Sunday, December 16, 2012

Scorched Earth Interview


1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
 
Since the recording, we've had a significant lineup change.  The new lineup is: Terry McCorriston (Vocals/guitar/the guy answering these questions), Matt Fields (Guitar), Zach Palmer (Bass), and Blaeden Charette (Drums).  We just completed a West Coast tour a few weeks ago.
 
2. How would you describe the musical sound of the new album and how it differs from previous releases?
 
It's a single, not an album.  Originally we were recording for a new album, but Matt and I decided that not all the tracks were as good as they could have been, but the ones that were really good we didn't want to go to waste, so we got ahold of Bill (NoVisibleScars head honcho) and he agreed to put it out as a single.  Musically, it's indicative of our Thrash side, and doesn't differ from previous releases. 
 
3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new release?
 
"Marauders" is pretty self-explanatory and "Harken To Your Allfather" is based on the comic "Preacher".  Hail Allfather Starr!!!
 
4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
 
Just liked the name.
 
5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
 
Best show we've ever played was in Mexico City at the Metal In The Forest show.  Complete fucking maniacs, complete fucking insanity!  That whole Mexican trip had awesome shows.  We've played some cool local (Seattle) shows, in our 15+ years of existence we've played with countless cool bands all over the States and in Canada as well. 
 
6. Do you have any touring plans for the new release?
 
We just toured, so we'll have to get back to you on that one.
 
7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of extreme metal?
 
The tape hasn't come out yet, so we'll have to get back to you on that one, too!
 
8. Are there any current side projects?
 
Matt has a band called Divinorum. http://www.facebook.com/#!/DivinorumBand?fref=ts
 
9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
 
I want the next one to sound like Metal Church meets Angelcorpse.
 
10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
 
None.  Irish music, mainly.
 
11. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
 
None.
 
12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
 
Not really.  Thanks for the interview and look at our Facebook page if you wish.http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Scorched-Earth/131544593549910

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Berkowitz Interview

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


Well, I would hardly call BERKOWITZ a band. It is merely a studio project that came into being when I was writing music for a black metal band that split just months after its launch in 2008. I was without a band and with a lot of song ideas and so, you know, one thing led to another.

2. How would you describe your musical sound?

According to the label the music on "Sent To Dominate" is a mixture of death metal, black metal and grindcore. But the first album sounded mostly like black metal and a third album might be something different again. I would describe BERKOWITZ as being extreme music without giving a shit about genre categories.

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

On "Sent To Dominate" the lyrics mostly deal with political and social problems - stuff like collateral damage in war, the Berlin wall, the Arab spring and so on. On the other hand, there are songs which are very personal and show my individual point of view. The most recurring message is: "Never let people put you down".

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

The idea was to find a name that doesn't determine the style of music. Names like "dark + noun" are getting old. I liked having a family name and so I looked for one that could be connected with as different people as possible. Look it up, you'll see what I mean.

5. Currently the band is solo, are you planning on adding a line up in the future or do you choose to remain solo?

Right now I am busy with a full-line-up band and my job. There is nothing planned, but you should never say never. But it seems very possible to share the songwriting process in the future. We'll see.

6. Currently you are signed to Gravity Entertainment, how did you get in contact with this label and how would you describe the support that they have given you so far.

I accidentally met one of the Gravity dudes in Berlin when I was looking for a label to publish "Sent To Dominate". I didn't know that the guy was working for a record label but somehow we talked about it. Their marketing was surprisingly professional so I would say I am satisfied.

7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of extreme metal.

So far, reactions by listeners and reviewers have been positive.

8. What is going on with the other musical projects these days?

Haha, I really don't know how to respond to that. But in case you mean my other involvements: I am playing drums in a grindcore/crust band which is very fun. Much more spontaneous than the longer BERKOWITZ compositions.

9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

I actually have enough material for one more album in a similar style. But for some reason I don't want to record it as being the third BERKOWITZ LP. I think it is boring to record the same album again and again so the next one is going to be a lot different.

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

I think every band you like has influence on your output. Important bands for "Sent To Dominate" were ROTTEN SOUND, NASUM and NAPALM DEATH. The last CD I bought was DYING FETUS' "Reign Supreme" but the record I was listening to the most during the last time is DUNDERBEISTs "Black Arts & Crooked Tails".

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

I like to draw and illustrate - that's my job. The BERKOWITZ logo and both cover artworks have been created by me. Check out facebook.com/thisisillustrious for more information!

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

Yes, thank you for your time and for your interest!

Xul/Malignance/2012 CD Review

Xul are a band from Vernon, British Columbia that plays a very heavy  and  brutal  form  of  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  self  released  2012  album  "Malignance".



Drums range from slow, mid paced to fast drumming with a great amount of brutal sounding blast beats being thrown into the music,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with  heavy  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording., as for the synths which are only utilized  briefly  they  bring  an  atmospheric  and  symphonic  sound  to  the  music



  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  blackened  death  metal  riffs  that  are  very  heavy  and  brutal  sounding  with  a  good  amount  of  melody  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  soft  and  clean  playing,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  and  technical  sounding  blackened  death  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  range  from  deep  blackened  death  metal  screams  to  high  pitched  black  metal  screams,  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  for  being  a  self  released  recording  and  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  they  are  only  utilized  on  the  last  song  briefly  and  they  use  full  chords  and  full  chords  to  enhance  some  darkness  in  the  music

  In  my  opinion  Xul  are  a  very  great  sounding  heavy  and  brutal  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Battlestorm"  "Winter's  Reign"  and  "Tomb  Of  The  Tyrants".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Scorched Earth/Marauders/No Visible Scars/2012 EP Review


  Scorched  Earth  are  a  band  from  Seattle,  Washington  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  ep  "marauders"  which  was  released  by  No  Visible  Scars.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  utilized  at  times,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with  heavy  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  riffs  that  combine  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  as  well  as  some  punk  influences,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  old  school  sounding  heavy  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  are  mostly  growls  and  screams  that  have  an  early  black  metal  and  thrash  feeling  to  them  while  having  somewhat  of  a  punk  edge  to  them,  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  metal  themes, as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  raw  sound  to  it  while  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Scorched  Earth  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Harken  To  Your  Allfather".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.


Monday, December 10, 2012

Haiduk Interview

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

Haiduk is a manifestation of a pissed off and determined guitarist trying to forge a unique style of modern extreme metal.


2. How would you describe your musical sound?

Relentless, pummeling, fast...


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

Haiduk lyrical themes focus on stories and ideas relating to a fictional fantasy world I’ve been developing for some time. “Spellbook” deals with elements of magic within that world: fire, lightning, necromancy, curses, etc. It relates music to magic. Music can be a powerful force and manipulating it can give its master powers similar to those wielded by mages conceived in fantasy books and games which I draw inspiration from.


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

A “hajduk” is a resistance warrior who retreats to the hills and forests during a time of invasion in order to continue fighting off enemy occupation. My background is Serbian and it’s a common word in south-east Europe. I was partly inspired by Scandinavian viking metal bands who incorporate pagan and historical themes into their music so I chose a name which reflects my own European roots.


5. Currently the project is solo are you planning on expanding the line up or do you choose to remain solo?

I choose to remain solo and have no desire to work with anyone else.


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

I dislike any outside interference in my work and have no interest in working with a label. I walk a solitary path and control my own destiny. I’m no slave to the ways of the industry nor do I function the same way as most bands do. It’s an advantage and a disadvantage.


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

Overall the feedback has been really good, which is important because it’s always a gamble when you compose an album on your own with no outside input along the way. It’s easy to lose perspective and you never know what the reaction will be. I just write music that sounds good to me.


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

I choose to focus all my energy on Haiduk.


9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

I haven’t decided if I’ll make another album yet. If there’s another release it will continue in the same direction of speed and push for more complexity and technical guitarwork.


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

Early 90’s thrash is what I grew up with: Sepultura, Slayer, Testament, old Megadeth & Metallica.... Nowadays I lean towards a variety of fast thrash/death bands like Dew-Scented, Carnal Forge, Old Man’s Child, Vomit the Soul....


11. How would you describe your views on Occultism?

Most of it is complete bullshit. Aside from using symbolism to convey a message, believing “occult” magic is as stupid as believing in god, fairy tales or fortune tellers. The theme of this album is 100% fantasy-based and escapist. Knowledge is the closest thing to magic. Through experience and learning one can begin to use their knowledge to create extraordinary effects which can come to resemble something similar to magic to those who don’t possess it.


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

I keep up with world news and international relations, paying close attention to scientific progress, wars, revolutions, strife, ethnic unrest and generally where the human species is going. But I also love to escape from it all and retreat into alternate realities through various means.


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

Thank you.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Haiduk/Spellbook/2012 CD Review


  Haiduk  are  a  1  man  band  from  Canada  that  plays  an occult  form  of  black/death/thrash  metal  and this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2012  album  "Spellbook".

  Drums  range  from slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  thrown   into  the  music  at  times,  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  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  with  a  good  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  being  thrown  into  the  riffing,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  dark  and  melodic  sounding  black/death metal  guitar  solos  and  leads,  as  for  the  classical  guitars  which  are  only  used  briefly  they  use  finger  picking  to  add  more  darkness  to  the  music.

  Vocals  are  all  deep  blackened  death  metal  growls,  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  occult  themes, as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful  and  heavy  sound  for  being  a  self  released  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Haiduk  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  hybrid  of  black,  death,  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  Wind"  "Forcefield"  "Lightning"  and  "Stormcall".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.  

Monday, December 3, 2012

A Band Of Orcs Interview


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

Gogog: Brought many storms with our epic tales of Gzoroth, raided many eardrums with new metal music, added many heads to the pile with new album “Adding Heads to the Pile.”

Gronk!: Shared battlefield with Slayer…and…Slipknot…and Anthrax…and Motorhead…and Cannibal Corpse…and Nekrogoblikon…many, many others…Hail Gzoroth!!!!

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

Gogog: Let the slaves describe it!

Gronk!:  Gogog, you leader, you describe.

Gogog:  Okay.  You know how you take head and add to pile and it makes squishy noise and look down and see puddle at bottom…it like that puddle.  It just float right down to the bottom and stays there until Gzoroth rises to the top.

Gronk!: Hail Gzoroth!!!

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

Gronk!:  Killing giants.  Spells, Geas, War, adding heads to the pile, Domination, winter wonderlands of ice wyrms and wolves and snow… elemental realms, and…rebellion.

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

Gogog: It mean what it mean.  Us A Band of Orcs.

Gronk!: Us rolled on random encounter table in game, but us really come and destroy table, but svae Jed, cuz him show us how play Slayer.

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

Gogog: Mayhem, Summer Slaughter, Orc CD release show, Pumpkin chunkin’ glory!!!

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

Gogog: No.  But us make plans when humans want pay us to play.  Battle wagon need gold and black gold to run.

Gronk!: Hail Gzoroth!!!  Orcs not make plans, orcs seize plans.


7.     The new album came out on IME Entertainment, how did you get in contact with this label and how would you describe the support that they have given you so far?

Gronk!: Us tell slave give us label number and slave do.  I\M/E give us many allies and try forge new battle plan for music industry.  Us forge with them cuz it so chaotic and untried orcs have to be part of that.  Them submit us be considered for Grammy, ahahhahahahhaha!!!!  That funny, but we shall see, we shall see….  Hail, Ed!  Hail Gzoroth!!!!

8.     On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your new album by fans of extreme metal?
Gogog: Devastating, every human want but us not have enough to supply world wide Domination.  It like humans starving for us fill their ear-hole with brutal metal.

9.     What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

Gronk!: “Into the Maelstrom and beyond into a deeper evil, ahahhaha!!!”


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

Gogog: Inspired by me, LEEEEEDEEEEER!

Gronk!: Behemoth, Sabbath, Maiden, Slayer, Bad Religion.  Filthgrinder him like Metallica, Megadeth, Suffocation for album.  But also us inspired by Michael Moorecock, Robert E. Howard, H.P. Lovecraft, and other prophets of Domination with written word.

Gogog:  Gogog listen to Obituary and Thomas Dolby now.

Gronk!: Me listen to Kreator and punk rock…Bad Religion, DC Fallout, hail Gzoroth!!!!

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

Gogog: Inside of music, unicorn poaching, day-glo stuffs; whipping the slaves, flogging the grunts, killing ice wyrms, adding heads to pile

Gronk!: drop things from high places watch them go splat.

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

Gogog: Demand A Band of Orcs in your cities, in your record stores, at your schools on your radio stations, ask your lunch lady, the bus driver, the slave that pumps your gas, cry it from the deepest caves of evil, proclaim it on the bloody hills, and add your head to the pile, Hail Gzoroth!!!  Be a part of that puddle, peddle our music and be spared, sell it at flea markets.
Gronk!: Listen “Adding Heads to the Pile.”  Buy our shit!  Hail Gzoroth!!!!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Doomsday Interview

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






Doomsday is a crusty/death metal project we decided to form based on the desire between Zack, Jon and I to continue writing together after we stopped working with our previous band. Bob and Zion being mutual friends were added to round out the lineup.





2. How would you describe your musical sound?





Dumb, disgusting metal played loud through blown, beer drenched speakers





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





I had no involvement as far as lyrical content, but the music called for raw, aggressive subject matter. Zion is fantastic in annunciation and I think a lot of the lyrics are fairly easy to decipher for anyone that's interested in learning them.





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





The majority of us were involved in the Doomsday Derelicts era of Nachtmystium. We had thrown around a couple of other ideas, but this was one that seemed to click with everyone.





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





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





We just finished up a week and a half or so in support of Krieg and Wolvhammer that took us around the midwest and east coast. At the moment, we have no more plans to play live until we're finished with our respective duties in other projects.





7. Currently you are signed to Disorder Records, how did you get in contact with this label and how would you describe the support that they have given you so far?





I started Disorder just prior to releasing the EP, I didn't really have any intention of trying to sign this band to a label at all. We've all been around long enough and we know enough people. There's really no reason for us to hand anything off to a label for pocket change.





8.What is going on with the other musical projects these days?





I'm working on a goth record under the title of Liar In Wait as well as material for new Chrome Waves and Wolvhammer releases that are scheduled for the first half of next year. Jon is working on writing a new Bones record that will more than likely come out on Planet Metal next year. Zion has a full length of Anti-Human Thesis songs ready to record. Bob is always doing a million things with Apostle of Solitude, Gates of Slumber, etc. and Zack is starting another leg of Goatwhore touring as we speak. Always a lot going on around here, there's never a lack of work or creativity.





9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?





Well, we did start a couple of other songs a few months ago, they aren't finished, but they seem to be in the same vain as the others, just a little slower. Not that we're going to stop going fast, just wanted to mix things up a little.





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





I think this obviously just depends on the project, you can't really pigeonhole any of us when it comes to influences. They're far reaching and varied. For Doomsday in particular, I guess you could say Autopsy, His Hero is Gone and the like.





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





Is there anything else? I really don't have much free time these days...









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





Thanks for the questions, check out the record, and buy it so we can keep these things happening.





Cheers,

Jeff

Saturday, November 17, 2012

A Band Of Orcs/Adding Heads To The Pile/IME Entertainment/2012 CD Review


  A  Band  Of  Orcs  are  a  band  from  California  that  play  a  blackened  form  of  death  thrash  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  album  "Adding  Heads  To  The  Pile"  which  was  released  by  IME  Entertainment.

  Drums range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  utilized  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 t hey  have  a very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  death  thrash  riffs  that  are  mixed  with  black  metal  as  well  as  some  melodies  being  thrown  into t he  riffing, while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  sounding  guitar  solos  and  leads,  as  for  the  classical  guitars  when t hey  are  utilized  they  use  finger  picking  to  add  more  melody  to t he  music.

  Vocals range  from  death/thrash  style  shouting,  deep  death  metal growls  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams,  while  the  lyrics  cover  elves  and  trolls  with  a  touch  of  Anglo  Saxon  Mythology,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  A  Band  Of  Orcs  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  death/thrash  hybrid  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "When  The  Hills  Run  Red"  "Wyrd  Of  The  Winter  Wolf"  "Stormbringer"  and  "Fall  Of  The  Fire  Lord".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Berkowitz/Sent To Dominate/Gravity Entertainment/2012 CD Review


  Berkowitz  are  a  1  man  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  album   "Sent  To  Dominate"  which  was  released  by  Gravity  Entertainment.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  great  amount  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music  at  times,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with  heavy  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  riffs  that  combine  black,  death  metal  and  grindcore  together  with  a  good  amount  of  melodic  riffing,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  sounding guitar  solos  and  leads  as  well  as.

  Vocals  range  from  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  to  deep  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  some  shouting  type  vocals, while  the  lyrics  cover  political,  war  and  social  injustice  themes  with  some  of  the  lyrics  being  written  in  German,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  heavy  raw  and  primitive  sound  while  you  can  still  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Berkowitz  are  a  very  great  sounding  hrybid  of  black  metal,  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dictate  Destruction"  "Paveway  To  The  Gods"  and  "To  The  Aggressor  The  Valve".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Nepente Interview


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

In this moment we are waiting for the release of our second álbum “Suffering is the Seed” in digital format  via www.Metalhit.com the next November 20th. In the beguinning of December we will release a music video of the title track of our álbum “Suffering is the Seed”

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

I think that the music in this  album is more direct and powerful than our previous compositions. The basic idea for the new music always was to write material more song oriented with more traditional structures introducing choruses and things like that, but keeping the violence and darkness that I think was always in our music. It was also important the introduction of a new guitarist with a more black metal background and the insertion of new drums techniques as the “gravity” I also believe that the sound achieved in the mixing and mastering process in Hertz Recording Studio gave to the music a more tighter and solid edge.


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

The lyrics of Nepente was always inspired by human feelings as terror, pain, fear, wrath, revenge,  etc depicted in a symbolic way.  Other important topics in the lyrics include criticism of the attempts to domestícate the human nature by organized religions, and I was always inspired by the classical horror films and literature.

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

Nepente was the name of the elixir that the greek gods drinks to forget, this was one of the great advantages that they had upon the human beings , the absence of remorse and guilt. I think that metal music  is a “Nepente” that can help us to eliminate the concept of sin that is so important for the religious people to dominate and control the actions and thoughts of the others.

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

We have played great shows with important colombian bands as Masacre, Inquisition and Witchtrap and with great foreign bands as Krisiun, Rotting Christ, Ancient, etc What we want to give to the crowd in our shows is an extreme experience of Brutality, Wickedness and Darkness.

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

The idea is to play shows in the different regions of our country supporting the álbum and to carry out a South American tour the next year. Anyway, one of our main goals is touring overseas some day.

7. I have read that the band is looking for a label to release the new album on cd and vinyl format have you recieved any interest yet?

We are in negotiations with some record labels for a cd release or releases but we do’nt have proposals for a vinyl release yet. I am really looking forward to get a vinyl edition of this material!!!!!

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

The feedback for our music has been very decent considering that our first album was released by a very underground label as Metalbolic records still i must admit that they made a great effort to introduce the band in the underground metal market and we are very grateful for that. In any case the reviews of our material in the U.S.A. and Europe has always been very good.

9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

We are very pleased with the last material of our band  and i think that is the direction that we will follow in the future but we know  that we have to improve in several aspects concerning our songwritting and musical execution skills.

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

We are influenced by  several metal styles although our main influences comes from Death and Black metal from the more classic material to some aspects of the new proposals in the extreme music. Anyway you can hear in our music some influences of traditional Heavy metal, Thrash, Doom, etc We do`nt put strict boundaries to our music. Personally in this moment i am a huge fan of some french black metal bands as Deathspel Omega, Merrimack, Antaeus, Arkhon Infaustus, etc I also enjoy the eclectic proposals of bands as Belphegor, Ishan, Akercocke…

11. Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?

We are very agnostic persons and personally I use the imaginery of satanism and ocultism as a symbolic weapon against  obscurantist and brainwashing beliefs, i think that the greatest questions about our universe only can be  answered using the human rationality and the tools that science give to us.

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

Mainly Philosophy, Science, Literature, Cinema, Women and Alcohol.

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

I want to thank you for this interview and i want to invite metalheads to support the work of underground metal bands buying their music, attending to their shows and supporting all the zines, websites, etc  specialized in Metal music. STAY METAL AND TRUE!!!!! Check us out here http://nepente.bandcamp.com/

Friday, November 9, 2012

Desolate Shrine/The Sanctum Of Human Darkness/Dark Descent Records/2012 CD Review


  Desolate  Shrine  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  dark,  and  heavy form  of  occult  death  metal  with  black  and  doom  metal  influences  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  album  "The  Sanctum  of  Human  Darkness"  which  was  released  by  Dark  Descent  Records.

  Drums range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  drumming  with  only  a  small  amount  of  fast  playing  and    blast  beats,  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  synths  and  sound  effects  when  they  are  utilized  they  bring  a  very  dark,  avant  garde,  evil  and  occult  sound  to  the  music.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  death  metal riffs  that  are  very  dark  and  heavy  sounding  with  a  good  amount  of  black  and  doom  metal  influences  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  soft  and  clean  playing  in  addition  there  are  some  evil  sounding  melodies  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording,  as  for  the  classical  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  they  use  finger  picking  to  enhance  the  darkness  that  is  coming  out  of  the  music.

  Vocals  range  from  deep  death  metal  growls  to  high  pitched  black  metal  screams,  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  occult  themes  that  lean  toward  the  Left  Hand  Path,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  dark,  powerful  and  heavy  sound  to  it  with  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Desolate  Shrine  are  a  very  great  sounding  heavy  and  dark  occult  blackened  death  metal  band  with  doom  metal  influences  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pillars  Of  Salvation  (The  Drowned  Prince)"  "Demon  Heart  (The  Desolate  One)"  and  "Funeral  Chamber  (Sacred  Ceremonial  Light)".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.     

Maveth/Coils Of The Black Earth/Dark Descent Records/2012 CD Review


  Maveth  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  album  "Coils  Of  The  Black  Earth"  which  was  released  by  Dark  Descent  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  great  amount  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  tone  with  heavy  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording,  as  for  the  sound  effects  which  are  utilized  in  between  songs  that  bring  a  very  evil,  dark,  and  occult  sound  to  the  music.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  blackened  death  metal  riffs  that  are  very  dark,  evil,  heavy  and  brutal  sounding  with  some  dark and  primitive  sounding  melodies  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  at  times,  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording .

 Vocals  are  mostly  deep  sounding  death  metal  growls  that  have  a  blackened   edge  to  them  along  with  a  brief  spoken  word  part  that  is  utilized  at  the  beginning  of  a  song,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Darkness,  Occultism  and  Left  Hand  Path  themes without  going  into  the  Satanic  side  and  focusing  on  more  ancient  pre-Christianity  topics,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy,  brutal  and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  in  addition  some  of  the  songs  are  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Maveth  are  a very  great  sounding  dark,  heavy,  and  brutal  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hymn  To  Azael"  "Beneath  The  Sovereignty  Of  Al_Ghul" "Sating  Erichto"  and  "To  Seed  The  Succubi".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Nepente/Suffering Is The Seed/MetalHit.com/2012 CD Review


  Nepente  are  a  band  from  Columbia  that  plays  a  blackened  from  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  album  "Suffering  Is  The  Seed"  which  was  released  by  MetalHit.com.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  great  amount  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music,  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  blackened  death  metal  riffs  that  are  very  dark,  heavy and  brutal  sounding,  and  there  are  little to  no guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording.

  Vocals range  from  deep death  metal  growls  to  high  pitched  black  metal  screams,  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  violent  and  blasphemous  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy,  brutal  and professional  sound to it.

  In  my  opinion  Nepente  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark,  heavy  and  brutal  sounding  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check out this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hell  In  The Name  Of  The  Lord"  "Slaves  Will  Always  Be  Slaves"  and  "This  Shroud  Is  Yours".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Kontinuum/Earth Blood Magic/Candlelight Records/2013 CD Review


  Kontinuum  are  a  band  from  Iceland  that  mixes  progressive  black  metal  with  atmospheric  doom  metal  and  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Earth  Blood  Magic"  which  will  be  released  by  Candlelight  Records.

  Drums range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  drumming  with  not  much  in  the  way  of  fast  playing  or  blast  beats,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with  heavy  riffing  that  dominates  though  out  the  recording,  as  for  the  synths  when  they  are  utilized  they  bring  a  very  progressive  and  ambient  sound  to  the  music  in  Addition  there  is  a  brief  use  of  violins  being  utilized  on  the  last  song.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  riffs  that  combine  progressive  black  metal  with  atmospheric  doom  metal  and  ambient  with  a  good  amount  of  melody  being  thrown  into t he  riffing  as  well  as  a  good  amount  of  clean  playing,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  and  progressive  sounding  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals range  from  clean  singing  that  has  a  gothic  feeling  to  them,  black  metal  screams  and  spoken  word  parts  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals, while the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes  with  a  couple  of  songs  being  written  in  Icelandic,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  with  some  of t he  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Kontimuum  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  progressive  black  metal,  atmospheric  doom  metal  and  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Moonshine"  "Lightbearer"  "City"  and  "Red".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.