Monday, March 25, 2019

Drontheim Interview

 1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a
little bit about the band?
Rune: We are Drontheim from Trondheim, Norway! We are a 6 piece
conceptual bandproject consisting of comrades and partners in crème from
other musical endeavors. We play a dark, melancholic- mixture of many
genres, but rooted in the industrial,cinematic metal landscape.
viNd: Drontheim is a strictly non-political output with no collective
agenda on any level except the artistic. Thematically it is rooted in a
strong interest in the second world war in general, and more
specifically the events, people and life as it were in Trondheim, Norway
in the early 1940'ies, and also the German vision for Neu Drontheim -
New Trondheim - the new capital for the Germanized Scandinavia.
Lyrically it can be considered part documental and part fiction, but as
a whole it is focused on the dark and dystopian union of audible,
lyrical and visual expressions that enables the artistic atmosphere
Drontheim seek to provide. Not easily defined by limiting genres, but at
times cinematic and atmospheric and at times distorted and strict; one
can find traces of industrial rock, metal and electronic music.

2.Recently you have released a new album, can you tell us a little bit
more about the musical style you went for on the album?
Rune: The album consists of a collection of tunes from the last 12-13
years. Something with Norwegian lyrics, pure studio-Jams,
improvisations, one instrumental, many soundscapes and a few tight
pieces on the harder side of the scale. It is a very varied album that
takes you on a roundtrip through moods, histories and sensations based
around our conceptual storytelling.
viNd: Well, 1st of all we could say that its heavily themed around a
naval WW2 concept. The title "down below" is a reference to submarine
naval warfare and the unmarked grave for many unlucky sailors during the
naval campaigns of WW2. Its like infernos and screams above, silence and
darkness down below. And on this album we dived into the ocean and got
pulled down below. I can also reveal that the next Drontheim album will
be "running into the infernos and screams above"...

3.The band has been around since 2006 but waited until this year to
release the first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about
the long wait?
Rune: All members of Drontheim are involved in other musical projects
and band settings, and the band has evolved slowly- finding new
directions and working methods along the way. We have never rushed
Drontheim, but had a steady production of finished tunes and ideas for
new material. As mentioned earlier- the tracks on the album are just a
collection of our material so far... There is, of course a lot of
patience needed within the band, for when members are busy elsewhere- we
need to keep the focus right, and just trust in the concept and hold a
steady course. But the patience has been worth it! We are happy with our
album "Down below " - and we hope to spend more time together presenting
our music.
viNd: It's about time, timing, not rushing and releasing something we
feel good about. It took us much longer time with down below than we
expected for many different reasons, but I think and hope we have
learned from that so the next one will run smoother in our music
factory.

4.Most of the band members have a background in black or extreme metal,
what was the decision behind going into the musical direction the band
went for on the recording?
viNd: Well, 1st of all I created Drontheim back in 2006 during a hiatus
in my other bands (Atrox and Manes). Back then I also started to watch a
lot of documentaries about the second world war and it inspired me to
write music. And its like when I write music I often feel where the
music belong, like what project this tune should be placed into;
sometimes its Atrox, others Manes. And after writing the 1st songs I
knew that this was not Atrox nor Manes, but something new. Thus a group
of comrades I knew were recruited to get the project off its feet and
Drontheim was established.

5.A lot of the lyrics deal with WWII, History and Dystopian themes, can
you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
viNd: I started to watch a lot of documentaries about the second world
war and it inspired me to write music. It just happened like; after
watching some WW2 stuff, I just had to write music. I was ful of stuff
from within, and after writing some songs I also think I (re)discovered
why, and that was due to my grandfathers. They were both in the war (on
the allies side), and I remember they used to tell me a lot of stories
about it (WW2) when I was a kid. The first time I got to hear the name
Drontheim was via my grandfathers when they were telling me about stuff
they experienced during the second world war here in Trondheim. They
also pointed me in the direction of the vision the Germans had for
creating «Neu Drontheim» (New Trondheim). So thats how I got interested
in the second world war history in the first place. And how I see it,
its like they made me start Drontheim and I´m grateful for that.
The alternative history, or what we call docu-fiction allows us to play
with the "what ifs" and parallel universes of a world at war. We dont
have to stay to the facts, and it also allows us to skip the use of
symbolism we dont want to be related to. Along with that we also get to
build our own universe inside a very well documented time period, and
also speculate in alternative after maths...

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Drontheim'?
viNd: Drontheim or «Neu Drontheim» (New Trondheim) was the vision the
Germans had for creating a new German metropolis in German-occupied
Norway, and it was planned to have a population of around
250,000–300,000 inhabitants. The building site of the city was located
15–20 km southwest of Trondheim. Because of the significant strategic
importance of the Trondheim Fjord to the German military, it was to be
constructed in conjunction with a major navy and military base that
would give Germany unprecedented maritime control over the North
Atlantic area. Hitler stated that the city was to become "a German
Singapore", and it eventually became one of his favorite architectural
projects. To organize and carry out the necessary planning for the new
project, Hitler appointed Albert Speer. The city was to house an
enormous art museum for the northern part of Germany′s empire,
containing "only works of German masters". An Autobahn was to be
constructed to Trondheim across the Little and Great Belts of Denmark
and further through southwest Sweden and Norway to connect the northern
outpost with Germany proper. The naval base itself was planned to
contain extensive shipyards, docks and U-Boat bases for the expected
post-war German navy that was to consist altogether of several hundred
submarines and dozens of super-battleships, as well as several aircraft
carriers. It would, in Hitler's words, render British Singapore "mere
child′s play" by comparison as a military stronghold.
In 1943, the first ground detonations were begun. To provide the
construction site with labor, a prisoner-of-war camp was built in
Øysand. A reserve landing strip for airplanes was also put in place.
Special maps were prepared for Hitler from which he studied the optimum
positions for the docks and accompanying structures. A metres-wide,
highly detailed miniature model was also built for him, which was
destroyed during an Allied bombardment in Berlin in 1945. During the war
itself, the port city was already turned into a major base for German
U-Boat submarines, Dora I.

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented
on the album cover?
viNd: As we told earlier the title "down below" is a reference to
submarine naval warfare and the unmarked grave for many unlucky sailors
during the naval campaigns of WW2. Infernos and screams above, silence
and darkness down below. The design of the album is based around this,
and several of the other songs and videos also plays around this theme.

8.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and
also how would you describe your stage performance?
viNd: I will have to say that the best show is yet to come! With
Drontheim we can scale the stage performance from stripped (acoustic) to
full frontal attack. This also goes for the production we do, with the
gear, gadgets we use and what we´ll do on stage.

9.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
viNd: This is something we´re working on at the moment, but the dates
and cities are still not 100% set. We hope we can share some light on
this soon, as the band is ready for doing some great kick ass shows. So
I will just have to say; tune in on www.drontheim.no and stay informed
;)

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your album by fans
of metal or other genres of music
viNd: It is to early to say, but from what we have seen so far, the
feedback has been good. We are crossing our fingers for that more people
we check us out and join us down below...

11.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects
these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Rune: Both Manes and Atrox are creating new material, and planning some
live shows the coming year. Endapartoo (Runes sideproject) has just
finished an experimental album, and is currently planning publishing.
Snorre is working on a project called Helsinki Horizon, Eivind on Atrox,
Drontheim, EoP and Manes, and Steffen is working on THP (The Heisenberg
Project) - pre-producing material for an album that will be recorded
later this year.

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Rune: More of the same. More of everything that sounds good.
viNd: I already gave some hits about the next Drontheim album, so I
would have to say that the next album will have the sound and mood that
fits more with running into the infernos and screams that you´ll find
above the sea surface during wartime. I think we have 8 songs ready now,
and we hope hit the studio to record the new album sometime later this
year.

13.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?
Rune: David Sylvian, Bowie, progressive bands, ambient soundscapes.
viNd: Documentary movies, soundscapes and for example BC, Black
Sabbath, Burzum, Ghost Brigade, Immortal, Katatonia, My Dying Bride,
Peeping Tom, Rammstein, Seigmen, Slagmaur just to mention some.

14.What are some of your non musical interests?
Rune: There are quite a diversity when it comes to our lives outside of
the musical box, and we use each others skills and knowledge within the
project. We have engineering people, visual artists, health workers,
sporty people, crazy people, fathers and family men- teachers and
inspirators, warehouse workers- and we like beer.

15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or
thoughts?
viNd: I encourage you all to check out our new album - give it a spin
and join us down below! I'm pretty sure that if you are into industrial,
alternative  metal, post rock, cinematic and atmospheric music you will
enjoy down below.




Sunday, February 17, 2019

Liles/Maniac/Darkening Ligne Claire/Archaeological Records/2019 CD Review


  This  album  shows  Andrew  Liles  of  Current  93,  Nurse  With  Wound  team  up  with  Maniac  of  Skitliv,  and  Mayhem  to  create  an  ambient  recording  that  is  a  narrative on the black metal genre  as w ell  as  being  an  essay  and  exhibition  about  Christophe  Lord-Of-The-Logos  Szpajdel  and  the  album  is  called  "Darkening  Ligne  Claire"  and  will  be  released  in  March  by  Archaeological  Records.

  Spoken  word  parts  start  off  every  track  naming  off  the  name  they  are  paying  a  tribute  to.  Music  wise  the  album  starts  out  in  a  very  avant  garde  direction  along  with  some  dark  ambient  soundscapes  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  and  cinematic  sounding.

  Distorted  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  while  the  songs  also  incorporate  a  great  amount  of  synths.  On  the  second  track  elements  of  electronic  music  and  programmed  beats  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  touches  of  industrial  and  demonic  voices  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  All  of  the  tracks  sound  very  different  from  each  other  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  music  also  gets  more  ritualistic  sounding.Grim  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  song  titles  are  each  name  after  a  black  metal  band  with  the  bands  being  mention  Emperor,  Enthroned,  Flagellum  Dei,  "Noctuary.  "Slaughter  Messiah,  Soulburn,  and  Wolves  In  The  Throne  Room.

  In  my  opinion  Liles?Maniac  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark  ambient  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  genre  or  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Emperor"  "Noctuary"  and  "Wolves In  The  Throne  Room".  8  out  of  10.    

Drontheim/Down Below/Wraith Productions/2019 CD Review


  Drontheim  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  consists  of  some  musicians  that  play  in  some  very  well  known  Norwegian  black  and  extreme  metal  bands  and  with  this  band  plays  a  mixture  of  industrial,  alternative  metal,  post rock,  cinematic  and  atmospheric  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Down  Below"  which  will  be  released  on   February  22nd  by  Wraith  Productions.

  Dark  yet  melodic riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  while  the  clean  vocals  add  in  a  touch  of  goth  rock.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  metal  elements  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  while  clean  guitars  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  also  adds  in  elements  of  post  rock.  Some  of  the  tracks  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  keyboards  as  well  as the songs  also  mixing  in  influences  of  alternative  rock.

  Most  of  the  tracks  sounds  very  different  from  each  other  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  an  instrumental  is  also  added  onto  the  recording  as  the  album  progresses.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  an  alternate  reality  regarding  World  War  II.

  In  my  opinion  Drontheim  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  industrial,  alternative  metal,  post rock,  cinematic  and  atmospheric  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dark  Passage"  "House  Of  Horus"  and  "Fathom".  8  out  of  10. 

      

Xiphoid Dementia/Bastard Noise/Human Extinction Engine/Scry Recordings/2019 Split Album Review


 
  This  is  a  review of  a  split  album  between  Seattle,  Washington's  Xiphoid  Dementia  and  Bay  Area,  California's  Bastard  Noise  called "Human  Extinction  Engine"  which  will  be released  in  March  by  Scry  Recordings  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Xiphoid  Dementia  a  solo  project  that  plays  death  industrial  with  some  ambient,  martial,  drone  and  harsh  noise  elements.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  brutal  death  industrial  sounds  along  with  some  drones  and  elements  of  harsh  noise,  Spoken  word  samples  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  tracks  along  with  some  martial  sounds  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  a  great  amount  of  programmed  beats  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout his  side  of  the  recording.

  Elements  of  dark  ambient  and  atmospheric  soundscapes  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  All  3  of  the  songs  also  sound  very  different  from  each  other  along  with  some  synths  also  being  used  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  song  themes  focus  on  the  psyche.

  In  mt  opinion  Xiphois  Dementia  is  a  very  great  sounding  death  industrial  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Spirals"

  Next  up  is  Bastard  Noise  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  very  harsh  form  of  noise.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  harsh  noises  while  also  bringing  in  some  atmospheric  soundtrack  music  elements.  A  great  amount  of  power  electronics  and  underground  industrial  music  sounds  can  also  be  heard  at  times  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  demonic  voices.

  When  high  pitched  screams a re  utilized  they  bring  in  elements  of  grind  and  noisecore  onto  the  recording  along  with  a  touch  of  black  metal.  Programmed  beats  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music,  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  song  themes  focus  on  dark,  metaphysical  and  political  topics. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Bastard  Noise  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  harsh  noise,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Extraterrestrial  Spring  Evening".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  death  industrial  and  harsh  noise.  8  out  of  10.        

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Equimanthorn/Exalted Are The Seven Throne Bearers Of Ninnkigal/Shaytan Productions/2015 Vinyl Re-Issue Review


  Equimanthorn  are  a  band  from  Texas  that  plays  a  very  ritualistic  and  occult  form  of  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2007  album  "Exalted  Are  The  Seven  Throne  Bearers  Of  Ninnkigal"  which  was  re-issued  on  vinyl  in 2015  by  Shaytan  Productions.

  Ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  album  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  When  synths  are  utilized  they  bring  elements  of  dark  ambient  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  some  ethnic  style instruments  and  percussion's  which  also  adds  in  more  of  an  Eastern  Occultism  atmosphere.

  At  times  the  music  brings  in  more  of  a  tribal  and  shamanistic  feeling  along  with  the  keyboards  also  adding  in  a  slight  psychedelic  touch  in  some  parts  of  the  music.  All  of  the  tracks  sound  very  different  from  each  other  while  the  music  also  shows  an  influence  of  black  metal one  some  of  the  tracks.

  A  lot  of  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  sounding  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  one  of  the  songs  also  introduces  melodic  chants  onto  the  recording  which  also  summons  Kali  Ma's  spirit  into  the  music  as  well  as  the  closing  track  being  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  Esoteric,  Occultism,  Eastern  Mysticism  and  Ancient  Sumerian  Mythology  themes.   

  In  my  opinion  Equimanthorn  are  a  very  great  sounding  ritualistic  and  occult  dark  ambient  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "When  Sevem  Came  Unto  The  Fundament"  "Who  Is  The  Great  King"  and  "The  Submissive  Myth  Of  Mirror  Waters  Rising".  8/5  out  of  10. 

Friday, February 1, 2019

Abyssic/High The Memory/Osmose Productions/2019 CD Review


  Abyssic  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  symphonic  form  of  funeral  doom  metal  with  some  elements  of  prog  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  201  album  "High  The  Memory"  which  will  be  released  on  February22nd  by  Osmose  Productions.

  Symphonic  sounds  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  funeral  doom  metal  while  the  screams  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  growls.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  prog  elements  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  whispered  vocals  can  also be  heard   and  the closing  track  the  music  also  speeds  up  briefly  and  also  introduces  blast  beats  onto  the  recording.


  Abyssic  plays  a  style  of  funeral  doom/death  metal  that  is  very  symphonic  sounding  while  also  adding  in  some  elements  of  prog  and  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  darkness,  feelings  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Abyssic  are  a  very  great  sounding  symphonic  funeral  doom/death  metal  band  with  some  prog  and  black  metal  elements  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "High  The  Memory"  and  "Where  my  Pain  Lives".  8/5  out  of  10.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Spaghetti Blacc/Carnival Of Redacted Sciences/Blacc Ski Weekend Industries/2019 Full Length Review


  New  York's  Spaghetti  Blacc  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  brings  in  a  mixture  of   classic  metal,  rap,  world  and  electronic  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "Carnival  of  Redacted  Sciences"  which  was  released  by  Blacc  Ski  Weekend  Industries.

  Hip  hop  music  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  rap  style  vocals  a  few  seconds  later.  At  times  the music  also  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  sounding  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Elements  of  ethnic and  world  music  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  songs  that  are  presented  on  the  recording.  One  track  also  introduces  electronic  music  sounds  and  programmed  beats  into  the  music  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  lot  more  variety  and  as  the  album  progresses  touches  of  ambient  are  also  added  into  the  music.

  Most  of  the  songs  also  sound  very  different  from  each  other  and  when  guitars  are  finally  added  into  the  music  they  bring  in  more  metal  influences. What  makes  this  album  different  from  previous  releases  is  that  the  harsh  noise  elements  are  absent  from  the  recording  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  instrumentals.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophical, political  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Spaghetti  Blacc  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  metal,  rap,  experimental,  world  and  electronic  music,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Location  On"  "Omega  Unorthodox"  "King  Midas"  and  "Distant  Solicitations  Of  Idolatry".  8  out  of  10.

    

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Ashtoreth/Rites I&II/Cyclic Law/2019 CD Review


  Ashtoreth  is  a  solo  project  from  Belgium  that  plays  a  shamanistic  and  ritualistic mixture  of  ambient,  drone  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "Rites  I&II"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Cyclic  Law.

  Heavy  doom  metal  guitar  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  ritualistic  chants  while  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  A  great  amount  of  guitar  orientated  drones  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  as  well  as  some  heavy  amp  distortion.

  Dark  ambient  soundscapes  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  also  give  both  of  the  tracks  more  atmosphere.  Clean  guitars  are  also  utilized  in  some  parts  of  the  music  as  well  as  some  nature  orientated  field  recordings  also  being  utilized  briefly  towards  the  end  of  the  first  track.

  Throughout  both  of  these  tracks  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  diversity  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  very  shamanistic  sounding  atmosphere  at  times  as  well  as  being  very  meditative  and  minimal  in  its  approach  and  taking  on  a  journey  through  nature.  Most  of  the  music  is  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Ashtoreth  is  a  very  great  sounding  shamanistic  and  ritualistic  mixture  of  ambient,  drone  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  f  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Rite  I".  8  out  of  10.     

Dark Awake/Will Of Iron/Heathen Tribes/2018 EP Review


  Greece's  Dark  Awake  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  his  mixture  of  ritual,  dark  ambient,  martial,  neo  folk  and  neo  classical  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  ep  "Will  of  Iron"  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  Heathen  Tribes.

  Dark  ambient  style soundscapes  and  synths  start  off  the  ep  while  the  drum  beats  gives  the  music  more  of  a  militant  and  martial  feeling.  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  at  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding.  When  clean  vocals  are  utilized  they  add  in  the  atmosphere  of  the WW2  era.

  The  second  track  is  a  cover  of  Bathory's  Song  to  Hall  Up  High"  which  replaces  the  metal  style  with  operatic  female  vocals  and  more  of  a  neo-classical  style  as  well  as  introducing  whispers  onto  the  recording.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  ritualistic  sounding  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  sounding  very  different  from  each  other.

  As  the  ep  progresses  folk  instruments  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  getting  more  experimental  sounding.  The  ep  also  closes  with  a  cover  of  Lordian  Guard's  Winds  Of  Thor".  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  Norse  Paganism  and  Occult  Philosophy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dark  Awake  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ritual,  dark  ambient,  martial,  neo  folk  and  neo  classical,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  'Will  of  Iron"  and  "Libera  Nos  A  Mallo".  8  out  of  10.       

    

Monday, January 28, 2019

Autumn Tears 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?

In addition to promoting the new album as much as possible, we have actually been working on new music for the next album since and even before the release of the new album. We currently have close to 43 minutes of new music composed already. With luck we should have another album ready at the start of 2020 if all goes well.

2.Early this year you had released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

The two major differences are that unlike the earlier music which was more darkwave / gothic influenced and mainly supported with synth based music, the new music is more cinematic / classical in style rooted more in actual composition. The main difference, and this was always one of my goals with Autumn Tears, is that now all the music is recorded with all live classical instruments as opposed to keyboards or sound libraries / VST.

3.Before 2018 you had taken a 10 year hiatus from releasing music, do you feel their has been a lot of changes since then with the way people have changed in the music industry over the years?

Absolutely it has changed dramatically. For one, compact discs sales are nothing like they were 10 years ago. Everything is digital now. When we first started back in 1995, we were able to sell so many CDs back then, and even 10 years ago. Now it's all itunes, spotify, pandora, etc. I realize times change but I guess I'm old school where I still appreciate have the actual physical CD, or better yet, vinyl.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as a songwriter over the years?

The new album, and even the EP "The Origin of Sleep" before that, are part of a larger concept based on the idea of the universe and the birth and of the goddess Gaia. I wanted to write something more meaningful and mature than much of the older, darker themes that were the root on Autumn Tears philosophy back in the 90s. Back then it was more of a trend to try and be as dark and depressing as possible with music, but i'm 48 now and quite happy, and want to touch on concepts that are on a much deeper level. Same goes with the songwriting. I've pent the last 10 years studying music composition so when we finally did make a comeback, the music would be so much more than it had been in the past.

5.I remember in the mid 90's and early 2000's the band would get a lot of press in the metal scene while being of a complete different genre, do you feel their is a lot of similarities between goth, classical and the more darker forms of metal?

I definitely feel there are many similarities and a lot of crossover interest between the genres. Back then (and even still) I was very much into the underground metal scene so I decided to take a chance and promote Autumn Tears in that market. It seems nowadays there are a lot of classical / metal bands so I think they style still fits like a glove. I'm not sure how much of a goth scene there really is anymore compared to the 90s but I know Project records is still around and they were one of the giants of the scene back then.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

The cover was painted by an amazing Polish artist that I discovered named Graszka Paulska (https://www.facebook.com/graszkapaulskaart). Her paintings are exquisite and I felt her style was the perfect visual representation for the music. The imagery captures exactly how I want the songs to be represented. Her artwork also graces the cover of the Autumn Tears - Convalescence: A Retrospective Official 2018 compilation CD that was released last year on Dark Vinyl Records.

7.On the new album you worked with 30 different musicians, can you tell us a little bit more about how you went with this process and also do you feel it made the music sound a lot more powerful?

From when I first began Autumn tears in 1995, It had always been my dream and goal to one day use real classical instruments instead of keyboards and sound libraries for the music. Back then it was never really feasible with our humble budget or experience. We slowly started to employ organic instruments for the first time on the 2004 album "Eclipse", with the introduction of woodwinds and Contrabass. Then in 2007 for 'The Hallowing", we added some violins. After our 10 year hiatus, our comeback offering "The Origin of Sleep" was our first fully organic release employing a full string, horn and woodwind section as well as orchestral production. With the new 2019 album "Colors Hidden Within the Gray", we took it a step further by adding some ethnic and world instruments to diversify our sound, yet still retain that cinematic, orchestral feel which is grander and more powerful than any music we have released previously. For example, the song "The Day of Wrath" on the new album has 64 individual instrument tracks, something that we have never attempted before.

8.At one you also ran the 'Dark Symphonies' label,is there anything going on with that label these days?

I actually still run the Dark Symphonies label 24 years later, although now we no longer run a mail order or distro, and we specialize exclusively in classic thrash and death metal reissues on CD, as well and continue to serve as a home for Autumn Tears. In 2009 we opened a sub label - "The Crypt" which specializes exclusively in vinyl reissues of classic metal titles.

9.On a worldwide level how have your long time fans reacted to the musical style that is presented on the new album?

I am extremely thankful that everyone seems to have embraced the new style wholeheartedly from what I have seen and heard so far. Essentially I feel that we are still the same project and have not changed so drastically to have forgotten our roots, rather have just have expanded and matured in our style and sound.  It's Autumn Tears 2.0!

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

I definitely want to keep moving forward in the same direction, with fully orchestrated organic music, but if my ambition allows, I hope to make the scope of the project even more grand than it is now with even more musicians and vocalists. I suppose it is all a matter of how successful the project is and what the future budget will allow as we are still very much and independent act and self finance everything at this point.

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

Most of the influences from the newest album come mainly from classical masters both old and new, including Vaughan Williams, Albonini, Arvo Pärt, Max Richter, Ólafur Arnalds, Mahler, Barber and of course Jóhann Jóhannsson. As far as what I listen to now, in addition to many of the great composers I still listen to  a lot of classic underground death and thrash metal, as well as a good healthy dose of Devin Townsend.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

I love illustration, film, nature walks, reading, and bing watching netflix shows!

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

I want to thank you again for this interview and the opportunity to share words with our fans. We apologize for having been gone so long, but we are definitely back for good now!

Gridfailure/Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery I/Nefarious Industries/2019 Full Length Review


  New  York's  Gridfailure  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  shows  the  music  going  into  a  more  experimental  direction  along  with  some  elements  of  extreme  metal  and  this  is  a  review  his  2019  album  "Sixt  Mass-Extinction  Skulduggery  I"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Nefarious  Industries.

  Field  recordings  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  avant  garde  style  soundscapes  a  few seconds  later.  Growls  and  screams  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  experimental  at  times.

  Programmed  beats  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  an  industrial  edge  as  well  as  the  theremin  bringing  in  a  very  haunting  atmosphere  when  it  is  utilized.  When  bass  guitars  are  added  into  the  music  they  also  give  the  tracks  a  more  dark  sound.

   Harmonicas  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  ukulele  when  it  is  brought  onto  the  recording  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  ethnic  edge.  Electric  guitars  can  also  be  heard  at  times  in  the  background  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  more  experimental  and  avant  garde  side  of  the  music.

  All  of  the  tracks  sound  very  different  which  also  gives  the  music  more  diversity  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  When  percussion's  are  brought  onto  the  recording  they  also  add  in  more  of  a  tribal  and  ritualistic  style  and  later  songs  also  add  in  female  vocals,  keys  and  violins.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  a  grim.  rapidly  approaching  reality  which  is  also  more  on  the  more  dystopian  and  apocalyptic  side.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Gridfailure  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  and  extreme  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sandy"  "Post-Attack  Habitat" and  "Exsanguination  Of  The  Utopians".  8  out  of  10.           

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Death Has Spoken Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

At the end of 2018 we had to find a new drummer because Tomek had to go his own way. As usual - these are difficult moments when you have to say goodbye to a friend. Right now we are in the process of practicing old material with a new drummer. We want to be 100% ready for upcoming concerts. However, we remember that our main goal is to record the next album this year.


2.So far you have released one album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

It was simple because when we were recording the album, we didn't plan to form a band. It was a difficult time with a lot of sadness and uncertainty. It came out naturally, we gave vent to our emotions. It’s certainly death doom metal, but you will also find black and funeral metal influences here. We are looking for inspiration wherever you find sadness, death and loneliness.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?

You can’t think "I'm going to write a sad song" and start writing. It doesn’t work like that. These emotions must flow from the depths of your bleeding heart, if you want it to be really honest and true. If you are not frank in what you do, people will quickly realize that you are faking. During writing lyrics on "Fade" I was fighting with other demons than now. I was in the process of tearing down my roots and the future was foggy. That's why the songs tell about the end, loneliness and emptiness. There’s a lot of melancholy here. But the next album will touch other issues. That's all I can say now.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Death Has Spoken'?

Meaning ... well ... I would translate it to: "The end has come”. Try to think about all the emotions that come with ‘the end’. There's a lot of it, right? Everyone thinks first about sad and painful things. But sometimes the end brings a bit of hope. All I'm trying to say is that we wanted to include in band name all the topics we're talking about. I think we made it.


5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?

This is a very good question because I never thought about it. The author of this art is our guitarist Marcin and i think he could say more about it. Our first idea was a burned candle in the darkness of the tomb. After a few weeks Marcin brought a different project and we loved it. No one asked any questions, we just said “this is it”. Well, I need to ask him about it.


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

I think all performances were on an equal level. Of course, you can always have a bad day and the show may not give you as much pleasure as always, but we don’t have bad memories of any performance. We try to play the best we can and give it everything, no matter how many people will be at the concert.


7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Of course. However, I’m not allowed to talk about them yet. But be sure that we will soon inform you about the details.


8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

Honestly - we don’t have any proposals and currently we don’t try to get them. Probably, if they appears, we will consider them. So far, we’re going on our own and everything is going well so we don’t make radical changes. We cooperate with The Hanged Man Booking Agency which has expanded our concert possibilities.


9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music fans of doom and death metal?

Very good so far. Positive reviews and opinions of the listeners have given us confidence and mobilizing us for further actions.


10.When can we expect another recording and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We truly believe that we will be able to record a new album this year. But you know how it is - life can surprise you. Saying to everyone that this will be in this year, we are putting pressure on ourselves but we are mobilizing ourselves at the same time. We hope we will not regret this.

About the new album - we will continue to follow the doom path. That's all I can say now.


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?

Oh man, there are so many bands that I don’t know where to start. Right now I’m waiting for the new Candlemass and Swallow The Sun albums. A few days ago I was on a great Draconian concert and I also bought a Doom:VS album "Dead Words Speak" - one of my favourites albums of all time.


12.What are some of your non musical interests?

I think the same as hundreds of thousands of other guys. Too obvious to waste time, too boring to talk about.


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

Thanks for your time. Stay tuned - Death will speak soon again.

Sinister Downfall Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Sinister Downfall is a one-man project, which is rather atypical for this genre. It was founded in 2016. Since many ideas were already in mind at that time, it was possible to record a full album without first producing a demo.

2.In November you had released your first album with this project, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?
For the kind of emotions and thoughts that Sinister Downfall pursues, a very slow tempo is best, which is supposed to emphasize the ruin and the emptiness. Large variations were deliberately avoided. Through the monotony I tried to convey an infinite void. An emptiness, as it would arise if all life would leave the planet.

3.You have participated in both black and doom metal projects, how would you compare the 2 different styles?
Besides the two mentioned genres I'm also working on a death metal project with a very aggressive sound, which is stylistically on a completely different track. Each genre, with its characteristics is better or worse suited to express and convey certain emotions. That's why I'm not someone who bites into one genre and doesn't allow anything else. Every genre has its justification and I use them to express my thoughts.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
The main theme is the end of all life on planet Earth. In my opinion humans are a misdevelopment, invading and destroying nature. This is of course known to everyone and can be seen daily in all its abnormal forms. No other living being develops such greed and unfounded destructiveness like man. Every phase of civilization comes to an end sometime, be it by a meteorite impact, an ice age or whatever. In my opinion, the era of the 'new' life, the era of the homo sapiens, will be ended by those sapiens themselves. And because the effects of human action bring about such serious destruction, the 'intelligent apes' will also drag all other living beings into damnation.
A theme that is included in almost all of my musical works is philosophical pessimism. This can also be found in Sinister Downfall.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Sinister Downfall'?
I tried to describe the main theme of the music in two words. I am not someone who interprets too much into band names.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?
The cover was drawn by Paint-It Black Design and shows the main theme of the project in one picture, namely the humanized form of death. Man is the one who will bring about his own death, so it is the perfect personification.

7.On the album you had recorded everything by yourself, do you feel you are able to express yourself a lot more musically by working solo?
That's definitely the case. If I want to bring my own emotions into the music, then it inevitably only works individually. I can only make music by working alone. Why should it be any different than sculptors, painters, writers and other artists who always worked individually?

8.The new album was released on 'Funere', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Funere is a new label from Armenia, which is specialized in doom metal. The interesting and special thing about it is that it is run by a woman, which is rather an exception in metal. Sinister Downfall's 'Eremozoic' was the first album released on this label.  I really get along very well with the owner; the cooperation and support was excellent from the beginning and I don't care about the size of the label if everything else is good.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of funeral doom metal?
I'm afraid I can't judge that very well because I don't follow it. Since there are people who order the CD and purchase the album digitally, it shows me that there are people who like my music and even if it were just one person, that would be enough for me.

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that you are a part of?
I invest a lot of my free time in music and don't need long breaks of inspiration. Donarhall will release a new album in the near future. For Hexengrab a demo was released on CD just a few days ago and my death metal project is almost finished. Not long ago I released the album 'Ritual' by Dark Fields from the field of drone / dark ambient. In this project I work together with my wife, who makes the art for the releases. This work is a synthesis of art and music. But most of the time it takes a bit longer to release stuff, because a suitable label has to be found.  But all the other things are also permanently in work.

11.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
This is very difficult to answer and to be honest, I never look too far into the future. I will continue as before, learning from my previous works and trying to evolve. Music is a big part of my life and will remain so forever.

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?
I can't name a particular band that has influenced me significantly. I think every song I've heard in my life has left a certain impression on me and had a certain influence on me. Of course that doesn't just include metal.
Currently I listen to many different things. I like many young blackened death metal bands, who currently make excellent music. Of course I listen to a lot of black metal but also rather unconventional things, sometimes also classical music. Dark ambient and all its dark and experimental offshoots have always fascinated me very much.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I would like to thank all the people who listen to my music and support me. Also a big thank you to the labels that make analog releases possible and of course to people like you who are committed to the music and keep it alive through reviews, interviews and other reports. Keep supporting metal!

Friday, January 18, 2019

Autumn Tears/Colors Hidden Within The Gray/2019 CD Review


  Autumn  Tears  are  a  band  from  Billerica,  Massachusetts  that  plays  a  mixture of  neo-classical,  cinematic  score  and  world  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  album  "Colors  Hidden  Within  The  Gray".

  A  cinematic  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  while  also  introducing  stringed  and  ethnic  sounding  instruments  onto  the  recording.  On  the  second  track  operatic  female  vocals  are  also  introduced  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  mixing  in  elements  of  classical  music  and  the  first  3  songs  have  a  concept  to  them.

  Tragic  sounding  orchestras  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  music  also  gets  very  symphonic  at  times.  Elements  of  world  music  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  female  vocals  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  goth.All  of  the  songs  also  sound  very  different  from  each  other  which  also  gives  the  music  more  diversity.

  As  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  tracks  also  start  getting  more  long  and  epic  in  length.  Later  songs  also  introducing  percussion  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  the  cinematic  elements  making  the  music  sound  more  epic  and  one  song  also  adds  a  small  amount  of  classical  guitars  onto  the  recording,  a  later  track  is  also  all  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Autumn  Tears  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  neo-classical,  cinematic  score  and  world  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Day  Of  Wrath"  "Rainlight  Ascension"  "The  Earth  Song"  and  "Another  Day".  8/5  out  of  10.  

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Seer Interview

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

Aside from preparing Vol. 6 for release, not a whole lot. Usually by this point we have a good chunk of the next release written, but not this time. It was nice to have a bit of a break after recording this one, but we’re gearing back up as release day approaches.

2.In February you have a new album coming out, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Vol. 6 feels a bit faster than our previous releases, due in part to the black metal and traditional metal influences. We’ve been shifting away from the “stoner” thing since our last full length, although we never really embraced it.

3.The lyrics on the new recording are a concept album while all of the lyrics on your previous albums also follow a narrative, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting?

The narrative spans all of our releases, with a few thousand years separate Volumes 1-4 from 5 and 6. In the beginning, each new song would push the story along. We didn’t know exactly where it was going as we wrote it. The past few releases have been far more structured, with an outline laid out before the individual songs were written themselves.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Seer B.C'?

Well the “Seer” part is related to the narrative, although we haven’t explicitly stated how yet. “BC” isn’t really part of our name, but we tacked in on unofficially just in case another band comes for the Seer name.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

The artwork was done by Cauê Piloto, a Brazilian painter. We like to find talented artists that are just beginning to break out, and at the time I think he had only painted one other album cover, for Jupiterian. He’s since done the new Un album and I’m sure we’ll see a lot more of him soon. The art depicts a few parts of the narrative brought together into a single piece. Our protagonist is present, as well as the entity he meets in the final act, and the monastery he belongs to is hiding in the back.

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

Our favourite gig so far was a year ago with Elder in Vancouver. It was one of those shows where the vibe was just right. Typically when things are going well, the members of the band fall into a trance and achieve maximum telepathic capacity, and the audience is pulled into the divine cosmic energy. You know?

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

We have a gig lined up with Conan and Vancouver locals Bushwhacker in February. Aside from that we’re releasing the record and seeing what comes of it. We’re hoping to get on the road and play the new songs to fresh audiences.

8.The new album is going to be released on 'Artofact Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Artoffact has their roots in electronic music but are no strangers to rock and metal. They’ve released records for some of the legendary industrial groups like FLA and Decree, and have a bunch of young artists putting out some great stuff as well.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of stoner, sludge and doom metal?

To oversimplify: people who appreciate experimentation and genre-melding seem to appreciate what we do, and purists do not. That’s totally fine with us.

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

Peter plays in Empress and Kyle tours with Wormwitch. There are a number of side projects in the works that should surface in the near future featuring various members of the band.

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

We found ourselves a bit with Vol. 6. Things will continue to evolve, but at this point we at the very least have an idea of what we don’t want to do anymore.

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?

I’ll just go ahead and list a bunch. For Vol. 6 we took inspiration from Candlemass, Blue Öyster Cult, King Crimson, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Godflesh, Queensrÿche, Taake, Bathory, The Ruins of Beverast, Dissection, Ennio Morricone, and many others. Currently we’re listening to a lot of Triptykon, Necrot, Idle Hands, Blood Incantation, Ascension, Bölzer, Jesu, Drab Majesty, Bohren & Der Club Of Gore, Daughters, Primordial, and the list goes on.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

We have a number of projects and businesses we are involved in. Josh has a studio in East Vancouver called Vintage Rigs, Bronson runs a Norse-inspired jewelry and apparel online shop called Hellrune, and Kyle has a screen printing business called Rite of Permanence and hosts a podcast called The Process.

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

Spin Vol. 6! Check out Hellrune and The Process! If you need a print call ROP! If you want to record your band get at Vintage Rigs! Thanks!

Raison D'Etere/Enthralled By The Wind Of Loneliness/Cyclic Law/Old Europa Cafe/2018 Vinyl Re-Issue Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Sweden's  Raison  D'Etere  which  continues  his  mixture  of  dark ambient and  drone  and  the  album  was  originally  released  in  1994  and  called  "Enthralled  By  The  Wind  Of  Loneliness"  with  the  re-issue  being  released  on  vinyl  in  2018  as  a  joint  effort  between  Cyclic  Law  and  Old  Europa  Cafe.

  Water  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  style  soundscapes  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  synths  being  used  throughout  the  recording.  At  times  the  music  also  captures  a  shamanistic  atmosphere  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  all  instrumental  along  with  the  synths  also  mixing  in  elements  of  neo-classical  at  times  while  also  using  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys.  Programmed  beats  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  martial  or  militant  feeling.

  One  track  also  introduces  monk  chants  into  the  music  along  with  all  of  the  songs  sounding  very  different  from  each  other.  Ethnic style instruments  are  also  added  onto  a  couple  of  tracks  and  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  atmosphere  and  atmospheric  sounding  drones  are  also  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  a touch  of  noise  being  added  in  at  times.  As  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  tribal  percussion  and  field  recordings  can  also  be  heard  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Raison  D'Etere  which  is  also  very  different  from t he  previous  albums  reviewed  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient  and  drone,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Awakening"  "The  Narrow  Gate"  "Pathaway"  adn  "Maze  Shrine".  8  out  of  10.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Death Has Spoken/Fade/2017 CD Review


  Death  Has  Spoken  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  funeral  doom/death  metal  with  some  elements  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017 album  "Fade".

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  riffing  a  few  seconds  later.  Elements  of  funeral  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls.

  Black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  clean  guitars  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  At  times  the  music  also  captures  some  of  the  more  atmospheric  style  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  A  touch  of  melodic  doom/death  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  the  music  also  capturing  a  depressive  atmosphere  which  also  invokes  a  great  amount  of  sorrow  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slower  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  mourn,  despair,  hopelessness,  and  depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Death  Has  Spoken  are  a  very  great  sounding  funeral  doom/death  metal  band  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Respite  From  Tears"  and  "To  The  Darkness  of  The  North".  8  out  of  10.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Raison D'Etere/Prospectus I/Cyclic Law/2018 CD Re-Issue Review


  Raison  D'Etere  are  a  musical  project  from  Sweden  that  has  recently  had  music  reviewed  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient, industrial  and  drone  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  1993  album  "Prospectus  I"  which  was  re-issued  in  2018  by  Cyclic  Law.

  Atmospheric  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  bells  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling.  Spoken  word  parts  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  while  the  synths  also  add  in  elements  of  dark  ambient.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Gregorian  chants  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  as  well  as  some  programmed  beats  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs.  A  great  amount  of  industrial  elements  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  all  of  the  songs  also  sound  very  different  from  each  other  along  with  a  good  amount  of  diversity.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  sounding  along  with  the  synths  also  experimenting  more  with  different  sounding  keys  as  the  album  progresses.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  all  instrumental  and  at  times  the  programmed  beats  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  militant  and  martial  feeling  and  some  tracks  while  some  tracks  also  sample  church  choirs.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  song  themes  focus  on  theology  and  religion  from  a  philosophical  perspective.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Raison  D'Etere  and  if  you  are a  fan  of  dark  ambient, industrial  and  drone,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Katharsis"  "Mesmerized  in  Sorrow"  "Penumbra"  and  "Inquest".  8  out  of  10.

      

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Coltsblood/Un/2019 Split Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  self  released  split  between  United  Kingdom's  Coltsblod  and  U.S.A's  Un  which  will  be  released  in  February  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Coltsblood  who  return  with  their  mixture  of  sludge  and  funeral  doom  metal  while  also  showing  more  of  a  black  metal  influence  this  time  around.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  atmospheric  sounding  synths  and  a  powerful  bass  guitar  sound  which  also  evolves  into  more  of  a  slower  funeral  doom  metal  direction.  Their  track  is  very  20  minutes  in  length  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  also  being  used  at  times.


  The  riffs  also  capturing  the  heaviness  of sludge  metal  while  the  music  also  uses  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up.  Distorted  guitar  leads  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  the  song  also  adding  clean  guitars  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  spoken  words  also  being  used  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  myths.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Coltsblood  which  shows  them  mixing  black  metal  in  with  their  mixture  of  sludge  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  Un  who  return  with  their  mixture  of  funeral  doom,  death  and  sludge  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  clean  playing  along  with  some  drums  after  awhile  while  their  track  is  21  minutes  in  length.  When  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  it  brings  in  more  of  a  slow  funeral  doom  metal  style  which  also  introduces  death  metal  growls  onto  their  side  of  the  recording.

  At  times  the  music  also  mixes  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  while  the  dark  and  depressive  sounding  melodies  in  the  riffing  go  back  to  the  early  90's  atmospheric  doom/death  metal  era  and  the  song  always  sticks  to  a  slower  direction  as  well  as  some  screams  also  being  used  briefly,  towards  the  end  drones  are  also  added  into  the  music.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  cover  death,  emptiness,  grief  and  desolation  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Un  which  shows  their  music  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  than  previous  releases  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  sludge  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

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

   

    

Monday, January 7, 2019

Treha Sektori/The Sense Of Dust And Sheer/Cyclic Law/2019 CD Review


  Treha  Sektori  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  plays  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "The  Sense  Of  Dust  And  Sheer"  which  was  released  by  Cyclic  Law.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  while  the  first track  is  25  minutes  in  length  while  the  synths  also  bring  in  elements  of  dark  ambient  along  with  some  demonic  sounding  growls  also  being  used  briefly  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  and  whispers  also  being  utilized  at  times.

  Programmed  beats  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  along  with  some  drones  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some clean  singing  also  being  used  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  percussion,  ethnic  instruments  and  tribal  beats  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  one  track  also  introduces  guitar  sounds  into  the  music.

  Teha  Sektori  plays  a  style of  dark  ambient  that  is  very  atmospheric  while  also  having  its  experimental  and  ritualistic  moments  which  also  gives  the  music  more  diversity  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.. 

  In  my  opinion  Teha  Sektori  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  "The  Sense  Of  Dust  And  Sheer"  and  "Sahe  Fernah". 8 out  of  10.