Thursday, November 16, 2017

Coffin Haze/Rehearsal Ritual 2/Caligari Records/2017 EP Review


  Coffin  Haze  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  death  surf  and  blackabilly  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Rehearsal Ritual  2"  which  was  released  by  Caligari  Records.

  Drum  beats  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  elements  of  surf  music  and  rockabilly  style  guitar  riffs  which  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Most  of  the  music  has  an  improv  feeling  while  elements  of  black  and  death  metal  are  also  added  into  the  music  at  times  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  most  of t he  music  sticks  to  ether  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  as  well  as  keeping  everything  instrumental.

  Coffin  Haze  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  death  surf  and  blackabilly  and  also  keeps  everything  in  an  instrumental  and  improv  direction  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Coffin  Haze  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  original,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  All  Her  Cancer"  and  "Revealed,  Revered".  8  out  of  10.


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Luna/Swallow Me Leaden Sky/Solitude Productions/2017 CD Review


  Luna  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  symphonic  and  instrumental  mixture  of  funeral  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Swallow  Me  Leaden  Sky"  which  will  be  released  by  Solitude  Productions.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start off  the  album  while  also  bringing  in  symphonic  elements  at  times  as  well  as  mixing  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  which  are  mostly done  in  a  slow  funeral  doom  metal  fashion  and  both  of  the tracks  that  are  present  on  the  recording  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length

  All  of  the  songs  are instrumental  with  no  vocals  or  song  writing  ever  being  utilized  while  elements  of  death  metal are  also  utilized  at  times  and  on  the  second  track  the  synths  also  start  bringing  in  a  variety  of  more  keys  along  with  all  of  the  music  sticking  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  as  well  as  the  drums  speeding  up  briefly  and  adding  in  more  aggression  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Luna  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  funeral  doom  metal  while  the  symphonic  and  death  metal  elements  gives  the  songs  more  originality  as  well  a s keeping  everything  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  professional.

  In  my  opinion  Luna  are  a  very  great  sounding  symphonic  and  instrumental  mixture  of  funeral  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Everything  Becomes  Dust".  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Ba'al/In Gallows By Mass/APF Records/2017 EP Review


  Ba'al  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  post,  sludge  and  doom  metal  with  some  touches of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "In  Gallows  By  Mass"  which  was  released  by  APF  Records.

  Clean  guitars  start  off  the  ep  and  also  bring  in  elements  of  post  rock  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  clean  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  sludge  style  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  All  3  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  screams  also  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  and  the  main  focus  is  more  on  a  slow  musical  style.

  Ba'al  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  sludge,  doom  and  post  metal  while  elements  of  black  metal  are  utilized  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ba'al  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  sludge,  doom  and  post  metal  with  some  black  metal  touches  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should c heck  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Days  of  Yore".  8  out  of  10. 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Flames Of Genesis/Interstellar Transmigration Part 1: A Bridge To Further Realms/Minotauro Records/2017 CD Review



  Flames  Of  Genesis  are  a  solo project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  cinematic  dark  ambient  soundscapes  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Interstellar  Transmigration  Part  1  :  A  Bridge  To  Further  Realms"  which  was  released  by  Minotauro  Records.

  Dark  ambient  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  drones  a  few  seconds  later  while  synths  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  sticks  mostly  to  an  instrumental  direction.

  At  times  the  music gets  very  distorted  while  also  bringing  in  a  sci-fi  orientated  atmosphere  along  with  a  great  amount  of  cinematic  elements  and  all  of  the  tracks  sound  very  different  from  each  other.

  Flames  Of  Genesis  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  dark  ambient  and  soundscapes  and  mixes  it  with  cinematic  elements  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  while  keeping  everything  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Flames  Of  Genesis  are  a  very  great  sounding  cinematic  dark  ambient  soundscape  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Entering  The  Breathing  Spaces  Between  Worlds"  "Attuning  To  Th  Voices  Beyond the  Vacuum"  and  "Journey  To  Where  The  Silence  Begins".  8  out  of  10.

  

Spectrale/Self Titled/Les Acteurs deL' Ombre Productions/2017 CD Review


  Spectrale  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  hypnotic  and  acoustic  form  of  esoteric  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2017  album  which  was  released  by  Les Acteurs  deL'  Ombre  Productions.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  folk  as  well  as  utilizing  both  finger  picking  and  full  chords  while the  guitar  solos  and  leads  bring  in  a  melodic  post  metal  style  along  with  some  touches  of  shoegaze  and  cellos  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  tracks.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  instrumental  with  not  much  vocals  or  song  writing  ever  utilized  while  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  at  times  along  with  some  elements  of  noise  being  added  onto  some  of  the  tracks  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  melodic  chants  and  as  the  album  progresses  heavy  and  melodic  riffs  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  a  couple  of  tracks also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  tragic  and  ambient  sounding  keyboards  and  the  closing  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length. 

  Spectrale  plays  a  style  of  acoustic  music  that  is  very  esoteric  and  hypnotic  sounding  as  well  as  adding  in  a  touch  of  post  metal  at  times  along  with  most  of  the  music  being  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Spectrale  are  a  very  great  sounding  esoteric  and  hypnotic  acoustic music  project  with  a  touch  of  post  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Contact"  "Magellan"  and  "Retour  sur  Terre".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

We Hate You Too/Howling Scars/Grimm Distribution/2017 CD Review


  We Hate  You  Too are  a  duo  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  jazz,  ambient,  classical  and  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Howling  Scars"  which  was  released  by  Grimm  Distribution.

   Tragic  style  pianos  along  with  some  rough  clean  vocals  start  off  the  album  while  also  having  a  grim  black  metal  edge  at  times  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  elements  of  classical,  ambient  and  jazz  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  bringing  in  a  lot  more  diversity.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  sounding  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  awhile  the  songs  start  incorporating  more keyboards,  horned,  woodwind  and  brass  instruments  and  on  the  closing  track  percussion  is  also  added  into  the  music  and  they  also  bring  in  more  of  a  tribal  feeling.

  We  Hate  You  Too  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  jazz,  dark  ambient,  classical  and  avant  garde  together  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  poetic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  We  Hate  You  Too  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  dark  jazz,  classical, ambient  and  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bone's  Ground"  and  "Fear".  8 out  of  10.  

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Satanath/Your Personal Copy/Grimm Distribution/Craneo Negro Records/2017 CD Review


  Russia's  solo  project  Satanath  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  dark  ambient  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Your  Personal  Copy"  which  was  released  a  a  joint  effort  between  Grimm  Distribution  and  Craneo  Negro  Records.

  Dark  ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  use  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  while  also  adding  drones  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  elements  of  space  music  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  short  in  length  as  well  as  being  mostly  instrumental.

  Elements  of  electronic  music  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  songs  while  a  later  track  also  introduces clean  guitars  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  programmed  beats  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  diverse  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  tracks  also  start  getting  more  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Satanath  creates  another  recording t hat  remains  true  to the  dark  ambient,  space  and  electronic  music  mixture  of  previous  releases  while  keeping  almost  all of  the  music  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Satanath  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Peitefuv"  "Kiomlu"  "Hetatro"  and  "Univrasis".  8  out  of  10.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Tri-Function Million/Sprukket Jord/Dead Seed Productions/2017 Full length Review



  Tr-Function  Million  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  consists  of  members  from  Amok,  Gribberiket,  and  Utarm  and  play  a  mixture  of experimental,  avant  garde  and  hip  hop  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Sprukket  Jord"  which  will  be  released  on  November  19th  by  Dead  Seed  Productions.

  Experimental  and  avant  garde  sounds  start  off  the  album  while  rap  style  vocals  are  added  into  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  along  with  some  hip  hop  beats  in  the  background  and  when  guitars  are utilized  they  ad d elements  of  metal  onto  the  recording as  well  as  some  songs  also  bringing  in  ambient  style  synths.

  One  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  spoken  word  parts  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  ethnic  music  elements  and  as  the  album  progresses  touches  of  drone  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  an  instrumental.

  Tri-Function  Million  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  hip  hop,  experimental  and  avant  garde  to  create  something  very original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover  dystopian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Tri-Function  Million  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  experimental,  avant  garde  and  hip  hop  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sprukket  Jord"  "En  Grave  For  Alle"  "Avataren"  and  "Djevlenes  Hender".  8  out  of  10.     

      

Mhonos/LXXXVIIDead Seed Productions/2017 CD Review


  Mhonos  are  a  band  from  France  that   has  been  featured  before  in   this  zine  and  plays  a  ritualistic  form  of  doom  metal  with  some  elements  of  drone,  industrial  and  black  metal  and  this is  a  review of  their  2017  album  "LXXXVII"  which  will  be  released  on  November  19th  by  Dead Seed  Productions.

  Ritualistic  drum  beats  start  off  the  album  while  drones  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  bass  guitars also  being  used  as  an  instruments  at  times  and  some  of t he  vocals  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  grim  black  metal  vibe  as  well  as  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Element s of  industrial  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  small  amount  of  guitar  amp  noises  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  the  heaviness  of  doom  and  sludge  metal  as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  being  an  instrumental  and  all  of t he  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  Mhonos  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  ritualistic  style  of  doom  metal  from  previous  releases  while  elements  of  drone,  industrial  and  black  metal  are  also  used  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mhonos  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ritualistic  doom  metal,  you  should check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I"  and  "III".  8  out  of  10.

TeHOM Interview


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

Project just released live album “Live Assault” through Cyclic Law (CD) and La Esencia Records (LP vinyl picture disc + bonus CD “Extra Assault”), recorded 2016 at huge Brutal Assault Festival and Keep Ambient Lodge in Czech Republic. Also working on new studio album and hopefully will be released until middle of 2018. On CD and LP version at Cyclic Law Records again.

2.Recently you have released that live album, how would you the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Musical sound is like on the last album into ritual dark ambient.. The tracks here are slower than the original album versions to give an even more sense of ritual and repetition deeper sound. Also into tracks are some extra sounds I made with the tube instrument, and ofcourse my own vocals..

3.What are some of the themes and images you bring out with your musical sound?

TeHÔM's music recalls visions of ancient cultures, evoked by hypnotic, abstract and organic soundscapes wrapped in ritualistic and esoteric atmospheres. So that kind of images and themes are into it, mixed with ritual & spiritual realm ofcourse ..

4.I know that the band name is a Hebrew word for the primeval flood and also relates to Tiamat and Apsu in Babylonian Magick, how does this name fit in with the musical style you play?

TeHÔM was always related on that kind of atmosphere and historical moments.
TeHÔM is dark and perilous depth of everything existing, but also the creative potential of limitless power. Daring to enter TeHÔM i.e.Tiamat and kill the beast, as Marduk did in the Babylonian myth of creation, signifies the individuals' courage and wisdom to face all of the negative contents which bind his being. Literally the Deep or Abyss is exzakt what the right name fit in with the musical style TeHÔM is. 


5.In the beginning the band was a duo but is now a solo project, are you open to working with other musicians again in the future?

Yeah, could be possible.. but much better working alone now.. On the beginning my friend who died was alone in the project, I helped him on 2nd album with some sounds and that things.. Ofcourse possible working with someone on some extra project.. but not so much extra time. Also I have in plan maybe opening one new project for more deeper ambient and field recording stuff.. it is in preparation, we will see what will happen. All depends about time because so much work around TeHÔM and other stuff. I have already received several similar requests for collaboration with other artists, but simply lack of time does not allow this to happen.But ofcourse I'm honored always when someone sends such a thing ..

6.The project was put on hold for several years, what was the decision behind the reformation?

I always wanted to offer a “new” and fresh interesting ideas in the field of dark ritual ambient and experimental soundscapes, in the same vein as TeHÔM was and continuing on from where it stopped ’97 from last making material (who was released 3 years after 2000). With new level and approach to the music, new story and ofcourse new label(s) for all that. I want people remember album(s) and some track inbetween thousends of others today what is really hard but for this is important music in your mind.
The idea drop out somewhere 2007 when I got up firstly with TeHÔM’s MySpace page and put the player with old tracks. The whole time I had vision in my mind was that this project should continue acting and music publishing, and even have a live audio-video presentation when the opportunity arises, because my friend Siniša, who died ’97, could not do it and would certainly have liked to continue and do. Among other things that I made for our friendship who are always happy to remember, and therefore Siniša’s spirit. Decision at no time was not only difficult what was difficult was remembering some bad moments of his hard illness. But the glory of this, and from all that came the new TeHÔM music that I'm proud and I'm sure Siniša would be to.


7.The band was one of the first dark ambient groups in Croatia, do you feel you have had a lot of influence on the later Croatian dark ambient acts?

Many people know for TeHÔM ofcourse through some pages, informations and playing around; internet and facebook help here a lot, but not many new projects exist in this direction, actually I do not know for any other right now. It is closed scene and to her coming only people who really care for music and are open-minded.. Actualy croatian dark ambient and industrial scene is very small, not so much people making that stuff... maybe 2-3 projects I know but this isn’t exact direction to dark ambient, more into any kind of obscure dark sound. Best of them was Kerovnian, which released music for Cold Spring, UK label. But not sure if they still exist, they were present from 1999-2001 with 2 albums. Also one more band named Zagrob, released album for french occult-ritual ambient & industrial label Athanor.

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

Wave Gotik Treffen Festival 2015. It was definitely best Festival I ever was played, very professional attitude and big contract TeHÔM ever get. All items to the last little things are included in the contract, and all complied with to the last. I was there 5 days and I have met many interesting people and artists. The crowd there is amazing, people from all over the world come to enjoy the alternative music of all kinds and celebrate alltogether. The organizers are very professional and keep an eye on all the things, similar to great Wroclaw Industrial Festival in Poland and Brutal Assault Festival in Czech Republic, but this is even bigger. It was a great pride to play at such a top-notch Festival. Also I am very happy that I saw there last time John Murphy (SPK, Last Dominion Lost) and talked with him a lot in the backstage of Moritzbastei club where we performing together. He was really an extraordinary man and legendary artist, he liked TeHÔM very much from beginning, first album, and this “Live Assault” album is dedicated just to him.
Today I manage music mainly with the computer and some controller, keyboard.  Programs I use from time to time are: Sony Acid, Ableton Live, etc. With Ableton I use Akai APC40 controller, a very useful machine for composing, arrangements and especially for live shows, then one simple Evolution MK-249C2 midi keyboard-controller and couple of good VST synths. For live shows I have computer, an external soundcard NI Audio Kontrol 1, Edirol FireWire FA-101, microphone, some extern effects, tibetan singing bowl, spring tubes for making drone sounds live, then mentioned Akai APC40 controller, one Akai small LPK25 keyboard, etc. Improivising with my vocal and extra sounds in effects on original tracks.


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

Will be some shows until end of  2017 and 2018. First one confirmed is 18.11.2017 in Norway at Blåsvart Aften Vol.9 together with legendary italian act New Risen Throne, norvegian Svartsinn, probably Frederic from Cyclic Law records, and like special norvegian guests Northaunt and Taphephobia, etc.. 2018 will be also some shows, one of them is at big czech well known 2-days festival “Hradby Samoty” at castle Rošice near Brno with some interesting acts like Treha Sektori, etc. And still few other possible gigs in 2018 for sure.

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of ritual, industrial and dark ambient?

It is really good nowdays. TeHÔM is oldschool project and from beginning it was a good interraction inbetween fans and music. From before 20 years ago so much changed and actualy nothing is the same, internet time, marketing, different channels and ways of selling and promoting your music, much more projects, labels and all. So much things around what this makes all very different time. But TeHÔM always had their own audience still from ’96 when people lisetn 1st album which someone described like “ritualistic esoteric music”  whatever it means, but it sounds good to attract a wider range of people!  Ofcourse with new 3rd album TeHÔM collect some new fans and listener of genres you mentioned above. Labels are really imporrtant for this whole picture today, and I think Cyclic Law label (Frederic Arbour) and now La Esencia (David Garcia Carmona), where nice 1st vinyl release was out, are really strong labels for making nice work with them and good promotion they gave. I’m proud working with them, they have very nice artists on labels. So I’m sure in the future fans will grow and new people coming listen TeHÔM stuff..

11.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

I see myself as an artist making quality music, whether it's for CD / LP albums or for a movie or installation / exhibition. Sometimes present live in a concerts, audio-visual shows.

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?

My influence coming already from middle of 80’s and was for sure always mentioned Lustmord’s “Paradise Disowned” and all stuff after that, S.P.K. “Zamia Lehmanni” (both albums released ’86 for great label Side Effects from Brian Lustmord and both legendary albums and ofcourse I like also all around S.P.K. “Auto Da-Fe” era.
Then older Current 93 stuff and all around very cult Marc Monin’s great label “L.A.Y.L.A.H. Antireciords” with almost all amazing releases at that time, Coil older stuff and also one of my bigest influence Test Dept.project still from middle of 80’s when I saw them 1st time in Zagreb.
Ofcourse until nowadays ambient and experimental stuff from family label Cyclic Law, then Malignant Records, La Esencia Records, Aural Hypnox Records and projects, legendary Cold Meat Industry records stuff, Cryo Chamber great newer ambient and field recording cinematic music label to, etc. Also some electronic sound like latest Clock DVA stuff, is good comeback for Adi in couple of last 5-6 years. Like I heard his new T.A.G.C. upcoming album is also in preparation and it is good news, I like many stuff from these 2 projects from long time ago. 

13.How would you describe your views on Occultism and Philosophy?

I'm not so hard into occultism, I read some books and investigated but I'm not intensive practicioner. My friend ex-TeHÔM member Siniša was a part of it but also not so so much practicioner, reading a lot.. .

14.What are some of your non musical interests?

Not so much time left for some other non-musical interests, but I like traveling sometimes, goin’ to mountains, going on concerts, exhibitions, audio-video instalations and events, etc..
Otherwise I have still one project from the 90’s named Principia Audiomatica with whom released ’95 a CD album for the legendary Italian experimental & electronic label Minus Habens Records. I have released new album 20 years after 1st one for french label Unknown Pleasures rec. I was also a Dj in various croatian and european clubs, where playing industrial, ebm, alter electronic of 80’s, until techno stuff, etc. Have also my own club programe “Art & Strategy” with those kind of music, working occasionaly in some places and clubs in Zagreb.

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

Thanks for the offer to your readers say something about TeHÔM project, the past, present and future plans. So, follow the TeHÔM news, music, concert performances and more. Much is being prepared.
WEB : www.tehom.org | www.facebook.com/tehom.croatia | www.tehom.bandcamp.com


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Promethean Misery/Ghosts/PRC Music/2018 CD Review


  Promethean  Misery  are  a  solo  project  from  Australia  that  plays  a  mixture  of neo-classical  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is a  review  of  her  album  "Ghosts"  which  will  be  released  in  2018  by  PRC  Music.

  Neo  classical  style  pianos  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  operatic  female  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  while  violins  and  other  stringed  instruments  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  after  awhile  the  music  adds  in  elements  of  funeral  doom  metal  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  the  music  also  mixes  the  neo-classical  and  doom  metal  elements  together  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks a re  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  male  vocals  also  being  utilized  briefly  and  at  times  they  music  also  brings  in  elements  of goth  and  darkwave  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  Promethean  Misery  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  neo  classical,  darkwave  and  funeral  doom  metal  together  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  poetic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Promethean  Misery  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  neo-classical  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Darkness"  and  "Spirit's  Requiem".  8  out  of  10.  

Friday, November 3, 2017

Gridfailure/When The Lights Go Out Vol. One/2017 EP Review


  New  York's  Gridfailure  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  mixture  of  ethereal,  ambient  and  abstract  soundscapes  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  ep  "When  The  Lights  Go  Out  Vol.  One".

  Dark  ambient  soundscapes  and  drones  start  off  the  ep  while  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  at  times  and  after  awhile  spoken  word  parts  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  When  percussion  it  utilized  it gives  the  music  more  of  a  tribal  feeling  while  some  tracks  also  mix  in  elements  of  harsh  noise  along  with  some  theremin's  also  being  utilized  at times  and  as  the  ep  progresses  guitars,  synths  and  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  music  capturing  the  atmosphere  of  a  horror  movie  soundtrack.

  On  this  recording  Gridfailure  creates  more  of  a  horror  movie  orientated  soundtrack  while  still  mixing  in  elements  of  ethereal,  ambient  and  experimental  music  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Gridfailure  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient,  drone  and  horror  soundscapes,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "It  Came  From  In  There"  "The  Path"  and  "Howling  Breed".  8  out  of  10.    

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Neraterrae/The NHART Demo[n]s/2017 Compilation Album Review


   Neraterrae  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient,  death  industrial,  power  electronics,  noise  and  drone  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  compilation  album  "The  NHART  Demo[s]".

  Dark  ambient  style  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  drone  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  more  power  electronic  and  noise  influences  as  the  album  progresses  as  well  as  keeping  everything  in  an  experimental  direction  while  later  tracks  also  bring  in  more  death  industrial  touches,  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  also  sound  very  different  from  each  other.

  Neraterrae  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  dark  ambient,  death  industrial,  drone,  noise  and  power  electronics  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  as  well  as  keeping  everything  instrumental  and  the  production  also  sounds  very  dark.

 In  my  opinion  Neraterrae  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  dark  ambient,  drone,  death  industrial,  noise  and power  electronics  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Core"  "Night  Visit"  and  "New  Faith".  8  out  of  10.    

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Arcana-The New Light/Cyclic Law/2017 CD Re-Issue Review


  This  is  a  review of  another  recording  from  Sweden's  Arcana  which  shows  the  music  going  into  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  darkwave  and  the  album  was  originally released  in  2004  and  called  "The  New  Light"  with  the  re-issue  version  coming  out  in  November  of  2017  by  Cyclic  Law.

  Atmospheric  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  dark  ambient  style  synths  which  also  use  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  while  folk  instruments  are  also  used  at  times  and  when  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  instrumentals.

   Melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  elements  of  darkwave  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  when  whispers  are utilized  they  give  the  music  almost  a  black  metal  feeling  and  when  drum  beats  are  finally  utilized  they  add  in  more  of  a  tribal  and  ritualistic  feeling  as  well  as  the  music  also  incorporating  elements  of  neo  folk  and  female  vocals  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

On  this  recording  Arcana  goes  for  more  of  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  darkwave,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  nature  and  poetic  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Arcane  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Reminiscence"  "Wound"  "Through  The  Glass  Horizon"  and  "Roots".  8  out  of  10.   


  

Monday, October 30, 2017

Arcana/Petrichor/Cyclic Law/2017 CD Review


  Arcana  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  been  around  for  more  than  20 years  and  plays  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  neo-classical,  goth,  folk  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Petrichor"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Cyclic  Law.

  Dark  and  atmospheric  ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  neo-classical  elements  and  when  female  vocals  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  more  of  an  operatic  and  ethereal  feeling.

  One  of  the  tracks  is  an  instrumental  while  the  acoustic  guitars  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  add  in  elements  of  neo  folk  along  with  some  male  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  one  of the  tracks  is  15  minutes  in  length,  when  percussion  is  utilized it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  tribal,  shamanistic  and  ritualistic  feeling  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  variety.

  Arcana  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  atmospheric  dark  ambient,  goth,  folk  and  neo-classical  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Arcana  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  atmospheric,  dark ambient,  goth,  folk  and  neo  classical  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Emperor  Of  The  Sun"  'As  Night  Turns  To  Day"  "Precious  Stone"  and  "For  Our  Continuity".  8  out  of  10.    

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Dark Awake/Atropos Of Eudaimonia/Dornwald Records/2017 CD Review


  Greece's  solo  project  Dark  Awake  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  his  mixture  of  ritual,  neo-classical,  martial,  neo-folk  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Atropos  Of  Eudoimonia"  which  was  released  by  Dornwald  Records.

  Dark  ambient  style  synths  along  with  some  elements  of  harsh  noise  and  martial  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  female  choir  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  the  more  underground  side  of  industrial  at  times  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  Gregorian  chants.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  ritualistic  and  occult  sounding  while  oriental  style  folk  instruments  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very long  and  epic  in  length  and  there  is  also  a  cover  of  Sol  Invictus's  "Kneel  To  The  Cross"  which  also  introduces  clean  male  vocals  onto  the  recording.

  Throughout  the  recording  the  music  also  incorporates   a  great  amount  neo-classical  elements  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  all  of  the  songs  sound  different  from  each  other  as  well  as  one  track  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  experimental.

  Dark  Awake  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  his  mixture  of  ritual,  neo-classical,  martial,  dark  ambient  and  neo  folk,  the  production  sound s very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  O.N.A  Satanism,  Alchemy,  Persian  Occultism,  and  Greek/Hermetic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  From  Dark  Awake  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  neo-classical,  folk,  martial,  ritual  and  dark  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Algol  And  Naos"  "Kneel  To  The  Cross"  and  "The  Medusa  Of  Despair".  8  out  of  10.   

    

Monday, October 23, 2017

Tuskar Interview

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

Tyler: We are just a couple of guys making some angsty music together. We just make the music we want to hear and hope other people want to hear it too.

Tom: Yeah, from our beginnings just jamming in a room we've continued to go where the wind takes us, like Pocahontas.



2. How would you describe your musical sound?

Tom: Imagine you have a big cauldron of music and you throw in some doom, sludge, black, and maybe a bit of Madonna and that's pretty much Tuskar.

Tyler: We are trying to create something a little bit different from the scene, we take inspiration from all the great bands around us but put our own twist on it. We feel it helps that we're both pretty young so we have a fresh approach to how doom should be done.



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

Tyler: Well the first EP is based around the Celtic goddess Arianrhod. The majority of the lyrical content is based around fate and the concept of time. Like life is short, so control your own destiny.



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

Tom: As much as Tyler doesn’t want to admit it, we are named after a video game character, we were in the pub and struggling for a name so I just thought of the doomiest sounding character I could think of. No deep shit here haha.



5.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?

 Tom: While the idea has crossed our minds I think we both enjoy the dynamic of being a two piece - less people to organise, less people to have creative differences with, and less people to share rider beer with.

Tyler: Yeah I don’t think we're gonna expand anytime soon, but it’s never going going to be completely off the table.





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

Tyler: Playing with Monolord was one of my favourite shows, they are such an on point band live! And as for our show I try to create energy on the stage that translates across into the crowd, despite me being in the same place I try to never stay static on stage.

Tom: I think our shows are a bit like a journey. There's a beginning, a middle and an end and hopefully you’re in a different place than when we started.



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

 Tyler: Yeah we have a few more shows to finish the year off, including an awesome hometown show supporting Red Fang. Then we are gonna leave the beginning of 2018 off to work on the new EP and then hit the road in March and April, hopefully hitting Europe in the process!



Tom: There's some killer lineups we’ve been added to in November and December that I can’t wait to play, we're going to be on the road from the 30th of Nov to the 3rd of Dec including our first headline show.



8.Currently the band is signed to 'Riff Rock Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

 Tom: Riff Rock is great, ever since we got on board they’ve been behind us all the way. We definitely wouldn’t be speaking to you guys now if it weren’t for them haha.

Tyler: Leigh has really helped us find a footing with the the scene and beyond so we can’t thank him enough, also he's real good for buying Guinness.





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

Tyler: I’ve been really surprised with the response from afar that we have been getting. Got to give a big shoutout to Ygor Silva from Brazil for helping spread our music on a global level.



Tom: Yeah I’m so glad that our music is being enjoyed by people from all corners of the world, I just hope we can go out and play for them one day!



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

Tom: We have plans for a full length at the end of next year but nothing is set in stone, we will just go with what feels right, we don’t want to release something that isn’t the best of what we have.

Tyler: Yeah as we change as musicians we are going to change as a band so our music won’t ever stay the same. With each release we are going to experiment more and more, with everything from styles, instrumentation, composition, the lot! Hopefully you won’t ever be able to expect what's going to come next.



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?



Tyler: So many bands have influenced our style, we try to keep our sound as separate from anything that’s around at the moment  and I feel like we’ve achieved that. Listening wise, I think I can speak for both of us when I say we listen to such broad range of music, but recently I’d say the main band I’ve been listening to is Aussie sludge/death titans ‘LO!’.

Tom: Everything we listen to ends up changing what we write one way or another, whether it be bands like Mastodon and Conan to artist such as Thundercat and Kendrick Lamar (as unlikely as that sounds) so it’s hard to pinpoint specific influences. At the moment I’m spinning Mars Red Sky’s album ‘Apex III(Praise for the Burning Soul)’ pretty much on repeat.



12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Tyler: To be honest music takes up pretty much all of my life, but when I’m not playing, booking and organising shows I’m a bit of a foodie and I love to cook. Also can’t forget drinking Guinness.

Tom: My free time is taken up by two things when I’m not playing - my girlfriend and good ol' PC gaming.



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

Tom: Praise the Riff

Tyler: Hail the Loud

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Hanetration/Ancients/2017 EP Review


  United  Kingdom's  Hanetration  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues his mixture  of  dark ambient,  drone,  idm  and  glitch  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  ep  "Ancients".

  Idm  style  beats  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  elements  of  dark  ambient while  traces  of  glitch  and  drone  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  music  being  instrumental as  well  as  most  of  the  music  being  done  on  synths  and  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  programmed  beats  and  all  of  the  tracks  sound  different  from  each  other.

  Hanetration  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  his  mixture  of  dark  ambient,  drone,  idm  and  glitch  while  also  keeping  everything  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hanetration  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient,  idm,  glitch  and  drone,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fire"  and  "Aether".  8  out  of  10.  

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Trepaneringsritualen Interview

Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?
I just came back from a US tour with Bölzer a month ago and keeping busy with a long string of one-nighters in Europe this fall. There’s a slew of reissues coming over the coming month, but Kainskult is the obvious focus for me right now.

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 stuff you have released in the past?
Kainskult is pretty much a natural progression from Perfection & Permanence. I suppose the main difference is that there’s more focus on rhythmic material this time around, and less ambient passages. There’s a tangible tribal feel to it, seething and hallucinatory. 

Your lyrics have on the new recording have a gnostic concept to them, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting?
Gnosis is at the very core of T × R × P, so it’s nothing unique to Kainskult. The object of the whole ritual is to achieve enlightenment, so as to be able to escape the bounds of flesh and become God.

Kainskult is first and foremost a celebration of Kain, the original transgressor and heresiarch, and all those who follow in his footsteps. It’s nine chants of defiance, of Willful heresy.

On the website you had some pictures of runes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the Germanic alphabet?
The emanate from time before time, from the whirling chaos of uncreation, and through them, one may communicate with the primordial forces that know no fleshly bounds. In them is contained all the knowledge, all the power, all the mysteries. I’ve only recently begun working with them in earnest, but it’s proven to be a very rewarding journey thus far.

What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Trepaneringsritualen’?
I never chose the name, it was given to me along with the task of carrying the curse that is T × R × P. I willingly go where I am lead. I believe the name hides many meanings, but the core would be to open ones third eye and thus come in full communion with all the gods, and all that lay beyond the created worlds.

On the albums you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians?
That is not entirely true, there’s a number of outside collaborators, without whom Kainskult would not have been the same. Thanks and praise are due to Blitzkrieg Baby, Lina Baby Doll, Veil of Light, Nordvargr, Idlu Lili Regulus, Michael Idehall, Kim Larsen, Thomas Bøjden, Joachim Nordwall, Peter Bjärgö, DE · TA · US · TO · AS, Antti Litmanen, Daniel Hofmann, Aaron Turner, Fredrik Bergström, David S. Herrerías, Alone in the Hollow Garden, Dag Rosenqvist, and last but not least Peter Johan Nijland.

Furthermore, I am never truly alone in T × R × P, as I believe it is something far greater at work here than just one man’s creativity. There are plans in the works that will see T × R × P grow far larger and far more powerful, but it’s too early to go into greater detail at this time.

What are some of the best shows that you have played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Each performance is ecstatic revery and hallucinatory ritual. The aim is to throw both myself and the audience headfirst into the Void ∴ Vision ∴ Vortex and to escape the bondage of flesh. The joint ritual with my brothers in Sutekh Hexen at Stella Natura in 2013 is one that had a profound effect, not only on me but anyone in attendance. Just ask anyone who was there, all of creation howled in agony and turned on us. A recording of the event is available on Pesanta Urfolk with the title One Hundred Year Storm, though it comes nowhere near doing justice to the awesome power present then and there.

Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
There's a handful of one-nighters across in the coming month and a half, then a bit of a break followed by 18 dates across Europa with Batushka and Shammasch in January. The rest of 2018 is still too sketchy to mention, but I have no plans of slowing down, quite the contrary.

The new album was released on 'Tesco Organization', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Tesco Organization is nothing short of legendary. They’re celebrating 30 years of uncompromising audial assaults this year, so it’s, of course, a huge honor to be working with them.

On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of ritual and death industrial?
I hear words like “legendary” bandied around, so I think it’s fair to say that people are appreciative. 

Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I go where I am led, so it is not for me to say. Like I said, T × R × P is something far greater than me, and its purpose is far from clear to me. Therefore I strive to put as little of my own consciousness into it as I can.

What are some of the bands or musical style that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
I listen pretty much exclusively to folk music these days, but it’s been a good fall for new music I must say. I’ve been listening a lot to the new albums by Zola Jesus, Myrkur, Wolves in the Throne Room, and Arckanum. All are warmly recommended. The roots of the T × R × P lay in the ritual industrial bands of the 80’s; Zos Kia, Current 93, Zero Kama, Ain Soph, Lustmord and so forth, and of course Brighter Death Now. Anything on Galakthorrö also hits the spot. I also urge everyone to check out the works of all of the contributors to Kainskult.

How would you describe your views on Occultism?
The purpose of T × R × P is to reveal that which is hidden, but words ending with “ism” rarely contribute anything of value to this world. I forge my own path.

Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Kainskult is available now on vinyl, cd, and as download on Tesco Organization.

https://trepaneringsritualen. bandcamp.com
http://tesco-germany.com
http://tesco-distro.com

Friday, October 13, 2017

Haexecnth/Macabre Noize/2017 Split Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  self  released  split  album  between  Brazil's  Haexecnth  and  Macabre  Noise  who  team  up  to  create  a  recording  that  is  a  mixture  of  harsh  noise  and drone    with  some  blackened  touches.

  Harsh  power  electronics  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  field  recordings  a  hew  seconds  later  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  mixing  in  elements  of  death  industrial  as  well  as  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  drones  and  must  of  the  music  is  instrumental.

  At  times  the  music  evokes  a  ritualistic  atmosphere  while  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  touches  of  dark  ambient  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  all  3  of  the  tracks  sound  different  from each  other  as  well  as  having  their  experimental  and  avant  garde  moments and  synths  are  added  on  the  closing  track.

  Haexecnth  and  Morbid  Noize  team  up  and  creates  a  recording  that  mixes  dark  ambient,  harsh  noise  and  drone  together  to  create  something  very  different  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  from  Haexecnth  and  Morbid  Noize  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  harsh  noise,  dark  ambient  and  drone,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Sonitsi  Abyssum".  8  out  of  10.

Tuskar/Arianrhod/Riff Rock Records/2017 EP Review

 Tuskar  are  a  duo  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of   stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  with  some  touches  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Arianrhod"  which  will  be  released  on  October  20th  by  Riff  Rock  Records.

  Distorted  amp  noises  along  with  some  drum  beats  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  which  also  mixes  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  while  the  clean  vocals  are  mostly  rooted  in  a  stoner  rock  style  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while angry  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  some  black  metal  elements  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  as  the  ep  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Tuskar  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  sludge,  stoner  and  doom  metal  while  some  black  metal  elements  can  also  be  heard  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Tuskar  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Where  Strides  The  Collossus"  and  "Crimson  Skull".  8  out  of  10.        

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Svartsinn/Morkets Variabler/Cyclic Law/2017 CD Review


  Svartsinn  are  a  solo project  from  Norway  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Morkets  Variabler"  which  will  be  released  on  Halloween  by  Cyclic  Law.

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  drone  and  soundscape  while  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  at  times  along  with  most  of  the  music  being  instrumental  and  spoken  word  parts  along  with  some  whispers  are  also  utilized  briefly  on  a  track.

  At  times  the  music  has  an  avant  garde  touch  and  as  the  album  progresses  cello's  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  most  of  the  tracks sounding  very  different  from  each  other  as  well  as  mixing  in  some  Nietzsche  and  Loevecraft  concepts  and  on  some  tracks  the  music  gets  very  ritualistic.

  Svartsinn  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  dark  ambient  style  of  previous  releases  while also  mixing  in  a  decent  amount  of  drone  and  ritual  music  elements  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Svartsinn  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Doubt  As  Sin  (Nietzsche's  Lament)"  "In  The  Wake  Of  Azathoth(A  Lovecraftian  Epilgue)"  and  "Vemod  (Cello Mix)".  8  out  of  10.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Trepaneringsritualen/Kainskult/Tesco Organization/2017 CD Review


  Trepaneringsritualen  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  ritualistic  form  of  death  industrial  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Kainskult"  which  was  released  by  Tesco  Organization.

  Angry  screams  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  demonic  voices  a  few  seconds  later  that  also  have  a  semi  melodic  tone  at  times  along  with  some  back  up  vocals  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  starts  bringing  in  more  of  an  underground  industrial  style  and  growls  are  also  utilized  in  some  parts  of  the  songs.

  Programmed  beats  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  some  tribal  drumming  and  metal  percussion  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  experimental  and  avant  garde  and  when  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  they  give  the music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling.

  Trepaneringsritualen  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  ritualistic  and  avant  garde  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  Kain  the  original  Heresiarch  and  his  battle  with  Yaldabaoth  the  Gnostic  Demiurge.

  In  my  opinion  Trepaneringsritualen  are  a  very  great  sounding  ritualistic  death  industrial  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Death  And  Ecstasy" "Feral  Me"  and  "An  Immaculate  Body  Of  Water".  8  out  of  10. 

Hex Wave/2017 Demo Review


  Hex  Wave  are  a  band  from  Phoenix,  Arizona  that  plays  a  mixture  of  doom  metal  and  death  rock  with  some  touches  of     black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017 self  released  demo.

  Distorted  amp  noises  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  ep  before  adding  in  horror  movie  style  keyboards  and  bass  guitar  riffs  that  are  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  which  also  leads  to  more  of  a  death  rock  style  along  with  some  grim  screams  that  are  heavily  influenced  by  black  metal.

  Touches  of  punk  and  goth  rock  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  while  also  sounding  modern  at  the  same  time  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  an  old  school  death  rock  style  along  with  some  melodic  moments  as  well  as  the  vocals  also  mixing  in  elements  of  the  previous  mentioned  genre  and  all  of the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.

  Hex  Wave  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  death  rock  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  it  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hex  Wave  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death rock  and  doom  metal  along  with  some  blackened  touches  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Demonlust"  "White  Christ".  8  out  of  10. 

  

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Acheulean Forests Interview

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

A: Well it is a solo fantasy/folk ambient/dungeon synth project of mine that is steeped deep in the lore of faeries and enchanted forests.
The music is a lot of the time is somewhat more folkish and whimsical but can also be dark moody and atmospheric.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

A: Lots of Folk like melodies. I like to have a bright Whimsical and or "Puckish" (as some have deemed it! haha)
But also it can be very melancholic and atmospheric and or dark sounding and moody. Waltzing melodies, lots of bells and flutes.
I also love incorporating deep reverbing keys.

3.The song themes deal a lot with Celtic Fairy Lore and Folk Tales, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

A: I'm an Escapist and a Fantasist. I also have a deep and passionate love for Nature. I've always loved Celtic Lore and Culture since I was young.
I always felt as though the mythology has a a lot of elements and themes I deem desirable and personally relate too.
I am not a greatly into focusing on the realm of our immediate reality. I want my music to get to those who feel like me and want to escape somewhere magical and beautiful. It's really music for the hardcore fantasists out there. I absolutely 100% believe in faeries and unseen folk who dwell deep within the heart of the forests.

4.So far most of the music has been instrumental are you open to using any vocals in the future?

A: I may, there are a few older songs like on the "Dreams of Forests" release that have vocals.
there is also another song I'm working on for a split that is supposed to feature some spoken word.
Hopefully I may do more in the future.

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

A: Honestly, in the beginning I wanted the music to focus on Nature and Ancient Cultures (sometimes even prehistoric)
I was watching a documentary and there was a stone cultured mentioned called "Acheulean" and I thought the word sounded beautiful. So I wanted something ancient but I wanted to also incorporate "Forests" in there.

6.On the albums you record everything by yourself, do you feel this gives you more room to be creative with your musical sound?

A: Yes, when I can record everything by myself on my own time it's definitely more convenient.
I play Black Metal as well and sometimes when with a band and recording with other people and a producer I can get fairly annoyed by the demands of everything having to sound a very specific way and your also on a engineers time in the studio and it is a lot more of the time starts to feel rushed and or uninspiring. I like to produce my music how I want it to sound.

7.Since 2016 you have released a great amount of material, do you spend a great amount of time writing and creating music?

A: A lot of the early material was pre-written and then recorded in a studio. (Dreams of Forests release was all studio recordings)
But, at the time I didn't have any other way or means to record at the time except for studio. I finally saved up my money and got a laptop and new keyboard and began going back to independently recording all my music at home in privacy. But, I usually only record when I'm feeling inspired.
I spend a lot of time hiking in the woods and reading old folklore books (a lot of the time old European folklore) and or watching old fairy tale movies from the early 50's. These things make for great inspiration and when I have an idea I go set up my little makeshift studio and begin recording.


8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of dungeon synth?

A: So far nothing but positivity and encouragement. I really love Dungeon Synth and The community surrounding this music
I'm extremely excited to keep making more music and sharing it with like minded people who also enjoy this form of fantasy music.


9.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects?

A: Yes I have a solo Atmospheric Black Metal project called "Goatswarth"
I'm also involved in a project with my long time friend and the name of our  Experimental Black Metal band is called "Born an Abomination" I do vocals in that.
I do keyboards in a Black Metal band called "Terranaut"
I also have a Folk Ambient/Neo-Folk solo project called "Trollkjerring as well.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

A: I just want to keep recording and playing music as much as I can. I also just want to more importantly keep making Pure Fantasist music that creates an avenue for everyone who are escapists and or are people heavily in touch with nature and the spirits of the woods.

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?

A: my main inspirations I'd say at least for this kind of music has been Cernunnos Woods (U.S.), Cernunnos (GR), Wind/Varjosielu (FIN),
Daoine Sidhe (FR), Elfen (GR), Voices of Winds (FIN). Those are some of my very absolute favorites and biggest inspirations.

I've been listening to a lot of classical music music lately and renaissance music aswell as Celtic Folk music and New Age and of course Black Metal
Some of my favorite artists I've been listening to a lot probably has to be Enya, Clannad, Osgiliath, Tom Newman, Nuit Noire, Hin Onde, Goatmoon,
Pete Johansen (Former violinist of The Sins of Thy Beloved and Tristania)

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

A: Hiking, Camping, Reading, Drinking Whiskey

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

Thank you for having me. Also thank you to all the supporters of Acheulean Forests! Lots of new music coming soon!

Yr ysbryd pf yn y goedwig hud yn dragwyddol!

Hir yn byw y tylwyth teg!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Bologna Violenta/Cortina/Dischi Bervisti/2017 EP Review


 Bologna  Violenta  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  experimental,  avnat  garde,  noise  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of his  2017  ep  "Cottina"  which  will  be  released  on  October  20th  by  Dischi  Bervisti.

  Clean  playing  along  with  some  elements  of  avant  jazz  start  off  the  ep  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length.

  At  times  the  music  can  be  experimental  while  all  of  the  music  is  instrumental  along  with  some  elements  of  noise  and  grindcore  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Bologna   Violenta  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  his  mixture  of  avant  garde,  experimental,  noise  and  grindcore  from previous  releases  while  also  keeping  everything  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  professional.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  ep  from  Bologna  Violenta  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  avant  garde,  noise  and  grindcore,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Criptomelodia  I''  "Criptomelodia  V"  and  "Criptomelodia  VIII".  8  out  of  10.

 

   

    

L-616/God Pussy/2017 Split Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  self  released 2017  album  between  Brazil's  L-616  and  God  Pussy  both  which  play  a  mixture  of  harsh  noise  and  death  industrial.

  Dark  sounding  drones  start  off  the  split  along  with  some  loud  power  electronics  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  loops  and  elements  of  harsh  noise  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  distorted  amp reverb.

  Tortured  screams  are  also  used  at  times  and  they  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  along  with  both  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  brings  in  elements  of  death  industrial.

  L-616  and  God  Pussy  team  up  together  to  create  a  very  dark  and  brutal  style  of  harsh  noise  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  review  great  sounding  split  from  L-616  and  God  Pussy  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  harsh  noise  and  death  industrial,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  8  out  of  10.

  https://devthofthesunn.bandcamp.com/album/god-pussy-split