Saturday, December 31, 2011

Lycus/Demo MMXI/The Flenser/2011 EP Review

Lycus are a band from San Francisco< California that plays a mixture of funeral doom, sludge, and black metal and this is a review of their demo "Demo MMXI" which was released by The Flenser.

Drums are mostly slow drumming with not much in the way of fast playing or blast beats except for the last song, while the bass playing has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars.

Rhythm guitars are all slow riffs that combine funeral doom, sludge and black metal together to create their own sound mixed in with some dark and depressive sounding melodies as well as some fast raw and primitive riffing being used on the last song and there are no guitar solos or leads present on this recording.

Vocals are all deep funeral doom/death metal growls with some clean singing chanting being thrown in at times as well as high pitched black metal screams being used on the last song, while the lyrics cover dark and depressive themes, as for the production it has a very dark and powerful sound to it.

In my opinion Lycus are a very good sounding funeral doom/sludge/black metal hybrid and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band. RECEMMONDED TRACK "Aghast". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Rorcol/Solar Flare/2011 CD Split Review

This is a review of a split album between Switzerlands Recoal and Solar Flare, and we will start out the review with Solar Flore that plays a mixture of doomcore and black metal.

There are no drums or bass guitars presented on the recording, while the noise effects when they are utilized bring a very dark avant garde feeling to the music with somewhat of a black metal feeling to them.

Rhythm guitars are all sludgy and very slow sounding doomcore riffs that show no variety whatsoever with a small amount of clean psychedilic playing and there are no guitar solos or leads present on this recording.




Rorcal only make an appearnace on the last song with some noisy sounding black metal that contains alot of high pitched black metal screams, and heavy bass lines that are very sludgy sounding.

In my opinion Solar Flame are a very good sounding blackened/doomcore band and if you are a fan of this style, you should check this band out. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Outaspace" and "La Rounde Souls". RECEMMMONDED BUY.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Toxic Holocaust Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Right now I'm taking a break from packing for our upcoming European tour. We have a lot of shows coming up in Scandinavia, Europe and the UK, not to mention a U.S. tour with the English Dogs.

2. How would you describe the musical sound of the new album and how it differs from previous releases?
A lot of people have mentioned that its a lot more aggressive and in your face. I think it is varied a bit more than previous records, I tried to incorporate a few different tempos and song structure ideas on this one.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new release?
Lyrical topics range from ancient and historical occult topics such as Necromancy, Witchcraft etc. I wanted the lyrics to be a lot darker on this one.

4. Out off all of the shows and tours that the band has done so far which one did you enjoy the most?
Actually the last show we played in L.A. was the biggest and the craziest of the whole tour. It was a great way to end the tour.

5. What are the touring plans for the new release?
We have a lot of touring plans actually, some I can mention some are still in the works. First up though is our Scandinavia/Euro/UK tour. We'll be over there for 6 weeks, take a couple weeks off then do something cool in January that I can't mention yet and then a U.S. tour with the English Dogs.

6. On a worldwide level how has the new album been received by underground metal fans?
It seems to be doing really well, getting good reviews and good press. There's always the shit talkers, but that's the nature of the beast. Can't please everyone, nor do I want to.

7. Have you received any backlash for being a younger person going for this music style, since your music is rooted in the 80's and a lot of metal heads from that era look down upon the younger generation?
Not so much anymore. I think that all died down because those people realized I was doing it from the heart. I mean I've been doing the same thing since I've been in high school. haha

8. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
Hard to say, it won't be the same as Conjure because I don't like to make the same record twice, but I will still sound like us. I never like to give the fans a curve ball too much where they feel cheated.

9. You have been on Relapse for a few years, how would you describe the support that they have given you so far?
Relapse has been truly amazing so far. I couldn't have asked for a better label.

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced the sound of the new album and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Venom, Sodom, Slayer and Bathory come to mind for shaping the sound of the band. New records and bands are anything from bands like Nocturnal, Midnight, Vomitor etc.

11. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
I like reading, building electronics like guitar amps and pedals...ya know nerdy shit. I don't usually have much time for anything outside of the band though.

12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
Thanks for the support. Keep metal nuclear.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Infest Interview

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

Regards!
Well, we just came back from a tour (Serbia, Macedonia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic), and now we need to book more dates for winter tour. New members joined the band, so even our album has been released few months ago, new songs and ideas are growing every day, so we are practicing and making some new stuff…

2. How would you describe the musical sound of the new album and how it differs from previous releases?

New album sounds a little bit different from our past two albums, but it’s not some changing of style, it’s just that we all made a progress in musical way, so riffs are maybe complicated than on the past two. I think that spirit of Infest sound still strikes with the same energy, and maybe a little bit stronger.
Production also made a big progress here, regarded by Honza Kapak (Hellsound studio) , who produced this album.

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

Lyrics on new album are influenced by everything that surrounds me, and what make me so pissed off, and it’s so obviously that lot of things are not as they supposed to be here. Faith manipulation, politics, terror across the land, corruption on every corner…and many many more….

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?

Meaning of a word Infest is when something is devastated, choked… We are playing aggressive music, and I think that this name really fits well in a whole thing. There is couple of band named Infest also, but we are here since 2002-03, so I don’t have in mind changing a name or stuff.

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

One of the best shows ever was in Macedonia last year, but after this tour that we had, it’s really hard to choose the best show, because all of them have some message and some good atmosphere that give us straight to strike with new albums, shows and stuff…People accepted new album very well, so this tour we did was amazing for the same reason, because people knew the lyrics and it give really special effect to gigs .Our stage performance comes from itself, it’s just what we are, we show it on the stage. No fakeness, no compromises…only real death/thrash metal madness.

6. Do you have any touring plans for the new release?

Touring is very important to me, so I book concerts everywhere I can, and play a lot.
We have finished our GENOCIDE OVER EUROPE TOUR, and now booking has already began for some new shows.
We have in plan to tour with our brothers from The Stone in February, and in March we have some plans for Sweden shows, but It takes a lot of things to make before, so I will wait until we finish all the stuff, and then I will announce it …

7.Currently you are singed to Grom Records, how did you get in contact with this label and how would you compare it to your old label?
Milan is my very good friend, and we know each other for years. We don’t have such a label-band relation, it’s more like brotherhood. He understands all band problem with promotion, touring and stuff, so we have all the help we need by his side, and also from other 3 labels. (Butchered records, Zero Budget, Terror blast). Organization of some shows across the Balkan, printing flayers, picks and stuff...It’s just a small part of what he did for us.
We are in good relation with the old label, and that’s the main reason why we united 4 labels to release this album. As I said, brotherhood, not label-band relation.

8. On a worldwide level how has your new album been recieved by fans of black, death and thrash metal?

I received a lot of e mails from almost every part of the world, so i think that we still need some more time to let the people hear this album , and also to find our band. Distribution of new album is very very big, so I think that 8/10 is the right relation.

9. I know that in the past the band members participated in many other band is that still going on these days?
Zombi has a big portfolio behind.He played in The Stone, May Result, and still plays in Simargal & Vehementer, but Infest is his main occupation.Khil plays in his origin band Svargren, and Tyrrant is playing in Soul in Cage.I had to left all the other bands I’ve been involed in, because i have a lot of work to do with Infest.

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Music that I mostly listen to is death metal from early days, and also black/thrash metal from early period.I am not a big fan of new kinds of metal that is „popular“ these days.Very old school, agressive and quality stuff from bay area, Swedish death metal and that kind of stuff is my favorite, and its the same with the other guys from a band.We are all influenced by that kind of stuff, but mostly from a bands Iron Maiden, Dismember, Unleashed, Slayer, old Sepultura, Sadus, Sodom...

11.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Oh , its hard to say for everyone, but I practise wing chun kung fu, and I am football fan, so I visit games and stuff.For the rest of the guys, you’ll have to ask them J

12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
Thanks a lot for your interview, it was a pleasure to answer your questions!
Best regards to your zine, and regards to all our fans and supporters world wide!
You guys rule!
666
Vandal & Infest

Monday, October 31, 2011

Gods Tower/The Eerie/MetalAgen/1997 CD Review

Gods Tower are a band from Belarus that plays a mixture of black, doom and pagan metal and this is a review of their 1997 album "The Eearie" which was released by MetalAgen Records.

Drums range from slow to mid paced drumming with not much in the way of fast playing or blast beats with some percussion being thrown in at times, while the bass playing has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars and at tmes they sound very powerful, as for the keyboards they bring a very dark and atmospheric feeling to the music, in addition there is a brief use of violins that bring a very dark and poetic feeling to the music.

Rhythm guitars are slow to mid paced riffs that combine doom, black, and pagan metal together and they utile alot of melodic riffing, while the lead guitars are very dark and melodic sounding guitar solos and leads, as for the accoustic and classical guitars when they are utilized they use finger picking and full chords to bring a folk music feeling to the music.


Vocals range from clean singing, raspy vocals, deep death metal growls and high pitched black metal screams and there are some spoken word passages being utilezed briefly , while the lyrics cover paganism and Battlefields, as for the production it has a very dark, raw, heavy and powerful sound.


In my opinion this was a great album from Gods Tower that mixed black, doom, pagan and melodic metal together and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band and album. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Regn Of Silence" and "Till Death Do Us Part". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Deathwitch/Momumetal Mutilations/Necropolis Records/1999 CD Review

Deathwitch where a band from Sweden that played a mixture of black, death and thrash metal and this is a review of their 1999 album "Monumental Mutilations" which was released by Necropolis Records.

Drums range from slow, mid paced to fast drumming with a good amount of blast beats being thrown in, while the bass playing has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast riffs that are very raw and primitive sounding and combine black, death, and thrash metal together, while the lead guitars are very raw and primitve sounding black/death metal guitar solos and present that have a mid 80's to early 90's feeling to them.

Vocals are a mixture of black/thrash growls mixed in with some deep death metal growls, while the lyrics cover Satanism, Occultism, Withcraft, Necromancy and Anti Christianity with a more primitive approach to the topics, as for the production it has a very raw and primitive sound to it.

In my opinion Deathwitch where a very great sounding raw and primitive black/death/thrash metal band and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band. RECEMMONDED TRACKS ICLUDE "Demonic Witch" "Jehova Shall Bleed" "The Rite Of Darkness" and "Necromancer". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Infest/Everlasting Genocide/Grom Records/2011 CD Review

Infest are a band from Serbia that plays a very blackened form of death/thrash metal and this is a review of their 2011 album "Everlasting Genocide" which was released by Grom Records.

Drums range from slow, mid paced to fast drumming with a good amount of blast beats being thrown in, while the bass playing has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast riffs that combine death and thrash metal with black metal with the intro having some weird sounding clean playing in addition there are some dark melodies being utilized, while the lead guitars are very chaotic sounding death metal guitar solos and leads that utilizes some melodies.

Vocals are mostly deep death metal growls mixed in with some angry shouts and some high pitched screams being used on the last song, while the lyrics cover hateful and conspiracy themes, as for the production it has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound.

In my opinion Infest are a very good sounding blackened death/thrash hybid and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Upon The Suffering" "Deaththrash Sodomy" "Everlasting Genocide" and "Screaming In Butchery". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

oVo Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?

We started a bit more than 10 years ago, as a total improv-chaos band. We’re a duo since 2002, and since then our music started to be more and more organized. We’re a touring machine, we played about 700 shows since the end of 2000, mostly in North America and Europe, but also in Israel and Mexico . We released 6 albums (3 on my label Bar La Muerte , 2 on Load, 1 on Supernatural Cat), and a lot of split, collaboration and remix albums too. Stefania Pedretti sings and plays guitar and bass, I’m Bruno Dorella and I play half a drum set (floor tom, snare, ride).



2. How would you describe your musical sound?

We notice that our music is still described as very hard to file and “not for everybody”, which is surprising for us. We think it’s pretty simple and structured. It’s heavy, with a touch of weirdness. Definitely not like anything else you can find around though. It’s somewhere between sludge, noiserock and noise. We sound “minimal” cause we’re just two, and I only play this little drum set. But we found a way to still sound pretty powerful.



3. What are some of the lyrical themes that you try to ring out with your music?

Stefania’s lyrics have no meanings in any language. Which doesn’t mean they have no meaning to her. The themes often regards our political and esthetical ideas, but we prefer to keep them a bit secret, or at least not too obvious. Some of the titles regard very personal matters. It’s because our music really comes out from our guts and hidden body parts, more than from our brains… After many years this non-language that Stefania uses almost became a language. It’s how it worked in the early days. Stefania developed a way of communication.



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

It’s palindrome, and, when you write it, it can look like a lot of different things: a face, two bodies hand in hand, an owl… this is very much our kind of approach to the words “meaning “ and “message” behind OvO. There are lots of potential meanings. But people have to take their time to make them up. Which is not obvious at all in this beginning of the century, when nothing is considered but superficially.



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

We’re definitely a live band, when you see HOW we play our music, you understand a lot more about the records, too. I remember the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco as one of the most incredible venues we played at, and Supersonic in Birmingham (UK), as one of the coolest and best organized festivals. But we love to play in exotic countries, and we’ll never forget Turkey , Mexico , Israel . We like to play in Russia , too, everything is really different there. A totally different mentality, very fascinating.



6. Do you have any touring plans for the new releases?

Oh, yeah! We’re touring Europe in April, then the UK and Ireland (and a festival in Romania !) in May, and hopefully the US in October.



7. On a worldwide level how has your music been received by extreme/underground music fans?

We are quite respected in the noise scene and in the most enlightened squatters scene. Now, being on Supernatural Cat and dealing with the metal scene as well, we have a quite interesting challenge. Heavy metal is one of the genres that had more evolution in the last years, but at the same the metal audience goes to very open minded to very narrow minded attitudes. We’re already noticing many more metal kids and metal t-shirts at our shows, but we know we won’t have the whole scene on our side.



8. Are there any other projects besides this band or is this a full time line-up?

Stefania has a solo act called ?Alos , from what I know it’s the first anarcho pagan queer doom project ever, She’s also a graphic artist and a performer. I play with the instrumental band Ronin, and with a duo called Bachi Da Pietra (in Italian). I run a small record label called Bar La Muerte , too.



9. What direction do you see the music heading into in the future?

You mean music in general? Wow, this is hard to tell. The digital revolution brought a big change, which kind of killed the business, which is not necessarily a bad thing… But it’s definitely hard to keep on being a musician or a label owner nowadays. The solutions will probably be unexpected. But there’s still a lot of great music around. This won’t change. It will be different than in the past, but it won’t change.



10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music, and lso what are you listening to nowadays?

I think that electronic music is the most interesting evolution at the moment. Breakcore, dubstep, extreme electronics, you can find very inspiring stuff, and lots of ex-rockers are now playing these kinds of music, bringing a sort of “touch” that other rockers can get and appreciate. Lately, I was shocked by the live performance of King Midas Sound. You don’t get that wall of sound with rock instruments, no matter how loud you play. I listen to a lot of early music, you know, Gregorian chants and so on. African music, too. We both like Earth, Neurosis, Wolves in the Throne Room, Dark Castle …



11. Does Occultism play any role in the music?

We’re fascinated by it, especially Stefania. But we’re too anarchists too belong to any branch of it. And we’re skeptical when it regards heavy metal bands, as for a lot of them it’s just a necessary complement for their music. But we’re definitely interested in Occultism and I’m personally interested in the history of religions, from a non-religious point of view.



12. Outside of music, what are some of your interests?

We don’t have much free time out of our music and the other activities described before. When we’re not working on OvO we’re working on our other bands, or Stefania is doing workshops, drawing, or taking part to queer or political activities. I work a lot on my label too. I can’t even remember when we took our last vacations…



13. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

We recommend to go to www.supernaturalcat.com and listen to the album streaming, and get the deluxe edition of the album, an incredible piece of art with silkscreened cover and poster by Malleus, red or black vinyl, cd, live dvd, postcards with original drawings by Stefania, only 300 copies. And thanx for not having asked about Percy Shelley…

Friday, October 21, 2011

oVo/Cor Codium/Supernatural Cat Records/2011 CD Review

oVo are a band that mixes noise, experimental music, black and doom metal together and this is a review of their 2011 album "Cor Codium" which will be released by Supenatural Cat Records.

Drums are mostly slow playing with only the ocassional fast drumming and there are no blast beats present on the recording, while the moise effects are very avant garde and experimental sounding, as for the bass playing it has a very strong, distorted and powerful sound with some slow and noisy playing.

Rhythm guitars are very slow and primitive doomy/drone/noise riffs that speed up to a punk level at times mixed in with alot of weird distorted sounds and there are little to no guitar solos or leads present on the recording.

Vocals are a mixture of high pitched noisecore and black metal screams with some ocassional clean signing vocals, while the lyrics pay homage to Percy Sheely a poet from the 19th century with a touch of Gothic horror and the songs are written in a mixture of English and another langauge which I cant tell what it is, as for the production it has a very dark and raw feel to it.

In my opinion oVo are a very good experimental band that mixes noise, avant garde, punk, doom and black metal together, and if you are looking for something original, you should check out this band. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Nosferatu" "Orcus" "Smelling Death Around" and "la Bestia". RECEMMONDD BUY.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Way Of Purity Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard you before?
-We hate standard presentation, biography and introduction and we are not a band...We are a project, where around 15 people can express theirselves with their own art and ideas. Some people play instruments and write the songs (me,Deathwish, WADecc), other people like Steve J. Drakos, Susi Medusa Gottardi, Rhett P., Antisocial studio take care of the visual message,Christian Donaldson and Jeffrey handle the technical part ecc...As long as you support us we will consider you part of theproject. We are not that kind of band that goes to reharsal room on Sunday evening making sure that piercing and haircut are perfect ...Fuck that. We all live in different places around Europe and we don't fucking care to be called "Band". Thisis a very bad word nowadays because most of the "bands" cannot really play instruments or don't really produce albums.
We have done a 50 gigs tour and people asked us, "where is this" , "where is that"...What? Where is What? We have no faces,we have no names, we swap instuments, we don't fucking care to label ourselves as "Bassist", "Drummer" ecc ecc...But we play music before thinking of other crappy things. We are here for a message, for a mission...Fuck the band. It is aboutde-personalizing the people, suppressing individuality and egos in order to push the message forward.

2. How would you describe your musical sound?
-Well, i wrote the album so maybe I am the right one to describe it. I was in a black metal band in 91, I have hardcore attitude and I am big fan of New Wave...Maybe our album is a combination of these things. Black Metal riffs, played with hardcore attitude heavily influenced by new wave. We try to transfer to people our visions and our music could be described like that...A mix of visionary creativity and convulse ideas.

3. What is the meaning behind the band's name?
-The meaning behind The Way Of Purity is painful. The Way Of Purity is the sacrifice that every man should do to keep his own integrity alive. Life is a way, a quite long way when it comes to integrity, honesty, friendship, beliefs, marriage because everyday we have to give proof of our integrity in front of temptations. For most of the people is really hard not to betray their friends or partner, it is really hard to only eat vegetables, it is hard being 100% honest in front ofinterests...Well, I guess you understand what I mean. The Way Of Purity is the way that ONLY FEW can understand and only few can "walk on". For all the people that betray, say lies, only think about sex or surface we are the fucking painful mirror. That's why we take 100% of our inspiration (in life and music) from animals...They never fail when it comes tointegrity.

4. How would you describe the lyrical content of the music?

-Our lyrics are about this above described concept. The whole message is about this. our Lyrics reflect the reality we livein and can be described as a true and concrete message. we’re here to bring the animals’ message to liars, weak individuals, prostitutes, drug addicts, nymphomaniacs and many more.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
-The best show we played is for sure in Timisoara (Romania). This was is Daos club, the club of Negura Bunget's Ageru Pamantului. People were really into our show and I loved it. It was a really important moment because I am really friend with Ageru and this was the first day of his club...I felt it in my heart.
Our show is like scary...This is what people say...we are really into what we do and every note we play is like the universe...The totality. We alternate moments or real violence to deep and emotional patterns. We try to push our performance at the real physical limits. It's quite hard.

6. I have read somewhere that one of the older members comitted suicide, what was it that motivated you to keep the bandgoing after such a tragic loss?
-When a person commits suicide, everyone is affected. Family members, friends, bandmates, neighbors, and sometimes people might experience feelings of grief, confusion, guilt and the sense that if only they had done something differently, the suicide could have been prevented. With Betty was different.
The reasons behind Betty's suicide are really complex. It can't be hard to remember how it felt to be sick, caught in a gray area between Christ and Satan, good and Evil. For Betty it was a period of great confusion and anxiety. She was fighting to choose between EVIL and GOOD. "If Betty had an adequate religious affiliation may have an outlet to deal with everyday frustrations..."Bullshit, Betty committed Suicide in the name of her religion.People say, to justify: "Betty had a psychological disorder, especially depression, bipolar disorder, and alcohol and drug use (in fact, we all think that heroine played a role at the time of death)."
Bullshit, Betty only used heroine to meet her lord (don't know if Christ, Satan, Cross or whatever)...
She was serious in finding her way. "The reaction was possible in having found the band and having recorded the album...She didn't had the power to wait the album release and see people reaction on her communication commitment and she thought she failed." Bullshit, she committed suicide to show people that you can die for something and that you can be so strong to face the death as the other side of the same coin. We are still here to bring you all her message of desperation and hi level inspiration. The film is her story, please watch it, please listen to her songs and read her lyrics...This is the only way to give Betty the vengeance she asked for. Betty is alive, Betty will be alive forever.A Passage through the purity of pain.

7. You are still kind of a new band, but how has the reception been to your music from metal fans worldwide?
-We don't care...We are not here for fans. We don't really care of what people think about our music. We are here for a message, so we care about people that write us and tell us that they are with us and they will fight with us keeping away from politics, religions and shit like that. Of course we read all the messages we receive and we answer to everybody. Most of the people try to support and encourage us. There are some some people who talk shit about us of course and we have fun out of this. We don't really like the people that try to label us...People don't care anymore about labels. People MUST HAVE concrete examples to choose their true way.

8. Do you have any plans to tour the U.S?
-we only work with people we like so if someone true that is really into our project we'll offer us an american tour we will do it. Everyone that supports our message can offer us something, otherwise...Nothing...We don't tour to play concerts and have fun. Our live set is something deeper to us.

9. What direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?
-I am trying to write some new songs now and some ideas are really interesting. I like the slow stuff that is coming out and evolving in me. I think that the new album will be much more oriented in a doomcore direction but I want to be really sure that I love what I am writing, so at the moment this is the only thing I can say. We will change ... will always change so don't expect a copy of "Crosscore"...This is for sure.

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and what are you listening to nowadays?
-Christian Death (first 2 albums) is our main influence. We like Sister Of Mercy, The Cure, Neurosis, Converge, The Pixies, Scarlet, Botch, Morning Again, Unholy, Marduk, Darkthrone, Immortal, Sonic Youth... I think they influenced us a lot.Nowadays I am listening to Ragnarok from Norway, Negura Bunget, Absu from USA, Opera IX old albums...I got these cds from them. They are really good friends and I listen to their music.

11. What are some of your interests outside of music?
-I love animals and specially dogs. My biggest hobby is to go out with my dog and play with him.
I help animals during my spare time with donations, direct action ecc.
I like fast cars so I really try to talk to people that have the same passion. I go out with my car and I try to find places where I can go really fast. Myabe one day this hobby will kill me. For sure, at the moment, I am losing my driving licence. I love horror movies so I watch a lot of them at home with my wife. Last interest is cooking, but I am not good in that and everytime I try some shitty food comes out...unfortunatly.

12. Any final words or thoughts?
-We remove vanity and unnecessary self-importance. We remove labels for the One who cannot be named. Nobility, self-sacrifice, denial of ego.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Way Of Purity/Crosscore/WormHoleDeathRecords/2010 CD Review

The Way Of Purity are a band from Sweden that mixes black metal, doom metal, death metal, grindcore and metalcore together to create their own style and this is a review of their 2010 album "Crosscore" which was released by WormHoleDeath Records.

Drums alternate between slow drumming with some fast playing and brutal blast beats, while the bass playing has a dark tone that follows the riffs coming out of the guitars, as for the synths when they are utilized they are only there to give the music a more darker or distorted sound.

Rhythm guitars take alot of influences from many different style's of metal, with the slower riffs mixing doom metal and metalcore together, while the faster riffing mixes black metal and death metal together, and there are little to no lead guitars on the album.

Vocals are mostly high pitched screams mixed in with some deep growls as well as clean female vocals, while the lyrics cover some nature and religous themes with alot of anger and cussing throughout the album, as for the production on this recording it has a very heavy yet professional sound that captures all of the instruments.

In my opinion The Way Of Purity are very original sounding and while there music has some influences from some music styles that I dont really follow meaning the metalcore influences I still feel there music is very good when they concetrate on their darker style. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Anchored To Suffocation" "Sinner" "Deathwish" which is a Christian Death cover and "Burst". RECOMMENDED BAND.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Year of No Light/Asserwelt/Conspiracy Records/2010 CDD Review

The Year Of No Light are a band from France that mixes shoegaze, sludge, drone, doom metal and black metal together together and this is a review of their 2010 album "Asserwelt" which was released by Conspiracy Records.

Drums are mostly slow drumming with some midpaced parts that dont use any fast playing or brutal blast beats except for maybe the last song with alot of ambient sounding effects being used, while the bass playing has a dark sound to it with some slower riffs.

Rhythm guitars are mostly slow doom metal riffs that have a slight ambient black metal feel to them mixed in with some shoegaze elements, while the lead guitars are very droned out slow sounding guitar solos that have a depressive feel to them.

There are no vocals or lyrics on this album it is all instrumental and the production has a very dark, raw but still professional sound.

In my opinion The Year Of No Light are a very good band that would appeal to the more open minded fans of black metal, and doom metal, if you are a fan of drone, you should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Peresphone I" and "Abbesse". RECOMMENDED BUY.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Fester interview

1. Can you give us an update on what happened to the band members after the break up?

The period after the break up was quit difficult for all members..Having played together for some many years, it becomes a vacume in life when it all suddenly ends.. Jørgen was getting real sick at the time. It was much drugs and alcohol, and in the end he couldnt cope with it, and finally died. Jan Helge and I founded famillies, and because of that music was put on hold for a couple of years.. Rolf TOmmy was also getting sick at the time of the split , and he has sady enough, never recovered from his illnesses.. I started up a band called Sincera 9 years ago, in the good old vain, and we will also see an album later this year ..Thats like a long story short, eh ?


2. I have read recently that you have reformed, what was the cause of the split up and what made you decide to reform the band?

The split up was mainly caused by a couple of the members illnesses, and a bit due to Rolf Tommy wanting to go a different direction music wise. I have , personally, always said that I will make music ONLY when it comes naturally. When the creaticity pounds in my vains, and it just flows, if you know what I meen ? I have never made music just to make music, or making music to sound like this or that because of a hype or anything. When all the shit happened with the band some of the spirit just died. When all this was back ( creativity and spirit..), it was time to call for a ressurection.. A festering ressurection so to speak.. Thomas Andresen ( Algol/Sincera/ Deathseeker) has joined as a permanent member on vox. I am the only guitarist at the moment, Jontho ( Ragnarok) will session the drums on the new album, and Jon (Kampfar) will session bass.


3. How would you describe the musical sound of the current material and how it differs from the previous recordings?

It's a bit different to describe.. As said, I just make out what comes into my mind and hands, but some people says it's darker and colder.., Just a few has heard some out takes, but all claims that you can truly hear that it's FESTER, just almost 20 years later! Still midpaced or slow...Still melancolic and mystic.. Still a harsh and mean vocal.. Mayby some riffs are even more inspired by the old school, that being heavy metal or early Bm.. I dont know..





4. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects that you have explored with your music?

I can tell you a bit from the new tunes ? Old rituals, war, revenge, norse mythology, depression ... The lyrics, I would say, hasnt changed all that much. The themes evolves the same issues as before.. Mayby a bit harsher than on "Silence" though.. , and we have felt that the lyrics really has to fit the feel of each tune, and I think we have done this good for these new tracks.





5. What was the meaning and inspiration behind the band name?

It was Anders Oddin "Cadaver" who came up with the name, and drew the first logo.. Sounding more old school than most Norwegian bands at the time ( rise of the second wave of BM ), and sounding more Dm, I think it was a suitable name. We liked the feel, and the meaning, of men shit FESTEing our minds... Just to have said it; It has nothing to do with a surten uncle..





6. What where some of the best shows that the band has played and how would you describe your stage performance?

Our stage performances were never anything special.. He he.. We just stood there banging and playing hard music.. We did some blood spilling in some shows, but all in all never something special. I thing our best show was in Bergen in 93 with amo Taake. That was a bad ass show actually ! It was some big candles and stuff on stage, and I was more in movement so to speak, than in most shows, and the candlestakes , some amps and stuff got wrecked..





7. I noticed that when you came out in the 90s you had a sound that was a lot more different than most bands in Norway, how did the scene out there react to your musical sound?

As you might understand, it wasnt all that easy.. As you say, we sounded a lot more different than most uprising bands at the moment, and the scene was all about Bm.. I feel that we never got the recognition that we deserved, because of the mentioned reasons, but we never got hassled either , because I was a part of the scene evolving Helvete and Euronymous . AND we never gave a fuck what people ment or said ! We made music mainly to fullfill our dark thoughts and feelings.. not others. If people like it, thats of course cool, but rather 2 people lovong it, than 1000 people thinking it sounds OK..






8. Currently Abyss Records has re-issuedsome of your older albms, are you happy with the way the re-issues came out?\

Yeah ! Both the label and the artists has done a great job ! On " Winter of sin " we just made som small adjustments on the front cover and back, but all art inside is new. On the " Silence " re-issue, we did the whole thing new . I think they are really wordy re-releases, and the fact that "Wos" has been out of print for over 15 years, and I thpought it was about time people can get their hands on these releases without either downloading them on Rapidshit , or paying their asses off on E bay. The demo compilation that was releases last summer was smashing too .. Real old school cut and paste, out it sounds like freakin 92 !! Kyrck did a real good job with that one





9. What where some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music, and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Growing up with Heavy Metal and Thrash, one may hear lots of elements from these styles in our music, but of course darker stuff as well.. If I were to pick out some bands I would say : Early Sepultura, 1. Darkthrone, Celic Frost, Hellhammer, 1. Mötley Crüe(..), Kreator, King Diamond/Merciful Fate, early Metallica, Pestilence... Today I listen mainly to melancolic and dark music. Nostalgic as I am, I prefer old school Black and Death, but I can also put on Led Zeppelin , Black Sabbath or a syphony for that matter.


10. What role did Occultism play in the music and how would you describe your views on this topic?

I read, and still read. It has never been FESTER's most important inspiration though. That has been, and will always be the dark inner self. As for the topic I can qoute Crowley : Do as thou willt.......





11. Outside of music, what are some of your interests?

Being a responsible adult with familly... Ha ha, There are not much time besides work and them, but I enjoy reading, history, music, drawing, painting and being with friends and familly.


12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

Thanx alot for the interview, and your questions. Do buy our new re-releases, and check out the new album that will be out late this year on Abyss.... Meanwhile you might also check out the side project Sincera. Play loud and stay proud !!!!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Fester/Silence/Abyss Records/2011 CD Re-Issue Review

Fester where a band from Norway that played a mixture of black, doom, and death metal that recently had their other album reviewed in this zine and this is a review of their 1995 album which was recently re-issued by Abyss Records in 2011.

Drums range from slow to midpaced drumming with not much in the ways of fast playing or blast beats, while the keyboards when they are utilized bring a dark sound to the music with overdominating, as for the bass playing it has a very strong and powerful tone with some progressive sounding metal riffing.

Rhythm guitars range from slow to midpaced riffs that combine death, black and doom metal together with a great amount of rtaditional metal influences with some thrash style riffing being used on one song and melody, while the lead guitars are very melodic and progressive sounding metal guitar solos, as for the accoustic guiars whwen they are utilized they use finger picking and full chords to add a more dark, tragic and progressive sound to the music.

Vocals are all high pitched black metal screams mixd in with some grim sounding whispered vocals and on a couple of songs there are some spoken word passages, while the lyrics cover ddark and depessive themes that hace somewhat a feel of a classic gothic novel with some nuture orientated lyrics being added in, as for the production it sounds very dark and somewhat raw but still professional enough to the point where you can hear all of the musical instruments.

In my opinion this was a great album from Fester and while it is more melodic and experimental than the previous release, I still thought this was a good well put together album, if you are looking for something that was very different sounding even for the 90's, you should check out this recording. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Silent Is The Raven" "Voces From The Wood" "My World Of Thoughts" and "Precaution". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Tocxic Holocaust/Conjure And Command/Relapse Records/2011 CD Review

Toxic Holocaust are a band from Oregon that plays a mixture of black, thrash and speed metal together with some punk influences thrown in and this is a review of their 2011 album "Conjure And Command" which was released by Relapse Records.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast drumming with a good amount of blast beats being thrown in at times, while the bass playing has a very strong and powerful tone with some heavy riffing being thrown in.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast riffing that combines black, thrash, speed metal and punk together bring ing back the 80's sound but adding a more modern toch to it, while the lead guitars are very chaotic and melodic sounding guitar solos and leads.

Vocals are mostly black/thrash sounding growls and screams, while the lyrics cover dark, satanic and hateful themes, as for the prodction it has a very 80's style of production to it while still being professional at the same time.

In my opinion Toxic Holocaust are a good black/thrash band and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy this recording. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Judgement Awaits You" "I Am Disease" "The Liars Are Burning" and "Revelations". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Fester/Winter Of Sin/Abyss Records/2010 CD Re-Issue Review

Fester where a band from Norway that mixed black,death, and doom metal together and this is a review of their 2010 Re-Issue Of "Winter Of Sin" which was originally released in 1992.

Drums are mostly slow to midpaced with some fast playing and the ocassional blast beats, while the bass playing has a very dark sound with some morbid sounding bass rhythms, as for the synths which are only utilized briefly on one song, they are only there to add another dimension of dark atmosphere.

Rhythm guitars are mostly slow to midpaced riffs that combine doom and death metal together that speed up at times with ocassional thrashy riffing and at times there are some touches of soft playing but that on a constant basis, while the lead guitars are very depressing sounding doom/death guitar solos that have alot of skill and talent to them.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams and some deep death metal growls with some ocassional spoken word passages, while the lyrics cover winter, anti-christianity and occultism, as for the production it has avery raw,dark feel to it but still giving all of the musical instruments a great sound.

In my opinion this was a classic album from an underrated band, I remember buying this album years ago and it is good that Abyss Records decided this re-issue this classic recording, if you are a fan of the early 90's classic black/doom/death sound, you should check out this band. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Winter Of Sin" "The Ancient Gods Wore Black" "Liberation" and "The Comminents That Shattered". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Livarkahil/Signs Of Decay/Listenable Records/2011 CD Review

Livarkhal are a band from France that plays a very blackened form of death metal and this is a review of their 2011 album "Signs Of Decay" which was released by Listenable Records.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast drumming with alot of brutal sounding blast beats being thrown in, while the bass playing has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast blackened death metal riffing that is very technical at times and has somewhat a metalcore element in the riffing, while the lead guitars are very technical and melodic sounding death metal guitar solos and leads, as for the acoustic guitars when they are utilized briefly they use finger picking to bring a middle eastern feeling to the music.

Vocals are mostly deep death metal growls, with some clean singing and hardcore style shouts as well as some spoken word parts, while the lyrics cover occultism, anti christianity and hateful topics, as for the production it has a very powerful, heavy and professional sound to it.

In my opinion Livarkahil are a very good blackened death metal band with a metalcore edge and if you are a fan of this style, you should cgeck out this band. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "When Hell Is Near" "Art Of Bleeding" "Above All Hatred" and "Heaven Shall Fall". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Excommunicated/Bone Fragments/2011 Digital Ep Review

Excommunicated are a band from Lousiana that has had their previous album reviewed as well as being intereviewed by this zine that plays a very blackened form of death metal and this is a review of their 2011 digital e.p "Bone Fragments" which consists of songs that where recorded during the album recording with some demos and rough mixes.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast drumming with a good amount of blast beats being thrown in as well as some druum programming being used on the remix that gives the musical an industrial feel, while the bass playing has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars and at times times they have a very powerful sound to them, as for the keyboards which are rarely utilized they add another dimension of darkness to the music.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast dark blackened death metal riffs, while the lead guitars are very distorted sounding black/death metal guitar leads and solos and at times they have a melodic sound to them.

Vocals are mostly deep death metal growls mixed in with some high pitched black metal screams with one song having some rough sounding clean singing on it as well as some spoken word samples, while the lyrics are very anti christian and catholic with a satanic edge to them, as for the production it has a very dark and raw sound to it.

In my opinion while I prefer the full length from Excommunicated over this ep, I still feel this is a good recording and if you are a fan of this band, you will not be dissapointed. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "When Death Claims Its Most Righteous Dead" "The Abondonment Of All Hope" and "The Vatican Orgies". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Salem Interview

1. Can you update us with what is going on with Salem these days?
Hi and thank you for having us over. Salem has just released our 7th album titled "Playing God and other short stories" on Pulverised Records. The album was released in Israel in April, in Europe in late May and is about to be out in the States.
We played a CD release show in Israel in April and we are planning to follow with some European shows in the next few months.
Last couple of months were busy promoting the release mostly in Europe and Israel.


2. Recently the new album came out on Pulverised Records, how has the support been so far from that label and how would you compare it to the other labels that you have been on?

The label is everything we ever wished for. I think this is the best promotion we've had since the early Morbid Records days.
Pulverised are very attentive, very professional and pretty well connected in the world of extreme music.
For the first time ever in my life, there is a drum contest held at sick Drummer Magazine where contestants need to play along the opening track of the new album. Check it out, drummers.



3.Your music has evolved over the years from being primitive black/death which helped influenced the 2nd wave of black metal, to the stuff that you doing now what makes you evolve with each album?

You know, we have been around for a quarter of a century. It is a long time and I think that our music is not the only thing that changed over this period. We have changed as people as well. Nothing stays the same. If our music did not reflect that, it would prove that we were not too credible.



4. Even your more black metal stuff was political, have you ever recieved any unwelcome critism due to having a lyrical approach that most bands in the genre never touch?

We used to receive some hate mail. Some people still bash us online. It is ok, we are not trying to please as many people as possible, trying to sell 2 million copies. I just think that it is weird that people would spend so much time and effort on something that they do not like and know that even if they sent us their hate mail, we would not disband. Instead of spending all this time with something that they think is good. I simply do not get this attitude.

5. Wht is going on nowadays with producing bands, and what are some bands that you are currently working with?

We stopped doing that. These days there is finally a metal scene in Israel, a pretty proud one. We can go about our business without worrying too much about other bands. Many bands go out of the country to produce their albums, many bands go on tours in Europe. It is finally happening, there is a metal culture in Israel.


6. You are seen as one of the pioneering bands in the Isreal metal scene what is your opinion on some of the bands that you have influenced?

It is a great honor to be considered a forefather. It is always a compliment to hear a band play a Salem cover or even mention Salem as an influence.
I think that there are some great metal bands in the country these days. Too bad that the industry is doing so badly. A lot of bands, locally and worldwide are not going to get the exposure they deserve, not because their music is not good but because of the state of the music business.


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

The show in April was amazing. The vibe was electrifying. We played a show with Obituary and that was one of our most intense ones ever. The show at the French Hellfest was an experience. The appearance we made at the Holocaust Remembrance service a couple of years ago with "Ha'ayara Boe'eret" was also an experience of a lifetime.
We are not playing too many shows a year so we are trying to pick up events that seem interesting to us and make each time we go on stage an event to remember.
I think that Salem's music is made for the stage. I think that the bands goes through very well on stage.


8. Are there any plans for a U.S tour?

I wish. We all wish. Thanks to MySpace and Facebook our fastest growing market is the USA.
If an American management office will be hip to that, maybe we will get to play for the American market for the first time ever. It will be something special.


9. How has the response been to the new album by extreme metal fans worldwide?

Pretty supportive. Of course there are always those who were never into the band and all of a sudden connected due to the nature of the new material and old school fans who feel that we betrayed our roots but generally speaking, the album has been received very well.


10. Out off all the albums that the band has put out so far, which one are you the most satisfied with?

After working with Colin Richardson of "A Moment of Silence" in 1997 we thought that nothing would ever sound better than that.
I think that the new release sounds pretty damn good. It was recorded in one of the best studios in Israel and mastered at Sterling Sound NYC.
I am not even getting into the fact that as the years go by we simply get tighter as a band and better players on our individual instruments.
Our latest is definitely our greatest.


11. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and what are you listening to nowadays?

Wow, this list would prove to be endless. The new release has many flavors. Some are not even related to metal. There are some West African music influences, Military music influences, Religious music, Raggae (there is a Bob Marley cover on the new album of "Exodus" and the list goes on.
Even in metal, there are so many great bands out there these days, it is unbelievable.



12. Does anyone in the band have an interest in the Hebrew Cabballa?

I was raised in a religious environment so I know a thing or two about that. To be honest, I am not that interested in mysticism. There were some Kaballistic symbols on the booklet of our first live DVD, "Live Demise".
That is about it.


13. What are some of your interests outside of music?

Mythology, physics, video games, sports, art in general.
You have to remember that most of us in the band are married with children. We have some mileage so our interests are varied.

14. Any final words or thoughts?

Thank you so much for you interest and support, we hope to see you live pretty soon, America. Feel free to find us online and drop us a line... only if you like what you hear. If not, write someone else who's music moves you. Rock on.

Nir Nakav

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Dead In The Dirt/Fear/Southern Lord Records/2011 7 Inch Review



Dead In The Dirt are a band from Atlanta, Georgia that mixes crust and hardcore together with grindcore and black metal and this is a review of their 2011 7 inch "Fear" which was released by Southern Lord Records.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast drumming with alot of brutal sounding blast beats being thrown in, while the bass playing has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast riffing that combines influences from black metal, grindcore, hardcore and crust punk to create a sound that is very dark, brutal and original sounding and there are little to no lead guitars or solos present on the recording.

Vocals range from deep grind/hardcore growls to high pitched crustcore screams that have a black metal edge to them, while the lyrics touch on dark on hateful thems, as for the production it has a very dark and heavy sound to it.

In my opinion Dead In the Dirt are a very good blackened hardcore/crust band and if you are a fan of this stylee, you should check out this band. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Screaming Wind" "Disease" "Skin Graft" and "Fear". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Absu/Abzu/Candlelight Records/2011 CD Review


Absu are a band from Texas that has one of their previous records reviewed before in this zine that plays a very occultic form of black/thrash and this is a review of their 2011 album "Abzu" which was released by Candlelight Records.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast drumming with a good amount of blast beats being thrown in at times, while the bass playing has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars and at times they sound very powerful, as for the synths when they are utilized which is rare they add another dark dimension to the music without being too overdone.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast riffs that combine black metal with thrash mixed in with some more esoteric influences while the lead guitars are very chaotic and melodic sounding guitar solos and leads, as for the acoustic guitars when they are utilized theyu use finger picking to add a very dark and medievel feel to the music.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams mixed in with the ocassional power/thrash high pitched screams, while the lyrics cover Thelema, Enochian Magick, Gnosticism, and Sumerian Mythology, as for the production it has a very powerful, heavy and professional sound to it.

In my opinion this is a good album from Absu and while I prefer their older stuff I still feel this is a great album and I can tell that they have gotten alot faster and heavier over the years and if you are a fan of their previous albums you will not be dissapointed. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Abraxas Connexus" and "A Song For Ea". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Salem/Playing God And Other Short Stories/Pulverised Records/2010 CD Review

Salem are a band from Isreal that has a history that goes back to the 80's and they play a style that mixes black metal, death metal, doom metal and thrash together and this is a review of their 2010 album "Playing God And Other Short Stories" which was released by Pulverized Records during the year of 2010.

Drums are mostly slow to midpaced drumming that has a tribal feel at times with some percussion being used with little to no fast playing except for the last song that has some blast beats, while the bass playing is slow to midpaced riffing that follows the riffs coming out of the guitars and on some of the songs ther is a musical instrument that sounds like it came of a mid 60's to early 70's progressive rock album.

Rhythm guitars are mostly slow to midpaced riffing that mixes black,doom, death, and thrash together along with some more modern mainstream neo metal riffing with little to no lead guitars or solos present on this album and on the last song there are some fast riffs that sound very primitive in the black/death vein.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black/death screams with some deep growls being used at times mixed in with some clean singing female vocals on some of the songs and some Hebrew chanting being used on the last song, while the lyrics covering folklore, biblical themes about war old testament style and some everyday themes with some lyrics in Hebrew, as for the production it sounds very professional and you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this album.

In my opinion Salem are a very good band and while this album might dissapoint some of the older fans with the modern influences, from what I remember they had a more raw and primitive sound on the early albums, I still feel this is a good modern metal album that would appeal to a variety of different metalheads. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Exodus" "The Mark Of The Beast Part II" and "Playing GOd". RECOMMENDED BUY.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Barathrum/Saatana/Spinefarm Records/1999 CD Review

Barathrum are a band from Finland that started out as a black/doom metal band but later evolved into a black/thrash band on this recording and this is a review of their 1999 album "Saatana" which was released by Spinefarm Records.

Drums mutilize a good mixture of slow to midpaced drumming with alot of fast playing and brutal blast beats, while the bass playing has a very powerful sound that is very easy to hear on this recording with a mixture of slow and fast riffing.

Rhythm guitars cover alot of ground with some slow doomy riffing mixed in with some faster playing that mixes black metal and thrash together with a good amount of melody and there are little to no lead guitars or solos on this recording.

Vocals are high pitched black metal screams with some back up shouting vocals and some spoken word parts, while the lyrics cover topics such as Satanism, Occultism, Beltane festival,vampirsm, and depressing themes, as for the production on this recording which was recorded aand mixed during the months of January through March of the year 1999 at Tico Tico Studio in Finland sounds very professional and you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this album.

In my opinion Barathrum are a very good band and if you like black metal that mixes thrash and doom metal together, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Boundless Arts" "Beltane" "Regent Of Damnation" and "Countess Erszebeth Nadasdy". RECOMMENDED BUY.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Ashes/Death Has Made It's Call/Necropolis Records/1997 CD Review

Ashes where a black/doom metal band with a thrash edge from Sweden that also has members od Opthalamia and this is a review of their 1997 album "Death Has Made It's Call" which was released by Necropolis Records.

Drums are a mixture of slow to midpaced drumming with some fast playing and blast beats being utilized, while the bass playing has a very dark tone and it is all rhythm bass.

Rhythm guitars are mostly slow melodic black metal riffs that are heavily influenced by doom metal with a depressive touch as well as classic hard rock/metal while the fast playing has a thrash feel with some fast black metal riffing being utilized at times with some soft open string riffs being used at times, while the lead guitars are melodic death metal guitar solos that sound very technical with alot of influences from 70's metal.

Vocals are all high pitched black metal screams with some spoken word passages that are very poetic while the lyrics touch on depressing and anti christian themes with a touch of satanism, as for the production on this recording which was recorded at Bergakunden Studios during January of 1997 has a very raw but professional sound which makes all of the instruments easy to hear.

In my opinion Ashes where a very original and underrated band for their time and if you are a fan of black metal that has a doomy as well as thrash feel you should check this band out. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Darker Age" "The Battle" "Ashes" and "Heretic". RECOMMENDED BUY.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Everdark/Armageddon's Birth/FullMoonProductions/1996 CD Review

Everdark are a band from New York that plays a style that I would describe as a mixture of black/death metal and doom metal and this is a review of their classic 1996 album "Armageddon's Birth" which was released by FullMoonProductions.

Drums range slow beats to some fast drumming with alot of blast beats while the bass playing has a very dark sounding tone with some riffs that take influences from black,death and doom metal and the bass lines follow the guitars with a little bit of lead bass.

Rhythm guitars are very raw and dark sounding with some fast black/death riffing as well as doom metal that contains a little bit of melody, with some ocassional acoustic guitar parts, while the lead guitars sound very primal with some fast and noisy leads, as for the keyboards when they are utilized they have an atmospheric as well as evil sound to it.

Vocals are a mixture of deep death metal growls with some high pitched black metal screams while the lyrics are a mixture of satanic and anti christian themes with some poetry as for the production on this albumwhich was recorded during the months of May and June 1995 sounds very raw , necro and old school sounding.

In my opinion Ever Dark where a very underrated band for their time and this is a classic album that should appeal to all underground black metal, doom metal and death metal fans. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Coming Of Legion" "From the Ashes (She Rises)" and "Chanting". RECOMMENDED BUY

Monday, August 15, 2011

Excommunicated Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?

We’re pretty new on the scene as a band; but all come from a death metal background for the most part, and have toiled at this in one form or another for most of the last two decades. The guitarist Jason McIntyre was the founder of Suture, which was probably Louisiana’s top brutal death metal band for well over ten years. The other guitarist Jonathan was the founder of Despondency, which were more of a melodic and European style DM band from the Lafayette area. He currently helms Psychometry, which is an even more orchestral and eclectic type of metal band. I was the original member of Catholicon, a death/black metal band that toiled in the underground for about 15 years, putting out 4 rather raw and out of print albums. I was originally the vocalist, later the keyboardist and backing vocalist. All of our respective bands wound to a close in the 2000’s; we were sort of the last guy’s standing who still wanted to do this sort of thing on into the next decade, and who were able to. Fate kind of brought things together. I’d say we try to represent most of the strengths of our respective backgrounds, and bring them to this new entity.

2. How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the new album?

Well, I think it’s eccentric for sure, in that it pulls from a variety of influences. We’re drawing from death, black, even some thrash metal influence here; and there are nods to Amorphis, Morbid Angel, Deicide, Exodus, Obituary, Cemetary, Nocturnus, Mercyless, Monstrosity, Benediction, Celtic Frost, you name it. Lyrically, there are secret nods to all sorts of things too. One of the amusing things about the last band I was in, was that we never were quite able to be pegged as death or black metal. I think this project is far more perplexing in that respect. There’s something for everyone; but a purist of anything will be confounded. Basically, music for and by fans of the heyday of death and black metal; which I would say is 1990-1994.

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

The entire album is a concept based on the medieval history of Catholicism: abuse, corruption, cruelty, and perversity. We go into a lot of topics, and tried to steer clear for the most part of things that have been over-done; and hopefully shed some light on things that have been nearly forgotten or would hardly be believed.

3. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the band’s name?

Well, to be excommunicated is to be removed from the Catholic faith. By their doctrine, it also means damnation; no chance of salvation. “Extra Ecclesium Nulla Salus”, which in Latin means “outside the Church, there is no salvation”.

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

We’ve never yet played live. We’re looking at that possibility now; but of course getting the record out was priority number one. We’re following, I think, in the grand tradition of black metal; which is to sort of keep to ourselves for a little while at first. Venom didn’t tour or play live until their second album; Bathory never did.

6. Do you have any touring plans for the new album?

We have only (in recent days) begun to talk about even the possibilities and logistics of pulling off a live show. I think the consensus is that we’d do it if the opportunity were right; but we’re mostly focused on just promoting the record and working on the second one right now. We’re also in the middle of several other important recording projects; which kind of takes the fire out of much discussion about touring.

7. On the album you had some guest appeareances from a few legends in the underground metal scene how did you get in contact with them?

I’ve known Vincent Crowley from Acheron for twenty years; and consider him a true friend and warrior. Having his appearance on the record gives it an air of authenticity that I can’t begin to describe. I wrote those words for Vincent as much as for the album’s concept; because I know they represent exactly how he and I both feel regarding the subject, without compromise, without any pretense. Andy LaRocque, I’ve been in touch with here and there for a year or two. It really just came down to asking, and having some patience, and the luck of a small window of opportunity being open in his schedule. One thing that’s true, which I told him as well, is that I’ve chased after the King Diamond concept album “The Eye” my whole life. It’s my favorite record of all time, and a continuous inspiration. This was the second time in my life that I’ve put together a set of lyrics for a record that basically is my homage to what The Eye tried to do, and nothing would validate that better than having the actual guitarist from The Eye grace the record briefly. Fortunately for us, he was agreeable to the idea as well.

8. On a worldwide level how has your music been recieved by death/black metal fans?

So far, the response has been amazingly positive. We’re still kind of crossing our fingers. Haha the record really has just hit the streets as far as the press, with some press packages still waiting to go out; and at the time of this writing, it is one day out from official release (August 15’th). I’ve given a copy to a large circle of old close friends; whom I’ve always sort of used for feedback, and they’ve all been extremely positive. Much more so than anything I’ve been involved in prior.

9. Are there any side projects besides this band or is this a full time line-up?

Everyone does multiple projects, yes. Both guitarists are in multiple other bands, and I’m working on a side project record with one of the guitarists also. As a mix and mastering engineer and ‘bedroom record label/distro’ operator; I’ve always got my hands in other projects, it seems like, as well. Excommunicated, as a band, is my main focus though.

10. What direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?

Actually heavier and more on the side of heavy oldschool death metal, if anything. The next record, if anything, will be more consistently straightforward death metal. It’s not that we’re trying to sell-in or sell-out; that’s just the direction we’ve decided to take with it. What’s cool about the first album is that it’s got a lot of ideas put forward and gives us a starting point to go into a lot of different directions. I want to know what parts of it people respond well to; but I think we’ve already kind of settled on where the next one is going to go. It’s going to be more merciless.

11. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Well, firstly, I just turned 37; so I’m getting up there. I’m actually a lot more open minded about music now today than I ever was when I was younger. 20 years ago, I only wanted to hear Deicide, Morbid Angel, or something that was even more satanic or sick than that. 21 years ago, it would have been Slayer. 22 years ago, it would have been Anthrax and Megadeth and Overkill. When something like Cynic’s album ‘Focus’ came out in 1994, by that point it just went over my head. I was more interested in the debut Cradle of Filth or Lord Belial records that came out that year. It had to be full on satanic. Something I never got into until literally the last couple of years was the so-called brutal or guttural death metal. I thought singing about body parts was just immature. But today I actually enjoy it and appreciate it for what it is. I get it. Some things before, I just didn’t get. I also find myself listening to stuff that is totally not metal, and appreciating artists like Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, even something as of the wall as Tegan & Sara or Matt & Kim. Some stuff, I purely listen to for production value; and try to figure out how they got such a good snare sound or guitar sound, etc. I like The Cure, I like the Tony Martin-era Black Sabbath stuff. There are a few bands I have been listening too, for what seems like all my life without ever a period of dissatisfaction. Those are King Diamond, Mercyful Fate, Tiamat, and I guess I’d add Therion, Samael, Hypocrisy, Lake of Tears, and Bathory. I’ve been listening to Venom since the 80’s, but their only good stuff is from the 80’s.

12. I know that the music is very Anti Catholic but does Satanism or Occultism play any role in the music?

It hasn’t yet; but keep in mind we have only that one record so far, which is a concept album on Catholicism. My former band was more into exploring dark paths and dark arts and so forth; this hasn’t played any part yet in Excommunicated, and doubtful that it will in the near future. The next record is going to sort of pick up where Skeleton Key leaves off, as far as telling the ongoing tale of the damage wrought by Christianity on our world and culture. So we sort of have a course laid out for us already. My former band wrote a lot of occult themes, suicide, murder, Satanism, animosity. I wrote most of that stuff too; I know it comes from a dark place because that’s the place I was in when I wrote it. I know I have a lot of personal demons, and that stuff kind of tugs at my fragile sanity; even though the research that went into writing Skeleton Key did the same thing to me, in a different sort of way. For my own stability, I try to stay focused on more cut and dried fact-driven lyrics these days. I find it also less preachy and arrogant, in a strange way; to simply be the person warning you what not to believe; opposed to telling you what to think.

13/ How would you describe the death/black metal scene in Lousiana?

It’s healthy, it’s still around. It’s probably a lot stronger now than it was when we all started out, and certainly has gotten a lot better in the recent years, post-Hurrican Katrina. That storm basically stopped everything around here, music wise, for a long time… but it seems to be all coming back to life now. It’s funny, you know you are getting old or out of touch when there are death and black metal bands now in Louisiana that you don’t even know about and who don’t even know you. That’s kind of where I’m at now, there is a black metal band or two right here in Baton Rouge that I’ve never even met. When I started out with my former band some sixteen or seventeen years ago, there was nothing. We were the first to release a black metal album from Louisiana.

14. Outside of music what are some of your interests?

I have some knowledge and passing interest in computer hardware as well as audio electronics and manufacturing, making high quality cables, etc. I wouldn’t call them obsessions or even deep interests so much anymore; more like things I know in order to help do what I really love doing, which is music and making records. What I have a passion for, and where I have the most room to improve, is as a recording engineer and mix engineer. I love making a record, or helping others to make a record. It’s hard, a lot of stress and headache and challenge; but very fun and rewarding also. I’ve got a long way to go on that; but hope to get to focus more on it in the future.

15. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

Thanks, I appreciated the opportunity to talk. I really hope people give the record a chance; and look forward to hearing from those who’ve listened!


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Excommunicated/Skeleton Key/Undrworld Records/2011 CD Review



Excommunicated are a band from Lousiana that plays a blackended from of death metal and this is a review of their 2011 album "Skeleton Key" which was released by Underworld Recordings.

Drums range from midpaced to fast drumming with a great amount of blast beats being thrown in at times, while the bass playing has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars, as for the piano which is only used briefly they sound like an evil church chior and on the last song there is a small amount of keyboards being utilized.

Rhythm guitars range from midpaced to fast brutal death metal riffs that have a great amount of black metal influences being thrown in and on one song there is some slow soft playing being used, while the lead guitars are very technical, chaotic and melodic death metal guitar leads and solos.

Vocals are a mixture of deep death metal growls and high pitched screams with some church choirs being used briefly on a couple of songs song in addition there is a spoken word passage on a couple of songs that has a Catholic getting ready to go in battle with a pagan, wgile the lyrics are very anti christain and anti catholic, as for the production it has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional feel to it.

In my opinion Excommunicated are a very great Anti Catholic black/death metal band and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Cry To Heaven" "The Vatican Orgies" "When Death Claims Its Most Righteous Dead" and "Keys To The Kingdom Of God". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Skitliv/Skandinavisk Misantropi/Seasons Of Mist/2009 CD Review

Skitliv are a band from Norway that consists of Maniac formally of Mayhem and Kvartorth the mastermind behind Shining that play a musical style that I would describe as a mixture of black metal, doom metal and noise and this is a review of their 2009 album "Skandinavisk Misantropi" which was released by Season Of Mist.

Drums are mostly slow throughout the album which gives the music a very doomy feel mixed with some midpaced drumming while the effects utilize alot of noises that are influenced by avant garde noise music as for the spoken word parts they are very poetic as well as depressing.

Bass playing is all slow with only rythyms being utilized that follow the riffs coming out of the guitars, while the rythym guitars are all slow doom metal riffing with some effects being used and they ocassionly use midpaced riffs and on one song there was some fast black metal riffing as for the guitar leads have a noisy sound that seems to be influenced by 70's metal as well as some black metal.

Vocals are high pitched black metal screams with some clean vocals that are present on one song that where provided by David Tibet of Current 93 fame have a very poetic feel to them, as for the piano when it is used it has a very dark avant garde feel.

Production on this recording which was recorded at Loco Studios in January 2009 with Kvartorth's guitars being recorded by Grim at Grining Studios sounds very professional and you can hear all of the musical instruments that are on the album, as for the lyrics they cover theology, Satanism and some depressing themes.

In my opinion this is a good album and I would recommend to all fans of black metal influenced doom metal, however if you expect this album to sound like Mayhem or Shining you might be disapointed. RECOMMENDED TRACKS ARE "Slow Pain Coming" "Skandinask Misantropi" "Towards The Shores Of Lies" and "A Valley Below".

RECOMMENDED BUY

Monday, August 8, 2011

October Tide/A Thin Shell/Candlelight Records/2010 CD Review

October Tide are a band from Sweden that has a history that dates back to the 90's and also has members of Katatonia and they play a style that I would desceibe as being melodic/black/doom metal and this is a review of their 2010 album "A Thin Shell" which will be released by Candlelight Records.

Drums are mostly slow to midpaced drumming with no fast playing or blast beats, while the bass playing follows the riffs that are coming out of the guitars with its slow doomy riffing.

Rhythm guitars are mostly slow to midpaced doom/death riffs that have a small amount of black metal influence and contain a good amount of melody, while the lead guitars are very melodic sounging guitar solos, as for the accoustic guitars they use open chords and fingerpicking open chords that gives the music a very progressive feel.

Vocals are mostly deep doom/death growls that utilize a black metal edge, while the lyrics cover dark and depressive subjects, as for the production it sounds very professional and all of the musical instruments have a very good sound.

In my opinion October Tide are a very talented melodic doom/death metal band that will not dissapointed fans of this genre with their new album. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Deplorable Request" "Blackness Devours" and "SCorned". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Echtra/Paragate/Temple Of Torturous Records/2011 CD Review

Echtra are a band from Oregon that plays a style that I would describe as being atmospheric blackened drone/doom metal and this is a review of their 2011 album "Paragate" which will e released by Temple Of Torturous Records.

Drums are mostly slow playing with some fast parts but not much in the way of blast beats being used on this recording, while the synths when they are heard have a dark ambient feel to them, and there are no bass guitars being used on this recording.

Rhythm guitars are mostly slow riffs that combine influences from black,drone and doom metal and there is a small amount of fast black metal riffing being utilized briefly, and tere are no guitar leads or solos on this recording, as for the acoustic guitars when they are utilized they are very dark and repetitive sounding with some fingerpicking and full chords being used.

Vocals when they are utilized have a very dark and grim black metal feel to them with some ocassional clean singing, there are no lyrics on this recording but the music touches on the winter on autumn solstices with a feeling that some dark spirits are being invoked, as for the production on this album, it has a very dark, raw and heavy sound to it.


In my opinion Echtra are a very good black/drome/doom metal band and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band. RECEMMONDED BUY.

Ancient Wisdom/For Snow Covered The Northland/Avantgarde Music/1995 CD Review

Ancient Wisdom are a band from Sweden that plays a very atmospheric and melodic form of black metal that is heavily influenced by doom metal and this is a review of their 1995 album "For Snow Covered The Northland" which was released by Avantgarde Music.

Drums are mostly slow to midpaced beats with no fast playing or blast beats being utilized and at times there is some percussion and drum programming being used, while the pianos and keyboards gives the music a very dark and atmospheric edge, as for the bass playing it has a very dark tone that follows the riffs coming out of the guitars.

Rhythm guitars are mostly slow to midpaced black metal riffing that contains alot of melody and a mixture of doom/death metal as well as first wave black metal influences, while the lead guitars are very melodic with the guitar solos having alot of classic metal influences, as for the classical guitar it is all fingerpicked giving the music a cold atmospheric/ambient feel.

Vocals are high pitched black metal screams with the ocassional clean vocals as well as deep death metal growls being used at times, while the lyrics cover alot of depressing and nature themes with a touch of evil and some ritual summoning from the left hand path, as for the production on this recording which was recorded at The Garageland Studio during December of 1994 has a very raw and dark feel but still retains a very professional approach.

In my opinion Ancient Wisdom where a very talented and underrated band from the beginning of the second wave of black metal, if you are a fan of melodic black metal with a doom edge you should check this band out. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "They Gather Where Snow Falls Forever" "Through Rivers Of The Ancient Blackness" "No Tears At His Funeral" and "Forest Of Summoning Spirits". RECOMMENDED BUY.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Auroch Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?

Auroch arose from the Canadian underground in MMXII. We have toured throughout Canada, played over 100 shows and released one full length album and a few demos to date.

2. How would you describe the musical sound that is presented both on the split and the album?

We play metal, and we don't bother with any silly prefixes in front of the word. We have always been and will always be influenced by a wide variety of music, and more specifically, a wide variety of metal music. This leaks into our writing and playing style. At gunpoint, I would say death metal, but we have blended in elements of grind, thrash, black metal and progressive metal and music.

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

We are hugely influenced by the works of the great Howard Phillips Lovecraft, along with certain sects of both Eastern and Western mysticism, the Satanic and undivine and the many paths to transcendence.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?

The name has taken on more meaning then we could have originally imagined. Once an attempt to find something unused, it has become apparant to our growing eyes the importance of the Auroch in the very things we have come to take interest in. I wish I could elaborate more, but upon release of our second record people will come to see the paradigm on the Auroch, through many different "eyes."

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

August 17, 2010- Opening for Exodus. A remarkable experience to open for one of the legendary thrash acts.

July 28, 2010- Playing with the mighty Inquistion in Winnipeg and witnessing their hypnotizing live performance.

July 17, 2010- First show live in Montreal. Great venue and wicked crowd. Awesome city for metal and otherwise!

6. Do you have any touring plans for the new album?

Next week we embark on tour to spread the songs from the upcoming record aswell as hopefully sell the first record out of print. Once this tour is over we will discuss touring plans for next year, and hopefully, plans to tour either the U.S.A., Europe or South America.

7. Currently you are unsigned are you looking dfor a label and if so, what kind of label do you feel that would be a perfect fit for your music?

Once we get this second record out we will begin looking for a label to release it. We hope to find one that can get us touring endlessly around different parts of this world.

8. On a worldwide level how has your music been recieved by extreme metal fans?

The reaction has been really great, and recieving all positive reviews from places as far as Italy, France, Singapore, Chile, Sweden etc has been really humbling! We look forward to an epic campaign one day to all of those places, hopefully.

9. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

As a group, our three favourite acts are probably Death, Morbid Angel and Carcass. I can't speak for the rest of the band too much, but for myself, some of my favourites which never leave the regular rotation are Nile, Akercocke, Blasphemy, Conqueror, Mercyful Fate, Cryptopsy and old Houde-era Kataklysm. Recent rotation of Delerium's Karma has been a pleasant addition.

10. What role does Satanism and Occultism play in your music, and how would you describe your views on these topics?

Satan is the manifestation of the undivine and the godself. This is a concept we pay homage to.

11. Outside of music what are some of your interests?

I work at a gym as a personal trainer. Physical fitness and good health is important for me. Cuillen and Zack are both in school to become recording engineers.

12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

Thanks to our fans around the globe and to Bringer of Death blog. Beware, the new record shall be unveiled soon.
Regards

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Seidr/Winter Fire/Flenser Records/2011 CD Review

Seidr are a band from Kentucky that mixes black metal with atmospheric doom/death metal and this is a review of their 2011 album "Winter Fire" which was relkeased by Flenser Records.

Drums are mostly slow playing with not much in the way of fast drumming or blast beats, while the bass playing has a very dark tone that is mixed down low in the mix and seems to follow the rifing that is coming out of the guitars and at times they sound very powerful with some slow heavy doomy riffs.

Rhythm guitars are mostly slow doom/death metal riffs with some melodies that are also influenced by black metal with some of the softer riffing having an ambient feel to them, while the lead guitars are very melodic sounding, as for the accoustic guitars when they are utilized they bring a folk music feel to the music.

Vocals are mostly deep death/doom growls with some black metal being thrown in at times in the higher pitched growls with some clean singing being used on one song, while the lyrics cover Norse Paganism, Nature, Cosmos, Stars, Folklore, and Memory, as for the production it has a very heavy and professional sound to it.

In my opinion Seidr are a very good black/doom/death metal band and if you are a fan of bands that mix these styles together, you should check out this band. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "On The Shoulders Of The Gods" "In The Ashes" and "A Gaze At The Stars". RECEMMONDED BUY.