Monday, March 19, 2012

New reviews for 3-19-12

here is a batch of new interviews,for everyone to read and hopefully you find a band {or many bands} that you will enjoy!! we have a little of everything in this batch this time around black,death,folk etc.. so enjoy and any bands or labels interested in a review don't hesistate to email me!!
patrick and winter torment web-zine

azaghal-nemesis cd {moribund records}{reviewed by patrick}
legendary finnish black metallers return with their ninth masterpiece of blackness.that is something any band should be proud of in this day,considering most bands either break-up or completly change musicical direction over the years.but not azaghal,they continue on with their brand of hateful,violent finnish black metal.
fast,furious razor sharp guitars,blasting drums and vicious demonic screams combined together to create the cold atmosphere that is azaghal.not alot more can be said about azaghal you either love this style of pure,cold black metal or you hate it. but i can not think of any other band does it better than azaghal.

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black crow king-to pay the debt of nature cd {bad god music}{reviewed by patrick}
black crow king is the vision of corvus {vocals,all instruments} the music is a nice blend of blackend doom with some expirmental and even moments of sludge doom mixed in. usually you would not think these styles would work together but corvus does a good job mixing them in and creating a dark,and sometimes eerie/creepy atmsosphere.the vocals are a natural fit to black crow king's music,with with harsh,spoken word style vocals.i think black crow king have a good future for itself in the expirmental black metal scene. so if you enjoy blackend doom that is creative and not afraid to add other genres within their sound you will enjoy this alot.
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coprostasis---d.e.a.t.h cd {self-released}{reviewed by patrick}
this is my first encounter with bulgaria's coprostasis, dirty exterminating arrogant turbo holocaust {or d.e.a.t.h for short} the band mix catchy,memorable yet aggressive death/thrash metal,with some modern brutal death metal and hyper-speed grinding-blasting drums the grinding parts are only used in small amounts so i really would not consider coprostasis a grind band.the vocals are sick growls and some occasionally guttural growls. coprostasis are a great band and defintly know how to play good death-thrash mix. if you enjoy fast,violent music then you don't wanna miss coprostasis.

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deathhammer-onwards to the pits cd {hells headbangers rec.}{reviewed by patrick}
from the opening riff of onwards it is obvious the members of deathhammer are influenced by the classic black/thrash sounds of the mid 80's,early 90's. with the aggressive,whirlwind guitars mixed with the drummers aggressive blasts of fury.the band does draw from their influences but without being a total clone band. their is enough originality and well-thought out guitar patterns to keep the old-school fanatics happy without having to rip-off any one elder god band or certain country from the golden era of speed/thrash metal. if you crave chaotic,insane blackend,speed metal then look no further deathhammer is here to crush all.
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enthroned--obsidium cd {agonia records}{reviewed by patrick}
over the years of doing my zine activities {either doing my own zines or as a "writer" for other peoples great zines} i have had the pleasure of hearing enthroned.and the band never disapoints me with their brand of uncompromising black metal.the band has been a part of the black metal underground for nearly 20 years!! for those unknown to these legends the band plays uncompromising,violent black metal with touches of death metal in the guitar tones.enthroned do a great job of playing violent,traditional black metal but also making each song stand on their own and not sounding all the same. here is to seeing,hearing enthroned tear up the underground for another 20 yrs!!!

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erebus enthroned--night's black angel cd {seance records}{reviewed by patrick}
this is the debut release from erebus enthroned,but you would never guess it by listening to the brilliant music created on night's black angel.the australian black metal horde carry the torch high for aussie metal.creating brutal,yet memorable black metal.the guitars are played mid-paced range for most of the cd but do have times where they are unleashed to create a chaotic,frenzied riffs and feel.drums are equally as precise and intense with complex beats and structures.i like the production on night's black angel as it is not over-produced,but also doesnt have the raw,rehearsel sound either.if the band keeps writing quality music like this i see great things for them.

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forgjord-sielunvihollinen cd {hammer of hate rec.}{reviewed by patrick}
i always look forward to a new promo pack from hammer of hate if their was a label that knows their violent black black metal it is h.o.h. this time the label unleashes forgjord's third release and what an assult on the senses. cold,vicious and pure violent black metal just the way it is meant to be played.forgjord embrace the classic finnish sound perfectly with harsh screechy vocals,raw razor-sharp guitars that will tear your soul apart with each riff and drums that are all over the place with mid-paced beats to more a furious barrage of blast beats. forgjord will not disapoint any of the bands long-time fans or if your like me and new to the band but you enjoy cold,vicious finnish b.m then forgjord's latest is a must have.
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heidevolk--batavi cd {napalm records} {reviewed by patrick}
this is possibly heidevolk's best work to date! with batavi the band incorporate alot more aggressive,heavier thrash and even death metal guitars and sound within their music. but long time fans should not worry as the band has not turned it's back on their pagan,folk roots keeping these influences well intact in the new songs.along with more aggressive metal influences heidevolk has some amazing melodic,mid-paced guitars and even some acoustics that are done beautifully.the vocals are what really grabbed my attention was the vocalist with the range going from heavy,death growl but then in the next range going a completly different direction with clean male vocals,and chants,sing-along choruses. heidevolk have released one of the best pagan,folk,death releases in a long time and defintly worth your hard earned money.
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hellsaw--trist cd {napalm records}{reviewed by patrick}
austria's hellsaw are back with a vengance.trist is nine songs of classic,traditional black metal done the way the it was originally meant to sound dark,cold and vicious.the guitarist play at whirlwind speeds but also slow it down a bit to keep the music interesting and not to become repetitive or boring.the drumming is perfection whether being blasts or slowed to a more controlled mid-paced sound.hellsaw are not completly violent,straight-forward black metal as their some melodic interludes and even clean chanting vocals in the song "a winter cold".hellsaw has defintly released a great one with trist.

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hellvetron--death scroll of the seven hells and it's infernal majesties cd {hells headbangers rec.}{reviewed by patrick}
this is a new band to my ears,and it's not a bad listen at all.hellvetron play a very dark,heavy mix of early 90's death/doom with slow pounding drums, crushing guitar chords. hellvetron kind of remind of skepticism,disembowlment etc. to give you some idea of their sound.their is a very dark atmosphere intertwined within the death/doom to kind of give it a black,dark metal atmopshere.vocals are deep,slow almost talking like vocals that fit perfect with the slow,bleak music.hellvetron are defintly not for every metal fan out there but if you enjoy bands like skepticism,disembowlment,or slow death/doom they might be your cup your of tea.

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national collapse-advanced copy of demo {self-released}{reviewed by patrick}
this is a "advanced" copy of national collapse 4 song demo/promo to be released sometime in 2012. for those unfamilar with this trio from ohio national collapse consist of andrew parrish {vocalist,ex-riphead},dan gates {formerly of ton,riphead} and kevin kraft {formely of riphead} so these three guys are no strangers to creating,quality brutal death metal.the music is a nice mix of early 90's u.s style death metal and some modern day technical d.m {but not over-board on the technical side like so many} heavy fast guitars with some really complex and original structures and solo's. kevin's drumming is top-notch fast,precise with fast yet well-played beats and patterns. andrew's vocals have never sounded better,i have always liked the way andrew does a brutal,yet understandble kind of growl one of the best in the scene if you ask me.i am not exactly sure when this will be released or any details {i'll post news as soon as i do!} but if you are fan of death metal and want to hear national collapse check them out on myspace and facebook {unsure of any other sites they might be on at this moment but i know,and myspace for sure you can listen to a few of their tracks}
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nattfog--mustan auringon ritti cd {hamer of hate rec.}{reviewed by patrick}
finland never ceases to amaze me with it's never-ending sea of great bands whether it is the traditional,hateful black metal or more atmospheric blackend death. it is mostly always good.well you can now add nattfog to this ever growing long list of bands. nattfog is a duo creating what else? cold,grim and harsh black metal. the songs are fairly long for this style of music though ranging from 3 minutes up to 9 minutes. but the band members are good enough song-writers and musicians they can make the songs a little long but never gets boring to my ears.raw,primitive production and harsh mid-paced raw guitars,with some killer drumming along with some well-done sick,violent black metal shrieks. fans of sargeist,horna, etc.. will love nattfog so defintly give this a chance.

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ominous crucifix--the spell of damnation cd { FDA.rekotz}{reviewed by patrick}
the spell of damnation is the creation of mexico's ominous crucifix,to be truthful i had my doubts for this band and release. due to the massive amounts of bands that are playing and releasing old-school styled death metal the last few years. but ominious crucifix are really good and can be and should be added to the list of bands that are doing the old-school gods right,by playing and producing quality well-played death metal.heavy.thick mid-paced guitars and bass.deep growls spew out the lyrics.ominous crucifix have done a good job of creating old-school death metal that is enjoyable and memorable.

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pact-the dragon lineage of satan cd {moribund records} {reviewed by patrick}
pact hail from the u.s black metal underground but don't follow any trends or "current" trends in the scene.instead the band relys on their knowledge of the occult for lyrical and dark inspiration along with their love of destructive,violent black metal pact has molded these things into one of the best albums i've heard in awhile. each song is different in style and sound while still maintaing the insanity and hateful atmosphere of the bands message.pact are probably one of the best bands to emerge out of the u.s black metal scene in sometime and if you enjoy this style of evil,occult black metal don't let pact pass you by.

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pestilential shadows-depths cd {seance records}{reviewed by patrick}
australia's pestilential shadows continue their journey of creating and releasing quality,great black metal on their newest release depths.pestilential shadows do play the classic black metal style with plenty of violent and unrelenting music.but the band also adds a certain element of atmospheric black metal within their sound to give the band a very unique and original sound. the band is one of the bands i can think of that can mix in "atmosphere" to their music without compromising the violent,straight forward black metal sound.if you enjoy original, straight-forward black metal then pestilential shadows has created a masterpiece.

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the stone-- golet cd {folter records}(reviewed by patrick}

one of serbia's most well respected and known bands return with their best release to date!. golet is the latest release from the stone and shows the band still creating complex,uncompromising and above all original black metal. the bands sound is firmly set in the roots of black metal but is very hard to pin point a certain band they sound similar to.the songs are mid-paced range but do speed up but usually move back and forth between mid-range and fast as hell black metal keeping the listener interested as to what the band will do next.the band keeps their production somewhere in the middle not the most crystal clear sounding band {personally black metal should never sound like this to me} but it also does not have a real primitive,rehearsel type of sound like so many of the early bands of the genre had. the stone has been going strong since the mid 90's and one listen to their latest release golet you will understand why. all hail the stone and serbian metal!!!

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Sunday, March 11, 2012

interview with enthroned done by patrick 3-11-12

here is another interview for the great readers/supporters of winter torment. this time we have the legendary enthroned from belgium.the band recently released it's 9th masterpiece of black metal through agonia records. fans of pure old-school style black metal will love this band..
best regards,
patrick and winter torment web-zine

interview with nornagest vocals,guitars for enthroned done by patrick

1.hails nornagest thank you for taking the time to fill out this interview. please introduce yourself to the readers who might not be familar with you or enthroned.

I am Nornagest vocalist, lead guitar player and song writer of Enthroned. Enthroned has been performing Black metal in the pure sens of the word for 20 years now and we are ready to release our 9th album "Obsidium" on Agonia Records on April 10th in the US.

2.when did you all first meet? when did you get the idea to form enthroned? what is the "current" line-up? how would you describe enthroned's music to the readers who have never heard it?

I met Cernunnos, the first drummer and founding member in 1992 at a Samael/ Morbid Angel show in Antwerp, Belgium. The band was formed in 1993, the goal was to create a band that would be the catalyst for the belief of its members using the most powerful kind of sound to carry its energies, and what is more powerful than extreme metal? Enthroned performs Black Metal, meaning that our music is the soundtrack for our lyrical concept, extreme and aggressive yet dark and full of variations, that's how I could describe it the best IMO.

3.enthroned has been going strong in the black metal scene for nearly twenty years! when you started the band did you ever think you and the band would still be going this strong? what is it about enthroned and the black metal scene that has kept you motivated for so long?

Ha! There's absolutely NOTHING about this scene that kept us doing what we do or been doing for almost two decades; our honesty towards ourselves would be more a factor. We never cared about anyone and from day one we didn't even thought we would have a label knocking to our door to give us a recording deal. Our thing was to do what we do for ourselves and if it would reach someone fine , else who cares? but things went in a very unexpected way, full of surprises and burdens and it a way made us what we are today as persons, it only gave us more comfort within our initial idea. Enthroned is a part of us as much as our arms, legs and dicks, so it will always be there as long as we are alive as it is something we do to first of all please ourselves, to fulfill some goals we have set for our own and which would be pretty hard to understand for most.

4. what is your opinion of the black metal scene today compared to say 20-25 yrs. ago? do you feel it has gotten to commercial? what does "black metal" mean to you personally?

Black Metal is to me satanic/ occult message or concept with a Metal background, to me bands such as Blasphemy, Rotting Christ, Death SS, Mercyful Fate and Mayhem are all Black metal! They are as different as night and day but in my eyes they're all Black metal. This style is different from others, as it is supposed to be with a strong personal message behind it linked with the Left hand Path or Median Path belief of the persons who are performing it.The main differences in between the actual scene and the scene as we knew it 20-25 years ago is the accessibility and the flock of pretenders polluting this "scene" and creating such a band only due to their likeness of other bands. But luckily , there is still some bands who are doing this for the good reasons and not just to show off or pretend to be something they are not.

5.the band recently released it's new cd "obsidium" through agonia did you come in contact with the label? are you happy with them so far?

I was in contact with Filip of Agonia since 1995, he has been a fan since the beginning of the band and knows our history, releases etc... by heart. He has always been very supportive even tho we were not signed on his label.
After the demise of Regain Records, we had to start the search for a new record label and altho we had big record companies contacting us and who were very interested, Agonia gave us the best deal, not necessarily money wise, not at all, but the rest was far more important like our requests, support and most important; he knows Enthroned and how the band is suppose to be, so he never interfered within our decisions, he respected every single ideas, imagery and message the band carries on, which to me is of the utter most importance. long did it take the band to write and record the songs for obsidium? how has the response been from the fans and the press?

"Obsidium" is the most and by far spontaneous album we ever did. All in all, it took us six month to compose and record the whole album. This album had to be done this way, we felt it within our guts. Where most bands would take years and months to work on some details etc... we just puked out what we had inside of us and believe me there was almost no compromise in between the members; we all went in the same direction and every time a new idea came up every one loved it as it was exactly what we all had in mind. The actual reactions have been tremendous, it would be cliché if I would say that it is our best album etc... but this time I do not say anything, fans and the press all seems to agree on this point.

7. does the band have any upcoming tours or shows in support of obsidium? if yes where will the band be touring and playing?

We are working on a south American tour at the moment and we have some dates planned in the UK, Belgium and Romania. There might be a fest in Denver, Colorado for the summer. A European tour is in discussion as well as a North American one.

8.over the years i am sure enthroned has shared the stage with many great legendary and underground cult bands. who have been some of your favorite bands to tour with? if you could set-up a "dream" show/tour who would you love to tour with?

There are a few bands that we both musically and personally enjoyed to share bands with, the best moments were probably with bands like Gorgoroth (the real Gorgoroth that is), Destroyer 666, Usurper, Emperor, Shining, Sadus, Rotting Christ, Hell Militia and Antaeus. Maybe doing some kind of festival tour with those same bands would be just utopia, especially on the personal, human point of view. play the guitars and perform the vocals duties in the band,at what age did you start playing guitars? are you self-taught or did you take lessons in the beginning?

I started playing at the age of 13 and before that my first instrument was bass guitar. I am completely self-taught, to be honest I do not even know partitions, solfège or any pedagogical solmization, I just let my feelings flow or being puked through my guitar, this is the best way to express yourself I think.

10.who are some of your influences/favorite guitarist? do you play other instruments?
My influences are pretty vasts; my first years as a guitar player were bath by the influences of guitar players such as Kerry King, Axel Rudi Pell, Jimmy Hendrix, Quorthon, Jeff Waters and Adrian Smith amongst others.

But the principal thing is that I always tried to do my own thing, which gave me hours of headache and serious nervous breakdown to be honest, but it was very rewarding. I also play bass, piano, keyboards, sistrum and the tubular bell. are also the vocalist for the band,when did you first become interested in singing? who are some of your favorite singers?
Before I joined Enthroned, I was the vocalist of every bands I was involved with, so when our previous vocalist was removed from the line-up, the other members wanted me to take over the vocals.

For them it was only logical as I write all the lyrics and they loved my vocals, but then I really did not want to do that mainly due to the fact that I appreciated my position as lead guitarist and I didn't want to be the center of attention on stage, but well, when Phorgath was asked to join on bass he told me that the he would gladly accept at the condition that I would do the vocals, so I gave it a shot and after a while got use to it and actually appreciate the fact that I could give my lyrics the correct and right feeling into them. As for my favorite vocalists, few would be BM ones but Ihsahn (Emperor) and Attila (Mayhem, Sunn o))), Tormentor) would be my stand outs. Else I really appreciate Nick Cave, Sivert Høyem (Madrugada), Lou Reed (Velvet Underground era), Bruce Dickinson and Arno (Belgian Artist) among others. you do anything special to keep your throat/voice healthy when recording a release or on tour?

Yes, Smoke and drink booze! Sometimes I just have to make a break of course, you cant just keep doing this on tour, but I've noticed that if I completely stopped smoking on tour it just got worse, just had to keep on smoking but in a "reasonable" way.

13. which usually comes first the music or the lyrics of the song? what are some topics/subjects you all write about?

It depends really, for the previous album "Pentagrammaton", the lyrics were written first and the whole work was to literally translate those lyrics into music, which is a titanic work. Else, it really depends of the song, but one side always influences the other, for example; If the music the written first, I'll write lyrics that matches, represent the emotions involved within the music and likewise is the lyrics are written first.
Our topics are always dealing with Satanism/ occultism in the pure sense of the word, no BM Satanism or gimmicks, we are dealing with what really lies behind the veil. On the three last albums, the concept is identical, each album is a follow up to the previous one, like three different volumes following the same concept and ideals. “Tetra Karcist” is dealing with the reality of occultism how it is, without any gimmick nor supposition, how things are within the occult. “Pentagrammaton” retrace experiences, real lived experiences through those doctrines and practices we talked about on “Tetra Karcist”, now with “Obsidium” the concept deals with what we learnt, the achievement we reached in one form or another through those experiences, all written in a way that only people who are actually within the occult circle can understand fully.

14.well Nornagest we have reached the end of interview. do you have anything you would like to add before we end the interview?

Thanx for the interview and be sure to get our 9th album "Obsidium"!

interview with pact done by patrick 3-11-12

here is a new interview with the u.s.b.m band pact!! the band is fairly new to the scene but i think with their moribund debut "the dragon lineage to satan" will impress alot of fans into brutal,hateful occult blackness.
hope you all enjoy the interview.

interview with hag drummer for pact done by patrick

1.hails! hope the new year is starting out good for you? please introduce yourself to the readers.

Hails we are Pact of Moribund Cult.

2.when did you and the other members of pact meet? when did you all start up the band? what is the "current" line-up for the band? for the readers who have never heard pact how would you describe the bands music?

We have all known each other for probably around a decade. Pact is Hag on vocals, T on drums, and Wretch on guitar. I'd say our black metal can be trance inducing yet brutal and fast as well.

3.the band recently released it's debut cd "the dragon lineage to satan" how long did it take it take you all to you all to write,and record the songs for this release? how has the response been from the fans and the press?

It seems the album has gotten mainly positive reviews so far, well have to wait until the album is released to see how most take it in. I'd say all in all writing and recording it took about a year and a half to two years. Somwhere in there.

4.does the band have any upcoming shows or tours in support of "the dragon lineage to satan"? if yes where are some places you will play?

We have no dates yet but shows will surely happen some point of the future.

5.who are some bands you have shared the stage with? if you could set-up a "dream" tour/show who are some bands you woulds love to play with?

We have all played live with many bands, just not yet as Pact but that is something we will plan in the future, their are many bands that we would like to play with at some point.

6.the lyrics seem to be influenced/based around occult and satanic themes. when did you first become interested in studying the dark arts?

Hag has studied and practiced occult arts for over a decade, Wretch and T also find interest in exploring esoteric knowledge.

7.would you consider yourself a satanist? from the various occult and satanic figures you have read and studied who are some you feel represent your beliefs the most?

The lyrics are about Hag's studies into the occult sciences, Satan is refered to symbolically representing utmost individuality. Hag listed many of his influences on Moribunds website, but there are to many to narrow it down to just a few. do you feel the world would be different if religion of any kind {christianity,satanism,paganism, etc.} never existed?

Humans would have to be much different in nature for this to ever happen.

9.everyone has their own ideas,opinions on what black metal means so i was curious of your opinion. in your opinion what does black metal mean to you?

It is very important to us, that is why we did this band, to create the music we want to hear.

10.coming back to the band you handle the drums for the band when did you start playing the drums? are you self-taught or have you taken lessons?

I have been playing drums for 14 years and am self taught.

11.who are some of your influences/favorite drummers? do you play any other instruments?

I enjoy many different artists including frost,inferno and pete sandoval. No i do not play any other instuments.

12.are you or any of the members of pact currently working on side-projects or bands? if yes please tell the readers a little about them.

We all have some other stuff we do that we would not wish to include with Pact as we wish it to have its own life, however one I will include is tunnels of Typhon which is raw no production black metal where Hag tried the drums and Wretch Vocals.

13.we have reached the end of the interview thank you for taking the time to fill this out. do you have any final comments for the readers?

January 31st album will be released.