Saturday, January 14, 2017

Dead Conspiracy/Self Titled/2016 Full Length Review

  Dead  Conspiracy  are  a  band  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  has  been  around  for  more  than  30 years  and  plays  a  style  of  blackened  death/thrash metal  that  was  ahead  of  its  time  in  the  80's  and  influenced plenty  of  bands  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  and  self  titled  2016  album.

  Heavy  guitar  riffs  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  morbid  sounding  melodies  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  riffs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  metal  influences  while  being  more  up  to  date.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  very  true  to  an  old  school  style  of  death/thrash  metal  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  are  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  there is  also  a brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  as  the  album  progresses  and  some  of  the  riffing  also  adsd in  a  touch  of  punk  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  keyboards  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Dead  Conspiracy  plays  a  musical  style  on  this  recording  that  takes  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  very  heavy  recording  as  well  as  proving  30 y ears  later  they  still  can  be  a  lot  more  heavier  than  a  lot  of  the  newer  bands,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  insanity,  murder,  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dead  Conspiracy  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  death/thrash  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blood  Everywhere"  "Cruelty  Through  Ripping  Torture"  "The  Eye  Of  Darkness"  and  "Paralyzed  With  Fear".  8/5  out  of  10.  

Friday, January 13, 2017

Vacivus/Nuclear Chaos/Goatprayer Records/2017 7 Ich Review


  Vacivus  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Nuclear  Chaos"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Goatprayer  Records.

  Rain  sounds  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  atmospheric  soundscapes  which  also  have  a  ritualistic  feeling  to  them and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  darker  and  heavier  direction  along  with  some  morbid  sounding  melodies  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  while  the  music  is  rooted  in  the  90's  it  still  has  a  more  up  to  date  approach  to  the  genre  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  atmospheric  sounds  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  and  the  guitar  leads  bring  in  an  old  school  style  of  death  metal  along  with  both  of  the  tracks  being long  and  epic  in  length  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  whispers  on  the  second  song.

  Vacivus  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  blackened  death  metal  style  that  was  established  on  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  void,  darkness,  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Vacivus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Unchaining  The  Winds  Of  Uncreation".  8  out  of  10.

Mourning Dawn/Waste/Aesthetic Death/2017 CD Review


  Mourning  Dawn  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "waste"  which  will  be  released  at  the  end  of  January  by  Aesthetic  Death.

  A  very  dark  yet  powerful  bass  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  which  also  leads up  to  a  heavier  musical  direction  and  after  awhile  atmospheric  elements  and  grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  death  metal  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

 Melodic  chants  along  with  spoken  word  parts  are  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be heard  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  and  clean  playing  is  also  added  into  some  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  tracks  are  done  in  a  more  funeral  doom  metal  style.

  Mourning  Dawn  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  funeral  doom  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression,  loss  and  melancholy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mourning  Dawn  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  One  I'll  Never  Be".  8  out  of  10. 

Dawn Of Tyrants/Breeding Ruin/2017 EP Review


  Dawn  Of  Tyrants  are  a  band  from  Toronto,  Ontario,  Canada  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death/doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "Breeding  Ruin".

  Dark  sounding  synths  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  use  melodies  at  times  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Clean  singing  can  be  heard  briefly  and  when  it  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  and  the  guitar  solos  bring  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  old  school  black/death  metal  style and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  slower  sections  of  the  tracks  are  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  and  clean  guitars  are  also  used  for  a  few  seconds  and  they  close  the  ep  with  a  cover  of  Celtic  Frost's  "Dethroned  Emperor" and  all  of  the  musical  instruments have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Dawn  Of  Tyrants  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  early  90's  styles  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  totalitarianism,  and  death  worship  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dawn  Of  Tyrants  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  doom,  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Some  Above,  Most  Below"  and  "Fallen  Figure  Of  Futility".  8/5  out  of  10. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Teleport/Ascendance/2016 EP Review


  Teleport  are  a  band  from  Slovenia  that  plays  a  very  sci-orientated  and  progressive  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  ep  "Ascendance".

  Sci-fi  style  sound  effects  start  off  the  ep  and  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  and  after  awhile  clean  guitars  are  added  onto  the  recording and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  progressive   elements.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  thrash  influences  and  blast  beats  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced and  fast  parts  and  clean  guitars  are  also  used  at  times  and  after  awhile  death  metal  influences  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  Teleport  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  and  thrash  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  more  progressive  and  technical  side  of  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self   released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  science  fiction  and  space  conquest  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Teleport  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Monolith"  and  "Realm  Of  Solar  Darkness".  8  out  of  10.

Guerra Total Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Hello! Well, we are now releasing our 7th Album which is called "Nihilistic Malthusian Manifesto" and our EP "Black Horror Komando". I founded Guerra Total 20 years ago, so this year we have planned to tour (we’re waiting for proposals !) and in April we will start to record a new album.


2.You released your latest full length at the beginning of 2016, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

This one is more Black Metal focused, it still sounds like Guerra Total but  it has a heavier and more experimental approach. Lyrics are more interesting than before, they are mature with different approaches, dealing with war, philosophy and atheism. If you take Venom with Bathory and some 70’s metal plus 90’s, you know  what this album sounds like.


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

Philosophical Atheism, Nihilism, metaphysical philosophy, Cosmicism & selective misanthropy...
And whisky ! In every album we have one song dedicated to whisky and rock and roll.


4.Some of your lyrics are influenced by the writings of H.P Lovecraft, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in his writings?

Lovecraft was an Atheist, his writings and cosmicism philosophy fits with my ideas and philosophical background. HP Lovecraft was a person who wrote about physical entities, aliens, not imaginary ones, just the real deal, and human is just an insect in this universe.


5.Some of your lyrics in the past had deal with 'Satanism', did the band at one time consider themselves as Satanists?

Satanism maybe in the atheist way, we used the word "Satan" to reflect the evil and stupidity in the human race, not as a person or deity. I can talk by myself and I am surely not satanist nor religious in any way, I am free.


6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Guerra Total'?

Guerra Total (Total War), war against everything. The human race has been in war since their beginning, there is no a real peace.


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

We played with Desaster (Germany) and it was a real great show, we had a lot of fun and beer. And with Mayhem! it was a Holocaust! it was hot in the venue. Well  I don’t know, there were a lot of shows, in every show we give all of us, headbanging, fury, pure rock and roll energy, enough said!


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

Yes, we are celebrating the 20 years band’s existence, and we will look for a promoter for a tour, I hope I can find someone asap lol.


9.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Metalucifer', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?

Metalucifer and Sabbat, mainly Sabbat, they are living legends. We have previously released a 7" split with Sabbat, it was really cool, and later Metalucifer, so one of my goals was completed. Gezol is a good friend and he always supports this plans, also Thomas from Forgotten Wisdom Prod. He trusted us and made an excellent job there.


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

Well, I think we have many followers, but in the old school way, many fans of Black and Thrash Metal, it’s funny because we don’t consider ourselves like Thrash Metal, we never write about social and political bullshit, I Think I write on more serious subjects.


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

Hmmmmm? Hmmmm, I dont know, maybe we’ll go heavier than ever or simply slower, or more Death Metal oriented, who knows? Every album has something new and I like all kind of metal, maybe I will make a mash up. But we will be always a Metal band, always Black before all.


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?

Right now I am listening to Principality of Hell's new album (fucking great dude).
I listen to Elvis, The Beatles, Hendrix, MC5, Marduk, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sarcofago, Johnny Cash, Blasphemy, Destruction, Hocico, Impaled Nazarene, I dont have limits ah ah ah ah !


13.How would you describe your views on misanthropy, nihilism, and atheism?

Nihilism: Since we are born we are doomed, life is odd to carry on with good feelings, you know? Too many dystopic ideas come to my mind now.
Atheism: if we are doomed since we are born and everything is a mess without a purpose so there is nothing who could fix this, only science and reason have solve some aspect in the planet.
Misanthropy: It is more a selective misanthropy. 3 circles, 1) Nuclear Family, 2) Friends, 3) acquaintances (work, business, network etc) outside that I don’t give a shit them, many of them could be a jew, muslim, drug addict, hippie, serial killer, thief, etc. I rather don’t have contact with them.


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

Thank you for letting me write this words, Guerra Total is Old School Black Metal and we don’t support politics and hippies, just Metal.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Curse Of Denial/The 13th Sign/Redefining Darkness Records/2017 CD Review


  Curse  Of  Denial  are  a  band  from  Cleveland,  Ohio  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "The  13th Sign"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Redefining  Darkness  Records.

  Clean  guitars  start  off  the  album  before going  into  more  of  a  heavy  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  death  metal  growls  are  also  used  at  times.

  When  guitar solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  whispers  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  more  elements  of  thrash  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  back  up  shouts  and  there  are  also  a  couple  of  tracks  that  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Cursed  By  Denial  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  old  school  forms  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  mixes  them  together  for  the  modern  days,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cursed  By  Denial  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pawns  In  Chess"  "Night  Terrors"  "The  Aphotic  Stone"  "The  Tower  of  Silence"  and  "Premonition".  8  out  of  10.