Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Black Dahila Murder/Nightbringers/Metal Blade Records/2017 FUll Length Review

  The  Black  Dahila  Murder  are  a  band  from  Detroit,  Michigan  that  plays  a  very  melodic  form  of  death  metal  with  some  touches  of  hardcore  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Nightbringers"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Metal  Blade  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  and  melodic  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  being  a  mixture  of  high  pitched  screams,  death  metal  growls  and  some  aggressive  hardcore  shouts.
  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments sounding  very  powerful  and  as  the  album  progresses  back  up  gang  shouts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars

  The  Black  Dahila  Murder  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  hardcore  influenced  style  of  melodic  death  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  violence,  horror  stories,  occultism  and  H.P  Lovecraft  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  The  Black  Dahila  Murder  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Widowmaker"  "Nightbringers"  "Catacomb  Hecatomb"  and  "The  Lonely  Deceased".  8  out  of  10.


Woe Unto Me/Among The Lightened Skies The Voidness Flashed/Solitude Productions/2017 Double CD Review

  Woe  Unto  Me  are  a  band  from  Belarus  that  plays  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  double  album  "Among  The  Lightened  Skies"  which  will  be  released  on  September  29th  by  Solitude  Productions.

  A  very slow  and  dark  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  sound s a  few  seconds  alter  which  also  leads  up  to  a  heavier  funeral  doom  metal  direction  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  very  dark  and  melodic.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  a  great  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some spoken  word  parts.

    Melodic  vocals  can  be  heard  on  some  of  the  songs  while  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  onto  some  of  the  tracks  and  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  along  with  a  couple  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  saxophones  and on  the  second  disc  the  music gets  more  experimental,  all  of  the songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  Woe  Unto  Me  plays  a  style  of  funeral  doom  metal  on  this  first  disc  which  is  very  heavy  and  atmospheric  while  the  second  disc  displays  more  of  a  progressive  and  experimental  style,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  hopelessness,  grief  and  memory  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Woe  Unto  Me  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  progressive  funeral  doom  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  double  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "If  Life  That  Never  Showed  It's  Face"  and  "Drawn  By  Mourning"  "Leave  Me  To My  Sorrows"  and  "My  Joy  Lies  Behind".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Mesmur/S/Solitude Productions/2017 CD Review

  Mesmur  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  the  United  States,  Australia  and  Italy  and  plays  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "S"  which  was  released  by  Solitude  Productions.

  A  very  slow,  heavy  and  dark  funeral  doom  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  in  the  background  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  after  awhile  deep  death  metal  growls  start  to  make  their  presence  known  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  guitar  solos and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  screams  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  along  with  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  experimental  and  progressive  along  with  some  touches  touches  of  ambient  and  drone  while  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  and  you  can  also  hear  some  elements  of   90's  era  doom/death  metal  at  times  and  the  closing  track  is  an  instrumental.

  Mesmur  plays  a  style  of  funeral  doom  metal  that  is  very  slow,  dark  and  heavy  while  also  being  very  experimental  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  paranoia,  hopelessness,  death,  cosmos  and  apocalyptic  themes.

  In  my opinion  Mesmur  are a  very  great  sounding  funeral  doom  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Singularity"  and  "Distension".  8  out  of  10.

Profetus/Coronation Of The Black Sun/Weird Truth Productions/2017 CD Review

  Profetus  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2017  album  "Coronation  Of  The  Black  Sun"  which  will  be  released  on  September  27th  by  Weird  Truth  Productions.

  Atmospheric  keyboards  along  with  the  sounds  of  wood  burning  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  more  heavy  funeral  doom  metal  direction  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  and  melodic  riffing  starts  to  make  its  presence  known  as  well  as  mixing  the  heavy  and  atmospheric  parts  together.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  a  lot  of  the  music  is  very  heavily rooted  in  the  mid  90's  and  grim  vocals  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion, one  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  as  well  as  all  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  and  they  also  close  the  recording  with  a  live  track.

  Profetus  plays  a  style  of  funeral  doom  metal  that  is  very  traditional  and  goes  back  to  the  mid  90's  Finnish  style,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  melancholy,  sadness,  occultism  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Proefetus  are  a  very  great  sounding  funeral  doom  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Eye  Of  Phosphorus"  and  "Blood  Of  Saturn".  8  out  of  10.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Spectral Voice/Eroded Corridors Of Unbeing/Dark Descent Records/2017 CD Review

   Spectral  Voice  are  a  band  from  Denver,  Colorado  that  plays  a mixture  of  doom  and death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Eroded  Corridors  Of  Unbeing"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Dark  Descent  Records.

  Field  recording  along  with  some  clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  doom  metal  direction  which  also  introduces  deep  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording  while  the  riffs  also bring  in  a  great amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  early  90's.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  some  screams  that  also  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  while  elements  of  funeral  doom  metal  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  touches  of  harsh  noise  are  also  used  briefly  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  guitar  leads  are  brought  into  the  music  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark,  depressive  and  melodic  fashion  and  one  of  the  songs  is  an  instrumental.

  Spectral  Voice  plays  a  musical  style  that  goes  back  to  the  90's  era  of  funeral  doom  and  old  school  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while t he  lyrics  cover  horror,  death  and  other  world  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Spectral  Voice  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  funeral  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Visions  Of  Psychic  Dismemberment"  and  "Dissolution".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Devth Of The Sunn/Haexecnth/2017 Split Album Review

  This  is  a  review  of  a  collaboration  between  Brazil's  Devth  Of  The  Sunn  and  Haexecnth  which  mixes  dark  ambient,  noise,  and  drone  together  and  the  album  was  self  released  in  2017.

  Ambient  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  ritualistic  soundscapes  a  few  seconds  later  and  black  metal  elements  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  synths  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  At  times  they  music  also  brings  in  a  very  ritualistic  and  occult  atmosphere  while  touches  of  noise  and  death  industrial  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  tracks  which  also  all  sound  different  from  each  other  along  with  most  of  the  music  being  instrumental  and  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  On  this  recording  Devth  Of  the  Sunn  and  Haexecnth  team  up  and  create  a  very  dark  and  ritualistic  recording  that  mixes  drone,  noise,  and  ambient  together  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding collaboration  from  Devth  Of  The  Sunn  and  Haexecnth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient,  noise  and  drone,  you  should  check  out  this  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Inkvrs  Elvs"  and  "VI".  8  out  of  10.



Scalk Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Scalk is an abstract project, I like to keep it with endless interpretations. My goal is for the listener to make his own.
For me, it's something I do out of necessity, I don’t care if I get something back or if the result is “good” or “bad”. I like the feeling of ending the day and knowing that I've created something. I would say it is a ritual and a way of expressing myself.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
Textures, soundscapes and a particular taste for dissonance. But I don’t mean to limit my sound in any way. It’s not supposed to have any creative boundaries.

3.So far all of your music has been instrumental, are you open to using any vocals in the future?
Maybe in a future release. I have no problem with vocals or any other instruments. If I ever decide to record and see that it fits, I don’t see why not. I just haven’t tried it yet or felt the need.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Scalk'?
Now, when I think in the word “Scalk”, I associate with all the work I have done in this project. It was not chosen because it had a meaning but rather to create one. The same goes for some of the names of songs and albums.
I like the idea of creating words from other words, it's almost like using samples in music. When I invent them they have a meaning, but over time I forget it and they end up with another.

5.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians?
Yes, of course. It's good to do things our own way, but sometimes I miss working with other musicians. It's always interesting to see the direction things take when you don’t do things all by yourself.

6.In less than a year you have put out 7 releases, do you spend a great amount of time writing and creating music?
Unfortunately not as much as I wanted. I would say that the trick is to work quickly, not fall into the trap of perfection and not to rethink things too much. I have found that doing things this way can be more productive and captures best what I want.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interests?
So far I have had no contact with labels. There are some that I follow and admire. Of course I would be happy to see some of my future work in their catalogs.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of ambient, drone, and noise?
Honestly I have no idea how people see this project. I don’t really like social networks and personally I don’t know anyone who listen to this kind of music, so it's hard to get feedback. It is gratifying to know that someone hears your music, but I have to admit that I don’t go out much of my world to find out.

9.Are you also involved with any other musical projects?
Not currently. However I've made part of some bands where I played guitar, bass and some machines like synths, samplers, etc. I kind of miss those days.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I know this is not a style with a lot of reception, so I like to have low expectations. I will continue to record and publish some stuff. I'd like to try doing some live performances and maybe try to release something with a label.

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?
I grew up listening to rock, metal and punk bands, but I never got caught up in a music style. I’m always finding new music. It turns out that listening to albums that have elements of styles that are stranger to me, causes me to start searching for those type of sounds, and I find myself in a new world. This is how I got to more extreme music such as noise, ambient, black metal, etc.
Some stuff I hear today: the catalog of Lurkerbias and Grey Matter Productions, Mutter, Abkehr, The Body, LEICHEN, Skáphe, Wiegedood…

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
I like to read, watch movies, documentaries and some series. I always sucked at school, but these days it pleases me more and more to learn new things. Lately I’m a lot into philosophy/religion and some politics.
13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I just wanted to say thanks for the interest and for the blog(s). Much of the music I listen to I discover on sites like "DarkUndergroundMusicZine". It's important to have places like this.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Altarmang/Void/Cyclic Law/2017 CD Review

  Altarmang  are  a  duo  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient, drone  and  ritual  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Void"  which  will  be released  on  September  15th  by  Cyclic  Law.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements of  dark  ambient  while  also  adding  in  hypnotic  atmospheres,  loops,  and  analog  tonalities  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  drones  and  at  times  the  music  gets  very  ritualistic.

  Most  of  the  music  is  instrumental  while  all  of  the  tracks  sound  very  different from  each  other  and  some  songs also  add  in  touches  of  herbal  alchemy  and  ceremonial  surrendering  while  ritualistic  chants  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly.

  Altarmang  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  ritual  occult  music  and  mixes  it  with  dark  ambient  and  drone  to create  a  sound  of  their  while  keeping  most  of  the  material  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Altarmang  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  ritual,  dark  ambient,  and  drone  and  if  you  are  a  fan of  those  musical  genres, you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Aether"  and  "Kheper".  8  out  of  10.   

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Scalk/NodJonzot/2017 Full Length Review

    This  is  the  final  review  of  a  recording  from  Portugal's Scalk  which  shows  the  music  returning  back  to  more  of  an  ambient/drone  style  and  the  album  was  self  released  in  2017  and  called  "NodJonzot".

  Field  recordings  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  soundscapes  and  drones  a  few  seconds  later  and  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  being  all  instrumental  and  after  awhile  the  music  gets  more  avant  garde  and  experimental  and  elements  of  noise  can  also  be  heard  at  times along  with  both  of  the  tracks  being  all  instrumental.

  On  this  recording  Sclak  remains  back  to  more  of  an  instrumental  ambient/drone  direction  while  some  noise,  experimental  and  soundscape  elements  are  still  utilized  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from   Scalk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ambient,  drone  and  soundscape,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK "Nid".  8  out  of  10.     

Scalk/Olcso Vallas/2017 Full Length Review

  This  is  the  6th  review  of  a  recording  from  Scalk  which  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  harsh  noise  direction  along  with  some  shorter  tracks  and  the  album  was  self  released  in  2017 and  called  "Olcso  Vallas".

  Field  recordings  and  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  more  minimal  industrial  style  after  awhile  soundscapes  and  elements  of  harsh noise  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  you  can  also  hear  some  brutality  that would  almost  fit  on  an  underground  metal  or  grindcore  release  at  times  and  the  songs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  power  electronics  and  on  a  couple  of  tracks  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized.

  On  this  recording  Sclak  goes  for  more of  a  harsh  noise  direction  while  also  keeping  around  the  ambient  and  drone  elements  to  create  something different  from  previous  recordings  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Scalk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ambient and  harsh  noise,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "V#2"  "V#7"  "V#11" and  "V#14".  8  out of  10.

Scalk/Serpere/2017 Full Length Review

  This  is  the  5th  review  of  a  recording  from  Scalk  which  continues  the  experimental,  ambient,  drone,  noise  and  soundscape  mixture  of  previous  releases and  the  album is  called  "Serpere"  and  was  self  released  in  2017.

  A  few  seconds  of  silence  starts  off  the  album  before  adding  in  soundscapes  and  elements  of  drone  along  with  some  field recordings  and  the  music  also  gets  more  experimental  as  the  album  progresses  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  awhile  elements  of  noise  start  to  make  their  presence  known  and  all  of  the  songs  sound  different  from  each  other  along  with  some  touches  of  ambient  and  industrial  but  always  remaining  instrumental  and  the  closing  track  brings  in  more  of  an  avant  garde  atmosphere.

  On  this  recording  Scalk  gets  a  lot  more  experimental  but  also  keeping  the  ambient,  drone  and  noise  elements  as  well  as  keeping  everything  in  an  instrumental  direction  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Scalk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  ambient,  drone,  noise  and  soundscape,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Voss"  and  "Secchio  Amaro".  8 out  of  10.    

Scalk/Antimateria/2017 Single Review

  This  is  the  4th  review  of  a  recording  from  Scalk  which  also  mixes  experimental,  ambient,  drone  and  noise  together  and  the  single  was  self  released  in  2017  and  called  "Antimateria".

  A  few  seconds  of  silence  starts  off  the  song  which  is  also  20  minutes  in  length  before  adding  in  some  drones  and  soundscapes  into  the  music  and  after  awhile  field  recordings  are  also  added  into  the  track  and  all  of  the  music  is  instrumental  along  with  some  touches  of  ambient  and  noise.

  Scalk creates  a  20  minute instrumental  track  that  mixes  in  exeperimental,  ambient,  drone  and  noise  to  create  a  song  that  is  very  avant  garde  and  ritualistic  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track from  Scalk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  ambient,  drone  and  noise,  you  should  check  out  this  track.  8  out  of  10.

Scalk/Alomorfia/2016 Full Length Review

  This  is  the  third  review  of  a  recording  from  Scalk  which  continues  the  experimental,  ambient,  drone  and  noise  mixture  of  previous  releases  and  the  album  was  self  released  in  2016  and  called  "Alomorfia".

  Field  recordings  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  soundscapes  making  their  presence  known  a  few  seconds  later  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  awhile  elements  of  noise  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  the  drones  are  done  in  a  very  distorted fashion  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  lot  of  elements  of  dark  ambient  along  with  some  touches  of noise  while  also keeping  everything  instrumental.

  On  this  recording  Scalk  remains  true  to  the  experimental,  drone,  ambient  and  noise  mixture  of  previous  releases  and  also  continues  to  the  instrumental  approach  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Scalk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  ox  experimental,  ambient,  drone  and  noise,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Alva"  and "Homuncalo".  8  out  of  10.


Scalk/Quanta/2016 EP Review

  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Scalk  which  is  also  in  the  mixture  of  experimental,  ambient,  drone  and  noise  mixture  and  the  ep  was  self  released  in  2017 and  called "Quanta".

  Field  recordings  along  with  some  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  and  after  awhile  distorted  drones  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  both  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  awhile  elements  of  experimental  and  ambient  are  added  into  the  music  while  also  keeping  everything  instrumental.

  Scalk  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  his  instrumental  mixture  of  experimental,  ambient,  drone  and  noise  from  his  previous  release  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Scalk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  ambient,  drone  and  noise,  you  should  check  out  this ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Ex  Nihilo,  Nihil  Fit".  8  out  of  10. 

Scalk/Accusator/2016 Full Length Review

  Scalk  are  a  solo  project  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  mixture  of  experimental,  ambient,  drone,  noise  and  soundscape  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2016  album  "Accusator".

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  drones  a  few  seconds  later while  all  of  the  tracks  are  instrumental  and  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  awhile  elements  of  ambient  are added  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  noise  are  added into  the  music  and  at  times  the  music  gets very  avant  garde  and  experimental  sounding  and  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  briefly  ona  couple  of  tracks which  also  gives  the  music  more  diversity.

  Scalk creates  a  recording  that  mixes  experimental,  ambient,  drone,  noise  and  soundscape  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  while  also  keeping  everything  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Scalk  are  a  very great  sounding  mixture  of  experimental,  ambient,  drone,  noise  and  soundscape  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ultima  Ratio"  and  "Temple  Ezer".  8  out  of  10.    

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Bottomed/Separation/Anxiety/Out-Of-Body Records/2016 Full Length Review

   Bottomed  are  a solo  project  from  Chicago,  Illinois  that  plays  a mixture  of  drone,  electronic,  death  industrial  and  harsh  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Separation/Anxiety"  which  was  released  by  Out-Of-Body  Records.

  Programmed  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  industrial  and  electronic music  and  after  awhile  power  electronics  and  harsh noise  traces  start  to  make  their  presence  known  and  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  gets  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  at  times.

  A  great  amount  of  drones  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  also  mixing  in  the  brutality  of  death  industrial  along  with  some  soundscapes  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  at  times  the  music  adds  in  tribal  elements  as  well  as  making  both  of  the  songs  sound  different from  each  other  and  on  the  second  track  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Bottomed  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  electronic  music,  drone,  death  industrial  and  harsh  noise  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  original  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Bottomed  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  drone,  electronic  music, death  industrial  and  harsh  noise  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Separation".  8  out  of  10.

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Devth of The Sunn/Ritam Von Opasni/2017 Split Album Review

  This  is  a  review  of  a  collaboration  split  between  Brazil's  Devth  Of  The  Sunn  and  Croatia's  Ritam  Von  Opasni  which  is  in  the  mixture  of  drone, dark  ambient  and  blackened  noise  direction  and  was  also  self  released  in  2017.

  Distorted  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  touches  of  power  electronics  and  harsh  noise  and  after  awhile  elements  of  black  metal  start  to  make  their  presence  known  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  all  of t he  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  ritualistic  along  with  some  experimental  and  avant  garde  elements  while  guitar  amp noises  and  riffs  that  also  gives  the  songs  a touch  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  black  metal  screams  are  also  used  at  times  and  on  one  track  they  borrow  some  lyrics  from  Mayhem's  "Cursed  In  Eternity"  and  they  also  keep  everything  in  a  slwo  direction.

  On  this  recording  Devth  Of  The  Sunn  and  Ritam  Von  Opasni  team  up  and  create  a  recording  that  mixes  drone,  dark  ambient,  harsh  noise  along  with  elements  of  black  and  doom  metal  to  create  a  very  dark,  heavy  and  ritualistic  recording  while  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collaboration  between  Devth  Of  The  Sunn  and  Ritam  Von  Opasmi  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  drone,  dark  ambient,  harsh  noise,  ritual,  black  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "D.C"  and  "L.M.I.D".  8  out  of  10.  

Jupiterian/Terraforming/Transcending Obscurity Records/2017 CD Review

  Brazil's  Jupiterian  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  sludge,  funeral  doom  and  death  metal  mixture  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Terraforming"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Transcending  Obscurity  Records.

  Field  recordings  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  powerful sounding  bass  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  up  to  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  growls  and  screams  and  a  touch  of  black  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and epic  in  length  while  elements  of  drone  and  ambient  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  the  slow  riffing  also  bringing  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in a  very  melodic  fashion  and  one  track  also  brings  in  session  work  from  Maurice  De  Jong  of  Grnaw  Their  Tongues  and  he  gives  the  music  more  of  an  experimental  and  avant  garde  vibe  while  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  mostly a  slow  musical  direction  and  clean  playing  along  with  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Jupiterian  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to their  mixture  of  sludge,  funeral  doom  and  death  metal  of  previous  releases  while  also  getting  more  experimental  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Mythology,  Cosmos,  Occultism,  Lovecraft,  Horror  and  Science  Fiction  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great sounding  recording  from  Jupiterian  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  sludge,  funeral  doom  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Unearthly  Glow"  and "Sol".  8  out of  10.      

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Briqueville/II/Pelagic Records/2017 CDReview

  Briqueville  are  a  band  from  Belgium  that  plays  a  mixture  of  post  metal,  drone,  and  field  recordings  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "II"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Pelagic  Records.

  Heavy  sludge  metal  style  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  distorted  amp  noises  while t he  drums  also  get  very  aggressive  at  times  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  drone  and  field  recording  elements,  folk  instruments  can also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  All  of  the  tracks are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  metal  style  along  with  most  of  the  songs  being  instrumental  and  mixing  in  an  improv  feeling  as  well  as  mixing  in  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful sound  to  them  while  spoken  word  parts  along  with  angry  are  also  used  briefly,  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  psychedelic  elements  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  Briqueville  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  post,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  them  with  drone,  field  recordings  and  experimental  elements  to  create  something  very  original  while  keeping  most  of  the  material  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  professional.

  In  my  opinion  Briqueville  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  post  metal,  drone  and  field  recordings  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "II".  8  out  of  10.




Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Svartsinn Interview

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

- I have just recently put the finishing touches on my new album "Mørkets Variabler" and got the masters back from the label. Sounds pretty good and I'm really stoked about this one. Curious to see how it will be received, being very pleased with it myself. Other than that there are some ideas and thoughts about a few other releases, collaborations etc. Some concerts are also being planned in addition to the announced ones. I can also mention that I have an idea for a new musical project, but it is in the very early stages so more on that later.

2.How would you describe the musical sound of your more recent music?

- Still dark and obscure ambient. The biggest difference on my more recent music is the use of cello and perhaps slightly more melodic. In addition to that I have spent more time on sound quality/production. I have become picky about more or less everything, but in the end it is the
overall atmosphere that counts.

3.What are some of the images and atmospheres you feel you capture with your music?

- Darkness in all its forms and variations. Coming from personal experiences, people close to me or specific cases etc that has had an impact on me.

4.With this project you record everything by yourself but have had experience playing in other bands, how would you compare the 2?

- When we started the band (Vandød) I din't know anything about playing instruments in that way, I had just used a bit of guitar and bass to make sounds for Svartsinn. So I had to start from scratch, just playing tabs that our vocalist wrote down for me. I didn't really have the patience to sit down and
really get into it and didn't go as far as coming up with my own bass lines or anything. As the band became more tight and skilled, felt I was holding them back.  So all in all, I realised I'm not a band kind of guy and feel more confident doing the thing the way I do in Svartsinn. But I learned a lot from it and took it with me for later use.

5.On the compilation you had also done a few collaborations, can you tell us a little bit more about the artists and musicians you worked with on these songs?

- Well to start off I can mention Northaunt, Herleif is my mentor so to speak. After discovering dark ambient being a genre and knowing deep down that this was what I wanted to do,  it was he who taught me how to use the tools, showed me the path. The others are people I got the privilege to befriend via the music/scene over the years, all whom I appreciate very much. And I am far from being done collaborating, no is quite rewarding.

6.Currently you are signed to 'Cyclic Law', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

- After releasing my debut on Eibon Records in early 2002, Cyclic Law has been the main label for Svartsinn. I have known Frederic since before he started the label, we had contact via the old version of We both had our musical projects featured there and had the same taste in music. So when he started Cyclic Law  it felt very natural for me to join there. Cyclic Law quickly became known with excellent releases from the beginning and with unique cd design/packaging.
And today they are one of the most respected labels in the scene.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of dark ambient?

- Quite overwhelmingly good I must say. It still surprises me how many new followers I get, even when not making any new music for a few years. The interest
and thirst for both old and new Svartsinn music has also been quite an inspiration.

8.Are you still involved with any black metal projects these days?

- No, just dark ambient. Vand┐d was laid to rest after finally getting our music released. But I have been asked by some metal bands to collaborate in various ways, time and certain other factors will tell what I will participate on.

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

- I must really admit that my instrumental skills limits my musical endeavours, but I do plan to learn something new in the near future. Or at least try to. Especially for my new project which was briefly mentioned above. What I cannot learn myself, I will exploit the fact that I know many people who play various instruments on a level that I  cannot even dream of reaching - which is definitely needed for what I have in mind.

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

- I guess I could name handfuls of artists/bands that in some way have been or still is influencial to me in some way. But I honestly try to avoid taking direct inspiration
from a certain artist/band/album. But I know that when the time comes for me to sit down in my little studio, when everything has come together and turns into a song I  am pleased with - a lot of what I have heard since I was a young man up until the day I sat down making that song could have sneaked its way into that song or album.   I just like to think that the way I make my music, my way of
choosing sound sources, my way of tweaking raw material and the way I hunt for that certain atmosphere - is somehow unique. Like many other dark ambient artists also do I suspect. But when it comes to what I listen to, I can say that a lot of different styles have founds its way into my ever growing collection. Apart from being an old school metalhead (thrash, death, doom, black) and the obvious taste for dark ambient I can mention some bands being played the recent weeks: Bohren & Der Club Of Gore,  Chelsea Wolfe, Mark Lanegan, The Devil And The Universe, Wardruna, Heilung, Pallbearer, Schammasch, Horrendous, Tchornobog, Rafael Anton Irisarri, Madrugada/Sivert H°yem, Genesis, David Bowie, Urfaust, S≤lstafir, Gong, Portrait and Ruphus.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

- The outdoors, hiking, fishing, enjoying nature, cooking, my cabin in the mountains. Other than that I enjoy reading and watching movies/series. Mostly in the gloomy / sci-fi / dark categories.

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

 - Just wanna say thanks for taking an interest in Svartsinn!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Sektarism Interview

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

Armrek: We are working on the next album, music is already recorded and artwork is almost done. The next ceremony will be located in French Pyrenees mountains, September 29th, it will be a very special fest with entities like Stile Volk, Ingrid Obled, Gouffre, Carne, to name a few...

2.Recently you have released a new alum, 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?

« La Mort de l'Infidèle » keep the ritualistic basis of Sektarism, working on trance and devotion, it is Holy Ritual Doom. On this album the sound is far more powerful, the work was done at the Drudenhaus studio, and even if we recorded live as we do on all previous Sektarism's offerings, the great technical abilities of Xort and it's artistic comprehension of what we want at the moment make it clearly effective.

3.All of the other band members also play in black and death metal bands but with this project you go into more of a funeral doom metal direction, how would you compare the 3 different styles?

With Sektarism, we do not do typical doom metal as it is commonly understood, nor funeral doom as the music itself consists on a ritual, even if we play heavy parts, of course.
Someone could say: « why not to play all those styles in only one band as Malhkebre evolve on a close spiritual path? ». To give a simple answer, the interior energy and the imagination necessary to give birth of these creations is not the same at all, and Sektarism, Malhkebre, Malekhamoves are emanations of our multifaceted art.

4.What is the form of Satanism that you bring into the lyrical topics of the albums?

It is about the revelation, the madness brought to Man when this one is close to the breath of the Almighty. It is clearly a sinister and negative form of satanism, and the goal is to reach a level of clear-sightedness, an ecstatic elevation from the abyss... Sektarism is at the same time the depraved man walking on the faustian path and the ascetic religious man crushed by the merciless glory of God.

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

We took a simple and evocative term, Sektarism is the modus operandi we choose to express our visions. Anyone who saw us on stage can understand it, we are a sect with it's apostles and with it's disciples. May the Lord bless us...

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

It is a hard question, I am not the right person to describe the result I provoke myself. One of the best performance we done is certainly the last one on Le Rex, Toulouse because of the great venue, the impressive sound and the good amount of spectators. Les Voûtes, Paris was a particular ritual because of the intense devotion from both the band and the audience.

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

In fact we are discussing with several individuals/bands about a tour, if you read this and want to do something with Sektarism, feel free to contact us.

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

Extreme. It is notable that people hate us or love us, which is fine, as Sektarism is not following an easy and common path. Temperance, moderation are are not fitting words to describe our quest, so it is logical that some reviews are awful, ahah! Most important is to see some novices staring wide-eyed after a gig, showing that we are not preaching in the desert...

9.Are you happy with the support 'Necrocosm' has given you so far?

E. Berzerk, the vocalist, is running Necrocosm with the precious help of the disciples of Sektarism N. Kapalika and Vikarious H., so yes we are working like a family. By the way, Sektarism is released by Zanjeer Zani Productions, a sub-division of Necrocosm (the distributor) focusing on doom and related experimental music.

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

Sincerely, I don't know. Maybe we will explore deeply the ritual/ambient/noise path, maybe we will reinforce the metal side, time will tell...

11.What are some of the musical influences you bring into this band that you are not able to do with your other groups?

Hard to say, all of the band members listen to a lot of different music, from Deathspell Omega to Diamanda Gallas, from Genocide Organ to Reverend Bizarre, from Aluk Todolo to Arabrot... Surely, noise/power electronics has an impact equal to doom for me, at least on stage.

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

Thank you a lot for your interest on Sektarism! AMSG!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Postcards From Arkham/Manta/Metal Gate Records/2017 CD Review

  Postcards  from  Arkham  are  a  band  from  the  Czech  Republic  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  post  rock  and  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2017  album  "Manta"  which  was  released  by  Metal  Gate  Records.

 Tribal  style  beats  and  world  music  elements  start  off  the  album  before adding  in  more  of  a  post  rock  style  along  with  some  whispers  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  black  metal  screams  are  also  used  briefly  and  some  parts  also  add  in  touches  of  ambient  and  electronic  music.

  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  the  songs  also  bring in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  elements  of  shoegaze  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  tracks  also bring  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts,  some  of  the  tracks  are  instrumental  while  synths  are  also  utilized  more  as  the  album  progresses  and  a  couple  of  the  songs  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  death  metal  growls  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  On  this  recording  Postcards  of  Arkham  expand  on  their  post  metal  style  adding  in  some  touches  of  ambient  and  world  music  along  with  a  slight  black  metal  influence,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  based  upon  the  writings  of  H.P  Lovecraft.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Postcards  Of  Arkham  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  post  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Kvlt  Ov  Dream"  "Symmetric  Kakophony"  "Dunwich  Shaman"  and  "Her  Cosmic  Song".  8 out  of  10.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Devth Of The Sunn/Kvpsvm Vlcere Odervm Cilest/2017 Demo Review

  Devth  Of  The  Sunn  are  a  duo  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  dark  and  ritualistic  mixture  of  drone  sludge,  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  demo  "Kvpsvm  Vlcere  Odervm Cilest".

  Distorted  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  guitar  riffs  a  few  seconds  later  that also  add  in  touches  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  after  a  few  minutes  grim  black  metal  screams  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,

   As  the  demo  progresses  the  music  gets  more  ritualistic  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  utilized  at  times  while  elements  of  experimental  and  ambient  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  very  slow  yet  dark  musical  direction.

  Devth  Of  The  Sunn plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  drone,  ritualistic  music  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  lo-fi.

  In  my  opinion  Devth  Of  The  Sunn are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  drone, ritual  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Vrks  II - Vpep  Eclipsis".  8  out  of  10. 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Gridfailure/I Shall Not Survive Another Winter/2017 Full Length Review

  New  York's  solo  project  have  returned  with  a  new  recording which  shows  the  musical  direction  going  into  a  post  apocalyptic  mixture  of  dark  ambient,  hardcore,  world  music  and  jazz  and  this  is  a  review  of his  self  released  2017  album  "I  Will  Not  Survive  Another  Winter"  which  will  be  released  in September.

  Field  Recordings  and  elements  of  avant  garde  noise  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  dark  soundscapes  and  when  percussion  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  tribal  and  world  music  feeling  and  the  music  also  gets  very  harsh  at  times  and  some  of t he  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Elements  of  industrial  and  dark  ambient  can  also  be  heard  at   times  while  all  of  the  tracks  sound  different  from  each  other  along  with  some  real  drums  also  being  utilized  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  guitars,  bass,  piano,  keyboards,  analog  synth,  harmonicas  and  theremin's  can  be  heard  in  certain sections  of  the  recording as  well  as  some  touches  of jazz  music  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  noisecore  style  screams  and  clean  singing.

  On  this  recording  Gridfailure  keeps  a  very experimental  and  dark  ambient  style  while  also  adding  in  elements  of  world  music,  jazz  and  hardcore  to   create  something  very  different  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Gridfailure  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  and  dark  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sew  Nothing,  Reap  Nothingness"  "Hari  Kari  Superstars"  and  "No  Longer  Communicable".  8  out  of  10.  

Monday, August 21, 2017

JoDoden/Sittandes I Sjon Med Vatten Over Huvudet/Nordvis Produktion/2017 CD Review

  JoDoden  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  plays  an avant  gsrde  mixture  of  folk  music  and  ambient  with  a touch  of black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Sittandes  I  Sjon  Med  Vatten  Over Huvudet"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Nordvis  Produktion.

  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  bring  in  elements  of  folk  music  and  finger  picking  is  also  utilized  at  times  while  most of  the  music  is  instrumental  and  on  the  second  track  drums  and  bass  guitars  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  when  vocals  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  grim  black  metal  style.

  Elements  of  metal  can  be  heard  in  the  heavier  guitar  riffing  which  also  brings  in  melodies  at  times  while  guitar  leads  are  also  utilized  briefly  and  some  songs  also  add  in  touches  of  ambient  and  post  rock  and  most  of  the  tracks  sound  different  from  each  other  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  psychedelic  and  avant  garde  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  he  album  closes  with  a  cover  of  Burzun's  "Hermodr  A  Helford".

  JoDoden  plays  a musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  folk,  ambient  and  avant garde  while  also  adding  in  some  black  metal  elements  at  times  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  and  the production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  JoDoden  is  a  very  great  sounding  avant  garde  mixture  of  folk  and  ambient  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bottenlos"  "Persiennaernas  Portar"  and  "Hermodr  A  Helford".  8  out  of  10.        

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Picture Ann/Sketching Darkness/Floodgate Mood Productions/2017 EP Review

  Denmark's  Picture  Ann  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  is  also  in  the  ambient,  experimental  and  metal  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Sketching  Darkness"  which  was  released  by  Floodgate  Mood  productions  and  consists  of  rough  sketches  recorded  in  between  2010-12.

  Clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  ep  and  on  the  second  track  ambient  style  synths  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  instrumental along with  a  few  tracks  being  short  in  length  and  elements  of  harsh  noise  can  also  be  heard  at  times while  all  of  the t racks  sound  very  different  from  each  other.

  On  this  recording  Picture  Ann  played  more  of  a  guitar orientated  form  of  dark ambient  while  also  keeping  everything  instrumental  as  well  as  being  very  experimental  at  times  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Picture  Ann  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient  and  experimental  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sketch  2"  and  "Sketch  4".  8  out  of 10.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Black Mare/Death Magick Mother/Magic Bullet Records/2017 CD Review

  Black  Mare  are  a  solo  project  from  Los  Angeles,  California  that  plays  an  ethereal  mixture  of  atmospheric  rock,  darkwave  and  goth  and  this  is  a  review  of  her  2017  album  "Death  Magick  Woman"  which will  be  released  in  September  by  Magic  Bullet  Records.

  Clean  playing  along  with  some  drones  start  off  the  album  as  well  as  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  darkwave  and  post  rock  elements  and  the  vocals  also  give  the  songs  more  of  an  ethereal  and  goth  style.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  while  some  goth  rock  and  death  rock  influences  from  the  80's  and  90's  are  also  used  at  times  but  done  in  a  more  modern  fashion  along  with  some  male  vocals  also  being  utilized  briefly  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  the  guitars  get  more  distorted  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  a  touch  of  black  metal  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.

  Black  Mare  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  atmospheric  rock,  darkwave  and  goth  rock  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  her  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  hidden  realms,  fragments  of  dreams,  submerged  memories  and  mythological  imagery  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Black  Mare  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  atmospheric  rock,  ethereal,  darkwave  and  goth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ingress  To  Form"  "Coral  Vaults"  and  "Inveted  Tower".  8  out  of  10.  

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Iurta/Notes Towards A Mental Breakdown/Cyclic Law/2017 CD Review

  Iurta  are  a  duo  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  drone  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Notes  Towards  A  Mental  Breakdown"  which  was  released  by  Cyclic  Law.

  Field  recordings  and  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  soundscapes  a  few  seconds  later  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  most  of  the  music  being  instrumental  while  some  tracks  also  add  in  elements  of  harsh  noise  and  when  synths  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  a  more  dark  atmosphere.

  A  lot  of  the  tracks  sound  different  fro  each  other  which  also  gives  the  music  more  variety  and  one  track  also  brings  in  the  use  of  non  traditional  instruments  and  on  some  songs  the  music  gets  more experimental  and  avant  garde.

  Iurta  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  noise,  dark  ambient  and  drone  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  song  themes  are  inspired  by  dystopia  and  the  writings  of  J.G  Ballard  and  A.  Tarkovski.

  In  my  opinion  Iurta  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  drone  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Organic  Units"  "Spinal  Levels"  "Fragmentation  Field"  and  "Illuminated  Man".  8  out  of  10.


Friday, August 11, 2017

TeHOM/Live Assault/Cyclic Law/2017 CD Review

  TeHOM  are  a  solo  project  from  Croatia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  ritual,  dark  ambient  and  industrial  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  live  2017  album  "Live  Assault"  which  was  released  by  Cyclic  Law.

  Ambient  style  soundscapes and  field  recordings  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  noise  and  some  touches  of  a  more  dark  and  underground  style  of industrial  and  all  of  the  music  is  recorded  live  and  after  awhile  drones  and  ritualistic  style  chanting  start  to  make  their  presence  known.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  they also  give  the  music  more  of  an  occult  atmosphere  while  the  music  also  gets  very  lo-fi,  experimental  and  avant  garde at  times  along  with  more  of  an  improv  feeling  and  the  music  also  gets  more  shamanistic  when  trival  style  percussion  is  utilized  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  martial  and  neo-classical can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  TeHOM  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  industrial,  ritual  and  dark  ambient  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  lo-fi  along  with  all  of  the  music  being  recorded  live.

  In  my  opinion  TeHOM  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of ritual,  dark  ambient,  and  industrial  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Vasilek/The Dark Road/Translation Loss Records/2017 Cd Review

  Vaselik  are  a  solo  project  from  New  York  that  plays  a  mixture  of  electronic  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017 album  "The  Dark  Road"  which  will  be  released  on  August  25th  by  Translation  Loss  Records.

  A  black  metal  influenced  dark  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  drones  and  elements  of  noise  a  few  seconds  later  while  demonic  screams  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  and  the  synths  and  programmed  beats  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  darker  and  atmospheric  feeling.

  All  3  of  the  songs  sound  very  different  from  each  other  along  with  guitar  riffs  and  leads  also  being  used  briefly  and  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  at  times  and  the  last  and  the  last  track  is  over  33  minutes  in  length  and  most  of  the  music  is  instrumental  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Vasilek  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  dark  ambient  and  electronic  and  mixes  it  in  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Vaselik  are a   very  great  sounding  mixture  of  electronic  and  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Green  Lady".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, August 4, 2017

John Steven Morgan/Solo Piano Works/Dark Martha Records/2017 Full Length Review

  John  Steven  Morgan  is  a  solo  artist  from  Acton,  California  who  also  plays  for  the  experimental  black  metal  band  Wreche  and  with  his  solo  material  brings  in  a  mixture  of  soundtrack,  acoustic  piano,  experimental,  metal,  jazz  and  classical  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Solo  Piano  Works"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Dark  Martha  Records.

  Tragic  sounding  pianos  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  classical  feeling  while  also  bringing  in  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  and  all of  the  tracks  are  instrumental  and  some  tracks  also  add  in  more  of  a  soundtrack  orientated  atmosphere  at times.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  avant  garde  and  experimental  while  pianos  are  the  only  musical  instrument  being  presented  on  the  recording  and  all  of  the  songs  sound  very  different  from  each  other  and  some  songs  also  add  in  influences  from  jazz  and  metal  and  some  songs also  bring  in  stride  piano's  and  piano  solos.

  John  Steven  Morgan  creates  a  recording t hat  is  all  done  on  pianos  and  mixes  classical,  jazz,  metal,  experimental  and  soundtrack  to  create  something  very original  while  keeping  everything  all  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  John  Steven  Morgan  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  classical,  jazz,  metal,  experimental  and  soundtrack  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  artist.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Robots"  "Letters"  "Terra  Damnata"  and  "Amia".  8  out  of  10.  

Sum Of R/Orga/Czar of Revelations/2017 CD Review

  Sum  Of  R  are  a  band  from  Switzerland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  dark ambient,  doom metal, noise,  post  rock,  experimental,  drone,  electronic  and  psychedelic  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Orga"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Czar  Of  Revelations.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  drones  and  ambient  style  synths  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  experimental  and  avant  garde  feeling.

  When  programmed  beats  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  militant  feeling  while  some  songs  also  add  in  more  electronic  and  noise  music  elements  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  instrumentals  and  a  later  song  also  brings  in  the  actual  use  of  real  drums  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  incorporating  more  psychedelic  touches  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  add  in  traces  of  doom  metal  and  post  rock

  Sum  Of  R  creates  a  recording t hat  is  done  in  more  of  a  ritualistic  dark  ambient  style  but  also  mixes  in  traces  of  psychedelic,  post  rock,  drone,  doom  metal,  experimental  and  electronic  music  to  create  something  very  original  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Sum  Of  R  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  dark ambient,  doom metal, noise,  post  rock,  experimental,  drone,  electronic  and  psychedelic  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Overgrown"  "Cobalt  Powder"  "After  The  Passing  Of  Risk"  and  "One  After  The  Other".  8  out  of  10.