Friday, January 30, 2015

Picture Ann/The Darkness Had Texture/Floodgate Moods Productions/2015 Full Length Review

  Picture  Ann  are  a  solo  project  from  Denmark  that has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and plays  a  lo-fi  and  experimental  form  of  dark  ambient  with  elements  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  album  "The  Darkness  Had  Texture"  which  was  released  by  Floodgate  Moods  Productions.

  Dark  ambient,  shoegaze  sounds  and  heavy  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  great amount  of  synths  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  clean  playing  can  be  heard  while  the  programmed  drum  beats  are  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  a  couple  of  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Distorted  noises  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  a  lot  of  the  clean  guitars  also gives  the  music  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  when  they  are  utilized  along  with  each  track  having a  different  sound  of  its  own  and  as  the  album  progresses  guitar  leads  and  black  metal  influences  can  be  heard  at  times and  all  of  the  tracks  are  instrumental.

  Picture  Ann  creates  another  experimental  and  lo-fi  sounding  dark  ambient  album  that  also  brings  in  heavy  guitars  and  black  metal  influences  and  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  raw  sound  while  it  does  have  a  powerful  atmosphere  at  times.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Picture  Ann  and  if  you  are  a  fan  ox  experimental,  dark ambient  and  black  metal,  you  should  check out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Darkness  had  Texture"  and  "You  Use  The  Word  Like  A  Curse".  8  out  of  10.




Thursday, January 29, 2015

Dionisyan 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?
1. the DIONISYAN, a chiaroscuro of my spiritual soul, of my artistic creativity always changing, I dedicate myself totally to the writing both the music and lyrics, faces introspection Being and the Redemptive Catharsis of which I have dealt with all the compositions, arrangements, lyrics, vocal melodies and musical transcriptions for every instrument I played in the recording studio for the creation of the first album of Dionisyan (rhythm guitars 7 strings, classical guitar, lute, bass 5 strings, drums, keyboard and male voice Gregorian).  On January 7, 2015 he released the first concept album of my new musical project DIONISYAN for the Italian label Beyond Productions / Masterpiece that I think is one of the few Italian Labels series that works well at the international level and will do a decent job for the promotion, distribution to disclose the Album in the World

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the demo you have released in 2012?
2. The Sound of the final Dionisyan that I got in the recording studio, the amalgam symphonic doom metal / progressive death metal, with elements of gothic, atmospheric, funeral, heavy and epic metal, which give a touch of originality to my musical proposal, amalgamating with Baroque classical music and traditional Arab music.  Basically the first album "The Mystery of Faith" is different from the first EP "Land of Dreams" in 2012 for many factors. Ep "Land of Dreams" songs are chiaramentediverse compared Album. Meanwhile the kind proposed was atmospheric doom / melodic death metal despite having a massive dose of power, melody and gloomy arrangements. Instead I wanted to create a Music Album sulphurous a thousand dimensions. Gothic atmospheres and melancholic. A complex between Metal, Classical Music Baroque and Progressive Metal with the intention of making music from deep feelings, full of pathos, dark emotions and melancholic, mix in complex arrangements leaden, very different from anything that I composed, created and arranged with the Ep

3.This musical project has been around since 2010 but so far has only released one demo and a full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap between releases?
 3. At year-end 2012 to early 2014 I dedicated myself to all the compositions, orchestrations, arrangements and lyrics that are the result of my academic studies of classical music, in particular for the German and Italian Baroque style, from the end of 17 'century until the middle of the 18 'century, blended to metal music, in particular from doom metal to a large part of its sottogeneri.Sicuramente "THE MYSTERY oF FAITH" is a Piece of Music avantgarde very elaborate and attention to detail, leaving no nothing to chance. I also dealt with all the lyrics, vocal melodies and musical transcriptions for every instrument I played in the recording studio for the realization of the first concept album dedicate myself totally to the writing both the music and the lyrics. ! The voices growl is my faithful collaborator for 6 years Ignazio Conticello who sang over the first album "THE MYSTERY OF FAITH" the first EP of Dionisyan of 2012 "LAND OF DREAMS", also on the first Ep of 2011 and the first album coming out in 2015 and the last of the Leper Divine Ep of 2010 of Sortilegium.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
4. I wrote a concept divided into eight parts as the songs that are part of the Album. I conceived, imagined and wrote a fantasy concept, divided into hued epic poems, romantic and introspective, speaking in key Poetics of love, psychology, philosophy, existentialism, religion and so on, directly in English, in song form in rhymed verses . A love story transcendental and contemplative, between the Angel of Redemption, called Nathaniel and Fallen angel of lust by definition, that Lilith.

5.I know the name 'Dionisyan' comes out of both Greek and Roman religion, how does the name fir in with the musical style that bring onto your recordings?
5. Everything comes to the case because living in Sicily, especially in the area of Ancient Greece, I also wanted to give an impression of my Mediterranean Culture. Since the Concept Album is set in Sicily in the fourth century, during the Greek colonization, I wrote poems that cathartic ricolelgavano to those of the Greek poets of that era.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?
6. My choice was to remain that Dionisyan my solo project, but in the studio I invited some of my academic colleagues to take part in the recordings of classical instruments recorded in the Album "THE MYSTERY OF FAITH" in Gregorian female voice, harp, violins, violas, cello and harpsichord.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of doom metal?
7. A level World am having some interest in my musical proposal made with DIONISYAN and day by day many lovers of Doom metal and its substyles become fan of dionisyan, appreciating think mainly my avant-garde musical proposal to have renewed a new genre music and the very fact of amalgamating Baroque Classical Music, Progressive Metal, Traditional Arab Music and various metal styles including primarily the Doom Metal.
Certainly the first official videoclip made to publicize the World Dionisyan think has played an important and dominant to let us know everywhere.

8.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical  projects these days that both of the band members are a part off?
8. This year will be released again for the Beyond production / Masterpiece distribuition the first album of my other new musical project, the LEPER DIVINE, which will execute and play it will record electric guitars rhythmic solos, bass and drums and Ignazio Conticello will be the voice growl !
With LEPER DIVINE propose an innovative progressive / technical brutal death metal with elements of jazz and classical music. Already there is an asset the first EP in 2011 titled 2 Contagion ".

9.Where do you see this project heading into musically during the future?
9. I'm already working on the second concept album of DIONISYAN. For sure it will be much more 'complex musically regarding the compositions, arrangements and orchestrations from the first album "THE MYSTERY OF FAITH" that already anyway presents his musical innovation at the forefront for the contrasts of genres that I mixed between them, but in the second album I'll move to other genres of music not to fossilize the DIONISYAN only to what I've done so far and go beyond the boundaries with other musical styles to get ahead in my evolutionary path as Composer, multi-instrumentalist and Teacher Music.

10.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?
10. Actually, I have no real influence by other composers and musicians, but my love for the music and the typical compositions of the Baroque Classical Music, with its Massimi exponents who have opened the roads to the entire Music contemporary, see among all; Johan Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Arcangelo Corelli, Telemann and Philippe George Frederich Handel compositionally they gave me the right reflection to create compositions never ends in themselves, always evolving, in what concerns the techniques of polyphony contrapuntal that hovers over any songs that is part of the Album.  From the first to the last note of the whole album, there is a continuous logical thread made of stairs in Hungarian scope of polyrhythm polyphonic contrapuntal, with harmonic major and minor and chromatic scales tonal and tonal harmonies on various degrees of ascending and descending octaves, that make a band Dionisyan Original and differentiable for his musical and technical baggage for its Sound captivating, dark, powerful, melodic, sweetly sad and melancholy, in all its variants.

Certainly I think the immediacy of Melody, listening  of every note harmonized games much on finding a particular music, that will involve any listener who wants to get closer to hear something they can identify with. I think that can happen in Dionisyan everything.

11.How would you describe your views on Occultism?
11. I studied witchcraft, magic, paganism, the book of spells and occultism especially at its highest dawn in the Middle Ages, 400 years of succession of stories and legends that have left their mark on all those who nowadays seek answers delel in-depth astounded they do to try to find answers for centuries leave the time they find .. L 'occultism has since its a special mystique that has always fascinated me and that at the time of my musical project SORTILEGIUM wrote the lyrics dedicating their to the issues mentioned above.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Apostate Interview

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

Hi, thank you for your interest! We are writing new songs and preparing for a European tour in support of the new album.

2.You have a new album coming out this year, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

We've tried to create a more diversified music using elements from different subgenres, but first of all we have endeavored to create a special atmosphere to convey the overwhelming feelings that we had inside.

3.This is the first release in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap between recordings?

Actually, the gap between recordings is 3.5 years. The previous album was released in November 2010, and we finished recording and mixing this new album in June 2014, but we spent some time looking for a publisher. In May 2012 there were left only two of us, and we were seeking new members for about a year. So we started working on new material only in 2013. Although in the old line-up we recorded 25-minute mini-album, which had never been officially released.

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

It's mostly about dealing with some negative emotions, personality's inner struggles. Some also contain the not-so-positive views and reflections on the outer world.

5.The band was broken up for a few years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?

There were a lot of reasons of the split-up, but the main one was the differences between musicians' views on the band's future. Why I decided to gather a band again, that was because I really wanted to play this particular genre of music.

6.The band was originally called Black Moon Frankness, what was the decision behind the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name Apostate?

Everyone can have their own interpretation of the name, we don't want to limit its meaning borders for anyone. About the name change, we have always been Apostate, and BMF was only a short and unsuccessful experiment.

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

We had many good shows, but the favorite ones are the tour with Therion across the Baltic States. Our show is first of all an attempt to express the atmosphere of our music.

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

We have plans to make a European tour hopefully in May-June to promote the album. Also we would like to play at a few festivals. But these are only plans at the moment.

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

With our newer stuff we are trying to bring more atmosphere into music and at the same time make it more heavy. We are also trying to make a bit different approach to song structures.

10.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?

Our influences are mainly slow and atmospheric music, but there are also a number of great black or post-black metal bands who make very atmospheric and emotional music that we really like.

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

Thanks for your time! If you like doom-death metal with blackened edge, don't hesitate to visit our webpages, listen to our tunes and wait for our new album to buy on March 2 via Ferrrum Records.


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Plateau Sigma/The True Shape Of Eskatos/Beyond Productions/2014 CD Review

  Plateau  Sigma  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  funeral  doom/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "The  True  Shape  Of  Eskatos"  which  was  released  by  Beyond  Productions.

  A  very  dark,  clean  and  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  a  few  seconds  later  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  doom  metal  direction  while  also  keeping  the  atmospheric  elements  and  after  awhile  spoken  word  parts  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  on  the  second  track  death  metal  growls  are  added  into  the  music  and  they  are  a  huge  part  of  the  songs  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them

  At  times  melody  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  a  small  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads  and  at  times  clean  singing  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  tracks  along  with  some  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  vocals  also  mix  in  some  high  pitched  screams  in  with  thee  growls.

  The  clean  parts  that  where  presented  on  the  intro  also  make  a  return  at times  and  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  along  with  a  few  seconds  of  female  vocals  on  one  of  the  track  while  some  of  the  later  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  saxophones  and  flutes  which  also  add  more  diversity  to  the  album  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  small  amounts  of  acoustic  guitars.

  Plateau  Sigma  creates  a  style  of  funeral  doom/death  metal  that  is  very  heavy,  melodic,  atmospheric  and  progressive  all  at  the  same  time  and  it  also  adds  new  elements  to  this  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Death, Rituals,  Ancient  Mythology,  Religion,  Nostalgia,  Love,  Esotericism  and  Science.

  In  my  opinion  Plateau  Sigma  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  progressive  funeral  doom/death  metal  band  an d if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Stalingrad"  "The  River  1917"  and  "Amber  Eyes".  8  out  of  10.  


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Who Dies In Siberian Slush/My Shameful/The Symmetry Of Grief/Moscow Funeral League Records/2014 Split CD Review

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Russia's  Who  Dies  In  Siberian Slush  and  Finland's  My  Shameful  called  "The  Symmetry  of  Grief"  which  was  released  in  2014  by  Moscow  Funeral  League  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Who  Dies  In  Siberian  Slush  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  funeral  doom  and  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  off  with  a  very  dark  and  atmospheric  ambient  sound  along  with  some  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  melodic  leads  that  are  also  a  huge  part  of  both of  the  songs  along  with  some  folk  instruments  that  take  the  music  into  more  of  a  funeral  doom  metal  direction  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  that  are  also  very  guttural  while  the  second  song  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  high  pitched  screams  and  both  of  their  tracks  are  close  to  10  minutes  and  length  and  they  both  stick  to  a  very  slow  and  dark  musical  direction  along  with  a  very  powerful  sounding  production  and  lyrics  that  cover  Siberian  Nature,  Alcohol  and  Depression.

  In  my  opinion  Who  Dies  In  Siberian  Slush  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  funeral  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "And  It  Will  Pass".  

  Next  up  is  My  Shameful  a  band  that  plays  funeral  doom/death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  off  with  a  very  slow,  dark  and  melodic  funeral  doom  sound  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  after  awhile  ambient  elements  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  their  songs  which  are  also  very  atmospheric  as  well  as  both  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  band  always  remains  true  to  a  very  slow,  dark  yet  heavy  musical  direction  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  sorrow,  death  and  doom.

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

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  funeral  doom  metal.  8/5  out  of  10.  

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Dark Awake/Anunnaki/Great Turf Deluxe/2014 CD Review

  Dark  Awake  are  a  1  man  band  from  Greece  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  ritual,  martial,  neo-classical,  neo-folk  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "Annunnaki"  which  was  released  by  Great  Turf  Deluxe.

  a  very  dark  and  ritualistic  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  avant  garde  and  experimental  elements  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  martial  beats  present  throughout  the  recording  and  the  synths  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  neo-classical  influences  into the  musical  sound  that  is  present  on  this  recording.

  There  are  a  great  amount  of  instrumental  tracks  present  throughout  the  recording  and  at  times  you  can  hear  traces  of  the  more  underground  style  of  industrial  being  added  into  some  of  the  songs  and  as  the  album  progresses  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  synths  bringing  in  more  epic  elements.

  At  times the  experimental  sounds  have  a  sci-fi  feeling  to  them  and  one  of  the  tracks  brings  in  a  choir  of  melodic  Gregorian  chants  which  also  add  more  of  an  occult  atmosphere  to  the  recording  along  with  some  of  the  later  songs  adding  in  tribal  sounding  percussion  and  some  of  the  alter  tracks  also  bring  in  flutes  which  also  gives  the  music  a  good  dose  of  medieval  and  pagan  sounds.

  Dark  Awake  creates  another  album  that  is  very  dark,  atmospheric  and  ritualistic  sounding  mixing  in  elements  of  martial,  dark  ambient,  folk,  neo-classical  and  dark  ambient  to  create  a  very  original  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  some  themes  revolve  around  Anunakki,  Luciferian,  Left  Hand  Path,  Occultism,  Runes  and  European  Paganism.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dark  Awake  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ritual,  martial,  neo-classical,  neo-folk  and  dark  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Towards  the  Nine  Angles"  "Virgo  Luciferia"  "Thy  Satyr"  and  "Anunnaki".  8  out  of  10.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Goryl Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your musical project?
Hey, with pleasure, but I cannot write at length, I’ve got responsibilities (I have to feed the dogs), besides, I don’t have an Internet connection where I live (of my own will) so I make use of the hospitality of my peers. They have great tea, I want to drink it.
I don’t know if you can call it a “project”, it’s rather a way for me to realize my thoughts and visions and this form is suitable for me. As for how I do this, from the technical side, I record everything using an electric guitar only, no do overs, no loops, on the first take. I want to keep everything simple, in the primitive dimension, in a sense.

2.So far you have released 2 albums, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?
      They differ because they were recorded within short periods of time and when such a small period of time elapses it can unearth emotional extremes. Sometimes a stroll through the woods is enough for me to see things distinctively. I remember that the material on “The Father of Evil Witches” was recorded right after I fed my dogs which then were very aggressive for them. This situation got me thinking about a story that my great-grandfather used to tell me. A story about evil witches that were wrecking chaos all around the small town I’m living in. He used to say that it’s not a made up story, that it’s true. I believe him, to this day I sometimes hear them when I’m walking through the town at night. And I still wonder, who was their father…

3.So far all of the music has been instrumental, are you planning on using vocals in the future or do you prefer the instrumental approach a lot more?
I’m sure it’ll stay the same way. This form is the best.

4.All of the song titles deal with Witchcraft and Shamanism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
I cannot talk about this, I’m sorry.

5.With this project you have recorded everything by yourself, are you open to working with a full line up in the future?
  No, Goryl will always remain one-man-thing, all the material will be released by me, it’ll be recorded at the same place, in the same wooden house, with the same wine standing beside my amp. Although, if I had to choose I would, for sure, be Dylan Carlson. I’ve got a feeling that we would’ve found common ground very easy.

6.Medusa Crush Recordings are re-issuing both of your albums on cassette, what are your thoughts on the final product?
       I’m glad that I work with MCR. Cassette is the only format that works with my music, most of all, it’s very durable and this is very important for me. I want to bury a dozen or so in my area, a few around the world, maybe it’ll give people a chance to listen to my music many years after release.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of drone?
  I don’t care for this, this wasn’t my goal. I wanted to pour my feelings onto a format that’ll last years. Of course it’s flattering that people listen to it, I just hope that they feel what I’ve felt when I was writing this stories in the sounds.

8.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
  I cannot talk about this. I value my privacy.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into during the future as a musician?
  I want create music till I die. And even in afterlife.

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?
        No band has any influence on my music. What I listen to doesn’t matter. All I can say is that I have a big collection of cassettes and vinyl.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
  I love to create, I paint, and that should be enough.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I want to thank all those who support my work on the Internet, I hope that the material makes you feel emotions.


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Apostate/Time Of Terror/Ferum Records 2015 CD Review

  Apostate  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  and  doom  metal  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Time  Of  Terror"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Ferrum  Records.

  Horror  movie  samples  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  slow  and  heavy  doom  metal  direction  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  band  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  into  their  musical  style  and  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  of  the  high  pitched  screams  add  a  black  metal  feeling  some  of  the  tracks  as  well  as  adding  the  influence  into  the  faster  sections  of  their  music  along  with a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  some  of  the  alter  tracks  show  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

   On  some  of  the  tracks  the  band  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  bring  in  even  more  of  a  melodic  doom/death  metal  sound  to  the  recording  and  a  good  portion  of  the  music  sound s like  it  could  off  been  recorded  in  the  90's  while  the  black  metal  influence  gives  the  album  more  of  a  modern  feeling.

  Apostate  plays  a  style  of  death/doom  metal  that  is  very  melodic  and  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  but  take  it  in  a  heavier  direction  and  also  avoids  any  melodic  vocals  and  keyboards  and  also  brings  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Sorrow,  Darkness,  and  Loneliness.

  In  my  opinion  Apostate  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  death/doom  metal  band  with  a  blackened  edge  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pale  Reflection"  and  "Memory  Eclipse".  8  out  of  10.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Goryl/Father Of Witches & Father Off Evil Witches/Medusa Crush Recordings/2015 Double Cassette Review

  Goryl  are  a  1  man  band  from  Tennessee  that  plays  an  occult  mixture  of  drone,  doom  metal  and  sludge  and  this  is  a  review  of  both  of  his  albums  "Father  Of  Witches"  and  "Father  of  Evil  Witches"  which  will  both  be  re-issued  as  a  double  cassette  compilation  in  February  of  2015  by  Medusa  Crush  Recordings.

  A  very  dark  and  old  school  rock/metal  riff  starts  off  the  compilation  and  it  also  brings  in  a  blues  and  classic  rock  feeling  at  times  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  being  all  instrumental  along  with  all  of  the  songs  sticking  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  All  of  the  drones  on  both  of  the  recordings  are  done  by  guitars  which  is  also  the  only  musical  instrument  that  is  presented  on  both  of  the  recordings  on  the  compilation  and  the  riffing  can  be  very  repetitive  at  time s while  still  bringing  in  a  ritualistic  and  shamanistic  feeling  at  times  and  the  last  track  brings  in  whispers  that  add  to  the  occult  elements  of  the  recording.  

  Goryl  creates  a  musical  style  that  is  done  on  electric  guitars  alone  and  brings  in  a  mixture  of  influences  from  drone,  sludge,  doom  metal  and  blues  rock  to  create  an  instrumental  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  concept  of  both  albums  deal  with  Witchcraft  and  Shamanism.

  In  my  opinion  Goryl  is  a  very  great  sounding  occult  and  instrumental  mixture  of  drone,  sludge,  doom  metal  and  blues  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  musical  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rituals  From  Warlocks"  "Old  Demon  Blues"  "Angels  Blood  Is  A  Cure"  and  "The  Shaman's  Speech".  8  out  of  10.



Monday, January 5, 2015

Dionisyan/The Mystery Of Faith/Beyond Productions/2015 CD Review

  Dionisyan  are  a  duo  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  symphonic  funeral  doom  metal  and melodic  progressive  death  and  with  some  elements  of  goth,  classical,  Baroque  and  traditional  Arabian  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "The  Mystery  of  Faith"  which  will  be  released  on  January  7th  by  Beyond  Productions.

   Classical  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  for  more  of  a  melodic  and  heavier  doom  metal  direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  a  few  seconds  death  metal  growls  become  a  very  strong  part  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  add  in  elements  of  classical  music  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  A  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  synths  are  added into  some  parts  of t he  songs  they  bring  in  more  of  a  funeral  doom  metal  feeling  to  the  bands musical  style  along  with  a  great  amount  of  symphonic  elements  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  songs  start  bringing  in  more  clean  singing  male  and  female  vocals  and  they  also  give  the  album  more  of  an  operatic  feeling  when  they  are  utilized  and  all  of  the  tracks  stick  to  a  slow  musical  direction  and  halfway  through  the  recording  elements  of  Baroque  and  Arabian  music  are  added  into  some  sections  of  the  songs.

  Dionsyan  plays  a  style  of  funeral  doom/death  metal  that  is  very  dark,  melodic  ans  heavy  at  the  same  time  as  well  as  adding  in  elements  of  goth,  classical,  Baroque  and  Arabian  music  to  make  their  music  sound  a  lot  more  original,  the  production  has  a  very  professional  sound  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  on  the  emotions  of  Angels  and  demons.

  In  my  opinion  Dionisyan  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  symphonic  funeral  doom  metal  and melodic  progressive  death  and  with  some  elements  of  goth,  classical,  Baroque  and  traditional  Arabian  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band. 8  out  of  10.