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.