Thursday, May 18, 2017

Blackevil/The Ceremonial Fire/F.D.A Records/2017 CD Review


  Blackevil  are  a  band  from  Germany t hat  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Ceremonial  Fire"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  F.D.A  Records.

  Church  fire  sounds  and  ritualistic  chants  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  synths  in  the  background  and  after  the  intro  the music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  that  mixes  thrash  and  black  metal  together  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Vocals  are  mostly  black  metal s creams  that  also  have  touches  of  the  first  wave  of the  genre  as  well  as  a  melodic  power  metal  edge  and  you  can  also  hear  melodies  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  guitar  leads  are  very  melodic  and  add  in  touches  of  traditional  metal  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  without  sounding  out  of  date.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on a  couple  of  tracks  along  with  one  song  also  adding  in  a few  seconds  of  choirs   and  spoken  word  parts  and  the  fast  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Blackevil  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  thrash  and  speed  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satan,  Purgatory,  Blasphemy  and  Heavy  Metal  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Blackevil  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Between  Fire  And  Fire"  "Seven  Bridges  Seven  Gates"  "Black  Magick  Riders"  and  "Under  The  Black  Sail  Of  The  Burning  Cross".  8  out  of  10.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Suffering Hour Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band
since the recording of the new album?

IsN: As of right now we have kind of been taking all the feedback in. It
has been amazing to see all the people who have been jamming the first
few tracks we've released. We're all so grateful for the support from
everyone.

2.You have a new album coming out in May, how would you describe the
musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it
differ from the ep you had released in 2014?

YhA: I’m not one for describing the music I write, but I’ll give it a
go.  Basically some of my favorite death metal bands include The Chasm,
Bolzer, Molested, Dead Congregation, and Akercocke to name a few.  One
thing I’ve always loved about these bands is the old school metal
influence is strong in their music, whether it’s with structure or the
actual riffs themselves.  While I try to write my music as with little
filter as possible, my ultimate subconscious end goal is to write death
metal that’s twisted and unpredictable while still having old school
structure and catchiness.  Whether or not I achieve that I’ll leave up
to the people who listen to the record; I don’t want to put opinions
into people’s heads without them giving it a listen.

Regardless of what music I write, I try to implement the same process
for how I put the riffs and songs together.  I’d like to assume the only
major difference between the EP and this full length is that it’s on a
thrash base instead of a death metal one, and that the songwriting in
general is still really similar.  Once again though, I’ll leave that up
to the listener.  Just for the sake of giving people a better idea of
what the EP might sound like, some of my favorite thrash bands and
influences for the EP were Massacra, Kreator, Deathrow, Anacrusis, and
Believer.

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

DgS: I touch upon a small variety of subjects, all filtered through my
own personal metaphorical trains of thought, which are sometimes
difficult for me to sum up in simple terms. Overall, most of it is stuff
about my hatred for humanity, the ignorance of man, history repeating
itself, the passing of time, despair, and the desire for greater
knowledge. Putting my feelings and thoughts on certain subjects into
cohesive and meaningful lyrics is an art I'm still striving to refine
and improve upon with every release.

4.Originally the band was known as 'Compassion Dies' and played more of a
progressive thrash metal style, what was the cause of the name and musical
direction change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name
'Suffering Hour?

YhA: The name Compassion Dies came from an ex member who left before we
started playing shows.  Being completely honest, we changed our name
from Compassion Dies simply because it’s a crap name for a thrash band.
If we were playing funeral doom or something it would be a cool and
fitting name for sure, but by the time we were getting ready to release
our EP we knew we had to change the name.  Our current name Suffering
Hour is from the same origin though, which is the old progressive thrash
band Anacrusis I mentioned earlier. At that point I knew we were
switching to more evil death metal after the EP, but I wanted our name
to reflect our past and make it known that the old school metal
influence and appreciation is still very with us.

On the topic of genre switch, it was very natural.  I’ve always written
for this band in a way that lets the music flow as organically as
possible; I basically listen to only non-metal while writing so there’s
not a lot of interference between my listening and what I’m writing at
the moment. When I started writing for Compassion Dies in 2010, I didn’t
have the same musical knowledge as I did by the time I started writing
this full length in 2014.  With getting into more music, I realized my
unfiltered way of writing left less room for thrash influence, and thus
the genre change. I still enjoy thrash a lot, but it just doesn’t come
out in my writing like it used to.

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

DgS: It's actually been many years since we’ve played any shows and
we've yet to play live since we re-envisioned the band with the new
material. We had some fun little local gigs in the Twin Cities as young
kids, a couple opening for some national bands at some cool venues but
nothing particularly memorable or incredibly noteworthy. With these
upcoming shows from here on out I’d hope to say our stage performance
will be a powerful and engaging experience with a suitable atmosphere.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

IsN: We do. This summer we're planning a short tour with a couple of
other bands. It has yet to be announced but we're happy to finally be a
live act again.

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

IsN: It's been great. We've been seeing positive comments from all over
the place. Europe seems to like us a bit, and of course South America is
all over us as well. But it is great to see support here in U.S. as
well. Seeing people on forums talking about the album and making
comparisons to other bands has been really cool to see. Strangest one
I've seen so far was “Like Voivod meets Deathspell Omega.” It's always
really interesting to hear people's interpretation of the music, because
it seems that a lot of the time people all have different influences
that come to mind when deciphering the music. But nonetheless I'm super
thankful for any support we get, whether it be here at home or all the
way across world.

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

YhA: I hope this isn’t giving away too much, but I actually have a full
EP’s worth of instrumental material written that’s one song close to 20
minutes in length.  IsN’s currently in the process of rewriting his drum
parts which I’m really excited for, and DgS is messing around with
lyrical content and vocal ideas.  Long songs were always something I
wanted to take a stab at, and I’m excited to see what people think of it
when the time comes.

I have plenty of other ideas too for new directions.  I’d like to get a
little more unpredictable in the future with our riffs, maybe mess with
some odd time signatures and rhythms here and there.  With that I’d like
to do more of just the opposite with some more simple hard-hitting riffs
than I usually write.  I’d also really like to do a longer instrumental
track at some point.  The instrumental tracks on the full length don’t
exceed 2 minutes, so writing a solid lengthed instrumental would be
really cool.  Maybe do some stuff on it we couldn’t do live, like
harmonies and lead guitar parts (no, half the guitarists I talk to about
Suffering Hour, we have no plans of getting a second guitarist in the
future, but thanks for asking).  I’d also really like to do some
Akercocke/ esque clean vocal parts in the future, but the rest of
the band isn’t quite as on board, so no guarantees on that one.  Oh
yeah, and more pedal fun.  Can’t go wrong with pedal fun.


9.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?

DgS: We have been influenced by so much different stuff over the years
starting from very basic thrash to super obscure death and black metal
and everything in between. The 3 of us have simultaneously been
discovering and feeding new music to each other since we all met and
still do constantly. I'm gonna stick with mentioning more recent
black/death metal stuff in the context of Suffering Hour’s vein. We've
gotten super into the extremely barbaric, bestial stuff like;
Teitanblood, Pseudogod, Bestial Raids, Genocide Shrines, Wrathprayer,
all the Canadian chaos like Antediluvian, Mitochondrion, Adversarial,
Revenge, Thantifaxath, Nuclearhammer, ect.. Some Insane stuff from New
Zealand/ Australia, the sheer amount of it is astounding; Diocletian,
Denouncement Pyre, Witchrist, Temple Nightside, Impetuous Ritual,
Vassafor, etc...  The black metal in Iceland with bands like;
Svartidaudi, Mis├żyrming, Sinmara, ect… Polish black metal like; Mgla,
Cultes Des Ghoules, Plaga, ect...Various black metal from all over like;
Cult of Fire, Negative Plane, Void Meditation Cult, Inferno, Goat
Torment and various death metal from everywhere in between, Dead
Congregation, Irkallian Oracle, Grave Miasma, Swallowed, Necros
Christos, Prosanctus Inferi, Krypts, Lvcifyre, Embrace of Thorns,
Malthusian, Venenum, plus many more.

10.Does Occultism play any role in your music?

DgS: Occultism does not act as any sort of super direct influence in
Suffering Hour, but it is something I have an interest in and respect
many bands that do. If compelled, I may possibly begin to delve into
such subjects more in the future.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

YhA: For the most part we honestly don’t have many hobbies outside of
music.  Jason (IsN) is a show photographer for Pure Grain Audio, which
while still related to music is still a different art within itself.
He’s shot Metallica before, which was a really cool experience for him.
Dylan (DgS) and I are both avid craft beer enthusiasts, and we very
often tickle the idea of starting a brewery together in the future.
There really isn’t a type of beer we don’t like, but DgS is heavily into
IPA’s while I’m more of a Porter and Scotch Ale type of guy for the most
part.

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

IsN: It's redundant but thank you to anyone and everyone who has been
supporting us. It's really nice to see great results from something
you've worked so hard on. A special thanks to you guys as well, we
really appreciate your interest in the band.
 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Gribberiket/Sluket/Dead Seed Productions/2017 CD Review


  Gribberiket  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  blackened  form  of  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Sluket"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Dead  Seed  Productions.

  Clean playing  and  amp  noises  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  heavy  yet  melodic  riffing  as  well  as  some  tortured  vocals  and   clear  vocals a re  also  utilized  briefly  before  adding  in  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  bass  guitar  also  has  a  dominant  sound  on  the  recording.

  When  guitar  leads a re  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  spoken  word  part  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  ritualistic  feeling  are  also  utilized  at  times  while  the  slow  riffs  are  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  Gribberiket  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  blackened  doom  metal  style  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Gribberiket  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Gjestebud"  and  "Nytelsen  Og  OpplA,sningen".  8  out  of  10. 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Paroxsihzem/Abyss Of Excruciating Vexes/Krucyator Records/2017 Cassette Review


  Paroxsihzem  are  a  band  from  Toronto,  Ontario,  Canada  that  has  been  featured  before  in this  zine  and  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  "Abyss  Of  Excruciating  Vexes"  which  was  re-issued  on  cassette  in  2017  by  Krucyator  Records.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  drum  beats  and  after  awhile  the  music  speeds  up  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  also  adding  in  guttural  death  metal  growls  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  influences  in  the  band s musical  style.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  black/death  metal  style  and  the  fast  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  while  a  great  amount  of  dissonant  structures  are  utilized  and  after  awhile  black  metal s creams  are  added into  certain sections  of  the recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies  and  doom  metal  elements  in  the  tracks  and  they  close  the  ep  with  a  cover  of  Arkhon  Infaustus's  "Dead  Cunt  Maniac".

  Paroxsihzem  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  modern  black/death  metal  style  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  history,  philosophy,  psychology  and  suicide  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording f rom  Parossihzem  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal,  you  should c heck  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bellicose  Psychosis"  and  "Isolation".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Satanarchist/First Against The Wall/2017 CD Review


  Satanarchist  are  a  band  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  thrash,  crust  and  anarcho  punk  and  this  is a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "First  Against  The  Wall"  which  will  be  released  in  June.

  Dark  soundscpaes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into a   very  fast  blackened  thrash  metal  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while t he  vocals a re  aggressive  growls  and  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  the  riffing  along  with  influences  from  80's  to  the  modern  era.

  A  great  amount  of  punk  and  crust  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  while t he  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  fast  riffs  also use  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  a  couple  of   tracks  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  and  acoustic  guitars.

  Satanarchist  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  metal,  thrash,  crust,  and  anarcho  punk  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Atheism,  and  Anarchism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Satanarchist  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  thrash,  crust  and  anarcho  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Paradox"  "Be  At  Peace"  "Lent  Is  Theft"  and  "Silver  Ships  Of  Andilar".  8  out  of  10. 

 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Disorder/Fuego Negro/Symbol Of Domination Productions/Morbid Skull Records/2017 CD Review


  Disorder  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  2017  album  "Fuego  Negro"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Symbol  Of  Domination  Productions  and  Morbid  Skull  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  old  school  thrash  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  rough  yet  semi  melodic  vocals  that  are  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  after  awhile  growls  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem  while  the  solos  and  leads  add  even  more  of  an  old  school  thrash  style  along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  back  up  gang  shouts  are  also utilized  at  times  and  on  later  tracks  black  metal  screams  make their  presence  known  and  the  album  also  remains  very  heavy  from beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording  as  well  as  making  a  retro  style  more  modern.

  Disorder  creates  another  recording t hat  remains  true  to  the  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  mixture  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  violence  and  the  horrors  of  the  Salvadorean  Civil  War.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Disorder  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Existincias  Paraleses"  "333"  and  "Fuego  Negro".  8  out  of  10. 
 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Fractal Generator/Apotheosynthesis/Everlasting Spew Records/2017 CD Review


  Fractal  Generator  are  a  band  from  Ontario,  Canada  that  plays  an  experimental  and  technical  mixture  of  black,  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Apotheosynthesis"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Everlasting  Spew  Records.

  Sci  fi  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  brutal  direction  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  some  technical  guitar  solos  and  leads  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  make  their  presence  known  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them. 

  Melodies  can  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  along  with  the  growls  also  getting  very  guttural  while  also  mixing  in  black  metal  screams  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  tracks  also  add  in  elements  of  industrial,  experimental  and  noise  mixed  in  with  the  brutality  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  getting  more  atmospheric  while  also  mixing  in the  brutality  of  grindcore  and  one  track  also  adds  in a   brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  the  last  track is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars.

  Fractal  Generator  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  technical  and  brutal  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  black  metal,  grindcore  and  experimental  music  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while t he  lyrics  cover  scientific  facts  and  science  fiction  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Fractal  Generator  are  a  very  great  sounding  technical  and  experimental  mixture  of  black,  death  metal a nd grindcore  and  if  you a re  a  fan  of  those  musical genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMEDNED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cycl"  "Into  The  Unknown"  "The  Singularity"  and  "Reflections".  8  out  of  10.