Sunday, February 28, 2021

Eurynome Interview

 

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

The duo was born in 2018 as a studio project focused on a particular style of Funeral Doom Metal, played with bass instead of guitar and strongly influenced by atmospheric hues and orchestrations. We also used a peculiar 436 Hz tuning on every line (apart from the vocals) that adorns the overall sound with even more decadence.

We love to wander in abandoned places and cemeteries in particular, we're also passionate about nineteenth-century culture, especially as regards the English Victorian age. 

In our lyrics we try to immerse the listener in an elegantly ruined world, through many scenarios treated also from a narrative point of view.


2.In 2020 you had released an album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?

2020 was our debut year with "Obsequies", a 50-minute, 7-track album recorded with various difficulties due to the pandemic. The record was in fact to be released around the middle of the year but the release date was November 25 instead. However, we tried to use this hitch to our advantage by refining the songs and the final result we wanted to achieve. During those months we experimented with atmospheres that could really envelop the listener's mind, adding some synths in the background for the purpose. Synths have always been pretty important in Funeral Doom and we also wanted to find ways to implement them with our own personal touch.


3.You refer to your musical style as being '19th century funeral doom metal, can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

We like to define ourselves with this term because we have always thought that Funeral Doom could be a genre with very 19th century roots. If the growl technique had been discovered at the end of that period, for example, with the right orchestra and percussion settings, something really incredible, deep and intense would have come out. Of course it wouldn't be metal, but already in those years the culture for slow, decadent and melancholy classical music was quite widespread (just think of the funeral marches). Well, we imagine and try to shape that vision in our songs by making use of a distortion that is not too scraping and aimed at enhancing the atmosphere rather than adding heaviness or aggression.

In some sessions the distorted bass blends in an almost prophetic way with the orchestrations, creating a single line with an extremely unique and antiquated taste. We love this particular style very much and will definitely try to experiment with both more powerful distortions and more complex orchestrations in the future.


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

Well as previously said we like to tell about abandoned places and relative narrative situations, but we will also range and space on mythology and human perdition. Lyrics are as important to us as music and not just a filler, so we take a lot of time to think about it and find the right ideas and words.

In the opening track, "Eloquence of the Doomsday Fog", we imagine the end of the world where thick mists take over Earth and prevent light from reaching it. Time flows inexorably and is oxidized by the fog, which thickens more and more and remains the only witness of eternity. In the second track we talk about Eurynome but always in the context of a disastrous end for humanity. Later we will wander through overgrown cemeteries and solitary crypts... but we leave you the pleasure of immersing yourself in the music and delving into the stories! 


5.You also use the bass guitar as a lead instrument instead of using a regular guitar, can you tell us a little bit more about this approach?

Guitars have obviously always been the protagonists in metal, but this doesn't mean that they cannot be completely replaced with other similar instruments and groped for new styles and atmospheres.

We love playing bass and with the right tricks it can become a great alternative to the guitar.

In particular, we greatly appreciate the more present bass frequencies, the softer and fuller notes.

Used as a leading instrument, the high notes take on a totally different flavor than the guitar, and for our purpose this result is perfect and allows us to express ourselves at our best.


6.I know that the band's name comes from Greek Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

Greek mythology is full of situations, anecdotes and characters that lend themselves perfectly to metal lyrics. A multitude of interpretations and narratives, metaphors and allegories can be used that allow you to tell practically anything you want through this ancient legacy.

Eurynome was a creator goddess of the universe but later relegated to the underworld (with the name of Eurynomos). We are inspired by this mythological dynamic to think and shape lyrics in different contexts.


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

The front cover is actually one panel of a larger single illustration. For our debut album we have in fact opted for a 6-panel digipak where each outer dover can be admired individually with its details and as a whole as a large narrative panorama (from left to right).

In the front panel we can see Eurynome dressed in mourning casting a last glance at the ruined and now buried humanity before finally leaving.

The used technique is "photorealistic collage" and it was all done on commission to dress our record with a continuous series of dramatic and refined artworks.


8.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

At the moment we don't feel the need to expand the band. We are perfectly in tune as a duo and we think adding members would lead to conflicting views rather than actual contribution. The project was born just as a duo and our will and to keep it that way. In the future, however, we could think of organizing a possible session band for hypothetical concerts. But for the moment, also given the pandemic situation, we are strongly focused on writing and releasing new music.


9.The new album was also self released, are you open to working with a record label in the future?

We found releasing our music as indie several difficulties and a big effort both in terms of time and budget, however it allowed us to realize numerous opportunities and merch otherwise difficult to reach with a label as a debut band. The satisfaction of achieving certain goals on your own and building an image with your own hands and efforts is undoubtedly priceless. At the beginning we sought the collaboration of various labels but we did not find any satisfactory proposals. At the moment, however, we are in contact with a publisher to release a possible reprint in different formats. We are also keen to release a vinyl edition of Obsequies and plan to get to work shortly if we see fan interest in the proposal.

For future albums we may be more inclined to collaborate with a good label right away.


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

We were surprised by the interest and support immediately shown by listeners of this genre, although our approach to Funeral Doom is particular and not exactly canonical. At the moment it seems that the greatest concentration of audiences comes from Italy, United States and South America.

However, we are very satisfied and pleased with the worldwide positive feedback for this project.


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

We have a lot of ideas to put into practice that have blossomed consistently over the past few months. We think future releases will be full of news and a constantly evolving sound, while remaining solidly devoted to Funeral Doom, with atmospheric and symphonic influence still there.

This is an extremely versatile and flexible genre, it lends itself to many enrichments and we are not the types to fossilize on a single approach.


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?

During the composing period we took a short break in listening to Funeral Doom to be not too influenced here and there by ideas that were not really our own. In the past years we have always been with our ears focused on this genre and we always liked to discover new projects and styles, although we certainly cannot speak of thousands of bands like the rest of common metal. We are linked to pioneering bands of the genre such as Skepticism, Funeral and Thergothon. However, we also gladly immerse ourselves in the sounds of Ahab, Bell Witch and Mournful Congregation.

In the end we think we have inherited something from each of these projects and we are happy that they have suggested and taught us something.


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

Thank you very much for the opportunity to express ourselves in multiple ways through these questions. We also thank all the supporters and also those who, just out of curiosity, will go and listen to our pieces after reading this interview.


Monday, February 15, 2021

BlackWeald Interview

 

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


I've just released "666 Minutes in Hell", which is an 11+ hours Dark Ambient concept album about hell. It was really exhausting to finish it. As with any work, there is a fun part and a not-so-fun part. The creative part was of course fun as hell, but the technical nuances were overwhelming. I usually enjoy the mixing phase, but with 11 hours of material, it was quite taxing. So I'm happy that I could finally move on.


Right now I'm compiling a mixtape kind of release for the project, which won't be a usual Dark Ambient album, but rather a drone metal / experimental release.


I've also started collecting materials and ideas for the next major release, which will be a Bloodborne inspired ambient album.


Additionally, a song of mine, titled "Kapteyn's Darkness" will be featured on an upcoming Eighth Tower Records' compilation.


I don't work on more than one projects in parallel, although I have a huge backlog of concepts that I want to execute, so I wish I'd have more time and energy to do so.


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


Well, as I'm only at the beginning of my journey as a musician in this genre, I'm always finding and incorporating new elements. On "666 Minutes in Hell", I had piano segments, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, spoken word, harsh vocals. I've also used several new ideas from the audio engineering point of view, and just the sheer volume of the project was new. This album, in itself, is I think 2 or 3 times longer than all the other materials I've released combined.


3. The new album was also 666 minutes in length, what was the decision behind making an album that long and how long did the recording process take to record an album of that portion?


I had planned to make a long album without any concept already, and I also had the idea of a hell concept album. When I started collecting materials and composing for the latter, I realized that this is going to be that very long album.


Initially, it was titled 6.6 hours in Hell, but as I was working on it, it grew to almost 16 hours, so by the end, I had to cut 5 hours out to fit into the re-titled 666 minutes concept. It took about half a year to make the album from the first sounds till the day it got released.


4.A a lot of the song themes deal with the occult, Satanism and the dark arts, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics and also how long have you had an interest in the occult?


First, answering the questions regarding interest in dark topics, I've always been this way from childhood. I believe it's just the nature of some people to be attracted towards these topics. It's great to find like minded people around the word and share this passion, either as a listener or as a musician, or in other arts like painting, literature, films, etc. Personally, I don't wanna pose as a minister in the Church of Satan, rather I'm just a casual consumer (and sometimes producer) of these topics. It's unrelated to faith, as I'm quite interested in Abrahamic religions as well, even though I despise them. In short, anything mystical, unexplained, unusual, weird, extreme, I'm interested, be it serial killers, anything ancient, religions, cosmology, .., you name it.


Regarding faith, I do not hold a strong faith towards anything, although I highly value the individualist nature of Satanism. It just makes the most sense to me as a way of life. Although people nowadays already have a strong "me, me, me" attitude, that's a twisted way of viewing individualism. The individualist viewpoint should also believe that all the people around you are probably completely different from you, and they have every right to be so, and them, as individuals, should be respected just as much as yourself. 


People are different, in every way, and no communal viewpoint will work for everyone. Even on the biological level, what medicine works for you, might not work for me, not to mention as complex things as thoughts, interests, preferences, etc. By this nature, we have a very small chance of properly understanding what others want and feel, especially if they are not close to us. So I find it mind boggling when a person interacts with another one thinking that his own beliefs and preferences apply to everyone. If it causes no harm to you, you have no right to judge another person's way of life. Be it a preference of rather ordering food instead of cooking, or having a footjob kink.


Another important thing I'm trying to apply to myself, is accepting that there are behaviours and instincts that millions of years of evolution and hundreds of thousands of years of tribalism had on a human. We only recently, in the last few thousand years started to live in such societies resembling our current way of living. Simply disregarding ancient behaviours that are deeply coded into you, or just simply labeling them "evil", that isn't the proper way to manage them. Especially in our current culture where major entities act as the "thought police".


I'm not saying we should live like animals or as a tribesman, but in order to decipher yourself, you need to foster these ideas, instead of suppressing them like you are told to. "Why am I doing this? Why am I feeling this way? People tell me that it's an evil, or at least a wrong feeling. Then why am I having it? Am I a wrong person? Or is it in my nature? Why is it in my nature?".  You don't have to act upon these thoughts and feelings, but without understanding where they come from (to which often the answers are simply evolutionary or tribal), you cannot take control over them. 


In short, find out your interests, beliefs, thoughts, kinks, way of life. As long as it hurts no one, live up to them. Find people who you feel in fellowship. Give it to yourself and also let others live the life they want.


On a greater scheme of faith, nobody has any idea. It would be great to crack the mysteries of consciousness, matter, spacetime, multiverses, life, but I am quite certain these won't be solved, at least not in my lifetime. Still, any of these are great topics to delve into and consider all the possible theories.


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


The artwork of "666 Minutes in Hell" is 100+ images of dark entities, objects, architecture and feelings, presented in an ancient, bleak way. I cannot explain it further, not because I intentionally want to be obscure, just, I have no words for it. It's the same with music, I think what actually drives you to create any art, is because you cannot express your thoughts and feelings in simple words. So you make music, paint something, or wrap it in a written story.


6.Since 2020 you have also released a great amount of music with this progress., do you spend a great amount of time writing and creating music?


Not as much as I'd like to. I think the key is to work on the material every single day. Especially because I believe most musicians get tired after a few hours, both creatively and also your ears. At least for me, I cannot spend a whole day working on music, rather do it in small chunks, but I try to do that every single day. Like how they tell writers to be consistent, and write X pages every day.


7.Would you also be open to bringing this musical project onto the live stage if the opportunity ever came?


Due to the nature of how my music is composed, it would not make much sense, at least for now. Just stepping up and pressing "play" would be pretty fake. Also, I think this kind of music is rather better experienced in seclusion.


Like, I've seen Sunn O))) a few times live, but it was more like a pilgrimage to undergo their wall of sound, rather than a regular metal live show.


8.You have also mentioned being interested in the writings of Lovecraft and science fiction, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?


No wonder Lovecraft (and King as well) are known outside of the circle of horror fanatics, their impact is undeniable. I especially connect with Lovecraft's work with his enquiry about primeval topics and his view on humanity as insignificant. 


As for sci-fi specifically, while I was writing the Leonov album, I realized how much I enjoy working with futuristic and modern sounds, opposed to the archaic sounding music I made before that. It doesn't matter whether it's set in the past or future, if it's mystical, otherworldly and dark, it fits my vision.


9.You also mention that you also write your own horror stories, what are some of the stories you have written so far for this genre and how does your version of horror differ from other authors?


I've publicized those short stories under a different name, and I'm still unsure whether I like to tie these hobbies together. Fact is, I'm not a native English speaker, which does not cause problems during business or private conversations, but in writing, my "style" in English comes off as weird and immature. The lack of vocabulary makes it dry, and the grammar mistakes come through immediately.


In addition, I of course cannot work as efficiently as with my native tongue. As with music, I think being efficient is a key component in fulfilling your creativity. If it only takes 5 seconds checking out how two sounds combined together sound, then you can experiment a lot, but if it would take 2 minutes, you might say "ah, nevermind, fuck that", and by that, limit your creative output.


It's tough, as I love writing, I've been working as a music journalist in the past and have written fiction in several genres. So even if my ideas are worth it, the execution is hardly professional. I might create a website for these stories in the future, just to catalog them nicely.


10.You also have played in black and death metal bands, how would you compare that to the dark ambient style that you are currently playing?


I more and more get the feeling that playing in a black metal band and doing BlackWeald are not even comparable. Although metal elements and influence often sneak into this project, this is mostly a digital project, composed in a way similar to electronic music. Even if I record guitars or anything live, I usually loop it and manipulate the shit out of it.


Plugging your guitar into the amplifier, screaming into the microphone, while the drummer blasts loudly, all in an analog way, embracing any mistakes you make during the performance, well, this is totally different than zooming your eyes on an automation clip to make a half a second of an audio clip 0.5 dB louder. These two ways of making and playing music have not intersected for me, at least for now.


Even on my upcoming release, where there are a few metal-ish tracks, those are not composed in the way metal music is made. At least I'm not aware of people using 808s in a funeral doom track. I rather consider this experimental music, distorted guitars aren't exclusively metal music. Especially that most of the "distorted guitar sound" I make isn't even guitar-based, but synth-based. I dislike noise music, but love distorted sounds and screeching feedbacks, so I'm pretty sure I'd use these more when it fits the concept of a song.


11.Are you also open to working with a record label in the future?


I don't think so. I'm greedy enough of my IPs, that I don't want to transfer any rights or control of it to someone else. Still, it would be amazing to be part of such a community like Cryo Chamber, but I don't think my work fits their catalog, neither in style nor in quality.


12.Do you have any plans to release more albums in 2021?


Of course! Time will tell how fast can I work on the upcoming projects, as I'm approaching a quite busy period in my life. Still, I'm sure the Bloodborne ambient album will happen before summer, then a few experimental EPs, and hopefully a sci-fi/space ambient till the end of the year.


I also plan to do some late-Earth style record, then something more beat-driven industrial. If the urge comes, these might happen sooner than planned.


Taking part in collaborations (not necessarily with Dark Ambient musicians) is on the bucket list as well, but that's for much later. Anyhow, quick compilation works are always welcome, as working with limitations always sparks up creativity.


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


Thanks for the opportunity to share these words and thanks for everyone who supported this project so far.

Below are my social media links, follow me there or just leave me a message.


 Bandcamp: https://blackweald.bandcamp.com/


Friday, February 12, 2021

Begrabnis Interview

 

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


Funeral doom from Sendai(Japan)



2.Recently you have released your first full length, musically how does it differ from your previous demo's and split's?


It became much more extreme death/doom compared to previous releases. And lyrics deal with omnipresent matters.



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


In early days, our lyrics dealt with death or agony, which were cliché, weak and too personal. After we relased the song "Ouroboros"(from split with SOL) in 2016, we became conscious of dealing with philosophy/bloodline from ancient time till now as a lyrical theme. As for the lyrics of "産女(Ubume)"(from Eastern Ghost Story Comp.), it deal with Japanese legendary ghost "Ubume". Baby come from ther underworld to mother's womb. During he/she come through the mother's birth canal, his/her defilement is divided and is born to this world. But if mother and baby died before its birth, mother become the ghost Ubume. The lyrics portray the world of no-life(not simply death) in the view of those who can't come to this world.



4.The band has been around since 2011 in its current incarnation and while you have had a few smaller releases you waited until 2020 to release a full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier days?


In early days, we tried to establish our own sound with a lot of experimentation while we were recording demos and were playing at small venues in our hometown.



5.The band started out as 'C'est  la Guerre', what was the cause of the name change?


After the vocalist left the band, we changed our name to current one and started as a new band.



6.Also under your older name you also wrote some satanic topics, does occultism or Satanism still play a role in your music?


It's sure that there are a few influences from them, but not so much. We are totally different band after we changed the moniker.



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


It represents the ancient "the origin of life" and "blood". The positive and the negative are attracted each other, then they get birth to new life and finally they return to the earth. Such a lifecycle going on, DNA and philosophy will pass on next generation. Especially, this artwork represents the core of life. 



8.Has the band had any opportunity to do any live shows?


We had played in Japan and Taiwan.



9.The band also has been a apart of a good amount of splits, can you tell us a little bit more about the bands you have shared these recordings with?


We released 2 split CD with Australian Estrangement and Danish SOL. And we participated in "Eastern Ghost Story" Comp. 12" and we share the vinyl with Chinese Harfluss, Korean Aek Gwi and Japanese カルマ納骨堂(Karma Ossuary). All of them are very unique and great bands.



10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of funeral doom metal and experimental music?


I think we are still regarded as a band from exotic countries.



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?


Unfortunately, we have stopped all activities for a while by Covid-19 pandemic...



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


We have no idea at the moment. Perhaps, we go on the same path.



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?


We are influenced by many genre of music consciously and subconsciously. We are always listening to any kind of music.



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


Please listen to our album!

https://www.facebook.com/Begrabnis
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https://begrabnis-sendai.bandcamp.com 


Kalbrian Syndrome Interview

 


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

1.Kalabrian Syndrome is an instrumental trio (guitar, bass, drums) that blends in heavy rock, psychedelic, drone, ambient and noise elements always in a dynamic frame, that uses all sort of patterns to deliver a story behind every song. 

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

2.We wanted it to be straight forward ,no polishing, no editing ,no sort of sound design trickery that the rest of the music business had fed us .So ,we went to the studio played the songs live ,hit the rec button, choose which version of the song works best. Did some mixing and mastering and there you have it.

 3.So far all of your music has been instrumental, are you open to using vocals on future releases? 

3.Really don’t know, Voice is a just another instrument right? With one major difference….the frequencies that produces mean something….there are words….so it has to be well tuned and really have something interesting to say….difficult task. If the right person ,that can fill that role comes our way, we re happy to try it. 

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

 4.Its just and Inside joke between the band and friends ,so as the titles of the songs. 

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

5.It is a photo taken in our home studio in the middle off a session by our friend kellaki. 

6.Has the band done any live shows or open to the idea? 

6.Of course we are open to the idea ,but covid-19 had other plans. 

7.The ep was released by 'Submersion Records'. how did you get in contact with this label? 7.Submersion Records is a known label in the Underground scene in Thessaloniki and good friends of us. 

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of experimental and heavier genres?

 8.its been great so far, we love the fact that different people have different favourite track on the EP. 

9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future? 

9.Really don’t know, we are constantly writing new material, we have some very exciting tracks so far, we experimenting with some new gear ,new sounds. We would like to have a full length album out somewhere in the beginning of 2022 

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? 

10.We are 3 very different people ,each and everyone brings his own thing to the table., and I think that is pretty obvious if you listen to the EPI. Now if the topic comes to bands,9 out 10 it will lead to a major pointless argument.

 11.What are some of your non musical interests? 

11.We play for fun …we don’t pay bills from music. All of us have day jobs.. the little time that we can spent in our day for fooling around goes to the band.

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

12.Thanks for reviewing our debut EP and supporting us. Cheers!

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Monday, February 1, 2021

Nytt Land/Fimbulvinter/Cold Spring/2021 CD Re-Issue Review

 


  Russia's  Nytt  Land  have  returned  with  a  recording  from  2017  which  shows  their  earlier  ritualistic  style  of  Nordic  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  from  that  year  "Fimbulvinter"  which  was  re-issued  in  2021  by  Cold  Spring.


  Field  recordings  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  Siberian  style  throat  singing  a  few  seconds  later  while  clean  vocals  and  chants  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  give  the  music  more  of  a  shamanistic  atmosphere.  When  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  recording  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling.


  Percussion's  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  tribal  feeling.  Folk  instruments  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  album  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  samples  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  album.


  Male  chants  and  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  ethnic  music  touches.  At  times  the  music  also  captures  the  atmosphere  of  pagan  era  Europe,  one  of  the  later  tracks  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  guitars.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  Norse  paganism  themes  based  upon  sources  from  the  Poetic  Edda.


  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nytt  Land  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ritualistic  Nordic  folk  music,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Daudi  Balder"  "Gjallarhorni"  "Surtr  Ferr  Sunnan"  and  "The  Last  War".  8  out  of  10.


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Sunday, January 31, 2021

Julii/Taste Of Truimph/2021 Full Length Review

 


  Julii  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  ambient,  neo  classical,  martial  and  industrial  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2021  album  "Taste  Of  Triumph".


  Martial  style  drum  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  style  synths  and  soundscapes  a  few  seconds  later.  At  times  the  music  also  captures  the  atmosphere  of  an  epic  music  soundtrack  while  the  second  track  also  introduces  elements  of  neo  classical  onto  the  recording  and  all  of  the  music  is  also  instrumental.


  At  times  the  music  also  brings  in  touches  of  post  industrial  while  some  tracks  also  capture  a  medieval  or  iron  age  style  atmosphere.  All  of  the  tracks  also  sound  very  different  from  each  other  along  with  the  synths  also  adding  in  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  as  well  as  some  of  the  drum  beats  also  being  programmed.


  Julii  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  ambient,  neo-classical,  martial  and  industrial  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  as  well  as  keeping  everything  instrumental  while  the  song  themes  revolve  around  Roman  events,  gods  and  legends.


  In  my  opinion  Julii  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  ambient,  neo-classical,  martial  and  industrial  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "World  Destroyer"  "Taste  Of  Triumph"  "Jupiter  Calls"  and  "Endless  March".  8  out  of  10.


https://julii.bandcamp.com/album/taste-of-triumph    

Boban Ristevski/Occupied Head/The Secret Treachers/Attenuation Circuit/2021 CD Review

 


  Bobban  Risttevski  is  a  solo  artist  from  Macedonia  and  Occupied  Head  is  a  solo  project  from  Germany  and  together  they  team  up  to  create  a  mixture  of  drone,  ambient,  psychedelic  and  electroacoustic  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  collaboration  album  "The  Secret  Teachers"  which  was  released  by  Attenuation  Circuit.


  Atmospheric  soundscapes  and  drones  start  off  the  album  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  field  recordings.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  sounding  along  with  the  music  being  all  instrumental  and  when  synths  are  utilized  they  also  bring  in  elements  of  ambient.


  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  programmed  beats.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  electroacoustic  sounds  along  with  each  song  also  sounding  very  different  from  each  other  and  the  music  also  has  its  psychedelic  moments.


  Boibban  Risttevski  and  Occupied  head  team  up  together  and  bring  in a   mixture  of  avant  garde,  experimental,  ambient,  drone,  field  recordings,  electroacoustic  music  and  psychedelic  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  song  themes  focus  on  Wicca,  Alchemy,  Tibetan  and  Egyptian  Mysticism.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collaboration  between  Bobban  Risttevski  and  Occupied  Head  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  avant  garde,  experimental,  ambient,  drone,  field  recordings,  electroacoustic  music  and  psychedelic.  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Experience  Of  The  Ba  While  Awake"  and  "What  Lies  Ahead  of  us".  8  out  of  10.


https://emerge.bandcamp.com/album/the-secret-teachers        


  


  

Rack/Gridfailure/The Sun Exploded/2021 Collaboration Album Review

 


    New  York solo  projects  Rack  and  Gridfailure  team  up  and  bring  in  a  mixture  of  harsh  noise  and  experimental  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  collaboration  album  "The  Sun  Exploded"  which  will  be  released  in  February.


  Atmospheric  sounding  drones  and  field  recordings  start  off  the  album  while  also  mixing  in  some  experimental  style  soundscapes.  All  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also   mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  power  electronics  and  harsh  noises    and  the  music  also h as  its  avant  garde  moments.


  When  elements  of  ambient  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  while  demonic  and  tortured  voices  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.  Synths  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  album  along  with  the  music  also  capturing  a  very  apocalyptic  atmosphere.


  When  programmed  beats  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  some  touches  of  industrial  along  with  some  electric  and  bass  guitars  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  more  of  an  improv  vibe,  influences  of  extreme  metal  and  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  tracks  also  sound  very  different  from  each  other  while  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  lo-fi.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collaboration  between  Rack  and  Gridfailure  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  extreme  metal  and  harsh  noise,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I"  and  "III".  8  out  of  10.


 

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Saturday, January 30, 2021

Rome/Parlez-Vous Hate?/Trisol Music Group/2021 CD Review

 


  Luxembourg's  solo  project  Rome  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  him  expanding  on   his  mixture  of  neo-folk,  industrial  and  martial  from  his  previous  release  with  elements  of  punk  and  European  pop  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Parlez-Vous  Hate?"  which  was  released  by  Trisol  Music  Group.


  Choirs  and  clean  vocals  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  some  acoustic  guitars  which  also brings  in  elements  of  neo-folk,.  Electric  guitars  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  music  also  shows  an  influence  of  punk  rock  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Industrial  style  beats  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  the  guitars  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  Some  of  the  tracks  also  show  an  influence  of  pop  music  along  with  some  keyboards  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  album  and  some  tracks  also  add  in  martial  style  beats.


  Most  of  the  tracks  also  sounds  very  different  from  each  other  along  with  most  of  the  drum beats  also  being  programmed  as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  also  introducing  whispered  vocals  onto  the  recording,  some  songs  also  add  in  spoken  word  parts  and  slide  guitars.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  World  War  II  and  Totalitarian  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Rome  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  neo-folk,  martial  and  industrial,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Parlez-Vous  Hate"  "Death  From  Above"  "You  Owe  me  A  Whole  World"  and  "Alesia".  8  out  of  10.




  


  

The Joy Of Nature/Goddies/2021 Compilation EP Review

 

  Portugal's  The  Joy  Of  nature  have  returned  with  a  compilation  which  continues  their  mixture  of  experimental  and  neo-folk  form  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  ep  "Goodies"  which  consists  of  unreleased  and  compilation  tracks.


  A  very  dark  and  experimental  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  also b ring  in  elements  of  neo  folk  along  with t he  vocals  being  done  mostly in  a  clean  style  and  the  music  also  adds  in  some  ambient  style  soundscapes.


  The  acoustic  guitars  also  add  in  a  good  mixture  of  finger  picking  and  full  chords  while  percussions  can  also b e  heard  in  the  background.  The  music  also  has  its  psychedelic  moments  along  with  the  tracks  also  mixing  in  flutes  and  other  folk  instruments  and  the  guitar  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  On  these  tracks  The  Joy  Of  Nature  brings  in  a  mixture  of  neo-folk,  psychedelia,  experimental  and  ambient  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  nature  and  esoteric  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  compilation  from  The  Joy  of  Nature  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  neo-folk,  psychedelia  and  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Knife  Reflects  The  Smile"  and  "Glass  And  Smoke".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/thejoyofnature/      

Friday, January 29, 2021

NCT333 Interview

 

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording and release of the new ep?


I am currently writing new songs and refining other compositions that are going to be released soon.

I combine music composition with the study of the topics covered, merging myself as much as

possible with a specific psychic environment.


2.In December you had released a new ep, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?


"Aion" has more metaphysical and ascetic temper; that's the reason why I used less rhythmic drive,

since rhythm is more linked to the instinctive human nature. Regarding the harmonic structure, I

followed concepts of dronic and hypnotic composition to better achieve the psychic tension and

monoideism, pivotal of the ascetic process.


3.This is also your first release since 2015, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?


Actually in July 2020 an anthology entitled "Dead Friends Dream Coldriver" was released for the

"Golden Catrame" label. In there I have collected compositions produced between 2012 and 2020 but

absent in the 2015 album "Black Summer of Trisomic Lovers". True to be told, in recent years I have

been quite erratic in composition due to the economic and job instabilities I had to face.


4.The song themes on the new ep cover Occultism, Gnosticism and Alchemy, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?


Since I was a teenager, I had the suspicion that the totality of existence does not resolve itself inthe mere

material aspect. Therefore I have been attracted to books, comics and films that concern topics such as

supernatural, magic and occultism.

At my 20's, I discovered Julius Evola and the cultural movement of Traditionalism (authors such as Guenon,

Schuon and others). Thus, I integrated these interests into a more organic concept of spiritual evolution by

approaching doctrines as Alchemy, Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic asceticism. Recently I have tried to

bring these studies back into the category of the Christian tradition in which I grew up and so I tried to

deepen the Gnostic and esoteric thought of the first centuries of Christianity.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'NCT333'?


The "NCT333" moniker combines two elements.

"NCT" is the beginning of my tax code.

The number "333" is taken from Crowley's kabbalistic exegesis in reference to the entity “Choronzon”,

whose function is to nullify the ego. The name therefore represents the purpose of dissolution of the false

ego, referring to the social and psychic aspect of profane individuality, linked to "name" and "form".


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


The artwork for "Aion" is edited by Ubu Khan. The image was chosen because it encloses the colors of

the three alchemical phases recalled as track title's names.

The concept we wanted to point up is the bursting of the dimension of otherness into the contingent

manifestation during the contemplation of a void corner, an image strictly close to mental stillness as a

necessary mean to perceive the subtlest aspects of reality.


7.Have you done any live shows with this musical project or open to the idea?


So far I have never managed to find legitimacy for my electronic live. For about 20 years I have been

wondering what form it could take to acquire meaning. I played my own compositions while performing

as a DJ, but I never did a real live show with this project. It is my intention to do a full live when I'll find

the right answer.


8.The new ep was released on 'Ukhan Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?


"UKhan Records" is a small and new label with a very clear and strong idea about musical and aesthetic

style which get correspondences with my works. For this reason I decided to collaborate with them as an

artist and as artistic producer for other artists's releases under the label, scheduled in 2021.


9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of dark ambient and industrial?


Thanks to the work of the label, this is the first time that my works are known abroad. I have received

interest good feedback from America to Eastern Europe and this makes me very proud.

I was recognised an original and not conventional approach to these genres and this is a source of

satisfaction for me.

Obviously the name NCT333 is rather unknown outside Italy and a new label has not too consideration

on magazines and webzines at the moment. For this reason, I sincerely thank those who like you, with

sincere interest and genuine passion, has give me space to


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


Lately I have been interested in some archaic musical traditions characteristic of southern Italy whose

origins can be traced back to residues of the pagan Bacchic and Dionysian rites of the Greek-Roman

tradition. I would like to be able take possession of these expressive codes and combine them in my

musical production. Also I would like to write soundtracks for videogames which, in many case, have

become a new art form that I really appreciate and has a lot of expressive potential


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?


My basic music culture can be traced back to post-punk and the seminal bands of darkwave and

industrial. In the first teen-age I was also listening to extreme metal (mainly black, death and doom)

influenced by a dear friend (owner of the black metal band "Fear of Eternity") who was very passionate about this genres.

I started to like electronic music in my late teens thanks to the influence of my friends "Loozoo" a band

that dealt with these sounds. My favorite electronics bands are Scorn, Coil and Pan Sonic. Nowadays I

am very interested in some aspects of the louder and noisy Shoegaze, for example I am literally in love

with the sound of "A Place To Bury Strangers" and I really appreciate some works of "Raveonettes",

"Singapore Sling" or the Italians "Kill Your Boyfriend ". I'm also intrigued by the sound of so-called

Trap-Metal by artists like Ghostemane, Bones, Scarlxrd and Suicideboys.


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


We are all experiencing difficult times in which the material and psychic conditions of existence have

become, and are likely to become more, harder and it is easy to get discouraged and collapse. In this

situation, my humble advice is to take advantage of it to discern the most futile aspects from the important

ones of existence and work on it, not letting yourself be involved, more than necessary, by the silly

diatribes and false problems that characterize and substantiate this era of chaos and dissolution. In

conclusion, I would like to thank my woman and close friends who have supported me so far in this

project.

https://www.facebook.com/NCT333NCT333/

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Aura Hiemis Interview

 

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

R: almost completely slept for the reasons of covid. It has been really difficult to rehearse, a lot of problems that also started before, in the social revolution, we have a lot of difficulties to do things all together. So we could end the album release last year and we are not doing anything new for the moment. 

 

2.In 2020 you had released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

R: not much different than others, in fact songs are older than the album before. We have a lot of songs done a long time ago and in close time between each other, so this new album is a piece of what will come… each time we can we record, we have a lot of long songs, in any moment could be release a new album or split, we would like to do more splits to use songs in something.

 

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?

R: Lyrics kept the topic over the years, is what came from the head, there are no plan for them, as the music, we leave that born without think about it, so that means that maybe is not a progress, or change, but there are a lot of songs without lyrics yet, so anything could happen in the future.

 

4.Onwe of your lyrical topics is also 'mysticism', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

R: lyrics are more humanistic topics, about relationships, broken heart, sad love, loss… romantic shits but not happy things, not good relationships, loss of a couple, etc. 

 

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

R: It had to be dark, cold… and you feel it in a winter breeze.

 

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

R: As almost all AH work is something that came up in the moment, not much thought about it, so it has what we like to see, darkness, the night, the moon, the forest… a lonely witch… we will try to replicate the style of the cover on the next albums, but is something that could change cause nothing is done yet

 

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?

R: All of them have been good, playing with big bands of the scene of course has some other taste, as there are some ones in better places with more public, but we try to have a good time every time we play a gig. We played a few times in a year so we enjoyed all we could.

 

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

R: We don't really know… at least nobody has said it sucks.

 

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

R: in the same way that AH, they are trying to resume the work in the best possible way

 

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

R: We can't say anything about it, cause the next 4 albums are written and they are in the same direction as the last one, it's like one really long album in chapters. So in any moment we could make new songs that we don't know how they will be and they can change until they get recorded some day...

 

11.What are you currently listening to nowadays?

R: Almost the same as a few years… Katatonia, Wolfheart, HIM, and so many other bands that i don't even remember everyday could be something new

 

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

R: I want to thank you for the space and the interesting questions. Thanks to the readers and I hope some of them listen to the band and enjoy it.

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Wynter Arvn/Abysses/Antiq/2021 Full Length Review

 


  Winter  Arvn  are  a  duo  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  neo-folk  and  neo-classical  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Abysses"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Antiq.


  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  and  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  neo  folk  feeling  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  instrumentals.  Percussions  and  classical  guitars  can  also  be  heard  at  times  which  also  brings  in  a  decent  mixture  of  finger  picking  and  full  chords  and  clarinets  can  also  be  heard  at  times.


  Some  of  the  music  also  shows  an  influence  of  90's  era  black  metal  while  all  of  the  tracks  also  sound  very  different  from  each  other..    At  times  the  music  also  captures  a  melancholic  atmosphere  along  with  a  brief  use  of  session  work  from  members  of  Spectrale  and  Skyforger  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals  and  there  is  also  an  Xasthur  cover  which  introduces  grim  screams  unto  the  album  and  male  vocals   are  added  on  the  closing  track.


  Winter  Arvn  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  neo-folk  and  neo-classical  and  mixes  it  together  with  the  melancholic  atmosphere  of  black  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  while  the  production  also  sounds  very  dark.


  In my opinion  Winter  Arvn  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  neo-folk  and  neo-classical  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nocturene  II"  "Nocturne  III"  and  "Quand  Tombe  le  Jour".  8  out  of  10.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Emerge/Gerald Fiebig/Limited Liability Sounds/Attenuation Circuit/2021 Collaboration Live Album Review

 


  Emerge  are  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  has been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  does  2  different  live  sets  one  with  Limited  Liability  Sounds  and  another  with  Gerald  Fiebig  and  brings  in  a  mixture  of  experimental,  drone,  ambient,  psychedelic  and  improv  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  collaboration  album  which  was  released  by  Attenuation  Circuit.


  Atmospheric  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  while  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  sounding  at  times.  Field  recordings  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  live  sets  along  with  some  psychedelic  style  soundscapes  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  all  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  an  instrumental  direction.


  All  of  the  music  is  also  improvised  while  the  music  also  gets  more  diverse  sounding  as  the  album  progresses.  Synths  are  also  introduced  on  the  second  track  and  also  takes  the  music  into  more  of  an  ambient  direction  along  with  the  music  also  keeping  a  very  avant  garde  style  as  well  as  incorporating  a  more  lo-fi  atmosphere.


  On  this  recording  Emerge  mixes  his  style  with  Limited  Liability  Sounds  on  one  set  and  Gerald  Fiegig  on  another  set  to  create  a  very  diverse  sounding  recording  while  the  production  sounds  very  dark.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collaboration  between  Emerge,  Limited  Liability  Sounds  and  Gerald  Fiegig  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ambient,  drone,  experimental,  improv  and  psychedelia  you  should  check  out  this  album.  8  out  of  10.



https://emerge.bandcamp.com/album/fiebig-emerge-lls

  


  

BlackWeald/666 Minutes In Hell/2021 Full Length Review

 


  BlackWeald  are  a  musical  project  from  Hungary  that  plays  a  ritualistic  mixture  of  dark  ambient,  drone  and  field  recordings  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2021  album  "666  Minutes  In  Hell"  which is  also  over  11  hours  in  length.


  Ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  while  the   music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  ambient  style  synths.  A  lot  of  the  songs  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  adding  in  field  recordings  along  with  one  of  the  songs  also  introducing  Gregorian  chants  onto  the  album.


  Clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  some  songs  also  adding  in  spoken  word  parts.  When  pianos  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  experimental  and  avant  garde  atmosphere  along  with  the  whispers  and  demonic  voices  also  enhancing  the  ritualistic  nature  of  the  recording.


  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  instrumentals  while  some  tracks  also  mix  in  a  decent  amount  of  drones  and  cinematic  soundscapes.  Most  of  the  songs  also  sound  very  different  from  each  other  along  with  the  spoken  word  parts  also  giving  the  album  more  of  a  narrative  atmosphere  when  they  are  utilized.


  A  couple  of  the  songs  also  introduces  electric  and  acoustic  guitars,  clean  playing  and  drum  beats  onto  the  album  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  programmed  beats  and  industrial  influences  onto  the  recording.  and  as  the  album  progresses  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  songs  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments,  some  tracks  also  show  an  influence  of  black  metal  and  a  later  track  also  introduces  homemade  instruments  into  the  music.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  hell,  death,  the  black  arts  and  Hungarian  gloom.


  In  my  opinion  Black  Weald  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  ritual,  dark  ambient,  drone  and  filed  recordings  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Iron  Walls  Of  Dis"  "Earily  Howling  Crypts"  "Pape  Satan,  Pape  Satan  Aleppe"  and  "Eternity  Opens".  8  out  of  10.


https://blackweald.bandcamp.com/album/666-minutes-in-hell 


  

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Ghone/Low Texture/Sea Of Sand/Submersion Records/2021 Split Album Review

 


  This  is  a  review  of  s  split  album  between  Greece's  Ghone  and  Low  Texture  called  "Sea  of  Sand"  which  was  released  by  Submersion  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Ghone  a  solo  project  that  plays  of  avant  garde,  ambient,  experimental  and  noise.


  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  avant  garde  style  soundscapes  while  his  track  is  also  over  23  minutes  in  length.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  sounding  along  with  the  track  also  being  an  instrumental  as  well  as  some  elements  of  noise  also  being  added  into  the  music  as  the  song  progresses  and  towards  the  end  touches  of  ambient  can  also  be  heard  while  the  production  sounds  very  dark.


  In  my  opinion  Ghone  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  avant  garde,  ambient,  experimental  and  noise  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.


  Next  up  is  Low  Texture  a  band  that  that  plays  an  improvised  form  of  experimental.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  ambient  soundscapes  and  clean  playing  while  both  of  their  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Drones  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  a  very  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  also  being  added  into  the  background.


  All  of  the  music  is  also  improvised  while  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  Female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  on  both  songs  with  some  ambient  style  synths  also  being  added  on  the  second  track  who  sounds  very  different  from  the  first  song,  black  metal  style  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  production  sounds  very  dark.


  In  my  opinion  Low  texture  are  a  very  great  sounding  improvised  mixture  of  experimental,  drone  and  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "This  Light  Is  Blinding  Me".


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


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https://www.facebook.com/lowtexture


https://submersionrecords.bandcamp.com/album/sea-of-sand


        

NCT333/Aion/UKhan Records/2020 EP Review

 


  NCT333  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient,  industrial,  downtempo,  IDM  and  glitch  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  ep  "Aion"  which  was  released  by  UKhan  Records.


  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  ambient  style  synths  and  programmed  beats  a  few  seconds  later.  The  music  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  industrial  and IDM  elements  along  with  a  powerful  bass  sound  in  the  background  and  a  one of  the  tracks  is  an  instrumental.


  Glitches  and  downtempo  style  beats  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  each  song  also  sounds  very  different  from  each  other.  The  tracks  also  add  in  a  variety  of  many  different  influences  from  the  different  electronic  music  genres  along  with  a  couple  of  songs  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording,  melodic  chants  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.  


  NCT33  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  dark  ambient,  industrial,  downtempo,  IDM  and  glitch  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while t he  song  themes  revolve  around  Alchemy,  Gnosticism  and  the  Apocalypse. 


  In  my  opinion  NCT333  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  dark  ambient,  industrial,  downtempo,  IDM  and  glitch  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "White  Sophia  In  The  Bridal  Chamber"  and  "The  Sacrifice  Of  Fire  Of  the  Cosmic  Female".  8  out  of  10.


ukhanrecords.bandcamp.com


   




























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