Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Locus Titanic Funus/Castus Lacrima/Metal Scrap Records/2013 CD Review


  Locus  Titanic  Funus  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  gothic  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Castus  Lacrima"  which  was  released  by  Metal  Scrap  Records.

  Drum  programming  ranges from  slow  to  mid  paced  beats,  while  the  synths  bring  a  very  atmospheric,  dark,  symphonic  and  gothic  sound  to  the  music,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very strong  and  powerful  sound  with  heavy  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  are  all  slow  to  mid  paced  riffs  that  combine  black,  funeral  doom  and  gothic  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  sounding  doom  metal  guitar  leads.

  Vocals  range  from  deep  funeral  doom  growls,  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams,  clean  singing  female  and  male  vocals  and  some  spoken  word  parts, while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  dark  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  with  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Locus  Titanic  Funus  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  black,  doom  and  gothic  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Morphine"  and  "Covered  With  Sorrow".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Nonexistence/Antartica/Candlelight Records/2013 CD Review


  Nonexistence  are  a  1  man  band  from  Austria  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  hybrid  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Antartica"  which  was  released  by  Candlelight  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  playing  with  no  fast  drumming  or  blast  beats  being  present on  this  recording,  while  the  synths  bring  a  very  dark,  atmospheric  and  experimental  sound  to  the  recording,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  riffs  that  combine  black  and  doom  metal  together  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own  with  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  as  well  as  some  soft  and  clean  playing  which  brings  progressive  elements  to  the  recording,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  dark  and  melodic  sounding  doom  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  range  from  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  to  deep  doom/death  metal  growls  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing,  while  the  lyrics  cover  cosmic  and  metaphysical  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  dark  sound  with  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  mu  opinion  Nonexistence  are a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  atmospheric  black  and  melodic  doom  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vast  Abysses  Inside"  "The  Void  Of  No  Void"  and  "Starless  Aeons".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Bukowski Family Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
 
FATS: The most promising act of youthful popular music with sweet melodies and catchy lyrics, almost virgin-like innocence and boyish charm. We come in peace and wish to spread the words of universal love and equality to all nations! Not.
 
MIMI: Family who cares about each other and doing lovely things together.There is nothing more better things to do than to experience our family.
 
PIGGY: Herding is nice. Piggy likes to play with those mumbling fucks for hours and hours…Piggy wants to see them with cuntsweat.
 

2.How would you describe your musical sound?

FATS: Terrible. We sound just like Wiktor looks. I wonder why the fuck are we even bothering playing this shit when we could just concentrate on running the farm and herding our human cattle.

MIMI: Like a gramophone..Old and so gold.
sounds from the farm..sometimes same as last moments of Sharon Tate, probably.

PIGGY: It reminds Piggy for some Mexican decapitations! AJAJJAJAAAJAJAAAA!!! Muerto Maximum! Hola! JAJJAJAJJAAAA! Here in Southern part of America, people love Piggy and Piggy Gladly show some beastiality!


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

MIMI: No words  from me now..I'm hungry,.. Roman told that we have a chinese for dinner today, Maybe Fats and Piggy has something to say about this

FATS: The Family keeps a very elaborate journal of things happening in the basement, around the farm and about stuff Frank does. We like to share it as we cherish these precious moments of suffering and despair and just love to remind all the hypocrite shits trying to hide the fact that they are just the same as the lowliest worms that they are just that, worm ridden crap with animal instincts and animal desires.

PIGGY: Exploring and exposing…It’s all the same to Piggy. So Piggy do it like a Pro! Clothes are usually made by demons…What?.....What denim?.... wearing things are made from What? Hey Fats! This stuttering fuck of a soul says that the clothes are usually made from this thing denim…Piggy is going to get medevil with this stiffy…Piggys dear Gran-Pa used to say that only the whores and the sinners wear clothes. Piggy thinks so too..

FATS: Good boy, Piggy, good boy. Here's a little treat.


4. I know that the band was named after a poet, what was it that interested you about this writer to use a band name that was a tribute to him?

FATS: Who told you that? Motherfucker lied! We are Bukowski Family and thus call ourselves that. The only poetry relating to our doings is Roman's mastery of human deformation. Now there's a poet! He is one sick motherfucker. The only tribute we will ever make is to death itself.

MIMI: Indeed!!

PIGGY: What is this poet-thing? Something that Piggy could stuff with some fuck? Or even should? Uncle once told us a story. ” The Bitch ain’t warm, so the bitch is dead. Well fuck that shit, She’ll give us a head. ” My favorite story of the childhood.


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

FATS: We are not allowed to play shows. Too messy, too legally questionable and no one wants us around. I think it's because of Piggy. That fucker smells rank.

MIMI: What is stage? Is that like a attic? You can go to there only when uncle says so? what show? You mean how fast someone can run while Roman and Frank wants to have fun?
The fat chick goes...Like this...like that....She has no fingers...

PIGGY: Definetly best show ever was the Michael Bolton Jamboree back in the good old days, when you could set the girl on fire just by lighting the match in the same room…’cause all the hairspray and shit…it was beautiful….

FATS: You see what I am forced to deal with day after day? Any wonder one gets some murderous fits of rage every now and then?


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

FATS: We are always on tour. Who knows. We might be near you right now. Ah, you mean to play music? Once we know there is a house full of meat waiting eagerly and no cops around.

PIGGY: FUCK DA POLICIA! Piggy always taste kind of sour…

MIMI: The fat chick goes...Like this...like that....She has no fingers...She has no toes...The fat chick goes......Like this...like that..She has no eyes..She has no ears..fat bitch goes..Like this...like that...On all fours..on all fours....

FATS: Where the fuck did Mimi go...LEAVE THE FUCKING BITCH ALONE FOR ONE SECOND! One second, that's all I ask...Goddamnit!


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

FATS: They give almost as good support as Uncle's leather suit. They contacted us and in exchange for some tapestries and dried meat they offered to handle the more technical side of things because we have our hands and basement full of shit to do. Did you know one of them is a fat chick? We had to tell Roman twelve (12) times to stop eyeing her like he wanted to cuntpunch the bitch and drag her fat ass back to the farm for some sewing. Shame though. Nice fat ass worth at least 2 strips of good tapestry.
As to how we ended up hooking up with AGProductions is because music industry sucks, is full of two-faced, mentally and physically handicapped fucking retards that have no clear reason as to why they are still living and that is a true insult to actually disabled and handicapped retards because the amount of lowlife scum shit dwelling in the "industry" surpasses fucking religions. And thats saying a lot. So, AGProductions don't fuck around and lie their asses off (we chew them off so they don't need to) and made it their life's work to get The Family heard. A short life's work but anyway. We don't care about anything else than to spread this sick shit and insult people who deserve to be insulted and inflamed because they suck and are generally full of shit.

PIGGY: The AGR-team are really in the helping us out! They bought pack of cigarettes for Piggy! Oh…and couple rolls of ducktape also…very nice! It really came handy and in need ’cause Piggy’s girlfriend-thing got some damage…now Piggy can enjoy the love again! Piggy happy and the rest of this stinking pile of shit-family can do tehir stuff in peace…or pieces, without Piggy nagging ’bout the broken love-humandoll…

MIMI: The fat chick goes...Like this...like that....She has no fingers...She has no toes...The fat chick goes......Like this...like that..


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

FATS: This world is full of sick and twisted fucks so it's good. Better than good even. I savor the occasional cumstains that bother to try and taunt us because it is utterly pointless. Family only cares for its own. Everyone else is just meat. Mostly a waste of meat.

MIMI: The fat chick goes......Like this...like that..She has no eyes..She has no ears..
I just saw some pure piece of carne fucking humana.

PIGGY: Yes and Sick Fucks has been sending some naughty pics for us…Piggy wants more pussy-on-tits, tits-on ass, pussy an’ ass! Everything goes when you live in a gage.

FATS: Hang on shitsnout, we need to get you some pussy ass shit to get you sorted out...


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

FATS: We'll dick around the farm and see what comes up. I know one thing for sure. It will not please hipster fucks, it will not please wannabe dickweeds, it will not please anyone who thinks music should be all about love. It will please someone but that someone will keep their mouth shut or they will end up in some institution and we all know what that means. Insane asylum is a castration of inventiveness. Whatever we do it will be on our terms and for our pleasure alone.

PIGGY: You are weird. Piggy is suspicious of all the things you want to know….Wanna see Piggys pit?


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

FATS: I enjoy Tchaikovsky, Respighi, Stravinsky, Mussorgsky, Grieg and Shostakovich while cooking, brewing, doing just about anything. The contemporary crap and "popular" shit just does not have the same gravitas as classical music. I may sit there watching the human mobile for hours listening to Mahler.

PIGGY: 80’s Pornmusic is great!

MIMI: Something similar like Fats, Mozart,  Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, guns, family...sounds from the farm.. nature. ..mind and God.

FATS: Shut the fuck up about your goddamn GOD. What the fuck!? Seriously? You getting delusional again? Motherfucker...


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

FATS: Majority of the Family activities lie outside music. We run the farm doing tapestries, cooking, making toy planes, rocking horses and mobiles out of wankers, fashion bones into tools, hunt, cruise around town. The usual. But what is more interesting is what are our disinterests.

MIMI: All what Fats said and ... Dolls....dolls...dolls!!

FATS: CONCENTRATE!

PIGGY: Dr. Philly seems nice. Latin women tastes good also! Hola Biatches! Mui Bien!Fat chicks for tapestry…what else? Piggys own body is interesting. The Tenderizer is like tv on our farm. Always very interesting and kind of …funny.


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

FATS: Go buy the EP and prepare yourself because this is only the beginning.

MIMI: You are not alone...your family is here with you!

PIGGY: Go fuck youself. Go fuck something. Stick a dildo in your cornhole, get your face manjuiced, Write the fucking Family in your clit, and send the pic! Do what ever you desire…just send Piggy a picture.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Bukowski Family/Unpleasantries Abundant/Artificial God Productions/2013 CD Review


  Bukowski  Family  are  a  band  from  Hungary  that  plays  a  very  blackened  form  of  death/grind  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Unpleasantries  Abundant"  which  was  released  by  Artificial  God  Productions.

  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  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars  and  at  times  they  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  as  for  the  synths  which  are  only  used  briefly  they  bring  a  dark  and  atmospheric  sound  to  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  heavy  and  brutal  riffs  that  combine  black  metal,  death  and  grindcore  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  with  some  melody  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  soft  and  clean  playing,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  sounding  blackened  death  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  range  from  deep  blackened  death  metal  growls  to  high  pitched  grindcore  screams  as  well  as  a  brief  spoken  word  part,  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  gore  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a v ery  strong,  powerful,  heavy,  brutal  and  professional  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Bukowski  Family  are  a  very  great  sounding  heavy  and  brutal  hybrid  of  blackened  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Chair  Of  Repentance"  and  "The  Perversion  Of  The  Grim  Tanner".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Monday, May 13, 2013

The Vein/Scouring The Wrekage Of Time/Shadow Kingdom Records/2013 CD Review


  The  Vein  are  a  band  from  Denmark  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  doom,  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "The  Wrekage  Of  Time"  which  was  released  by  Shadow  Kingdom  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  playing  with  no  fast  drumming  or  blast  beats  being  present on  this  recording,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with  heavy  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording,  as  for the  synths  when  they  are  utilized  they  bring  a  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sound to  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  riffs  that  combine  black,  doom,  and  death  metal  together  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  being  thrown  into  the  riffing,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  sounding  doom  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads,  as  for  the  classical guitars  which  are  only  utilized  briefly  use  finger  picking  and  full  chords  to  enhance  the  dark  atmosphere  of  the  recording.

  Vocals  range  from  grim sounding  black  metal  screams  to  deep doom/death  metal  growls  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  samples,  while  the lyrics  cover  Dark  and  depressing  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy, d ark  and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  with t he  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.
 
  In  my  opinion  The  Vein  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  black,  doom,  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pale  Dawn  Rising"  "The  Poisoned  Chalice"  and  "Carving  A  Labyrinth  Of  Despair".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Polyptych Interview


1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
Y. Werther - Well, Polyptych is a culmination of a variety of different influences, emotions and ideas.  We see it as a medium to express ourselves in a way that is on a deeper intellectual level than what we are able to do in everyday life.

2. How would you describe your musical sound?
Y. Werther – It’s hard to just pin us to one subgenre of metal. For those who enjoy categories, we’ve been called death metal, black metal, or a hybrid of the two—blackened death. We’ve also had people say we sound like Behemoth, Emperor, older Morbid Angel etc., however, I think our sound is defined not by who we sound like but how we take our influences and implement them into our sound as opposed to “copying” a particular sound. Our musical sound is also highly defined by the emotive process that goes into our songwriting and also by the particular atmosphere (s) that we try to capture with our music.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Y. Werther – Well the lyrics on our first release “Panels Engraved” are sort of a metaphoric culmination of the emotions of what was going through my mind at the time. During this point I was going through a shitty patch in my life and my faith in humanity was weary. The topics range from questioning our existence to exploring the contrasts between existentialist thought and nihilistic thought. Imagine a paradise that is more dystopic than blissful—that is the core of “Panels Engraved”.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
Y. Werther – The name Polyptych (pronounced Puh – lip – tick) comes from types of paintings that are made up of smaller panels that on their own are beautiful art but together paint not only a picture but also a narrative of the content on the canvas. We picked this name because we feel that our music has the exact same effect of creating a full narrative.  The original name of the band when I joined was “Warpiss”  I thought it was hilarious but we knew we wanted to be more serious with this band after found what type of project this was shaping up to be.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
Y. Werther – Oddly enough we haven’t played any shows yet even though we’ve been a band since 2009. Shortly after I joined the band we decided to part ways with our original drummer. So for a long time it was just I and our other guitarist (S. Skopec). We focused on writing instead of finding a line up for shows.  We still to this day don’t have drummer for live shows.  We currently consist of S. Skopec, our bassist (F. Lato) who joined following “Panels Engraved,” and me.  My other band, Austaras, was privileged to open for Dragged into Sunlight when they stopped here in Chicago.  For me personally that was the best show I’ve played so far.

6. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Y. Werther – Perhaps. Like I said we don’t have live drummer, only a studio drummer who lives on the east coast. Right now we are focusing on our sophomore album, which is shaping up to be different than “Panels Engraved” but in a great way. However, based on the success of this next album and if we can find a full time drummer that is agreeable enough to participate, we would love to begin playing shows.

7. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or received any interest?
Y. Werther – We’ve had one small label show interest in us but we decided to pass it up because it didn’t suit our needs. We’d love to find a label that would help us get our music in to listener’s hands but our main priority right now is working on this next album. It would be great if a relatively bigger label showed interest in picking up this next album once it is released.

8, On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of blackened death metal?
Y. Werther – Overall I’d say it has been pretty well received for those who have heard it. I know I’ve had friends say that we could be big but we write music for our own enjoyment. However, we do still want to promote our music and get it out there because we firmly we believe that what we are doing is great, and if other people hear it, I am sure that many people would be able to relate to the themes we explore in our music.

9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
Y. Werther – The direction of next release will definitely be slightly different but it will still be Polyptych.  The first album was sort of a trial and error process as it was the first I ever wrote with another contributor, but along the way we’ve sort of found our niche and we expect a quicker turnaround time this time as well as some new exciting things. I don’t want to give away too much, but you can expect a larger fusion of different styles of metal, and also some more simplified (but still brutal, of course) sections that we felt the first album was lacking. This time around, it’s not only about the speed and technicality, but more about the raw emotion that comes from equilibrium between technicality and simplicity. So far, the writing process this time around has felt much more natural, and even more than the previous effort, is shaping up to be a total group effort—and I believe this will make all the difference for this release.

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Y. Werther – For me personally I attribute my biggest influences on my writing style to people/bands like Ihsahn/Emperor, Rush, Burzum, Dragged into Sunlight, Bloodbath, Death, Tsjuder, etc. In terms of things I listen to it really depends on the mood.  My heart lies with black metal bands particularly Emperor, Burzum, Darkthrone but I can be all over the place.  I have really been spinning the Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro, EBM bands like VNV Nation, Psyclon Nine, weird stuff like Chelsea Wolfe who melts my heart and others lately.  There are also plenty of doom bands that influence us such as Bongripper, Ahab, and Evoken, to name a few. I know our bass player (Frank Lato) listens to a variety of music as well ranging from the aforementioned metal bands to post rock/metal bands like Isis, Explosions in the Sky, etc. to experimental artists like Bjork and Devin Townsend. So really, it’s great to see all these different influences come together as of late. Really, I’ll give anything a shot at least once. A band worth checking out that is going be big in a year or two is Autolarty. That band features our studio drummer who is exceptional along with some personal friends. If you’re looking for a solid black metal band they will do more than impress.  Also, Encrust is a great band out of Chicago, with whom we are close friends. There is so much out there it is hard to know when to shut up about what I listen to.

11.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Y. Werther – Well outside of music, I’d say art/architecture as it is my profession. I am huge hockey fan, specifically the Chicago Blackhawks. This time of year is my Christmas with playoff hockey happening. I can watch it all day.

12.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
Y. Werther – Yeah thanks for this opportunity to talk about ourselves, as well as helping us get the Polyptych name out there. Godspeed!

Friday, May 10, 2013

A Shallower Void Interview


1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
The project consists mainly of myself (David, guitar, bass, vocals) and 2 friends of mine on the drums (Jake on IACBN and APGWOE, and Justin of EDIF). Since its mainly a studio project I would consider them more than just session members, the did have a least some creative input. I've worked on and off with Jake for a long time, formerly in Shapless Construct, and previously with Justin in The Divine Infirmity. Basically the recording happened because I had a friend with access to a studio and a few songs ready.
2. How would you describe your musical sound?
In general I like jumping around to different metal genre's. There are definitely elements of death/black/grind in the songs for this demo, but future work may include more technical, progressive, or melo-death songs. I try to avoid slower stuff though.
3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Into a Cold Black Nothing is the only song with meaningful lyrics. They are essentially about freezing to death and man's struggle to exist. Evil Death Incarnate Forever! started out as a joke, with the lyrics being a semi-random jumble of words. I liked the way the music had turned out though, so I included it for the demo. There are no lyrics for A Perfectly Good Waste of Entrails, its all just vocalizations.
4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
A lot of the song/band names and lyrics I use have a general aesthetic value to me. The word "void" is very bleak and empty, whereas the "shallowness" implies a sort of paradoxical respite.
5. Where is the band located at at?
The demo was recorded in Michigan, but I have since moved close to Boston.
6. Has the band done any live shows or is this a studio project?
This is, and will likely continue to be, a studio project.
7. Currently you are unsigned, has the band looked for a label or received any interest?
I don't have any intention of joining a label. Record labels should be obsolete given the fall of physical media. I like keeping my music free as well.
8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
Honestly, I have yet to get many hits since I am not heavily marketing it. I had released the demo on Myspace a while back, but I have gotten more interest from reposting it on facebook/bandcamp.
9. Are there any other musical projects besides this band or is this a full time line up?
Its hard to say. You could say I'm still working on music for this project, you could say I'm working on Shapeless Construct, or you could say its really all just part of a general collection of works.
10. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
Currently I am working on songs more similar to the Shapeless Construct demo (though a little more refined) and may start working with Noah (the other half of SC) again. There are also a couple of songs I recorded on my own that were originally for TDI that still need vocals.
11. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
For the demo I drew from bands like Dissection, Emperor, Dimmu Borgir, Napalm Death, and various other Black/Grind bands. Currently I've been listening to Deathspell Omega, Obscura, Archspire, Revocation, and many others.
12. Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?
Nope.
13.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Bread making and root beer.
14. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
The more interest this gathers the more free music there will be!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Upheaval Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
We are from Istanbul-Turkey trying to do metal in our way. Some people call it black/thrash, some call it black/thrash/death.

2. How would you describe your musical sound?
That's a hard one. There are lots of evil things happening right now at our country and at our world, when I see/hear these I feel hate and anger, also grief and despair. Our sound reflects that. But 'course you have to listen for yourself...

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
We are against religion that is forced upon people and we are also against to the any fascist goverment, lyrics basically reflect that.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the band's name?
It is a direct stance on our political view. The Upheaval.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you choose to remain a duo?
If we choose to give concerts we might expand our band. It's really hard to find musicians or even "people" that has political vision and musical interest.

6.Currently you are signed to Mulligore Production, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
It's a growing underground label that is based at Canada. They publish mostly death metal and it's crossovers. Their manager is awesome (Hails Noch!). We are very happy with our relations with them. We hope to publish more records with them actually.

7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of underground metal?
We are receiving interviews, reviews and comments (maybe I should say "likes" nowadays) from all over the world. People are mostly glad that we perform and have this kinda music in Turkey. As you might know Islamic and nationalist movement is rising at Turkey, so people are suprised to hear us.

8. Are there any other musical projects besides this band or is this a full time line up?
This is the only project that we are giving time in.

9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
We don't do any plans before making music. (Ö.T.) I write lots of stuff, If I like it, I keep it, if I don't, I dump it. But seems to me that, it is going to be more thrashier and with some vibe of the 2nd wave of black metal.

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
(Ö.T.) I definitely don't listen to contemporary metal. I mostly listen to oldschool albums. For example, Urgehal, relatively young band but they have "the vibe".

11.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Politics and music, not much other than these, really.

12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
The Upheaval is working on the new album. Be sure to follow! Thank you   for the interview. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Mulciber Interview


Mark, Guitar/Vocals:
1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
1. We're a death metal band from Austin, Texas. We've been around since January 2011. We all share a love for a wide variety of old school and extreme metal subgenres, and they all influence our music.
2. How would you describe your musical sound?
2. Our sound draws influence very heavily from the old school death metal scene. Bands like Death, Morbid Angel, Grave and others like that.
3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
3. When I write lyrics I try to draw inspiration from real things. While the lyrics (obviously) aren't directly my personal experiences, they are inspired by them.
4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
4. The band's name is a version of the Latin name of the god, Vulcan. It translates to "fire."
5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
5. Some of the best shows we've played are the ones in our hometown at our favorite venue (the Red Eyed Fly) when our audience is engaged and there is an exchange of energy between the band and the fans. Our stage performance is not overly theatrical, or dramatic, but when we perform we try to put as much energy, passion and aggression into it. Energy is very important to us.
6. Do you have any touring plans or shows lined up for the future?
6. Possibly. It would probably be one of the coming summers. 
7. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or received any interest?
7. We have not received any label interest as of yet, but we would be very open to offers.
8. On the recording there was a live version of a Turbonegro song, what was the decision behind the cover?
8. That song started as more of a joke between all of us, because it is a fun song with ridiculous lyrics that just kind of lets us have fun at the end of our live set.
9. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of underground metal?
9. That is a good question. The farthest reach I've seen is being contacted by a French record store owner.
10. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
10. That's hard to say, because our influences are so wide, and when I write the music for songs it depends on what I'm feeling at that particular moment, so it could vary from song to song even. However, right now I'm very into a combination of old school and Folk metal, so we'll see where that takes us.
11. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
11. Bands that have influenced us range from Black Sabbath to Slayer, to Death, Morbid Angel, etc. to Behemoth and Immortal, Obituary, Vader and countless others. Anything extreme, really. Nowadays, I'm pretty into Ghost B.C. I think it's a nice change from all the extreme stuff I normally listen to.
12. How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?
12. I don't really know. To me, it exists, it's there, but it's not my focus, personally in the music.
Answering question number 12, Jaxon [Drums/percussion]
I'd say our views on Satanism and Occultism are that we merely use the imagery and such as ways to give life, so to speak, to our songs and lyrical content. Otherwise there's somewhat of an interest in those subjects, at least to me. Otherwise we don't plan on raising the dead or summoning a demon anytime soon! Hahaha..

13.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
3. Actually, right now I am in university studying neural science. That's definitely a passion of mine; scientific research and discovery.
14. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
14. It's been great talking with you, I'm glad you liked the EP. To everyone else, keep your ears open this summer for another Mulciber recording. Thanks for checking us out.

Mulciber/Disciples Of The Flame/2012 EP Review


  Mulciber  are  a  band  from  Texas  that  plays  a  very  heavy  and  brutal  form  of  occult  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2012  ep  "Disciples  Of  The  Flame".

  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  are  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  with  some  old  school  influences  and  melody  being  thrown  into  the riffing  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing,  while  the  lead  guitars  when t hey  are  utilized  are  very  old  school  sounding  death  metal  guitar solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  along  with  some  punk  style  vocals  being  utilized  on  the  Turbonegro  cover,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Darkness  and  Satanism, as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  dark  sound  with  a  demo  like  quality  to  the  producing  as  well  as  the  last  song  being  recorded  live.

  In  my  opinion  Mulciber  are  a  very  great  sounding  heavy  and  occult  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Berserker"  and  "The  Devil's  Call".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

  

Polyptych/Panels Engraved/2013 CD Review


  Polyptych  are  a  band  Chicago,  Illinois  that  plays  a  very  heavy,  brutal  and  technical  form  of  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2013  album  "Panels  Engraved".

  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  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars/

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

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

  In  my  opinion  Polyptych  are  a   very  great  sounding  heavy,  brutal  and  technical  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a   fan  of   this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "For  My  Collapse"  "Natural  Joy  Of  Ignorance"  and  "Dystopic".  RECOMMENDED  BUY. 

Homicidal Retribution/Kill For Vengeance - Kill For Pleasure/2013 EP Review


  Homicidal  Retribution  are  a  band  with  members  from  both  Canada  and  England  that  play  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  death  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2013  album "Kill  For  Vengeance  -  Kill  For  Pleasure".

  Drum  programming  ranges  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  beats  that  at  times  sound  almost  as  brutal  as  a  real  drum  kit,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from s low,  mid  paced  to  fast  heavy  and  brutal  riffs  that  combine  black,  death  metal  and  grindcore  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording.

  Vocals  range  from  deep  death  metal  growls  to  high  pitched  black  metal/grindcore  screams,  while  the  lyrics  cover  violence  and  gore  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  and  heavy  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Homicidal  Retribution  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  black  metal,  death  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kill  For  Vengeance"  "Cannibal's  Delight"  "Murder  For  The  Weakling".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.  

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Necroccultus/Solemnelohim, Bringer Of Death/Blood Harvest Records/2013 12 Inch Review


  Necroccultus  are  a  band  from  Mexico  that  plays  a  very  dark  and  occult  form  of  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  12  inch  "Solemnelohim,  Bringer  Of  Death"  which  was  released  by  Blood  Harvest  Records.

  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  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars  and  at  times  they  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  blackened  death  metal  riffs  that  are  very  heavy  and  dark  sounding  with  some  doom  elements  being  thrown  into  the  riffing,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  dark  sounding  death  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  ritualistic  parts,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Darkness,  and  Left  Hand  Path  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  dark  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Necroccultus  are  a  very  great  sounding  heavy  and  dark  occult  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dimensions  Of  Ancient  Necromancy"  and  "The  Ethereal  Living  Dead  Supremacy".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Eternal Khan/A Primitive History/2013 EP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Rhode  Island's  Eternal  Khan  with  the  musical  style  being  a  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  with  the  ep  being  self  released  in  2013  and  called  "A  Primitive  History".

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  not  much  in  the  way  of  blast  beats,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  are  coming  out  of the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  riffs  that  combine  black  and  doom  metal  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  along  with  a  good  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  as  well  as  some  thrash  influences  in  addition  there  is  a  brief  use  of  soft  and  clean  playing  being  utilized  on  one  song,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  and  dark  sounding  black/doom  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  are  all  blackened  thrash  metal s creams  and  growls,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Philosophy,  Mythology  and  The  Fall  Of  Mankind,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it  with  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Eternal  Khan  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Forbidden  Aeons"  and  "Broken  Majesty".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Monday, May 6, 2013

A Shallower Void/Self Titled/2013 Demo Review


  A  Shallower  Void  are  a  band  from  the  United  States  that  plays  a  micture  of  black  metal,  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2013  demo.

  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  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  riffs  that  combine  black  metal  with  death  metal  and  grindcore  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  with  a  good  amount  of  melody  in t he  riffing, while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  and  progressive  sounding  black/death  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads.

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

  In  my  opinion  A  Shallower  Void  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  black  metal, death  metal  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t his  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Evil  Death  Incarnate  Forever!".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.   

Between The Frost/Inferno's Conflagration/Grotesque Productions/2013 CD Review


  Between  The  Frost  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  very  blackened  from  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Inferno's  Conflagration"  which  was  released  by  Grotesque  Productions.

  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  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars  and  at  times  they  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow, mid  paced  to  fast  blackened  death  metal  riffs  that  are  very  heavy  and  brutal  sounding  with  some  melody  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  at  times  as  well  as  some  traditional  metal  influences  being  used  at  times,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  dark  and  melodic  sounding  death  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads  along  with  some  classic  metal  elements,  as  for  the  classical  guitars  they  are  only  used  briefly  and  use  finger  picking  and  full  chords  to  enhance  the  darkness  that  is  coming  out  of  the  music.

  Vocals  range  from  high  pitched  blackened  metal  screams  to  deep  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  female  and  male  vocals  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  samples,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Darkness,  Occultism  and  Evil  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy,  dark,  brutal  and  professional  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Between  The  Frost  are  a  very  great  sounding  heavy  and  brutal  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Even  Death  May  Die"  "When  Lies  Become  Flesh"  "Wandering  The  Astral  Callings"  and  "The  Embrace  Of  Evil".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.


Phyrexia/Epic World Annihilation/2010 EP Review


  Phyrexia  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  epic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2010  ep  "Epic  World  Annihilation".

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  utilized  at  times,  while  the  keyboards  bring  a  very  dark,  atmospheric,  epic  and  symphonic  sound  to  the  recording,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars.


  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  blackened  death  metal  riffs  that  utilize  some  dark  sounding  melodies  in  the  riffing,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  sounding  guitar  solos  and  leads  that  have  a  power  metal  feeling  to  them,  as  for  the  classical  guitars  which  are  only  utilized  briefly  on  the  last  song  use  finger  picking  to  add  more  epic  qualities  to  the  music.

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

  In  my  opinion  Phrexia  are  a  very  great sounding  epic  hybrid  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you are  a  fan  of  this  musical g enre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Bloodfire  Collossus".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Eternal Khan/Demo 2012 Review


  Eternal  Khan  are  a  band  from  Rhode  Island  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2012  demo.

  Drums  range  from  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  not  much  in  the  way  of  blast  beats,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  are  coming out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  riffs  that  combine  black,  doom,  and  thrash  metal  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  being  thrown  into  the  riffing,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  dark  sounding  blackened  doom  metal  guitar  leads.

  Vocals  are  all  blackened  thrash  style  growls  and  screams  with  some  back  up  shouts,  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  mythology  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Eternal  Khan  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  black,  doom  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Smokepoint".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

The Upheaval/Vomits Of Hate/2011 EP Review


  The  Upheaval  are  a  band  from  Turkey  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2011    ep  "Vomits  Of  Hate".

  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  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars  and  at  times  they  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  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  some  dark  sounding  melodies  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  at  times  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  they  use  finger  picking  to  add  some  dark  elements  to  the  recording.

  Vocals are  mostly  high  pitched  and  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  with  a  brief  use  of  deep  death  metal  growls,  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  religion  and  authority  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  heavy,  old  school,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  The  Upheaval  are  a  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  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Falsehood  Castle"  and  "Obey  the  Beast".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.