Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Lucifera/La Caceria De Brujas/Dunkelheit Produktionen/2019 CD Review


  Lucifera  are  a  duo  from  Columbia  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "La  Caceria  De  Brujas"  which  will  be  released  in  2019  by  Dunkelheit  Produktionen.

  Grim yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  faster  direction  which  also  uses  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  riffs  also  utilizing  dark  sounding  melodies  at  times  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  elements  but  modern  at  the  same  time.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style  when  they  are   utilized  as  well  as  one  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  chanting  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  they  close  the  album  with  an  instrumental.

  Lucifera  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  and  thrash  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create    a  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Spanish  and  cover  chaos,  destruction  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Lucifera  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  thrash  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sigillum  Diaboli" "Pacto  Pagano"  and  "Brujeria".  8  out  of  10.      

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

CNTRL/Arrival/2019 Full Length Review


  CNTRL  are  a  band  from  Toronto,  Ontario,  Canada  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  sci-fi  space  groove  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  album  "Arrival".

  Sci  Fi  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also h ear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  atmospheric  at times.  Elements  of  groove  metal  can  also be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  distorted  yet  melodic  style  as  well  as  getting  very  technical  at  times  and  death  metal  growls  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Some  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  while  the  synths  enhance  the  sci  fi  elements  of  the  music. Some  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  as  the  album  progresses  touches  of  djent  and  prog  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music as  well  as  one  song  bringing  in  a  more  groove  metal  style  of  vocals.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  horror  and  science  fiction  themes.

  In  my  opinion  CNTRL  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  sci-fi  space  groove  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  very  original,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Heralds  Of  Ascension" "The  Prophet  Of  Oblivion"  and  "Dead  Space".  8  out  of  10.   

Monday, January 21, 2019

Hath/Of Rot And Ruin/Willowtip/2019 Full Length Review


  Hath  are  a  band  from  new  Jersey  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Of  Rot  And  Ruin"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by Willowtip.

  Bell  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies. When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.  Vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  as  well  as  having  their  technical  moments.  When  screams  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  along  with  that  influenced  being  added  in  the  fast  tremolo  picking  and  semi  melodic  yet  rough  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  a  couple  of  tracks.

   Some  of  tracks  also add  acoustic  guitars  into  the  music  which  also  add  an  ethnic  feeling  to  some  of  the  songs  they  are  presented  on.  Clean  playing  can  also b e  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  music  focusing  more  on  a  heavy  and  brutal  style  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  As  the  album  progresses  an  acoustic  instrumental  is  added  onto  the  recording  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  on  the  remaining  songs.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hath  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Usurpation"  "Withered"  and  "Progeny".  8  out  of  10.   

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Death Tribe/Beyond Pain And Pleasure: A Desert Experiment/2019 Full length Review


  Death  Tribe  are  a  solo  project  originally  from  Lebanon  but  now  resides  in  the  Netherlands  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  technical  death,  thrash,  groove  and  heavy  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2019  album  "Beyond  Pain  And  Pleasure:  A  Desert  Experiment"  which  will  be  released  in  February.

  Groove  metal  style  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  Vocals  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  riffing  also  adding  a  lot  of  melodies  and  some  of  the  faster  riffing  is  heavily  influenced  by  thrash  metal.

  Blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  when  the  music  speeds  up  along  with  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording.  The  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  of  the  fast riffs  also  adding  in  some  tremolo  picking  which  also  enhances  the  black  metal  influence  of  the  recording. 

  At  times  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  a  very  technical  style  to  the  recording  and  some  of  the  vocals  are  also  done  in  a  more  melodic  approach  without  losing  any  aggression  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  incorporating  more  elements  of  traditional  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  violence  and  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Death  Tribe  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  technical  death,  thrash,  groove  and  heavy  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hollow"  "Neurotic  Breakdown"  "Narcissist  Bastard  Nation"  and  "Face  the  Facts".  8  out  of  10.

      

Witchgoat/Egregors Of The Black Faith/Morbid Skull Records/Hell Productions/2019 CD Review


  Witchgoat  are  a  band  from  El  Salvador  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Egregors  Of  The  Black  Faith"  which  will  be  released  in  February  as  a  joint  effort  between  Morbid  Skull  Records and  Hell  Productions.

  A  very  evil  and  demonic  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  A  great  amount  of  first  wave  black  metal  and  thrash  elements  can  be  heard in  the  bands  musical  style  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  aggressive  screams  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  While  the music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80'sit  still  sounds  very  modern  at  the  same  time  along  with  some  old  school  death  metal  elements  being  added  into  the  bands  musical  style.  Tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  faster  riffing  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  ancient  civilizations,  ancient  beliefs  and  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Witchgoat  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Proliferation  Of  The  Dark  Souls"  "Into  the  Jaws  Of  Death"  and  "Beyond  the  Soil  Of  The  Dead".  8  out  of  10.          

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Templar Interview

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


TEMPLAR WAS FORMED ON OCTOBER 23 OF 2077!!! TEMPLAR IS THE NEW SUPREME NUCLEAR POWER!!! OTHER NUCLEAR POWERS CAN FUCK OFF!!!


2.So far you have released a demo, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?


THE DEMO TAPE KNIGHTS OF NUCLEAR HELL DECIBELFUCKING THE CHARRED REMAINS OF THE CHRIST IS THE FIRST ATTACK OF TEMPLAR!!! IT IS FURIOUS FUCKENED LACK METAL WITH UNCONTROLLABLE BURSTS OF ENERGY!!!


THE DEMO WAS RECORDED IN THE TEMPLARIC BUNKER!!! RECORDED LIVE EXCEPT FOR VOCALS!!! A OLD PRE-WAR 4 TRACK TAPE RECORDER WAS USED TO ACHIEVE CRUEL SONIC WARFARE SOUND!!! THE SOUND WAS NOT ALTERATED OTHERWISE THAN FROM THE RECORDER ITSELF, AND THAT WOULDN’T EVEN HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE BECAUSE THE TAPE TRACKS WERE SPINNING IN WRONG SPEEDS WHEN PLAYED SEPARATELY!!! SO ALL INSTRUMENTS WERE TAKEN FROM THE TAPE AS THEY ARE!!! NO FUCKING POSER SHIT!!! THE GUITAR TRACKS GOT AS MUCH DRUMS AS THE DRUMS TRACKS BECAUSE OF THE AUDIO BLEEDING, SO BIG TECHNICAL PROBLEMS WERE PRESENT ALL THE TIME WHICH IS ONLY GOOD!!! THIS IS FUCKING WARFARE SPEED DEATH DOOM MENACE NOISE AND NOT SOME WEAK SHIT!!!


MASTER GENERAL ROARED THE WORDS OF DOOM AND MASTER TEMPLAR PROVIDED ASSISTING FIREPOWER IN THE VOCALS!!!


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?


VERY GOOD TOPICS!!! EXCEPT SOME!!! DECIBEL TYRANT IS ABOUT MANIAC WHO DRIVES VERY FUCKING FAST WITH A VERY FUCKING FAST CAR IN THE WASTELANDS!!! FLAMING METAL SUPREMACY IS HONOURING THE FIERCE BATTLES AND WARRIORS IN THE WASTELANDS!!! WAR LESBIANS IS ABOUT A COOL MENACE THAT DESTROYS EVERYTHING IN ITS WAY IN THE WASTELANDS!!! OTHER SONGS ARE HATE SONGS BUT TEMPLARIC 女武侠 IS A LOVE SONG OF THE WASTELANDS!!! RENEGADE TEMPLAR OF THE RADIATING DESERTS TELLS THE STORY OF A LEGENDARY WARRIOR OF THE WASTELANDS!!! THE HEART OF MASTER TEMPLAR HAS BLED THESE STORIES OF THE WASTELANDS!!!


4.From the title of the demo the band shows a hatred for Christianity, can you tell us a little bit more about your hatred for this religion?


CHRIST IS FUCKING STUPID!!!


5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the name 'Templar' and also does it have any relation to the 'Knights Templar'?


MASTER TEMPLAR WAS LOOKING FOR SOME WEAPONRY AND TOOK A VACUUM CLEANER PIPE AND WIELDED IT AS A WEAPON USING WARSTEINER PACKAGE AS HELMET!!! MASTER TEMPLAR UTTERED PROCLAMATION "I AM TEMPLAR" AND THEN REALIZED THAT WAS THE BAND NAME THAT WAS MISSING FOR THE FEW SONGS ALREADY MADE!!! THIS IS THE REAL ETYMOLOGY OF THE NAME!!! THEN OTHER WARRIORS WERE RECRUITED FOR THE CAUSE!!! THE NUCLEAR TEMPLARS ARE WARRIORS WHO ROAM THE NUCLEAR DESERTS!!! THE RENEGADE TEMPLAR SONG IS ABOUT A CULTIST ACTUALLY NOT A TEMPLAR PERSE BUT WHO FUCK CARES!!! WE DONT CARE ABOUT KNIGHTS TEMPLAR AND OTHER KIND OF BORING SHIT!!! THIS IS THE SUPREME TEMPLAR!!!


6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the demo cover/


THE DRAWING WAS DONE BY K. KOSKIVIRTA WHEN THE TEMPLARIC FORCE NEEDED ASSISTANCE WITH GRAPHICS!!! THE TEMPLARS KNEW KOSKIVIRTA’S DRAWING STYLE FROM HIS WORKS WITH THE BAND OKSENNUS!!! FILTH HAILS TO HIM!!!


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


THE TEMPLARIC FORCE HAS BEEN HONING SPEARS AND RELOADING GUNS ETC, THERE HASN’T BEEN ANY LIVE CONFLICTS YET!!! HOWEVER THEY ARE INEVITABLE AT SOME POINT!!! THE TEMPLARIC RAGE IS BURNING AND MUST BE BROUGHT TO STAGE!!!


8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?


WE MUST BRING THE TEMPLARIC FURY ON STAGE SOON!!! WE DONT PLAN THINGS, THERE’S NO TIME TO THINK!!!


9.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?


THIS WAS OUR FIRST DEMO SO IT WOULD BE ONLY WEIRD IF WE WERE SIGNED!!! WE DON’T KNOW YET, THINGS LIKE THAT WILL BE SEEN LATER!!! THIS IS MERCILESS LAUNCHING OF WEAPONS NOT A FUCKING TEA PARTY!!! OF COURSE ALLIANCE WITH A GOOD LABEL WOULD BE A MOST GOOD IDEA!!!


10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and thrash metal?


SOME PEOPLE HAVE BECAME VERY IRRADIATED FROM THE DEMO!!! THOUGH IT IS VERY UNKNOWN AND UNDERGROUND!!! NUCLEAR FUCKING SUBMARINE HIDING IN THE SHADOWS!!!


11.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?


WE WILL BUILD OUR SOUND TO MONUMENTIC HEIGHTS AND GOD WILL BE DESTROY! !! WE WILL MAYBE HAVE OUR FOURTH REHEARSAL SOME TIME!!!


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?


WE LISTEN ONLY TO SHEVALREQ, SCALARE, METALUCIFER, VENOM ETC NON-STOP!!! ALL THESE METAL GODS DESERVE HAILS!!!


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


GO TO HTTP://NUCLEARTEMPLAR.BANDCAMP.COM AND GET THE TAPE OR DONT!!! ENOUGH TALK!!!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Usurper/Lords Of The Permafrost/Soulseller Records/2019 CD Review


  Chicago,  Illinois's  Usurper  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  black  of  black  and  thrash  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Lords  Of  The  Permafrost"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Soulseller  Records.

  Acoustic  guitars  along  with  some  Arabic  sounding  scales  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  80's  influenced  thrash  metal  direction.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  done  mostly  in  a  blackened  metal  growling  style  along  with  a  few  screams.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  more  of  an  old  school  extreme  metal  style.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  even  with  it  being  rooted  in  the  past  still  captures  a  modern  atmosphere.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  You  can  also  still  hear  the  Celtic  Frost  and  Hellhammer  influences  from  their  previous  releases  in  their  newer  music  while  the  band  maintains  a  style  of  their  own  as  well  as  the  tremolo  picking  showing more  of  a  modern  black  metal  influence,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  monster  folklore,  paranormal  and  science  fiction  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Usurper  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Skull  Splitter"  "Warlock  Moon"  and  "Mutants  of  An  Iron  Age".  8  out  of  10.