What the Beijing-based post black metal band Asthenia, formed by Asthen, delivers on this wonderful album is exactly what the band moniker describes—something truly personal and I would add exception. As cold as the melodic, fuzzy, atmospheric black metal musical world is, it is also richly layered and meticulously planned.
Take a listen to Asthen’s vocals. They are harsh and scratchy, and yet they achieve a remarkable harmony with the droning chord progressions, icy notes, and underlying vocal melodic drifts sang by Yiti.
Nucleation has no fewer than five superbly, specifically memorable moments, which, particularly for an atmospheric black metal album, is a tremendous accomplishment. The melodic progressions are exquisite, sometimes bringing into the fold just enough of what is best about Progressive music, and other times embracing gigantic, ocean-like melodies.
Nucleation‘s genius is in how it is both chainsaw black metal and an expression of moving, titanic, weeping melodic beauty. The parts are all simple, but together, they are magic. One of the best albums of the last year.
TerraTerra is the debut studio album from Russian experimental one-man band TerraTerra. The band employs wide spectre of elements in their music, and if you are a fan of bands such like Cult of Luna, Enslaved, Isis, Tool, and more, I kid you not, you will make a room in your heart for this album.
TerraTerra consists of modern day, relentless, in-your-face riffs, and pounding rhythm section. The drums really shine through over the thrashing, heart-pounding tracks with insane sound quality and wicked speed that are easily to focal point in many of the songs.
TerraTerra add this ear-popping and near hypnotic distortion to their heaviness which really adds character to the album. Although there are no vocals, the band makes up for it by a mind blowing performance. Ayli K.’s heavy take on the already heavy genres is what makes this record a very pleasant discovery.
Aprilmist are a band from Kansas City, MO that plays a progressive form of cascadian black metal and this is a review of their 2017 second EP release “Remembrance.”
Melodic guitar leads start off the EP along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them while the vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams and when the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives these two songs more of a raw feeling.
Throughout “Remembrance” you are faced with a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while the riffs also bring in a great amount of melody giving the songs more of a progressive feeling.
Aprilmist created a recording that remains true to the progressive black metal sound while also having the raw, epic and melodic moments. The production by Bret Liber sounds very professional too.
If you are a fan of progressive, melodic and cascadian black metal, you should give this one a chance.
Corrosion is the debut album from German post-progressive metal band Below A Silent Sky.
This is Cult of Luna/Isis-inspired post-metal that has been combined with a bit of prog metal to create individualistic songs that are sharp, nasty and boiling with heated darkness.
Caustic, bold riffs provide a brutally simple focal point to the apocalyptic music. The band are here to sow darkness darkness. Their music is a dense, somewhat claustrophobic affair, ripe with urban decay and full of disturbed interest for the observer to become upset by.
Varied and nuanced, there are a lot of good ideas on display throughout these six songs, and Below A Silent Sky make the most of the playing time by filling the album with bleak sounds that captivate and enthral.
Corrosion is enjoyable and recommended. You can get it here.
Zayn is a post-metal/noise band from Bjelovar in Croatia, whose most recent album “Fields of God” I reviewed here. The band is already working on its follow-up, and planning tour for 2016. About this all, you can read in the interview below.
For the purpose of enjoying this interview fully, it’s advised to get “Fields of God” from Bandcamp.
How did you go about forming the band? What pulled you guys come together?
The band was created in our hometown Bjelovar (Croatia) on ruins of our previous projects. We were pulled together by the same thought of creating something that would be used as our creative outlet and departure from confined and narrow environment in which we live.
”Voice means nothing. Happiness is unknown. Happiness is destination.” What is the meaning behind these words in the Zayn context, and how these words reflect on the band’s work?
These words are an observation of our enviroment where depression and narrow minds enclose us. Our music is a way of presenting that depression, sadness and hope of overcoming boundaries. Because our music is primarily instrumental we are giving a listener a way to immerse her/himself more into melodies and riffs. In some way voice means nothing, at least in our case (and often in reality).
Happiness is destination… If you can get to it.
I have an impression that in one way or another Zayn is connected with darkness. How true or how false is this statement of mine?
Of course it’s true, look at the today’s world. The point is to get out from that cycle and create a cosmos where you won’t be surrounded by stagnating and intellectually decaying people who are always searching for some emperor to guide them.
We can say that Zayn is a young band. As a young band, what are your expectations when it comes to the promotional side of the business?
Promotional side is something that we must accept as a part of being a band. It gives you the chance to be heard/noticed by a wider audience and in our case by being an instrumental band we don’t have the language barrier and our music could have potential listeners everywhere. Our expectations go in direction of presenting our work live on tours and signing with appropriate record label for distribution, further promotion and development of Zayn.
Where do you draw your inspiration from when working on a song?
Our inspiration comes from negative and positive things that we’re exposed to daily. For example a good book or movie that gets you to contemplate, good and bad events in our lives, media stupidity, world’s intellectual collapse, neverending cycle of violence, etc…
Do you guys love to play live? What was your last gig and how did it go?
Yes, because playing live is an opportunity to get listeners to feel large amount of happiness after massive adrenaline boost that makes them lose themselves. That’s what’s happening to us when we play. Our last gig was in our hometown and it had a cool vibe to it … summer, outdoors, surrounded by friends and fans. After that gig we turned to work on next album, release “Fields of God” and plan our next steps.
How does a Zayn concert look like from the audience? What is the feedback like from your fans?
In general we try to pull the audience into our cosmos of noise, distortion and melodies and the feedback is very positive. One of my favourite is “…at moments it seems you play psychedelic metal”.
What does the future hold for Zayn?
We’re currently in the phase of creating new material for next album and planning a European tour for 2016. Hopefully the future will bring more work and progress.
Is there anything you want to tell to our readers?
Be kind to each other.
Listen/buy our new album “Fields of God” and check your attunement to it.
Support us through web pages and stay tuned for tour announcement soon.
Fields of God is the third studio album from Croatian experimental band ZAYN. The band employs wide spectre of elements in their music, and if you are a fan of bands such like Cult of Luna, Enslaved, Isis, Tool, and more, I kid you not, you will make a room in your heart for this album.
Fields of God consists of modern day, relentless, in-your-face sludge riffs, and pounding rhythm section. The drums by Alen Rozman really shine through over the thrashing, heart-pounding tracks with insane sound quality and wicked speed that are easily to focal point in many of the songs.
ZAYN add this ear-popping and near hypnotic distortion to their heaviness which really adds character to the album. Although there are no vocals, the band makes up for it by a mind blowing performance.
The strong points in Fields of God is its ridiculous drumming technique and the way they make it not so repetitive on each track by playing around with wild and diverse intros and outros. Their heavy take on the already heavy genres is what makes this record a very pleasant discovery.
ZAYN currently writing songs for their next album, and if judging by this one, we can expect something really good. They also plan a small tour in 2016, so if they come near you, make sure to check them out.
Fields of God is available on Bandcamp. You can follow the band on Facebook here.
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