Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Implore/Thanatos/WOOAAARGH/Grindpromotion Records/2016 7 Inch Review


  Implore  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  blackened  death  metal,  grindcore  and  crust  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  7  inch  "Thanatos"  which  will  be  released  in  September  as  a  joint  effort  between  WOOAAARGH  and  Grindpromotion  Records.


  A very  distorted  noise  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a  fast  grindcore  and  crust  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  growling  vocals  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  blackened  death  metal.

  At times  melodies  can  be  heard  in  the  music  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the music  also  always  remains  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they are  done in  a  very  melodic  fashion. 

  Implore  creates  another  recording  that  takes  blackened  death  metal,  grindcore  and  crust  and  mixes  them  together  to  put  out  a  very  heavy  7  inch,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  conspiracy,  occultism,  anti  religion,  anti  fascism,  and  human  misery  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from Implore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal,  grindcore  and  crust,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Disgrace"  and  "Skeptical  Masses".  8  out  of  10.   

Rebel Wizard/Triumph Of Gloom/2016 Full Length Review


  Rebel  Wizard  are  a  solo  project  from  Australia  that  has  been featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture of black and  heavy  metal  and  this  is a  review of  his self  released  2016  album  "Triumph  Of  Gloom".

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a heavier  direction  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  very melodic  and  old  school  sounding  and  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  A  great  amount  of  traditional  and thrash  metal  elements  can  be  heard quite  a bit  throughout  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical instruments  have  a  very  powerful sound to  them  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in a   small  amount  of  melody  and  you  can  also  hear a few seconds of  clean  singing  on  one  of  the  tracks  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  heavy  and  aggressive  musical  direction.

  Rebel  Wizard  creates  another  recording  that takes  black  metal  and  traditional  metal  and  mixes  them together, the  production  sounds  very  powerful  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Shamanism,  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Rebel Wizard  and  if  you  are  a fan  of  black  and  heavy  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Where We Surrender  Completely  To  the  Miserable  Shaman"  "A  Spell  Of  Sorrow  To  Relieve  The  Curse of  Triumph"  and  "Sorcerery". 8 out  of  10.

  

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Unyielding Love/The Sweat Of Augury/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2016 EP Review


  Unyielding  Love  are  a  band  from  Northern  Ireland  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  noise/grind  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  "The  Sweet  Of  Augury"  which  will  be  released  in September  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  Screaming  vocals  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  heavier  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  music  also  brings  in  elements  of  harsh  noise  before  going  into  a  very  fast  grindcore  direction  that  uses  a  great  amount of  blast  beats  along  with  a  mixture  of  high  pitched black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls.

  At  times  the  music  can  get  very  brutal  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  power  violence  on  the  bands  musical  style  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  there  is  also  a brief use  of  clean  playing.

  Unyielding  Love  plays a  musical  style  that  takes  black  metal,  harsh  noise  and  grindcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  suicide,  depression,  anxiety, disassociation,  isolation,  and  frustration  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Unyielding  Love  are  a  very  great sounding  blackened  noise/grind   band  and if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fleeting  Joy"  "Ardent  Shroud"  and  "Sweated Augury".  8  out  of  10.
      

Saturday, August 20, 2016

In Obscurity Revealed/Grim Fumes of Revelation/Blood Harvest/2016 7 Inch Review


  In  Obscurity  Revealed  are  a  band  from  Mexico  that  started  out  playing  more of  a  traditional  form  of  death  metal  but  have  evolved  into  more  of  a  blackened  death  metal  band  on this release  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016 ep  "Grim  Fumes  Of  Revelation" which  will  be  released in  September  by  Blood  Harvest.

  A  very  dark  yet  distorted  guitar sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  night  sounds  in the  background  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can be  heard  and  after  awhile grim  black  metal  screams  are added  onto  the  recording.

  A  great  amount  of  early  90's  death  metal  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  songs  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  both  of  the  tracks  remain  true  to  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  throughout  the  recording.

  In  Obscurity  Revealed  expand  on  the  old  school  death  metal  sound  of  previous  recordings  while  also taking  the  vocals  into  more  of  a  black  metal  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  chaos  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from In  Obscurity  Revealed  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Varcolaci".  8  out  of  10.   

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Hellschwadron Interview

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

Z: Hellschwadron is a project that was formed a few years ago spontaneously with the intent to create aggressive and catchy music. In the beginning it was just a collection of riffs and the whole thing was put aside for a while. One day we thought that we should take all the stuff and release it on CD, i.e. to finalize it with vocals, layout, lyrics, mastering etc. The debut album was released in summer 2016 on Mercenary Musik / Symbolic Art Productions – we are very happy with the outcome.

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

Z: It is very difficult to describe the music I would say. It contains elements of Thrash Metal, Death Metal and Black Metal. Also the vocals are quite varying. The overall feeling is catchy and has the “straight-in-your-face”-feeling, I would say. Most of the songs are straight forward and quite aggressive.

3.Your lyrics cover both World Wars, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

B: When we thought about putting a “theme” to this music, it seemed that War and especially these wars would fit us perfectly. Because these wars still connect to us in direct and indirect ways. Although they are modern wars they are now very nostalgic in our psyche. War is a function of the Human condition.

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

Z: As Hellschwadron is German/American project we thought that a word-play would fit best for the project’s name - and the name “Hellschwadron” fits in my opinion. It expresses the overall feeling of the music / the album quite nicely. Like a troop of bombers directly attacking you from above.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?

Z: There are no plans to enhance the band with further members. We are quite happy with the current line-up. Less people also means less compromises and less influence from others. We can do what we want, when we want and are not dependent on others.

6. Both members live in different parts of the world, how does this work when it comes to the recording process.

Z: In the modern world it is not so difficult I would say. We both have our studios and it is easy to exchange files/ tracks and send them forth and back until the things fit. It is also easy to share demos / rough songs and then refine the things as we go along.





7.The album was released as a joint effort between 'Mercenary Musik' and 'Symbolic Art', can you tell us a little bit more about both of these labels?

B: Mercenary Musik is my label since 2001, it’s not really an active label anymore. But recently I hooked up with “Symbolic Art Productions” a new distribution entity and we decided to release the album in a jewelcase CD format. Nothing fancy and purposely simple.
The CD has a booklet with the lyrics and a great layout that was done by Z. I think nowadays all the new “Millennial” labels want to trot out their overally fancy releases, it’s all trickery.
There is too much emphasis on fancy packaging like Vinyl, cassette and digipack formats. Years ago it was something subversive and cool, but now it is mainstream and super trendy shit! Fuck all that, Hellschwadron is about the music

9. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black, death and thrash metal?

Z: As the album was only released recently, we did not get many reviews so far. However, what we received was quite positive. People who heard the album quite liked it. In the end we do not care too much anyway, because we make the music for ourselves. The most important thing is that we like it. However, we are honored if others like the sound too.

10.What is going on with your other band 'Battle Dagorath' these days?

B: We have 2 albums being released soon by Avantgarde Music. The albums are “I – Dark Dragons of the Cosmos” & “II – Frozen Light of Eternal Darkness”. The first will be released right after summer, then the 2nd will come some months later. Check them out please.

11.Where do you see this project heading into musically during the future?

Z: At the moment there are no concrete plans for a 2nd album but I am sure that we will have another one, one day. The style won’t change. It will be in the same direction: Aggressive, catchy and straight forward.

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

Z: I personally think that one gets influenced by anything around. We both grew up with the Black/Thrash/Death genre since many years – especially in the teenager years. These days I am listening to all and everything – if Metal-related, then more the old stuff. Old BM and old Death/Thrash Metal, then it is from the early days. I am not following all the newer bands/projects to be honest.

B: Nothing in this project was a result of any current music or current trends etc, we don’t really listen to any new “thrash” or “blackend thrash” bands. Hellschwadron is a very genuine and direct project. Nothing has been forced or over-analyzed. The result is a pure reflection of our past experiences growing up with Metal.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

Z: Photography/Art/Video

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

Z: Enjoy “Storming Obliteration”!





Best regards,

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Whipstriker/Only Filth Will Prevail/GoatprayerRecords/2016 Cassette Review


  This  is a  review  of  another  album  from  Brazil's  Whipstriker  which  continues  the  black  metal,  heavy/speed  metal  and  crust  punk  mixture  of  previous  recordings  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Only  Filth  Will  Prevail"  which  will  be  released  in  September  on  cassette  by  Goatprayer  Records.

  A  very  hard and  heavy sound  starts  off  the  album  and  brings  in  an  early 80's  thrash/speed  metal  style  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  that  have  more  of  a  first  wave  vibe  to  them  while  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads  have a  very  heavy  Motorhead  influence  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount of  melody  at  times  while  some  of  the  tracks  sound  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  30  years  ago  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  crust  punk,  d  beat  and  rock'n'roll  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  of t he  songs  stick  to  a  very  hard  and  heavy  retro  style.

  Whipstriker  creates  another recording t hat  is  rooted  in  the  first  wave  black,  speed  and  heavy  metal  traditions  while also  mixing  in  elements  of  death  metal,  crust  and  rock'n'roll  to create  some  extreme  retro  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  violence  and  Satanism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Whipstriker  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of black,  speed,  heavy  metal  and  crust,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Satan's  Slave"  "Nuclear  Metal  Blood"  "Armless  Dance"  and  "Armageddon  Delight".  8  out  of  10.

   

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Sea Witch/Black Tremor/Sunmask/2016 Split LP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Nova  Scotis,  Canada's  Sea  Witch  and  Saskatchewan,  Canada's  Black Tremor  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Sunmask  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Sea  Witch  a  band  that  plays  an  instrumental  form  of  blackened  doom  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a very dark  ambient  orientated  sound  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  and  more  atmospheric  direction  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and you  can  also  hear  a  lot  of  doom  metal  elements  in  the  bands  musical  style  which  they  also  mix  in  with  some  atmospheric black  metal  influences  and  most  of  their  tracks are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  contain  no  vocals  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  and  the  production  sounds  very  professional.

  In  my  opinion  Sea  Witch  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  instrumental  blackened  doom  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Green  Tide".

  Next  up  is  Black  Tremor  a  band  that  plays  an  instrumental  form  of  stoner  folk  doom.

  Their side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  clean  guitar  playing  along  with some  violins  a  few  seconds later  and  after  awhile the  add  in  drum  beats  and  bass  guitars  and  the  guitar  leads  bring  in  elements  of  post  metal  while  the  heavy  riffs  are  done  in  more  of  a  stoner  and  doom  metal fashion  and  both  of  the  tracks are  very  long  and  epic  and  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  and  the  production  sounds  very  professional.

  In  my  opinion  Black  Tremor  are  a  very  great  sounding  instrumental  stoner  folk/doom  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Hexus  Part  One".

  In  conclusion  i  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  doom  or  blackened  doom  metal.  8  out  of  10.