler/Cyclic Law/2017 CD Review


  Svartsinn  are  a  solo project  from  Norway  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Morkets  Variabler"  which  will  be  released  on  Halloween  by  Cyclic  Law.

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  drone  and  soundscape  while  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  at  times  along  with  most  of  the  music  being  instrumental  and  spoken  word  parts  along  with  some  whispers  are  also  utilized  briefly  on  a  track.

  At  times  the  music  has  an  avant  garde  touch  and  as  the  album  progresses  cello's  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  most  of  the  tracks sounding  very  different  from  each  other  as  well  as  mixing  in  some  Nietzsche  and  Loevecraft  concepts  and  on  some  tracks  the  music  gets  very  ritualistic.

  Svartsinn  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  dark  ambient  style  of  previous  releases  while also  mixing  in  a  decent  amount  of  drone  and  ritual  music  elements  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Svartsinn  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Doubt  As  Sin  (Nietzsche's  Lament)"  "In  The  Wake  Of  Azathoth(A  Lovecraftian  Epilgue)"  and  "Vemod  (Cello Mix)".  8  out  of  10.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Trepaneringsritualen/Kainskult/Tesco Organization/2017 CD Review


  Trepaneringsritualen  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  ritualistic  form  of  death  industrial  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Kainskult"  which  was  released  by  Tesco  Organization.

  Angry  screams  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  demonic  voices  a  few  seconds  later  that  also  have  a  semi  melodic  tone  at  times  along  with  some  back  up  vocals  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  starts  bringing  in  more  of  an  underground  industrial  style  and  growls  are  also  utilized  in  some  parts  of  the  songs.

  Programmed  beats  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  some  tribal  drumming  and  metal  percussion  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  experimental  and  avant  garde  and  when  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  they  give  the music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling.

  Trepaneringsritualen  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  ritualistic  and  avant  garde  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  Kain  the  original  Heresiarch  and  his  battle  with  Yaldabaoth  the  Gnostic  Demiurge.

  In  my  opinion  Trepaneringsritualen  are  a  very  great  sounding  ritualistic  death  industrial  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Death  And  Ecstasy" "Feral  Me"  and  "An  Immaculate  Body  Of  Water".  8  out  of  10. 

Hex Wave/2017 Demo Review


  Hex  Wave  are  a  band  from  Phoenix,  Arizona  that  plays  a  mixture  of  doom  metal  and  death  rock  with  some  touches  of     black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017 self  released  demo.

  Distorted  amp  noises  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  ep  before  adding  in  horror  movie  style  keyboards  and  bass  guitar  riffs  that  are  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  which  also  leads  to  more  of  a  death  rock  style  along  with  some  grim  screams  that  are  heavily  influenced  by  black  metal.

  Touches  of  punk  and  goth  rock  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  while  also  sounding  modern  at  the  same  time  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  an  old  school  death  rock  style  along  with  some  melodic  moments  as  well  as  the  vocals  also  mixing  in  elements  of  the  previous  mentioned  genre  and  all  of the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.

  Hex  Wave  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  death  rock  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  it  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hex  Wave  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death rock  and  doom  metal  along  with  some  blackened  touches  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Demonlust"  "White  Christ".  8  out  of  10. 

  

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Acheulean Forests Interview

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

A: Well it is a solo fantasy/folk ambient/dungeon synth project of mine that is steeped deep in the lore of faeries and enchanted forests.
The music is a lot of the time is somewhat more folkish and whimsical but can also be dark moody and atmospheric.

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

A: Lots of Folk like melodies. I like to have a bright Whimsical and or "Puckish" (as some have deemed it! haha)
But also it can be very melancholic and atmospheric and or dark sounding and moody. Waltzing melodies, lots of bells and flutes.
I also love incorporating deep reverbing keys.

3.The song themes deal a lot with Celtic Fairy Lore and Folk Tales, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

A: I'm an Escapist and a Fantasist. I also have a deep and passionate love for Nature. I've always loved Celtic Lore and Culture since I was young.
I always felt as though the mythology has a a lot of elements and themes I deem desirable and personally relate too.
I am not a greatly into focusing on the realm of our immediate reality. I want my music to get to those who feel like me and want to escape somewhere magical and beautiful. It's really music for the hardcore fantasists out there. I absolutely 100% believe in faeries and unseen folk who dwell deep within the heart of the forests.

4.So far most of the music has been instrumental are you open to using any vocals in the future?

A: I may, there are a few older songs like on the "Dreams of Forests" release that have vocals.
there is also another song I'm working on for a split that is supposed to feature some spoken word.
Hopefully I may do more in the future.

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

A: Honestly, in the beginning I wanted the music to focus on Nature and Ancient Cultures (sometimes even prehistoric)
I was watching a documentary and there was a stone cultured mentioned called "Acheulean" and I thought the word sounded beautiful. So I wanted something ancient but I wanted to also incorporate "Forests" in there.

6.On the albums you record everything by yourself, do you feel this gives you more room to be creative with your musical sound?

A: Yes, when I can record everything by myself on my own time it's definitely more convenient.
I play Black Metal as well and sometimes when with a band and recording with other people and a producer I can get fairly annoyed by the demands of everything having to sound a very specific way and your also on a engineers time in the studio and it is a lot more of the time starts to feel rushed and or uninspiring. I like to produce my music how I want it to sound.

7.Since 2016 you have released a great amount of material, do you spend a great amount of time writing and creating music?

A: A lot of the early material was pre-written and then recorded in a studio. (Dreams of Forests release was all studio recordings)
But, at the time I didn't have any other way or means to record at the time except for studio. I finally saved up my money and got a laptop and new keyboard and began going back to independently recording all my music at home in privacy. But, I usually only record when I'm feeling inspired.
I spend a lot of time hiking in the woods and reading old folklore books (a lot of the time old European folklore) and or watching old fairy tale movies from the early 50's. These things make for great inspiration and when I have an idea I go set up my little makeshift studio and begin recording.


8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of dungeon synth?

A: So far nothing but positivity and encouragement. I really love Dungeon Synth and The community surrounding this music
I'm extremely excited to keep making more music and sharing it with like minded people who also enjoy this form of fantasy music.


9.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects?

A: Yes I have a solo Atmospheric Black Metal project called "Goatswarth"
I'm also involved in a project with my long time friend and the name of our  Experimental Black Metal band is called "Born an Abomination" I do vocals in that.
I do keyboards in a Black Metal band called "Terranaut"
I also have a Folk Ambient/Neo-Folk solo project called "Trollkjerring as well.

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

A: I just want to keep recording and playing music as much as I can. I also just want to more importantly keep making Pure Fantasist music that creates an avenue for everyone who are escapists and or are people heavily in touch with nature and the spirits of the woods.

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

A: my main inspirations I'd say at least for this kind of music has been Cernunnos Woods (U.S.), Cernunnos (GR), Wind/Varjosielu (FIN),
Daoine Sidhe (FR), Elfen (GR), Voices of Winds (FIN). Those are some of my very absolute favorites and biggest inspirations.

I've been listening to a lot of classical music music lately and renaissance music aswell as Celtic Folk music and New Age and of course Black Metal
Some of my favorite artists I've been listening to a lot probably has to be Enya, Clannad, Osgiliath, Tom Newman, Nuit Noire, Hin Onde, Goatmoon,
Pete Johansen (Former violinist of The Sins of Thy Beloved and Tristania)

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

A: Hiking, Camping, Reading, Drinking Whiskey

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

Thank you for having me. Also thank you to all the supporters of Acheulean Forests! Lots of new music coming soon!

Yr ysbryd pf yn y goedwig hud yn dragwyddol!

Hir yn byw y tylwyth teg!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Bologna Violenta/Cortina/Dischi Bervisti/2017 EP Review


 Bologna  Violenta  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  experimental,  avnat  garde,  noise  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of his  2017  ep  "Cottina"  which  will  be  released  on  October  20th  by  Dischi  Bervisti.

  Clean  playing  along  with  some  elements  of  avant  jazz  start  off  the  ep  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length.

  At  times  the  music  can  be  experimental  while  all  of  the  music  is  instrumental  along  with  some  elements  of  noise  and  grindcore  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Bologna   Violenta  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  his  mixture  of  avant  garde,  experimental,  noise  and  grindcore  from previous  releases  while  also  keeping  everything  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  professional.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  ep  from  Bologna  Violenta  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  avant  garde,  noise  and  grindcore,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Criptomelodia  I''  "Criptomelodia  V"  and  "Criptomelodia  VIII".  8  out  of  10.

 

   

    

L-616/God Pussy/2017 Split Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  self  released 2017  album  between  Brazil's  L-616  and  God  Pussy  both  which  play  a  mixture  of  harsh  noise  and  death  industrial.

  Dark  sounding  drones  start  off  the  split  along  with  some  loud  power  electronics  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  loops  and  elements  of  harsh  noise  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  distorted  amp reverb.

  Tortured  screams  are  also  used  at  times  and  they  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  along  with  both  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  brings  in  elements  of  death  industrial.

  L-616  and  God  Pussy  team  up  together  to  create  a  very  dark  and  brutal  style  of  harsh  noise  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  review  great  sounding  split  from  L-616  and  God  Pussy  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  harsh  noise  and  death  industrial,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  8  out  of  10.

  https://devthofthesunn.bandcamp.com/album/god-pussy-split    

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Woe Unto Me 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 album?

Artyom: Well, we have been very active live since the release of our debut album “A Step Into The Waters Of Forgetfulness”. The band took part in several festivals including the biggest metal festival in Belarus – Metal Crowd, sharing the stage with the bands like: Hate, Susperia, Arkona, Mors Principium Est, Thy Disease, etc. Woe Unto Me also shared the stage with legendary Shape Of Despair and Saturnus, performed together with Ereb Altor, Blindead, Autumnal and many other bands in Baltic States, Poland, Russia and Belarus. And of course we were composing new material for the second album.

2.Recently you have released a new album, 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?

Artyom: The new album is full of experiments. It’s much more mature and meaningful than our previous release. It’s also much more heavy and diverse. We have used many interesting and unusual instruments like saxophone, duduk, bassoon or even rainstick and tambourine, many different samples and noises. We have invited several special guests like Daniel Neagoe from Clouds, Eye Of Solitude and Shape Of Despair, Thomas A.G. Jensen from Saturnus, Jón Aldará from Hamferð, Barren Earth and Patryk Zwolinski from Proghma-C, ex-Blindead. This album is really very intense and powerful.

3.Also this recording is a double album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style in the second disc which is in a different direction?

Artyom: Yes, the second part of the album is concentrated on the acoustic sound. It’s more soothing and melancholic. It’s full of sadness and despair but also full of beauty and solace. There is a wide range of clean vocals in it and I think that in general the second disc appeals to a much wider audience.

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

Artyom: Just like it was with our debut album its successor is also a reflection of ourselves, our feelings and emotions but “Among The Lightened Skies The Voidness Flashed” is much more personal and even intimate than “A Step Into The Waters Of Forgetfulness”. It deals with the events of our personal lives, sometimes very tragic events, that’s why this album is almost a catharsis for us. It may seem less conceptual for the listener than our previous work but emotionally it’s one indivisible canvas which is full of grief, regret and despondency.

5.The band has been around since 2008 but waited until 2014 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 6 years?

Artyom: Yes, the band was created in the end of 2007 / beginning of 2008, but during next 3-4 years we were working under material for the debut album and were searching for musicians to complete the line-up, cause in the very beginning there were only two of us, Dzmitry and me. So only in 2012 we started the recording process and it took us more than a year to record, mix and master everything. Then we were looking for a label and finally in February 2014 we have released our debut album via Solitude Productions.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Woe Unto Me'?

Artyom: Creating a band our aim was to reflect in our music all our negative experiences like feelings of loss, depressions, solitude, all our sorrows and afflictions. You know we wanted to create something beautiful from all of these negative emotions and feelings cause we believe that the darkest thoughts can become the most inspiring if you use them the right way. And searching for a good name for our band we came up with an idea to name it “Woe Is Me” cause it was perfectly reflecting our ideas. But some time later we have found out that there is a band in the United States with the same name playing some emo-core music or something like that so we decided to change the name, but as we were so addicted already to our idea we decided to change just one word using preposition “unto” instead of “is”. That’s how the name Woe Unto Me appeared.

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

Artyom: We really love to play live so every show for us is a great event and experience. It’s too hard for me to choose the best gig. They are all different and all are special to me. Describing our stage performance I can say that it’s a bit like a theatrical play, we are completely immersed in our performance and try to make the listener plunge into our atmosphere together with us, using all the means for it, like music, our appearance and moves, video background. Our sound is really heavy, full of all-pervading gloom and sorrow, covering the listener with a blanket of catatonic despair.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Artyom: Yes, sure. We are getting ready for several tours promoting our new release. The first one which is called “The Fall Of Affliction Tour 2017”will start in less than two weeks with our appearance at Doom Over Kiev Festival, where we will for the first time present our new material and share the stage with such bands as: Swallow The Sun, Saturnus, Clouds, Eye Of Solitude and many others. Then we will continue the tour with our friends Psilocybe Larvae from Russia, Frailty from Latvia and Nebulae Come Sweet from Belarus, visiting 2 cities in Poland, 2 in Lithuania, 2 in Latvia, 1 in Estonia, 3 in Finland, 3 in Russia and 3 in Belarus. And the second tour is going to take place in January and will be concentrated mostly on the Balkans. We have already announced the show in Sofia, Bulgaria on January 21st together with Ophis, Eye Of Solitude, Evadne, Self-Hatred and some more bands. And the rest of the shows will be announced soon, around 15 shows in general on that tour.

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

Artyom: Well the album has been released few days ago so we’ve received only couple of reviews and comments yet. Most of them are really positive. People were a little bit surprised by the duration of the album, cause it’s almost 2 hours in general, but most of them didn’t even notice the time passing by while listening to it. So we hope that more opinions will come soon, we are ready of course for the critics also, we are just curious about how people will accept our new creation, what feelings will it arouse in them, will they feel our vibes and our emotions while listening to it. So let’s just wait.

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

Artyom: I play in several bands and most of them are quite active. A technical progressive death metal band DEATHBRINGER recently has recorded a second full-length album after several years of silence. This band is originally from Belarus, but now mostly consists of musicians from Poland. The band had a long break in the concert and studio activity. But now we are back to the front and it’s awesome. This new stuff is very technical and brutal. Now we are finishing the process of mixing and mastering.
DISLOYAL is an old band from Poland, which performs also technical death metal. We’ve released 4th album called “Godless” in 2015 via Ghastly Music / Amputated Vein Records (Japan) and were looking for additional musicians for quite a while to start performing live again. Looking forward to some more active concert plans of this band in the next year.
The next band in which I perform is THY DISEASE – pretty well-known industrial groove metal from Poland. After the release of their sixth album in 2014 they really tour a lot in Europe. But unfortunately I can’t be present on all the gigs, so very often they perform in a shortened line-up. The new album is also recorded and is in the process of mixing.
And one more project is called AMENTIA, also from Belarus. It’s a progressive, sometimes even avant-garde brutal death metal. It’s a studio project, at least at the present moment. We have recently released new album called “Scourge” via Satanath Records (Russia) / Amputated Vein Records (Japan).
Concerning other members of Woe Unto Me our vocalist Oleg and drummer Pavel have some more musical projects. One of them is called Dominator – it’s a brutal death metal where they play together, Oleg plays the guitar and Pavel is playing drums. The band is just preparing its first demo. And Oleg has also some other projects which are more like in the state of so called germination.

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

Artyom: Really hard to say, heheh. I really don’t want to predict anything, our ways are inscrutable. We love to experiment a lot so who knows what will be next.

12.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?

Artyom: Each of us listens to different genres of music and every kind of music can be inspiring and can influence our creativity, and it’s not always doom metal. If we speak about influences of doom metal and its sub-genres then I can name Shape Of Despair, Clouds, Hamferð, Saturnus, My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost and many others, but there are bands of different genres who have also a very strong influence like Opeth, Ulver, Katatonia, Wardruna, Mastodon, Leprous, Pain Of Salvation, Meshuggah and many more. We are really open-minded and try to draw our inspiration from various sources. Anyway of course we are trying to build our own sound and I think you will definitely notice it listening to our new album.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

Artyom: Music is both my work and the biggest of my hobbies. I play in 5 bands, compose music for most of them, write lyrics, and I also sometimes work as a session musician. I work in a concert agency, organizing some tours and travelling with the bands as a tour manager, so my whole life is connected with music. Of course I have my personal life, I love to travel, I love to watch movies and read books when I have time for this.

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

Artyom: Listen to our new double album “Among The Lightened Skies The Voidness Flashed” on our Bandcamp page ( https://woeuntome.bandcamp.com ), or YouTube ( https://www.youtube.com/woeuntomeband ) and if you like what you hear show us some support by buying a record via Bandcamp or our label Solitude Productions ( https://solitudestore.com/en/product/woe-unto-me-2017-among-the-lightened-skies-the-voidness-flashed/ ). And we really look forward to seeing you on tour! Thank you very much for your interest and support! Stay doomed!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Acheulean Forests/The Enchantment/Pacific Threnodies/2017 Full Length Review


  Acheulean  Forests  are  a  solo  project  from  Illinois  that  plays  a  mixture  of  dungeon  synth  and  neo-classical  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "The  Enchantment"  which  will  be  released  on  October  27th  by  Pacific  Threnodies.

  Synths  along  with  elements  of  Celtic  folk  music  start  off  the  album  while  influences  of  neo-classical  and  dungeon  synth  are  added  on  the  second  track  as  well  as  all  of  the  music  being   instrumental  as  well  as  capturing  the  atmosphere  of  an  epic  fantasy  movie.

  The  songs  also bring  in  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  diversity  as  well  as  sounding  different  from  each  other  while programmed  beats  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Acheulean  Forest  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  dungeon  synth,  Celtic  folk music  and  neo-classical  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  song  themes  focus  on  Celtic  Paganism,  Mythology,  Faerie  Tradition  and  Folklore.

  In  my  opinion  Acheulean  Forests  are  a  very  great sounding  mixture  of  dungeon  synth,  neo-classical  and  Celtic  folk  music  and  if   you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mystic  Forests  Of  Eternity"  "The  Waltz  Of  The  Faerie  Princess"  and  "Fairy  Night".  8  out  of  10.

 

    

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

TrES-2b/GSC 03549-02811/2017 Demo Review



  TrES-2b are  a  solo  project from  Brazil  that  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient,  drone,  experimental  and  blackened  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  demo  "GSC  03549-02811".

  Ambient  style  drones  and  soundscapes  start  off  the  demo and  the  track  is  26  minutes  in  length  while  all  of  the  music  is  mostly  instrumental  as  well  as  having  its  experimental  and  avant  garde  moments  and  as  the  songs  progresses  elements  of  death  industrial,  harsh  noise  and  black  metal  can  be  heard  along  with  a  brief  use  of  tortured  screams.

  TrES-2b  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  dark  ambient,  experimental,  and  drone  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  death  industrial,  black  metal  and  noise  to  create  something  very  different  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  TrES-2b  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  dark  ambient,  drone,  experimental  and  blackened  noise  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  8  out  of  10.

  https://devthofthesunn.bandcamp.com/album/gsc-03549-02811-demo  

Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Black Dahila Murder/Nightbringers/Metal Blade Records/2017 FUll Length Review


  The  Black  Dahila  Murder  are  a  band  from  Detroit,  Michigan  that  plays  a  very  melodic  form  of  death  metal  with  some  touches  of  hardcore  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Nightbringers"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Metal  Blade  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  and  melodic  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  being  a  mixture  of  high  pitched  screams,  death  metal  growls  and  some  aggressive  hardcore  shouts.
 
  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments sounding  very  powerful  and  as  the  album  progresses  back  up  gang  shouts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars

  The  Black  Dahila  Murder  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  hardcore  influenced  style  of  melodic  death  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  violence,  horror  stories,  occultism  and  H.P  Lovecraft  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  The  Black  Dahila  Murder  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Widowmaker"  "Nightbringers"  "Catacomb  Hecatomb"  and  "The  Lonely  Deceased".  8  out  of  10.

  

Woe Unto Me/Among The Lightened Skies The Voidness Flashed/Solitude Productions/2017 Double CD Review


  Woe  Unto  Me  are  a  band  from  Belarus  that  plays  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  double  album  "Among  The  Lightened  Skies"  which  will  be  released  on  September  29th  by  Solitude  Productions.

  A  very slow  and  dark  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  sound s a  few  seconds  alter  which  also  leads  up  to  a  heavier  funeral  doom  metal  direction  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  very  dark  and  melodic.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  a  great  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some spoken  word  parts.

    Melodic  vocals  can  be  heard  on  some  of  the  songs  while  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  onto  some  of  the  tracks  and  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  along  with  a  couple  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  saxophones  and on  the  second  disc  the  music gets  more  experimental,  all  of  the songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  Woe  Unto  Me  plays  a  style  of  funeral  doom  metal  on  this  first  disc  which  is  very  heavy  and  atmospheric  while  the  second  disc  displays  more  of  a  progressive  and  experimental  style,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  hopelessness,  grief  and  memory  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Woe  Unto  Me  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  progressive  funeral  doom  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  double  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "If  Life  That  Never  Showed  It's  Face"  and  "Drawn  By  Mourning"  "Leave  Me  To My  Sorrows"  and  "My  Joy  Lies  Behind".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Mesmur/S/Solitude Productions/2017 CD Review


  Mesmur  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  the  United  States,  Australia  and  Italy  and  plays  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "S"  which  was  released  by  Solitude  Productions.

  A  very  slow,  heavy  and  dark  funeral  doom  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  in  the  background  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  after  awhile  deep  death  metal  growls  start  to  make  their  presence  known  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  guitar  solos and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  screams  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  along  with  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  experimental  and  progressive  along  with  some  touches  touches  of  ambient  and  drone  while  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  and  you  can  also  hear  some  elements  of   90's  era  doom/death  metal  at  times  and  the  closing  track  is  an  instrumental.

  Mesmur  plays  a  style  of  funeral  doom  metal  that  is  very  slow,  dark  and  heavy  while  also  being  very  experimental  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  paranoia,  hopelessness,  death,  cosmos  and  apocalyptic  themes.

  In  my opinion  Mesmur  are a  very  great  sounding  funeral  doom  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Singularity"  and  "Distension".  8  out  of  10.

Profetus/Coronation Of The Black Sun/Weird Truth Productions/2017 CD Review


  Profetus  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2017  album  "Coronation  Of  The  Black  Sun"  which  will  be  released  on  September  27th  by  Weird  Truth  Productions.

  Atmospheric  keyboards  along  with  the  sounds  of  wood  burning  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  more  heavy  funeral  doom  metal  direction  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  and  melodic  riffing  starts  to  make  its  presence  known  as  well  as  mixing  the  heavy  and  atmospheric  parts  together.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  a  lot  of  the  music  is  very  heavily rooted  in  the  mid  90's  and  grim  vocals  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion, one  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  as  well  as  all  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  and  they  also  close  the  recording  with  a  live  track.

  Profetus  plays  a  style  of  funeral  doom  metal  that  is  very  traditional  and  goes  back  to  the  mid  90's  Finnish  style,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  melancholy,  sadness,  occultism  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Proefetus  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  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Eye  Of  Phosphorus"  and  "Blood  Of  Saturn".  8  out  of  10.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Spectral Voice/Eroded Corridors Of Unbeing/Dark Descent Records/2017 CD Review

   Spectral  Voice  are  a  band  from  Denver,  Colorado  that  plays  a mixture  of  doom  and death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Eroded  Corridors  Of  Unbeing"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Dark  Descent  Records.

  Field  recording  along  with  some  clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  doom  metal  direction  which  also  introduces  deep  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording  while  the  riffs  also bring  in  a  great amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  early  90's.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  some  screams  that  also  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  while  elements  of  funeral  doom  metal  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  touches  of  harsh  noise  are  also  used  briefly  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  guitar  leads  are  brought  into  the  music  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark,  depressive  and  melodic  fashion  and  one  of  the  songs  is  an  instrumental.

  Spectral  Voice  plays  a  musical  style  that  goes  back  to  the  90's  era  of  funeral  doom  and  old  school  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while t he  lyrics  cover  horror,  death  and  other  world  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Spectral  Voice  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  funeral  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Visions  Of  Psychic  Dismemberment"  and  "Dissolution".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Devth Of The Sunn/Haexecnth/2017 Split Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  collaboration  between  Brazil's  Devth  Of  The  Sunn  and  Haexecnth  which  mixes  dark  ambient,  noise,  and  drone  together  and  the  album  was  self  released  in  2017.

  Ambient  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  ritualistic  soundscapes  a  few  seconds  later  and  black  metal  elements  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  synths  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  At  times  they  music  also  brings  in  a  very  ritualistic  and  occult  atmosphere  while  touches  of  noise  and  death  industrial  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  tracks  which  also  all  sound  different  from  each  other  along  with  most  of  the  music  being  instrumental  and  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  On  this  recording  Devth  Of  the  Sunn  and  Haexecnth  team  up  and  create  a  very  dark  and  ritualistic  recording  that  mixes  drone,  noise,  and  ambient  together  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding collaboration  from  Devth  Of  The  Sunn  and  Haexecnth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient,  noise  and  drone,  you  should  check  out  this  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Inkvrs  Elvs"  and  "VI".  8  out  of  10.

  https://devthofthesunn.bandcamp.com/album/h-xecnth-split

 

  

Scalk Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Scalk is an abstract project, I like to keep it with endless interpretations. My goal is for the listener to make his own.
For me, it's something I do out of necessity, I don’t care if I get something back or if the result is “good” or “bad”. I like the feeling of ending the day and knowing that I've created something. I would say it is a ritual and a way of expressing myself.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
Textures, soundscapes and a particular taste for dissonance. But I don’t mean to limit my sound in any way. It’s not supposed to have any creative boundaries.

3.So far all of your music has been instrumental, are you open to using any vocals in the future?
Maybe in a future release. I have no problem with vocals or any other instruments. If I ever decide to record and see that it fits, I don’t see why not. I just haven’t tried it yet or felt the need.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Scalk'?
Now, when I think in the word “Scalk”, I associate with all the work I have done in this project. It was not chosen because it had a meaning but rather to create one. The same goes for some of the names of songs and albums.
I like the idea of creating words from other words, it's almost like using samples in music. When I invent them they have a meaning, but over time I forget it and they end up with another.

5.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians?
Yes, of course. It's good to do things our own way, but sometimes I miss working with other musicians. It's always interesting to see the direction things take when you don’t do things all by yourself.

6.In less than a year you have put out 7 releases, do you spend a great amount of time writing and creating music?
Unfortunately not as much as I wanted. I would say that the trick is to work quickly, not fall into the trap of perfection and not to rethink things too much. I have found that doing things this way can be more productive and captures best what I want.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interests?
So far I have had no contact with labels. There are some that I follow and admire. Of course I would be happy to see some of my future work in their catalogs.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of ambient, drone, and noise?
Honestly I have no idea how people see this project. I don’t really like social networks and personally I don’t know anyone who listen to this kind of music, so it's hard to get feedback. It is gratifying to know that someone hears your music, but I have to admit that I don’t go out much of my world to find out.

9.Are you also involved with any other musical projects?
Not currently. However I've made part of some bands where I played guitar, bass and some machines like synths, samplers, etc. I kind of miss those days.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I know this is not a style with a lot of reception, so I like to have low expectations. I will continue to record and publish some stuff. I'd like to try doing some live performances and maybe try to release something with a label.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
I grew up listening to rock, metal and punk bands, but I never got caught up in a music style. I’m always finding new music. It turns out that listening to albums that have elements of styles that are stranger to me, causes me to start searching for those type of sounds, and I find myself in a new world. This is how I got to more extreme music such as noise, ambient, black metal, etc.
Some stuff I hear today: the catalog of Lurkerbias and Grey Matter Productions, Mutter, Abkehr, The Body, LEICHEN, Skáphe, Wiegedood…

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
I like to read, watch movies, documentaries and some series. I always sucked at school, but these days it pleases me more and more to learn new things. Lately I’m a lot into philosophy/religion and some politics.
13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I just wanted to say thanks for the interest and for the blog(s). Much of the music I listen to I discover on sites like "DarkUndergroundMusicZine". It's important to have places like this.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Altarmang/Void/Cyclic Law/2017 CD Review


  Altarmang  are  a  duo  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient, drone  and  ritual  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Void"  which  will  be released  on  September  15th  by  Cyclic  Law.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements of  dark  ambient  while  also  adding  in  hypnotic  atmospheres,  loops,  and  analog  tonalities  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  drones  and  at  times  the  music  gets  very  ritualistic.

  Most  of  the  music  is  instrumental  while  all  of  the  tracks  sound  very  different from  each  other  and  some  songs also  add  in  touches  of  herbal  alchemy  and  ceremonial  surrendering  while  ritualistic  chants  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly.

  Altarmang  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  ritual  occult  music  and  mixes  it  with  dark  ambient  and  drone  to create  a  sound  of  their  while  keeping  most  of  the  material  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Altarmang  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  ritual,  dark  ambient,  and  drone  and  if  you  are  a  fan of  those  musical  genres, you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Aether"  and  "Kheper".  8  out  of  10.   

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Scalk/NodJonzot/2017 Full Length Review


    This  is  the  final  review  of  a  recording  from  Portugal's Scalk  which  shows  the  music  returning  back  to  more  of  an  ambient/drone  style  and  the  album  was  self  released  in  2017  and  called  "NodJonzot".

  Field  recordings  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  soundscapes  and  drones  a  few  seconds  later  and  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  being  all  instrumental  and  after  awhile  the  music  gets  more  avant  garde  and  experimental  and  elements  of  noise  can  also  be  heard  at  times along  with  both  of  the  tracks  being  all  instrumental.

  On  this  recording  Sclak  remains  back  to  more  of  an  instrumental  ambient/drone  direction  while  some  noise,  experimental  and  soundscape  elements  are  still  utilized  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from   Scalk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ambient,  drone  and  soundscape,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK "Nid".  8  out  of  10.

  https://scalk.bandcamp.com/album/nodjonzot     

Scalk/Olcso Vallas/2017 Full Length Review


  This  is  the  6th  review  of  a  recording  from  Scalk  which  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  harsh  noise  direction  along  with  some  shorter  tracks  and  the  album  was  self  released  in  2017 and  called  "Olcso  Vallas".

  Field  recordings  and  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  more  minimal  industrial  style  after  awhile  soundscapes  and  elements  of  harsh noise  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  you  can  also  hear  some  brutality  that would  almost  fit  on  an  underground  metal  or  grindcore  release  at  times  and  the  songs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  power  electronics  and  on  a  couple  of  tracks  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized.

  On  this  recording  Sclak  goes  for  more of  a  harsh  noise  direction  while  also  keeping  around  the  ambient  and  drone  elements  to  create  something different  from  previous  recordings  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Scalk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ambient and  harsh  noise,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "V#2"  "V#7"  "V#11" and  "V#14".  8  out of  10.

  https://scalk.bandcamp.com/album/olcs-vall-s

Scalk/Serpere/2017 Full Length Review


  This  is  the  5th  review  of  a  recording  from  Scalk  which  continues  the  experimental,  ambient,  drone,  noise  and  soundscape  mixture  of  previous  releases and  the  album is  called  "Serpere"  and  was  self  released  in  2017.

  A  few  seconds  of  silence  starts  off  the  album  before  adding  in  soundscapes  and  elements  of  drone  along  with  some  field recordings  and  the  music  also  gets  more  experimental  as  the  album  progresses  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  awhile  elements  of  noise  start  to  make  their  presence  known  and  all  of  the  songs  sound  different  from  each  other  along  with  some  touches  of  ambient  and  industrial  but  always  remaining  instrumental  and  the  closing  track  brings  in  more  of  an  avant  garde  atmosphere.

  On  this  recording  Scalk  gets  a  lot  more  experimental  but  also  keeping  the  ambient,  drone  and  noise  elements  as  well  as  keeping  everything  in  an  instrumental  direction  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Scalk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  ambient,  drone,  noise  and  soundscape,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Voss"  and  "Secchio  Amaro".  8 out  of  10.

https://scalk.bandcamp.com/album/serpere    

Scalk/Antimateria/2017 Single Review


  This  is  the  4th  review  of  a  recording  from  Scalk  which  also  mixes  experimental,  ambient,  drone  and  noise  together  and  the  single  was  self  released  in  2017  and  called  "Antimateria".

  A  few  seconds  of  silence  starts  off  the  song  which  is  also  20  minutes  in  length  before  adding  in  some  drones  and  soundscapes  into  the  music  and  after  awhile  field  recordings  are  also  added  into  the  track  and  all  of  the  music  is  instrumental  along  with  some  touches  of  ambient  and  noise.

  Scalk creates  a  20  minute instrumental  track  that  mixes  in  exeperimental,  ambient,  drone  and  noise  to  create  a  song  that  is  very  avant  garde  and  ritualistic  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track from  Scalk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  ambient,  drone  and  noise,  you  should  check  out  this  track.  8  out  of  10.

https://scalk.bandcamp.com/album/antimat-ria

Scalk/Alomorfia/2016 Full Length Review


  This  is  the  third  review  of  a  recording  from  Scalk  which  continues  the  experimental,  ambient,  drone  and  noise  mixture  of  previous  releases  and  the  album  was  self  released  in  2016  and  called  "Alomorfia".

  Field  recordings  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  soundscapes  making  their  presence  known  a  few  seconds  later  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  awhile  elements  of  noise  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  the  drones  are  done  in  a  very  distorted fashion  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  lot  of  elements  of  dark  ambient  along  with  some  touches  of noise  while  also keeping  everything  instrumental.

  On  this  recording  Scalk  remains  true  to  the  experimental,  drone,  ambient  and  noise  mixture  of  previous  releases  and  also  continues  to  the  instrumental  approach  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Scalk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  ox  experimental,  ambient,  drone  and  noise,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Alva"  and "Homuncalo".  8  out  of  10.

  https://scalk.bandcamp.com/album/alomorfia

    

Scalk/Quanta/2016 EP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Scalk  which  is  also  in  the  mixture  of  experimental,  ambient,  drone  and  noise  mixture  and  the  ep  was  self  released  in  2017 and  called "Quanta".

  Field  recordings  along  with  some  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  and  after  awhile  distorted  drones  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  both  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  awhile  elements  of  experimental  and  ambient  are  added  into  the  music  while  also  keeping  everything  instrumental.

  Scalk  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  his  instrumental  mixture  of  experimental,  ambient,  drone  and  noise  from  his  previous  release  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Scalk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  ambient,  drone  and  noise,  you  should  check  out  this ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Ex  Nihilo,  Nihil  Fit".  8  out  of  10.

  https://scalk.bandcamp.com/album/quanta 

Scalk/Accusator/2016 Full Length Review


  Scalk  are  a  solo  project  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  mixture  of  experimental,  ambient,  drone,  noise  and  soundscape  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2016  album  "Accusator".

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  drones  a  few  seconds  later while  all  of  the  tracks  are  instrumental  and  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  awhile  elements  of  ambient  are added  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  noise  are  added into  the  music  and  at  times  the  music  gets very  avant  garde  and  experimental  sounding  and  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  briefly  ona  couple  of  tracks which  also  gives  the  music  more  diversity.

  Scalk creates  a  recording  that  mixes  experimental,  ambient,  drone,  noise  and  soundscape  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  while  also  keeping  everything  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Scalk  are  a  very great  sounding  mixture  of  experimental,  ambient,  drone,  noise  and  soundscape  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ultima  Ratio"  and  "Temple  Ezer".  8  out  of  10.

  https://scalk.bandcamp.com/album/accusator    

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Bottomed/Separation/Anxiety/Out-Of-Body Records/2016 Full Length Review

   Bottomed  are  a solo  project  from  Chicago,  Illinois  that  plays  a mixture  of  drone,  electronic,  death  industrial  and  harsh  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Separation/Anxiety"  which  was  released  by  Out-Of-Body  Records.

  Programmed  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  industrial  and  electronic music  and  after  awhile  power  electronics  and  harsh noise  traces  start  to  make  their  presence  known  and  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  gets  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  at  times.

  A  great  amount  of  drones  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  also  mixing  in  the  brutality  of  death  industrial  along  with  some  soundscapes  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  at  times  the  music  adds  in  tribal  elements  as  well  as  making  both  of  the  songs  sound  different from  each  other  and  on  the  second  track  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Bottomed  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  electronic  music,  drone,  death  industrial  and  harsh  noise  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  original  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Bottomed  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  drone,  electronic  music, death  industrial  and  harsh  noise  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Separation".  8  out  of  10.

  Also featured on http://aeafanzine.blogspot.com/

Friday, September 1, 2017

Devth of The Sunn/Ritam Von Opasni/2017 Split Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  collaboration  split  between  Brazil's  Devth  Of  The  Sunn  and  Croatia's  Ritam  Von  Opasni  which  is  in  the  mixture  of  drone, dark  ambient  and  blackened  noise  direction  and  was  also  self  released  in  2017.

  Distorted  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  touches  of  power  electronics  and  harsh  noise  and  after  awhile  elements  of  black  metal  start  to  make  their  presence  known  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  all  of t he  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  ritualistic  along  with  some  experimental  and  avant  garde  elements  while  guitar  amp noises  and  riffs  that  also  gives  the  songs  a touch  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  black  metal  screams  are  also  used  at  times  and  on  one  track  they  borrow  some  lyrics  from  Mayhem's  "Cursed  In  Eternity"  and  they  also  keep  everything  in  a  slwo  direction.

  On  this  recording  Devth  Of  The  Sunn  and  Ritam  Von  Opasni  team  up  and  create  a  recording  that  mixes  drone,  dark  ambient,  harsh  noise  along  with  elements  of  black  and  doom  metal  to  create  a  very  dark,  heavy  and  ritualistic  recording  while  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collaboration  between  Devth  Of  The  Sunn  and  Ritam  Von  Opasmi  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  drone,  dark  ambient,  harsh  noise,  ritual,  black  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "D.C"  and  "L.M.I.D".  8  out  of  10.