Sunday, April 29, 2018

World Untouched By Mankind/The Forests Are Old With Grief/Pacific Threnodies/2018 Cassette Review


  World  Untouched  By  Mankind  are  a  solo  project  from  Northern  California  that  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  dungeon  synth  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  cassette  "The  Forests  Are  Old  With  Grief"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Pacific  Threnodies.

  Dark  ambient  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  bring  in  elements  of  dungeon  synth  along  with  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  while  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  at  times  as  well  as  adding  drones  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  touches  of  folk  and  neo-classical.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  all  of  the  music  is  instrumental  while  the  music  captures  the  atmosphere  of  a  dark  forest  along  with  some  depressive  and  melancholic  elements  also  being  used  at  times  as  well  as  all  of  the  tracks  sounding  very  different  from  each  other.

  World  untouched  by  Mankind  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  dark  ambient  and  dungeon  synth  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  while  also  keeping  everything  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark. 

  In  my  opinion  World  Untouched  By  Mankind  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  dungeon  synth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Beneath  The  Great  Oak"  and  "Those  Who  Watched  As  The  World  Fell  Silent".  8  out  of  10.

Ruani O' Baoighll/Sona Nyl/Decay/Cursed Monk Records/2018 Split CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Ireland's  Ruani  O'  Baoighll  and  France's  Sona  Nyl  called  "Decay"  which  will  be  released  on  April  30th  by  Cursed  Monk  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Ruani  O'  Baoghll  who  returns  with  his  mixture  of  ritual,  dark  ambient  and  drone.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts out  with  bells  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  drones  being  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  instrumental  and  when  synths  are utilized  they  bring  in  elements  of  dark  ambient,  field  recordings  are  also  added  onto  the  closing  track  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ruani  O'  Baoghll  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient  and  drone,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of t he  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Preternatural  Trance".

  Next  up  is  Sona  Nyl  a  solo  artist  that  plays  a  very  dark  and  emotional  form  of  electronic  music.

  His  side  of t he  split  starts  out  with  some  field  recordings  along  with  some  atmospheric  soundscapes  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  drones  and  elements  of  electronic  music  are  added  into  his  side  of  the  recording  along  with  the  synths  also  giving  the  music  more  of  a  soundtrack  feeling,  electric  guitars  and  programmed  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  both  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Sona  Myl  is  a  very  great  sounding  dark  and  emotional  electronic  music  solo  artist  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Back  in  Grace".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  dark  ambient,  drone  and  electronic  music.  8  out  f  10l    

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Dark Awake/Ruairi O' Baoighill/Between Flesh And Dirt/Cursed Monk Records/2018 Split CD Review



 
  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Greece's  Dark  Awake  and  Ireland's  Ruari  O'  Baoghill  called  "Between  Flesh  And  Dirt"  which  will  be  released  on  April  30th  by  Cursed  Monk  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Dark  Awake  a  solo  project  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  martial,  neo-classical,  neo-folk  and  ritual  music.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  atmospheric  drones  along  with  some  melodic  choirs  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  also  brings  in  some  session  work  from  Lord  Kaiphas  formerly  of  Ancient  and  Grand  Belial's  Key  and  he  also  adds  in  his  grim  black  metal  screams.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  ritualistic  while  some  dark  ambient  elements  are  also  used  in  certain  parts of  the  songs  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  sounding  different  and  one  song  also  adds  in  oriental  instruments  and  folk  music  elements  and  as  his  side  of  the  split  progresses  a  brief  use  of  synths  and  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  some  martial  elements.

  On  this  recording  Dark  Awake  brings  in  more  of  a  ritualistic  style  while still  having  some  ambient,  avant  garde.  neo  folk  and  martial  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  Sumerian,  Left  Hand  Path,  Qlippoth,  Philosophical and  Alchemy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dark  Awake  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  neo  folk,  martial,  dark ambient  and  ritual  music,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Spine  Of  The  World  Serpent"  and  "Fall  Apart".

  Next  up  is  Ruairi O' Baoighill  a  solo  artist  that  plays  a  mixture  of  ritual,  dark  ambient  and  drone.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  clean  playing  which  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  neo-folk  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  atmospheric  soundscapes  as  well  as  getting  very  ritualistic  at  one  times  along  with  some  chanting  style  spoken  words  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  A  great  amount  of  drones  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  all  of  the  songs  sound  different  from  each  other  along  with  one  track  having  a  very  hallucinogenic  and  psychedelic  atmosphere  and  when  synths  are  utilized  they  bring  in  elements  of  dark  ambient  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  instrumentals.

  Ruairi O' Baoighill  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  ritual,  dark  ambient  and  drone  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  song  themes  focus  on  Irish  Occultism  and  Paganism.

  In  my  opinion  Ruairi O' Baoighill   is  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  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Under  A  Whitethorn  Bush"  and  "A  Scheduled  Madness".

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  occult,  ritualistic  music and  drone.  8  out  of  10. 

 

      

Bell/Secrets From A Distant Star/Cyclopean Eye Productions/2018 CD Review


  Bell  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  States  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  industrial,  power  electronics,  harsh  noise  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Secrets  From  A  Distant  Star"  which  was  released  by  Cyclopean  Eye  Productions.

  Atmospheric  yet  distorted  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  while  the  music  also  brings  in  sci-fi  orientated  soundscapes  at  times  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  power  electronics,  harsh  noise  and  death  industrial  elements  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  being  added  in  some  parts  of  the  songs.

  When  synths  are  utilized  they  bring  in  elements  of  dark  ambient  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  of  the  spoken  word parts  have  a  robotic  and  futuristic  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  tracks  start  adding  in  more crazy  screams.as  well as  a  brief  use  of  shamanistic  and  ritualistic  sounding  drum  beats  and  chants  and  all  of  the  tracks  sound  different  from  each  other  and  some  of t he  songs  also  bring  in  clean  vocals.

  Bell  plays  a  musical  style  which  takes  death  industrial,  harsh  noise,  power  electronics  and  dark  ambient  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Ancient  Mysteries,  Forbidden  Sciences,  Conspirac  Theories,  U.F.O's,  Paranormal  and  Esoteric  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Bell  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death  industrial,  power  electronics,  harsh  noise  and  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Call  To  The  Himalayan  Snow  Creature" "Amazon  Sun"  "Expedition  Tibet"  and  "Song  From  The  Hollow  Earth".  8/5  out  of  10.
 

 

   

    

Friday, April 27, 2018

Black Wine Order/Folklore/2018 Full Length Review


  Black  Wine  Order  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  ritual,  dark  ambient and  experimental  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2018  album  "Folklore".

  Spoken  word  parts  along  with  some  distorted  drones  start  off  the  album  while  stringed  instruments  are  also  used  at  times  and  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  an  avant  garde  feeling  as  well  as  some  clean  vocals  and  synths  also  being  utilized  at times  and  you  can  also h ear  a  slight  black  metal  influence  at  times.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  ritualistic  and  experimental  along  with  the  music  also  adding  clean  playing  and  programmed  beats  into  some  parts  of  the  songs  while  the  music  also  brings  a  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  heavy  riffs  and  guitar  slides  also  being  used  briefly.

  When  synths  are  utilized  they  bring  in  elements  of  ambient,  darkwave  and  dungeon  synth  while  all  of  the  tracks  sounding  very  different  and  one  of  the  track  also  introduces  harsh  noises  onto  the  recording  along  with  one  track  also  bringing  in  female  vocals  as  well  as  some  post  rock  influences  also  being  used  at  times.

  Black  Wine  Order  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  experimental,  dark  ambient,  dungeon  synth,  industrial,  post  rock  and  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Black  Wine  Order  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of   experimental,  dark  ambient,  dungeon  synth,  industrial,  post  rock  and  metal  and  if  you  are  a f an  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Goetie"  "The  Skinwalker"  "The  Haunted  Mind"  and  "The  Night  is  So  Long".  8  out  of  10.

  

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Collapse Without Light Interview


 1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Well, our story goes back to 2009 when I left Before The Rain. I had the chance to know and play with Gonçalo in the band for about 3 years when he was playing drums. Soon we realized that we were sharing a lot of common interests in musical taste, feelings and concerns.
Following such background vision, the idea of doing something together grew naturally and we started talking about the creation of a “musical project” to express our deepest “doom” feelings. By end of 2010 we were already playing together once a week bringing to live some of our “darkest” ideas and trying to make something feasible to happen. One year later, the results could be already measured and filling in our souls. 
After raising such solid work and keeping our ground rules, we have decided that it was more than time to enhancement and elevate our work looking for new members in Portugal as long as they could share the same musical ideals and likes. These acquisitions turned to be a very hard process. However, one year later the band was complete and we were already able to have our first line up to enter in studio and record together with some Portuguese guests.     
The first record sessions started late 2012 during winter season. Unfortunately, time was not our ally and we were expected to record everything in 5 days which turned to be a huge time challenge and regrettably impossible to finish everything as we would have liked to. You know how they say”misery loves company” and we had to keep our “doom” project in standby because two members of the band left sometime after being in studio.
Some months later I decided to leave Portugal and move to Norway where I am settled now. Apart from distance and lack of availability to play together with Gonçalo, we were both able to keep our project much alive. After 4 years working slowly and at distance, we have challenged ourselves to deepen our motivations and reborn our souls bringing back to live our musical project to a higher level. In the meantime, I have started to talk and share some ideas with Natalie Koskinen which came to reveal a big surprise because of the growing empathy between us. Some weeks after, she joined COL clearly demonstrating her added value to the band. 
Despite of the acquisition of a third member, we were still missing a guitar player and we have thought of Monteiro from BTR after he left the band. He promptly accepts our invitation and soon after we decide with all’s input to refresh the tracks that were initially recorded in studio in 2012. Although, we are still looking for some members to complete the line up, we can finally say that we have the band’s core!

2.Recently you have released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
The main purpose of our work is to help those who listen to us to explore how much can our  music touch their souls, release their deepest emotions and evoke ”doom” feelings, opening themselves to their darkest inner thoughts. As in poetry behind each lyric there is a very personal and strong message that it is shaped and tailored made into our music. The message may not reach the listeners’ feelings at the same level of understanding and emotion of those who written and felt it.  Exploring different perspectives and approaches, we can say that our main message is revealing the feeling of someone that is being crushed with the burden of what life is. 


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
COL is trying to cover and explore subjects that can express “doom feelings”, such as life failures. If there is a meaning in life after loss or why do people feel crushed and drowned by all things that are part of their life or why do people tend to keep alive inside their souls sadness over joy? How can we put an end on suffering without taking out our lives? Much has been said and explored already on this thematic; there is not much to add or change. COL believes that can make the difference not on the words but on the way words are said, expressed and felt.     

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Collapse Of Light'?
We were looking for a name that could both describe the beginning and the ending of life. The name was born from this concept. Without any certainty, it seems that universe was created from an explosion which is not more than a collapse of light together with different matters allowing the beginning of live....However, and on the opposite side (ending), we shall remain on the darkness if light collapses. The word collapse can be used to give and take life depending on the way we use it. Is there a beginning after an end? COL is approaching this dual-thematic when life loses the sparkle and everything is doomed. Will there be a beginning after closing the cycle of light? 

5.There is not much on the internet about the band, all i know is that a couple of members are music veterans and the band is located in Europe, in what parts of the Europe do the band members reside?
We have to agree with you... In fact, there is not much information about COL available online. We have decided to keep some “secrecy” about us until we were able to show some physical proof of existence with the release of our debut album. Step by step we are gathering all the information necessary, so that we can work on our biography as any other band in the market. COL embraces Northern and Western Europe. For now, Gonçalo and Monteiro are settled in Portugal, Natalie in Finland and I’m in Norway.

6.Some of the band members are veterans, what is it that you bring into the music of this band that you were not able to do with your other groups
Do you think there is enough doom bands in the world? I can only answer for myself and share my opinion with you.... I’m too young to retire and there is still much of me to do, share and offer. Sometimes is not what you sing on a song, what your write on a lyric, but the way you sing, play and feel the music that makes the difference and how it reaches those you listen to you. We all believe that we are able to do something that has not been done before offering a different approach for those who like doom.

7.Has the band done any live shows yet or are there any plans for live shows?
No, not yet. However, it is part of our plans to play live in the near future. Hopefully, we will be able to share some news late 2018. Our priority is to find a good line up and whenever the band is complete we need to brainstorm on how we would like to play live for our fans. That being said, I can share already with you that we would like to create a new conception and perspective of what bands are playing alive now.



8.The album was released on 'Rain Without End Records', how did you get in contact with this label?
We have approached several labels, sending them our album. In the meantime, after analyzing several bids and offers, we have decided for RWE because we think it is the best qualified label to bust our work at the moment. Choosing RWE, end up to be a very practical and professional decision because they have shown some interest in our project when I got in contact with them some time ago sending a draft of a simple track. 

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of atmospheric doom/death metal?
So far so good... We are receiving very good reaction but we are aware that the engine has just started to work now. There is still a stiff way to climb ahead of us. Each day we have new people following COL on facebook page, which is always very grateful and motivating to all of us. On a more professional side, the comments we are receiving on our album reviews are looking very promising and it has been rated above average for a debut album. 

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
If all goes as expected, COL is going to studio later this year. Although, we have already some new material on a final phase we prefer not to compromise with a date with you to avoid a potential failure in our promises and deadlines. As a band, we are all very tough and demanding with ourselves and our work. Our music reflects our mood and feelings directly, so we need to let it flow without any pressures to be more successful in our project delivery.

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?
Going back in time when I started singing in my doom projects/bands, I would say that I had three main influences: Anathema (all albums until and including Pentecost III), Paradise Lost (the two first albums) and My Dying Bride (all albums until Like Gods of the Sun). Although, I have considered those bands as my main pillars, I am an eclectic person and I listen to several music genres, from Shape of Despair to Ólafur Arnalds. I like to listen to music that somehow makes my inspiration flow. Age has also brought me a different perspective on music and nowadays I listen to any genre of music that is able to raise any type emotion on my inner self, no matter what labels are given to them.   

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
I am as any other ordinary human being. I’m into cinema, reading a good book, drinking good wine or beer and hanging out with my friends and family. I am also very keen on approaching and analysing life and death in all its different perspectives and points of view.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for the interview and support. For those who are reading this interview, check COL FB page and follow us if you feel touched by our music ... “Até outro tempo”.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Spaghetti Blacc Conducts Blasphemous Research!!!/Reconnaissance Tenma: Alchemical Fetish Instress Telemetry Intelligence/Blacc Skii Weekend Industries/2018 Full length Review


  Spaghetti  Blacc  Conducts  Blasphemous  Research!!!  is  a  solo  project  from  New  York  that  plays  a  mixture  of  experimental,  noise,  improv,  industrial,  ambient,  techno  and  rap  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Reconnaissance  Tenma:  Alchemical  Fetisg  Instress  Telemetry  Intelligence"  which  was  released  by  Blacc  Ski  Weekend  Industries.

  Electronic  music  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  ambient  while  the  music  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  at  times  along  with  some  elements  of  video  game  soundtrack  music  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  all  instrumental  and  at  times  the  music  also  adds  in  orchestra  touches.

  Elements  of  harsh  noise  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  one  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  female  vocals  along  with  all  of  the  songs  sounding  very  different  from  each  other  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  tracks  start  utilizing  more  industrial  influences  and  a  couple  of  the  later  songs  also  brings  in  rap  style  vocals.

  Spaghetti  Blacc  Conducts  Blasphemous  Research!!!  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  experimental,  noise,  improv,  industrial,  ambient,  techno  and  rap   and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  philosophical  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Spaghetti  Blacc  Conducts  Blasphemous  Research!!!  is a   very  great  sounding  mixture  of    experimental,  noise,  improv,  industrial,  ambient,  techno  and  rap  and  f  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Starfish  Prime"  "Inevitable  Discovery"  Asure  Cave"  and  "Horoscope".  8  out  of  10.   

      

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Dod Beverte/Peace, Love And Angry Noise!/2018 Full Length Review


  Denver,  Colorado's  solo  project  Dod  Beverte  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  an  experimental  directionand  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2018  album  "Peace,  Love  And  Angry  Noise".

  A  very  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  while  spoken  word  parts  are  also  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  some  distorted  guitar  leads  being  used  briefly  and  when  synths  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  an  avant  garde  feeling.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  experimental  while  death  metal growls  and  harsh  noises  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  one  of  the  songs  introduces  acoustic  guitars  into  the  music  as  well  as  every  track  sounding  very  different  from  each  other.

  On  this  recording  Dod  Beverte  goes  into  more  of  an  experimental  and  avant  garde  direction  while  also  having  influences  of  harsh  noise  and  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  politically  incorrect  and  offensive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dod  Beverte  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  avant  garde  and  experimental  rock,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mohammed  Was  A  Pedophile  Sand  Sucker"  "Criminals  Obviously  buy  Guns  Legally"  and  " 

 

    

Monday, April 23, 2018

Die Sonne Satans/Metaphora/AnnapurnA/2018 CD Re-Issue Review


  Die  Sonne  Satans  is  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  plays  a  ritualistic  mixture  of  experimental  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  1993  album  "Metaphora"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  May  of  2018  by  AnnapurnA".

  Bells  along  with  some  ambient  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  while  the  music  can  also  get  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  at  times  along  with  some  voices  being  added  into  the  background  in  some  parts  of  the  music  and  when  whispers  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  also  has  the  atmospheric  of  a  classic  horror  movie  soundtrack  at  times  along  with  some  drones  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts getting  more  diverse  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  atmospheric  sounding  synths  and  organs  and  almost  all  of  the  tracks  are  instrumental.

  Die  Sonne  Satans  plays a  musical  style  that takes  dark  ambient,  experimental  and  avant  garde  organ  music  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  dark  and  ritualistic  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Die  Sonne  Satans  are  a  very  great  sounding  ritualistic  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  experimental  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Body  Snatcher"  "Orbis"  and  "Cheopys".  8  out  of  10.



  

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Adversvm Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the album?
1)We have done the deal with Iron Bonehead Productions to release the debut album.

I have started to work on new stuff for the next album and a new EP or split that will be finished in the end of 2018. Some new memebers join the band now.

2.You have an album coming out in May, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
The musical sound is funeral doom with some influences of death doom amd noise music. Our music is not similar to the most bands that are playing funeral doom. It's not melancholic or depressive but hateful and morbid. I am very proud of our sound.



3.The original plan was to create art more sinister than black and death metal, do you feel both of these genres have lost their ways in the years when it comes to creating dark occult music?

3. It wasn't just the original plan but also the result. It doesn't matter if the music is occult or not. I think it is more important that the concept authentically goes with the sound. Yes, I am bored of the present black and death metal. I began to listen to drone, doom and noise music some years ago. I have found there more atmosphere than in black or death metal before. It inspired me and this way ADVERSVM was born.

4.You have talked about your work with the qliphotic current before, can you tell us a little bit more about your studies and practices involving this path?
I have talked about the studies but never about the practices and won't ever do that. The code of honour in hermetic movement and the fucking law are the reasons. My studies were about modern satanism in the early youth. After that shit came transcendental magic, traditional satanism, dark heathenism, hebrew mysticism and apocryphal tradition. The qliphotic current I chose only for the birth of ADVERSVM.

The anti-stellar gnosis or my higher religious knowledge is the knowledge about prehistory, the truth about the staus quo and the destination. I curse the creation of the false demiurge and worship the fall of status quo for the transformation of all forms into disharmonic chaos until total darkness and the timeless void.5.You also have a son entitled 'Current 218', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Gnosticism or Anti Cosmic Satanism?

6.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
Mysticism, theology, end time prophecies, blasphemy.

7.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Adversvm'?
ADVERSVM I chose as meaning for the opposite direction. In the opposite direction towards the origin. It means the countercurrent to all mundane ways on earth and to everything has risen with creation.

8.Can you tell us a little bit more about the skull and sigil that is presented in the album cover art work?
8. The skull represents death and the sigil I have drawn with the letters of the word adversvm. It's our bandlogo. I prefer a sigil as bandlogo over a usually drawn one.


9.On the album you worked mostly with session musicians, do you feel it is very hard to find musicians that are on the same path as you or have the same visions that you want to bring out in the music?
 No, I just looked in the process of AION SITRA AHRA for session members to finish the album as soon as possible. For the future I will recruit permanent members.

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of funeral doom metal?
I still can not say anything about the feedback of funeral doom fans. I can imagine that the most fans of this subgenre prefer more melancholic and melodic music than the sound of ADVERSVM. About fans of other metal genres I know that this people and labels need rock'n'roll entertainment like usual music consumers. Most of them don't understand and so don't like this sound. I like it to know that our music will never be played on a metal and drinking party.

11.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
Through the music I will incarnate hate and blasphemy until death.

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Old Rock, Thrash, Death and Black Metal I am still listening to. I was grown up with that shit and will also die with it. In addition there came TFO, drone doom and noise music like SUNN O and MAURIZIO BIANCHI. They have really influenced my music.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
The latest news about ADVERSVM you can find on the facebook band page. Thank you for the interview. Hallowed be the end time divine. Hail Satan!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Moloch/The Other Side/Via Nocturna/2018 EP Review


  Moloch  are  a  solo  project  from  Poland  that  plays  a  black  metal  influenced  form  of  dark  synthwave  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  ep  "The  Other  Side"  which  will  be  released  on  April  30th  by  Via  Nocturna.

  Dark  ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  ep  while  also  getting  very  atmospheric  at  times  along  with  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  the  atmosphere  of a   classic  horror  or  science  fiction  movie  at  times  and  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  programmed  beats.

  At  times  the  music  brings  in  80's  synth  pop  and  soundtrack  music  elements  while  heavy  riffs  melodic  guitar  leads  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  some  tracks  also  bringing  in  touches  of  industrial  and  as  the  ep  progresses  a  small  amount  of  black  metal  influences  can  be  heard  and  all  of  the  tracks  sound  very  different  from  each  other.

  Moloch  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  synthwave,  electronic,  80's  era  soundtrack  music and  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  as  well  as  keeping  everything  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Moloch  is  a  very  great  sounding  black  metal  influenced  dark  synthwave  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Escape  From  The  Nameless  City"  adn  "A  Dream  of  Death".  8  out  of  10.    

Dodmaskin/Ingenting/Cyclic Law/2018 CD Review


 
  Dodsmaskin  are  a  solo  project  from  Norway  that  has  recently  had  an  album  reviewed  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient,  drone,  harsh  noise  and  death  industrial  and  this  is  a  review  of  an  album  he  recorded  in  2015  called  "Ingenting"  which  finally  get  a  proper  release  by  Cyclic  law  in  2018.

  Dark  ambient  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  field  recordings  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  awhile  harsh  noises  and  elements  of  death  industrial  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  music  also  has  a  lot  of  roots  in  the  90's  era.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  all  instrumental  while  the  music  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  at  times  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  drones  and  when  synths  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  while  all  of  the  tracks  sound  different  from each  other.

  On  this  recording  Dodsmaskin  showed  his early  mixture  of  dark  ambient,  drone,  power  electronics  and  kept everything  in  an  instrumental  musical  direction  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dodsmaskin  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient,  drone,  harsh  noise  and  death  industrial,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Aske"  and  "Ingenting".  8  out  of  10. 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Nequient 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 played local gigs and did some light touring while continuing to write new material. Though we've taken a while to put out a proper full-length, now that we've settled on a stable lineup and a sound we're happy with, we don't plan to have any long waits between our future releases.

2.You have a new album coming out in May, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from from previous demo's and ep?

A big change was setting aside the buzzsaw-style HM-2 distortion in favor of a cleaner guitar sound where you can pick out individual notes more easily. Our guitarist, Patrick, was the primary composer for this album, so his style guided the songwriting and choices of tones. The riffs have become more complex and varied than on the band's previous releases. I think our d-beat and sludge roots are still readily apparent, but we're also digging deeper into influences from other metal subgenres. There are some rhythmic left turns along the way that allow our drummer, Chris, to show off his chops even more than in the past. Keenan, our bass player, is the most recent addition to the band, and I think he brings a unique melodic sensibility to the low end that adds some really interesting layers to a lot of sections.

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

The biggest lyrical inspiration is the current political state of the world, which I find endlessly horrifying and infuriating. The Trump presidency, Brexit, the Flint water crisis, mass shootings, and Middle East turmoil all come up somewhere along the way. I do also find space to address some more personal situations, reference several of my favorite authors, pay tribute to some of the great artists who have died in recent years, and make fun of overly self-important metal guys.

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

It's an archaic term that means "not being able." That gives the name both a certain punk rock snarkiness and the benefit of being good for search engine optimization. We have one of those curious situations where the guitarist and bass player who orginally decided to call the band "Nequient" have since departed at different points over the years, but our sound evolved in an organic enough way that we never felt any need to change it.

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

We've opened for a lot of great bands, but I think we particularly liked playing in a direct support slot for Zeal & Ardor on one of their first U.S. shows late last year. There were some technical hiccups, but it was great playing in a room where people were all so excited to see this band for the first time. On tour, we tend to have the best times in smaller cities, where crowds are a little more enthusiastic and we always seem to make new friends. Places like Bloomington, Indiana and the Quad Cities have been particularly excellent in that way. Also, there was the time we played at an arcade bar here in Chicago with Big Trouble in Little China projected behind us - that was pretty cool.

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

Yes, we'll be celebrating the album release on May 18th with a weekend of shows in DeKalb, Illinois, Minneapolis, and Chicago. Then, in July, we'll be headed toward the East Coast for several dates that we'll be announcing shortly.

7.The new album is coming out on 'Nefarious Industries', how did you get in contact with this label?

Several bands we knew, like Mine Collapse and Jar'd Loose from Chicago and Tovarish from Rhode Island, had worked with Nefarious in the past, so I dropped them a line. We share in the same DIY ethos, so we've been enjoying working together.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of extreme metal and hardcore?

It's too early to say, but we've never been the sort of band to worry too much about catering to a particular market or set of tastes. We just try to make music that we're all excited to play.

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

The next album will probably have some more collaborative songwriting with both Keenan and Chris contributing more riffs. I think for the most part we'll continue to write fast, heavy hardcore songs with influences from various forms of extreme metal. However, I could definitely see possibilities for some experiments with longer, more conceptual  pieces, as well as some increasingly technically demanding sections.

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

The band started from a desire to play crust inspired by bands like Amebix, Disfear, Disrupt, and Skitsystem, along with some Eyehategod-style sludge. Influences from metallic hardcore groups such as Converge, Botch, and Coalesce have definitely come into play on some of the more recent material. We also borrow ideas from old school death metal like Death, Morbid Angel, and Obituary, as well as classic black metal bands like Darkthrone.

So far this year, I've been most enjoying the new albums from Antigama, Rivers of Nihil, Lychgate, and Judas Priest. Probably my most anticipated release for the year is Janelle Monáe, though, so we'll see how I feel in a couple weeks.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I do a lot of reading and writing. I'm particularly into 19th-century British poetry, science fiction, and comic books.

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

Thanks for helping us to get the word out about the record. We can't wait to get on the road and play for some new people.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Hezaliel/Paradise Lost/Eight Tower Records/2018 CD Review


  Hezaliel  are  a  solo  project  from  Belgium  and  is  also  the  dark  ambient  side  of  Steve  Fabry  better known  for  his work in  the  black  metal  bands  Sercati  and  The  Nightstalker  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Paradise  Lost"  which  was  released  by  Eight  Tower  Records.

  Sci-fi  orientated  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  avant  garde  soundscapes  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  epic  and  dark  ambient  style  synths  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  instrumental  and  the  music  also  gets  very  ritualistic  and  occult  sounding  in  some  parts  of  the  songs.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  all  of  the  songs  sound  very  different  from  each  other  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  experimental  at  times  and  at  times  the  music  gets  very  atmospheric  and  cinematic  as  well  as  capturing  a  soundtrack  orientated  atmosphere  and  female  vocals  are  also  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Hezaliel  plays  a  style  of  dark  ambient  that  is  very  experimental  at  times  as  well  as  evoking  a  sci-fi  atmosphere  which  makes  the  music  a  little bit  different  than  most  musicians  of  this  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  song  themes  are  inspired  by  John  Milton's  "Paradise  Lost". 

  In  my  opinion  Hezaliel  is  a  very  great  sounding  dark  ambient  solo  artist  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Altar  Of  Demons"  "The  Snake's  Deception"  and  "Paradise  Lost".  8  out  of  10.

https://eighthtowerrecords.bandcamp.com/album/paradise-lost

Hekate/Totentanz/Prophecy Productions/2018 CD Review


  Hekate  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  classical,  neo-folk  and  medieval  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Totentanz"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Prophecy  Productions.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  drones  also  being  utilized  at  times  while  percussion's  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs  as  well  as  a  great  amount of  epic  sounding  synths  and  when  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  bring  in  elements  of  neo  folk.

  Clean  vocals  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  folk  music  instruments  along  with  some  elements  of  neo-classical  music  along  with  some  tracks  also  bringing  in  female  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts,  most  of  the  tracks  sound  different  from  each  other  as  well  as  some  of t he  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  ambient  elements  can  also b e  heard  and  whispers  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.

  Hekate  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  90's  era  neo-folk,classical  and  medieval  music  and  mix  them  together  with  a  more  modern  approach  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  Romanticism,  Luciferian,  Occultism,  Poetic,  and  Mythology  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Hekate  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  classical,  neo-folk  and  medieval  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Old  King"  "Luzifer  Morgenstern"  "Spring  Of  Life"  and  "Desire".  8/5  out  of  10. 

 

  

Visions/Phurpa/Monad/Cyclic Law/2018 Collaboration CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  collaboration  album  between  Germany's  Visions  and  Russia's  Phurpa  called  "Monads"  which  mixes  dark  ambient  and  drone  with  Tibetan,  shamanistic  and  ritual  music  and  the  album  will  be  released  on  April  25,  2018  by  Cyclic  Law.

  Ritualistic  throat  singing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  soundscapes  while  drones  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  Tibetan  style  musical  instruments  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  an  ethnic  feeling.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  experimental  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  ambient  elements  along with  a  decent  amount  of  synths  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  sounding  very  different  from  each  other  and  also  taking  the  listener  on  a  shamanic  journey  and  percussion's  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Visions  and  Phurpa  team  up  and  mix  their  2  different  styles  together  to  create  a  very  ritualistic  and  shamanistic  orientated  form  of  dark/ambient  drone  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collaboration  from  Visions  and  Phurpa  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient,  drone  and  ritual  music,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ascendance"  and  "Reminiscence".  8  out  of  10.   

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Taphephobia/Kave/Monuments/Cyclic Law/2018 CD Collaboration Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  collaboration  album  between  Norway's  Taphephobia  and  the  Netherlands  Kave  and  the  album  is  Called  "Monuments"  and  was  released  in  2018  by  Cyclic  Law  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Taphephobia  who  returns  with  his  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  drone.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  drones  and  soundscpaes  along  with  some  ambient  style  synths  and  the  track  is  over  20  minutes in  length  while  the  music  is  mostly  instrumental  and  at  times  the  guitars  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  drones  as  well  as  getting  more  diverse  as  the  track  progresses  along  with  some  voices  towards  the  end  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Taphephobia  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient  and  drone,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  Kave  another  solo  artist  that  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  drone.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  dark  soundscapes  and  atmospheric  sounding  drones  along  with  a  small  amount  of  field  recordings  while  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  ambient  style  synths  as  well  as  the  track  being  19  minutes  in  length  and  as  the  track  progresses  the  music  gets  more  dark  and  haunting  sounding  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Kave  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  drone  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  artist.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  dark  ambient  and  drone.  8  out  of  10.

    

Nequient/Wolves At The Door/Nefarious Industries/2018 CD Review


  Nequient  are  a  band  from  Chicago,  Illinois  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal,  crust,  grind  and  hardcore  with  some  elements  of  sludge  and  black  metal  an  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Wolves  At  The  Door"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Nefarious  Industries.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  also  bring  in  a  mixture  of  high  pitched  screams,  death  metal  growls  and  hardcore  style  shouts  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  songs  also  incorporating  elements  of  d  beat  as  well  as  the  slower  sections  adding  in  touches  of  sludge,  when  tremolo  picking  is utilized  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  black  metal  influences  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Nequient  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  death  metal,  crust,  grind,  hardcore,  sludge  and  black  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  very  heavy  sounding  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  violent,  occult  and  drug  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nequient  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  crust,  grind,  hardcore,  sludge,  death  and  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Scorcher'  "Mammon  And  Moloch"  "Blast  Beats  And  Cocaine"  and  "The  Devil's  party".  8  out  of  10.      

Adversvm/Aion Sitra Ahra/Iron Bonehead Productions/2018 CD Review


  Adversvm  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  morbid  form of  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Aion  Sitra  Ahra"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  Atmospheric  drones  along  with  some  Gregorian  chants  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  funeral  doom  metal  direction  while  the  vocals a re  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  music  also  using  a  decent  amount  of  dark  yet  distorted  sounding  melodies  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Atmospheric  sounding  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  while  the  guitar  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  along  with  some  whispers  also  being  used  briefly  and  at  times  the  music  also  brings  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  as  well  as  some  clean  guitars  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  rain  and  thunder  sounds  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slow  direction  and  when  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  and  they  close  the  album  with  an  experimental  noise  tracks.

  Adversvm  plays  a  style  of  funeral  doom  metal  that  is  very  slow,  dark,  morbid  and  ritualistic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Gnosis,  Left  Hand  Path  and  Apocalyptic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Adversvm  are  a  very  great  sounding  morbid  funeral  doom  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Anti  Steller  Gnosis  To  The  Acausa"  and  "Aion  Sitra  Ahra".  8  out  of  10.   

    

Friday, April 13, 2018

Apparition/The Raenous Dusk/Dark Adversary Productions/2018 CD Review


  Apparition  are  a  musical  project  from  Australia  that  plays  their  own  style  of  horror  soundtrack  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "The  Ravenous  Dusk"  which  was  released  by Dark  Adversary  Productions.

  80's  era  movie  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  rain  and  thunder  sounds  a  few  seconds  later  while  field  recordings  can  also  be  heard  at  times and  after  awhile  ambient  style  synths  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  classic  horror  film  atmosphere.

  Most  of  the  music  is  instrumental  while  programmed  beats  are  also  use  at  times  and  when  they  are  mixed  with  the  synths  they  capture  the  atmosphere  of  a  funeral  doom  metal  album  without  using  any  heavy  instruments  along  with  some  clean  yet  distorted  guitars  being  used  briefly  and  at  times  the  music  gets  very  avant  garde  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  diverse  and  when  whispers  are  utilized  briefly  they  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal.

  Apparition  creates  their own  interpretation  of  a  70's  or  80's  era  horror  movie  soundtrack  with  their  music  while  also  adding  in  touches  of  ambient,  black  and  funeral  doom  metal  to  give  their  music  more  of  a  haunting  atmosphere  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Apparition  are  a  very  great  sounding  horror  movie  soundtrack  musical  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Beginning"  "The  Dawn  Approaches"  "Distant  Memories"  and  "Dance  Of  The  Phantasms".  8  out  of  10.

Taphephobia/Ghostwood/Cyclic Law/2018 CD Review


  Taphephobia  are  a  solo  project  from  Norway  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  drone  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Ghostwood"  which  was  released  by  Cyclic  Law.

  Ambient  style  synths  and  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  while  flutes  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  some  field  recordings  as  well  as  most of  the  tracks  being  instrumentals  and  all  of  the  songs  also  sound  very  different  from each  other  and  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  at  times.

  A  great  amount  of  atmospheric  drones  can  be  heard quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  haunting  atmosphere  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  on  song  introduces  rain  and  thunder  sounds  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  some  electric  guitar  noises  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  voices,  spoken  word  parts  and  whispers  can  also  be  heard.

  On  this  recording  Taphephobia  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  drone  and  dark  ambient  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  very  atmospheric  sounding  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  song  themes  focus  on  the  paranormal  and  darkness.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Taphephobia  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  drone  and  dark  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ghostwood"  "Ghost  Of  Him"  "Thunder  Over  The  Boardwalk"  and  "Fragility,  Secrets  And  Revelations".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Tonttu/Fahl/Was Wurden Gnome Sagen (The Gnome Apocalypse)/Panicmachine/2018 Collaboration CD Review


  Finland's  Tonttu  and  Russia's  Fahl  team  up  on  this  recording  and  and  go  into  more  of  an  experimental  and  dark  ambient  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  collaboration  album  "Was  Wurden  Gnome  Sagen  (The  Gnome  Apocalypse)"  which  was  released  by  Panicmachine.

  Ambient  style  soundscapes  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  album  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  atmospheric  sounding  synths  and  after  awhile elements  of  industrial  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  music  getting  very  experimental  at  times.

  Drones  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  music  also  captures  a  very  ritualistic atmosphere  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  avant  garde  and  psychedelic  elements  as  well  as  being  very  apocalyptic  at  times  and  both  of  the  songs  are  divided  into  17  different  parts  and  at  times  the  music  captures  the  soundtrack  feeling  of  an  80's  horror  or  science  fiction  film  and  acoustic  guitars,  clean  vocals  and  folk  music  elements  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  On  this  recording  Tonrttu  move  way  from  the  metal  elements  of  their  regular  albums  and  mix  their  music  in  with  Fahl's  dark  ambient  style  while  still  keeping  the  same  concepts,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti  Gnome  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collaboration  between  Tonttu  and  Fahl  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  8  out  of  10.       

Tonttu/Riimuja Ja Tonttuja/Panicmachine/2018 CD Review


   Finland's  Tonttu  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  mixture  of  martial,  neo-folk,  industrial  and  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Rimmuja  Ja  Tonttuja"  which  was  released  by  Panicmachine.

  Audience  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  which  are  a  huge  parts  of  the  recording  and  shots  being  used  briefly  before  going  into  more  of  a  neo-classical  direction  along  with  some  stringed  instruments  being  utilized  and  most  of  the  tracks a re  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Percussions  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs  along  with  some  metal  elements  being  added  into  the  heavy  riffs  and  guitar  leads  while  chants  are  also  used  at  times  as  well  as  the  music  getting  very  experimental  and  avant  garde in  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  industrial  elements.

 When  throat  singing  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  shamanistic  and  ritualistic  feeling  with  both  troll  and  clean  vocals  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  some  folk  instruments  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  black  metal  influences  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  martial  beats  as  well  as  some  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Tonttu  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  neo  folk,  martial,  industrial  and  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  Anti  Gnome  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Tonttu  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  martial,  neo  folk,  industrial  and  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Riimuja Ja Tonttuja"  and  "Tonttu  2".  8  out  of  10.