Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Filii Nigrantium Infernalium/Hostia/Osmose Productions/2018 CD Review


  Filii  Nigrantium  Infernalium  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  thrash  and  heavy  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Hostia"  which  will  be  released  by Osmose  Productions.

  Ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  heavy  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount of  blast  beats  along  with  some  elements  of  thrash  and  first  wave  black  metal  as  well  as  some  traditional  metal  influences  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  power  metal  singing  and  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  while  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  it  still  sounds  modern  at  the  same  time  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  bringing  in  an  old  school  extreme  metal  style.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  acoustic  instrumental  can  also  be  heard  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  influences  of  NWOBHM.

  On  this  recording  Filii  Nigrantium  Infernalium  remain  true  to  their  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  while  also  expanding  on  the  traditional  metal  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Portuguese  and  cover  Occultism,  Satanism  and  Anti  Christianity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Fulii  Nigrantium  Infernalium  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  thrash  and  heavy  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Po"  "Santa  Misericorid"  "Hostia"  and  "Raze  The  Dead  (Of  Death)".  8  out  of  10.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Hellfire Deathcult/Black Death Terroristic Onslaught/Deathrune Records/2018 CD Review


  Hellfire  Deathcult  are  a  band  from  Chicago,  Illinois  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Black  Death  Terroristic  Onslaught"  which  was  released  by  Deathrune  Records.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  some  bestial  growls  while  the  music  also  has  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  but  still  sounding  modern  at  the  same time.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  dark  and  brutal  while  also  keeping  everything  in  a  fast  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  elements,  all  of  the  riffing  is  done  on  power  chords  and  the  music  always  avoids  using  any  melody,  solos  or  leads  to  create  a  very  blasphemous  assault.

  Hellfire  Deathcult  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  fastest  and  most  brutal  elements  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  with  a  bestial  vocal  approach  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Blasphemy,  Chaos,  War  and  Death  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Hellfire  Deathcult  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Holocaustic  Warfront"  "Satanic  Nuclear  Devastation"  "Bloodlust  Ritual"  and  "Triumphant  Death  March".  8  out  of  10. 

    

Pneumia Hagion/Trinity/Nuclear Now! Productions/2018 Compilation Album Review


  Pneumia  Hagion  are  a  solo  project  from  San  Antonio,  Texas  that  has  had  a  demo  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  war, black  and  doom/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  compilation  album  "Trinity"  which  was  released  by  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions  and  consists  of  the  first  3  demos  and  "Rituals  Of  Extinction"  ep.

   A  very  fast  and  brutal  war  metal  sound  starts  off  the  compilation  along  with  some  bestial  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  of  war,  black  and  death  metal.

  When  the  music  slows  down  a  great  amount  of  doom/death  metal  elements  can  be  heard  while  the  fast  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  a  couple  of  tracks  also  introduces  ritualistic  synths  onto  the  compilation  briefly  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  guitar  solos  are  used  briefly  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  fashion.

  On  this  compilation  Pneumia  Hagion  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  war,  black  and  cavernous  doom/death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  as  well  as  making each  demo  sound  different  from  each  other,  the  production  sounds  very  dark, raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Gnosticism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  from  Pneumia  Hagion   and  if  you  are  a  fan of  cavernous,  bestial,  war,  black  and  doom/death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Caverns"  "Most  Holy  Serpent"  "Lightbringer"  and  "Archon  Of  Disease".  8  out  of  10.

  

Sect Pig/Crooked Backs/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2018 EP Review


  Sect  Pig  are  an  international  band  and  play  a  mixture  of  experimental,  war  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Crooked  backs"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions.

  Distorted  amp  drones  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  being  used  on  both  tracks  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  music  also  brings  in  elements  of  experimental  and  noise  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great amount  of  war  metal  elements  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  bestial  growls  and  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  chaotic  yet  melodic  guitar  leads.

  Sect  Pig  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  war,  black  metal,  experimental and  noise  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  very  chaotic  musical  style  that  makes  a  lot  of  heavy  bands  look  weak  in  comparison,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  eugenics  and  its  long  practice  in  the  United  States.

  In  my  opinion  Sect  Pig  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  noise,  experimental,  war,  black  and  bestial  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK "Crooked  backs".  8/5  out  of  10.    

Monday, April 23, 2018

Subduer Interview


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
 We are a duo from Germany that formed in late 2017 and we combine War Metal and Power Electronics.


2.So far this year you have been a part of a split and also released your first ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings?
2.We
 try to play the most extreme music possible, therefore we don´t care for hifi production or complicated riffing or drumming, we are concerned with making oppressive noise.

3.According to your fb page you refer to your music as 'Godless Noise Terror propaganda', can you tell us a little bit more about this term, and I also saw a video on youtube that refers to your music as lo-fi war noise, how does this apply to the musical style that you play?
3.The term originates from the two styles of music we play, noise and war metal. Terror refers to the sonic chaos we portray through our playing.

4.The album artwork and the lyrics cover a lot of hatred for Anti Abrahamic Religions, can you tell us a little bit more about your hatred for those religions and also what are your thoughts on the snowflakes that claim to be anti religious but get all sensitive when your blasphemous towards Islam?
4.We never released our lyrics anywhere, I don´t know what you mean by that, but our band is vehemently anti-Abrahamic. Everyone who worships a god, no-matter what name this god has, is scum. As for the snowflakes, we think that one should stand behind what he
 believes in. Beliefs only make sense if you fight for them, therefore we are against all religions and we couldn´t give less of a fuck if someone is offended by that.

5.With your band names you use 'Shemhamforash' and 'Az-Zaganiyya, do the band members have any interest in Satanism or Occultism?
 No. We're not interested in any of that, these names refer to Islam and are simply serve as mockery.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Subduer'?
 A Subduer is someone who reigns over somebody else, violently, we thought that this name fits our music and the message we try to express with it.

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the masks that you cover your faces with, do these have a certain meaning?
We use these masks to cover our personas, we use them to become faceless, much like the foot soldiers of terrorist organizations, so people can´t identify our work with our personas, they can only identify with the music itself

8.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, do you feel it is hard to find musicians that share the same visions that you have?
Yes.Because the style of music we play is still very young and not really made for the mainstream audience, on the other hand, we like to be a duo, cause we know exactly what we want to do and we can communicate that very well

9.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Corpo', what are your thoughts on the solo project that was a part of the recording?
We are good friends with Odio and we fully support him and his music.

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of extreme metal and harsh noise?
There wasn´t too much feedback yet, since we´re fairly new and unknown, but the feedback we've gotten has been good and that people support the War-Noise campaign.

11.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
.We are currently planning a full length release, but we didn't want to give away too much. Expect even more sonic chaos with the next release.

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?
We are highly influenced by Revenge, Teitanblood, Nyogthaeblisz and Tetragrammacide, along with noise artists like Grunt and Bizarre Uproar. We´re also big fans of old-school death and black metal. Autopsy, Incantation, Blasphemy, Darkthrone, Hellhammer, Master's
 Hammer, Grand Belial's Key, etc.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for having us, support Blutrausch Propaganda and HAIL Corpo, Abkehr, Into Coffin, Blodigel, Obsidian Grave, the entirety of NVNM, Methgoat, Zygotical and all who support the War-Noise Terrorist Campaign. NO MERCY FOR THOSE WHO ARE WEAKENED BY GOD!

Raven Throne Interview

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

The new album is coming soon. We are preparing for the upcoming gigs supporting the album and we are working on the conception for the next album.

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

All our albums differ from each other. I think it is dignity of RAVEN THRONE. The new album is quite melodic, dynamic and diverse with recognizable cold atmosphere inherent to the band. All this is perfectly combined with its poetic conception. The arrangements are more thoughtful and more mature. Despite the use of cello and acoustic guitars, the album cannot be called soft or commercially sounding.

3.The lyrics on the new album are based upon poems; can you tell us a little bit more about the poems and poets you explore on the new album?

They are poets whose lives were grinded by the Soviet machine of totalitarianism. The tragedy of a creative person through the prism of history is the main message of the album. The lyrics and music formed an amazing unity. The time, the language, the images and the landscapes came to life, so and you can feel and see them.

4.The lyrics on the older albums dealt with Slavic Paganism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

There are still authentic pre-Christian traditions in Belarus. It is a unique European country. This fact and my fascination with traditional culture affected the early Raven Throne albums. But RAVEN THRONE is a band with black metal roots but not a folk formation. Simply put, a man as a part of the Universe that’s how we understand paganism.

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

The name ‘RAVEN THRONE’ arose easily on the subconscious in 2004. ‘Raven’ is a powerful mythological image and ‘throne’ is a symbol of power and majesty.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to having a full line up again or do you prefer to remain a duo?

We have a full lineup ready for concert events. But it turned out that it's more comfortable for us to work in studio and to create as a duet. Perhaps the situation will change in the future.

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 can’t say that RAVEN THRONE is an active touring band. Usually we have occasional performances. One of the memorable gigs is our supportive performance with ROTTING CHRIST in Minsk in December 2017. It was cool! We always give our best on the shows. Each of them is a classic metal performance with all genre attributes. It should be noted than RAVEN THRONE sounds live more aggressive and dynamic.

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

Yes, we have such plans. We hope to do some gigs supporting the album outside of Belarus.

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

We've seen only positive reviews by the present time. Actually we don’t depend on somebody’s opinion but a positive appreciation is always pleasant. To all not-indifferent hail and respect!

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

We always like experiments. So, we are not going to make copies of our previous albums. We improve our style while remaining within the genre. I can confidently say that the next album will be a step forward.

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

As for me, I listen different music despite genres and styles: classical music, trip-hop, folk, classical rock and metal albums, post-rock and so on. It has no sense to list the all. Something definitely affects me as a guitarist. But at the same time I try to avoid the direct influences on me to be capable create original material. That’s why I prefer the widest range of musical styles.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

My main interests besides music are literature, photography, history. Last years I am fond of popular science stuff about space exploration, evolutionary biology and biogenesis and so on.

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

Thanks for the interview. See you at our gigs. Stay true and follow the Raven!

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Now Everything Fades/Suicide Theatre/2018 Full Length Review


  Now  Everything  Fades  are  an  international  duo with  the  members  coming  from  Jordan  and  U.S.A  and  plays  a  mixture  of  depressive  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "Suicide  Theatre".

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  keyboards  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  atmospheric  feeling  also  being  mixed  in  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very melodic  fashion  and  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  are  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal.

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  cries  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  a  couple  of  brief  acoustic  instrumentals,  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Xasthur's  "Suicide  in  Dark  Serenity"  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slow  direction  except  for  a  brief  use  of  fast  parts  which  also  use  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.

  Now  Everything  Fades  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  depressive  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  suicide  and  depression  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Now  Everything  Fades  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  depressive  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Aesthetic  Bullet"  "The  Slit-Wrist  Gallery"  and  "The  Pills  of  Salvation".  8/5  out  of  10.