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, Sk√°phe, 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.