1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Monday, January 27, 2014
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Fen: Hey! The releasing process takes much time, so we had some work since the end of the recording session. The cover, layout for digipack, working on the distribution channels... What`s more, the concerts are one of the most important parts of this music for us, so soon we`ll announce two tours. A lot of challenges for a young band, but this is what gets me going. I really like it.
2.You have a new album coming out early this year, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction it has taken and also how does it differ from the album you released in 2011?
"Manifesto" is our second release. After the first EP "Blizzard of the North" we played a lot of concerts but all this time we had many ideas for a new material. We wanted to record a full-length, cohesive album with good sound where we put all our hearts and emotions in the songs. "Manifesto" is definitely better arranged, with large variations of atmosphere and at the same time with a main idea, main theme in all songs.
3.Seem of your lyrics cover ancient mythology and misanthropy, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
Yes, you are right, lyrics on "Manifesto" contains different varieties of metaphors and references to mythologies. I really like myths, especially from the Near East and Ancient Rome. At my university I had a lot of lectures about that so I must remember some things
. You know, history is absolutely amazing and you may find many analogies to modern times there. We live in strange times, at the edge of big changes and in texts you can find it.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Northern Plague".
At the beginning we sat in the rehearsal room and brainstormed like crazy. I do not remember who said that "plague from the north" (we live in north-east part of Poland) fits us and it wasn`t long till this idea was forged into "Northern Plague". And that`s the story :)
5.Out of all the live shows and tours you have done, which one did you enjoy the most?
Touring and concerts are always a big adventure. New places, new people, hundreds of kilometers in a van - there is nothing better for us. "Baptizing Europe in Blood" - last tour with the Brazilian devils of Unearthly was totally awesome. They are really nice guys and I hope we will meet in the future again.
6.What are the touring plans for the new album?
For some days we`ll play first show with the new material from "Manifesto". Soon we will announce two tours - one in Poland and Germany, second in Russia and other countries. During summer we have Under The Black Sun Festival [Germany] and Blackened Life Festival [Russia] and I hope it`s not the end.
7.The new album came out on Folter Records a label more known for black metal, and while you have that in your sound you also heavy a good amount of death metal, how do you feel that you fit on this label?
Folter Records is a VERY professional label with experienced management. We are proud they decided to release our album. We have full support from their side and I am sure that they believe in our music. Even if it`s death metal with black influences.
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to the newer material by fans of black and death metal?
It is too early to talk about feedback but even now we have a lot of good reviews and orders from different countries. It`s pleasing.
9.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
I honestly don`t know. Now it`s time for "Manifesto" and we don`t think about future releases. It doesn`t matter at this time.
10.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an infleunce on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
I`m a big fan of Spotify, so every day I discover new bands and music. Now on my playlist you can find John Lee Hooker, Black Sabbath, Blindead, Nine Inch Nails, Gojira and Anaal Nathrakh.
11.Do you have any non musical interests?
Of course! Especially books - I read tons of books on my reader. I am tech-fan too - you know, mobile phones, tablets, new technologies :)
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Listen and support - I hope we will meet on a Northern Plague concert in the future. Remember about our new album "Manifesto".
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Answered by Mike Menza (guitar) and lightly by Jordan Dorge (vocals)
Free Download @ http://endlesschaos1.bandcamp.com/
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Endless Chaos was formed in 2011 by me and my brother Alex (ex-drummer) . Our songs are fuelled by the energy we get from our crowd. We focus on keeping our songs fast, technical and catchy.
2.How would you describe the musical sound that is present on your ep?
I would describe our sound as modern death and thrash metal. I take everything I love about thrash, black and death metal and incorporate those elements into our music.
3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
The lyrical topics of endless chaos focuses on gore, perversion and horror.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Endless Chaos'?
The name itself has a couple meanings; First of all it refers to us on stage, we bring a high level of energy live when we play our songs. We love seeing our fans wrecking their necks. It also refers to the world we are living in surrounded by endless chaos; murders, bombings, and other acts of violence that affect peoples lives personally and physically.
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We aim for every show to be our best but one show that will always standout for me was when opening for Skeletonwitch in 2013. We played the set as a 3 piece just vocals guitar and drums and the crowd went nuts. To best describe our performance is energetic, loud and in your face.
6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We are planning touring in the near future. We have a huge show in April with Kataklysm and Aborted which will be our first time playing live as a 5 piece and in addition to that we will be appearing at some festivals. We hope to play as much as possible into the new year.
7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We are currently looking for a label to represent us. We would love to take the chaos to the masses.
8.Are the band members involved with any other musical projects?
All of us except myself are in other metal bands from Winnipeg peg. Jordan Dorge our singer also does vocals for black metal band Wilt. Our bassist and drummer Jeff Humarang and James Burton respectively play in metalcore band The Brugada Effect and our guitarist Mike Toews also plays bass in death metal band called Eyam.
9.When can we expect a full length and what direction will it be in, music wise?
We are writing right now for our full length, we are looking to put about 9 - 10 songs on it. We are really focusing our writing toward riffs that are fun to play but still sound heavy and aggressive helping create our unique brand of blackened thrash and death metal.
10.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
I draw influence and inspiration from tons of bands both old and new. I love a lot of the newer metal bands because they are setting the bar for how songs are written and performed. Lately I've been listening to a lot of the newer albums from 2013 like Skeletonwitch, Revocation, Carcass and Exhumed.
11.Do you have any non musical interests?
Outside of music I love riding on dirt trails on my bike and playing video games
12.Before we wrap up this interview do you have any final words or thoughts?
Endless Chaos plans on going full speed with the release of our EP. With a refreshed lineup of band members and new material being written for a full length release I can't wait to see how the future of Endless Chaos plays out.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Hiss From The Moat are a band from Italy that plays a very blackened form of death metal and this is a review of their 2013 album "Misanthropy" which was released by Nuclear Blast Records.
The album starts out with an intro which uses sound effects and avant garde elements along with acoustic guitars which bring in ethnic influences as well as grim vocals in the background and after the intro they music goes into a brutal blackened death metal along with blast beats and growls as well as a mixture of slow and fast parts which also leads to black metal screams and melody.
As the album continues the music continues its brutal mixture of black and death metal along with some more modern extreme metal influences as well as bringing in melodic and technical sounding guitar leads and solos and on one song they mix in a brief use of epic and symphonic elements on a couple of songs but remain brutal all at the same time and on a couple of other songs they bring in a small amount of spoken word parts which bring a ritualistic feeling to the recording.
On this album Hiss From The Moat seem to have a very perfect mixture for their music while the song is half black and death metal they also update it for 2013 and also use a decent amount of melody in their music and while I have seen this band being labeled as deathcore I feel that is very misleading and the music is pure black/death metal.
Song lyrics cover misanthropic and anti christian themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy, brutal and professional sound along with the bass guitars being mixed down low in the mix.
In my opinion Hiss From the Moat are a very great sounding blackened death metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Conquering Christianity" "Misanthropy" and "The Descent From The throne". 8 out of 10.
Endless Chaos are a band from Canada that plays a mixture of black, death and thrash metal and this is a review of their self released 2013 ep "Rejected Atrocity".
The ep starts off with fast and heavy thrash metal, guitar, bass and drums before adding in blackened metal vocals along with melody which also leads to death metal growls and after awhile old school metal solos are added onto the recording and they also bring their old school retro thrash assault to the other songs that are present on this recording as well as bringing in brutal blast beats at times.
Endless Chaos seem to know their old school thrash metal very well and they add in death and black metal influences to make their music a lot more heavier as well as having a more up to date sound.
Song lyrics cover violent and dark themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound for being a self released recording where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording.
In my opinion Endless Chaos are a very great sounding mixture of black, death and thrash metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Sacrificial Ritual". 8/5 out of 10.
Nidra are a band from Russia that plays a very atmospheric form of blackened doom metal and this is a review of their 2013 album "Coma" which was released by Electrica Caelestis.
The album starts out with drone and melodic guitar riffs which start getting heavier once drums are added in and a few seconds alter blackened death metal vocals are added in and after awhile melodic solos become a part of the music along with clean playing and melodic vocals.
As the album progresses the music gets more dark and melodic as well as adding in synths while also remaining heavy and depressive all at the same time and you can also hear more black metal influences making their way onto the record and you can also hear orchestra style sounds coming out of the synths at times and throughout the album the music always sticks to a slower sound while there is also a brief use of acoustic guitars and the last song is a Blut Aus Nord cover which they turn into a more doom metal sounding version.
On this album Nidra take a very melodic and atmospheric form of doom metal and make it even darker and heavier with elements of black metal and with all of those elements they create a very original and melancholic sound.
Song lyrics are written in Russian and cover dark and depressive themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and dark sound to it and the last song is very long and epic in length.
In my opinion Nidra are a very great sounding dark and atmospheric blackened doom metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Sulphuric Woe" "Wholesale Deaths" "Oblivion" and "Procession Of The Dead Clowns" which is a Blut Aus Nord cover. 9 out of 10.
Monday, January 20, 2014
Isacaarum are a band from the Czech Republic that plays a mixture of black, death metal and grindcore and this is a review of their 2013 album "Whorecraft" which was released by MetalGate Records.
The album begins with a fast and brutal grindcore sound along with growls and blast beats before adding in black metal screams and when the music slows down it adds in brutal death metal elements and powerful sounding bass guitars.
as the album progresses melodies are added in with the brutality along with more black metal influences as well as a small amount of punk and crust elements and there is a brief use of bass solos which remind me of 90's era Pungent Stench as well as a small amount of noises and at times you can also hear traces of modern death metal as well as a small amount of melody and on one song there is a brief use of spoken word parts.
Iscaarum bring out a lot of speed and heaviness with their mixture of black, brutal death metal and old school grindcore and they combine all of these in all of their songs to create a sound of their own.
Song lyrics cover porn and perverted themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording.
In my opinion Isacaarum are a very great sounding mixture of black, death metal and grindcore and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Spermafrost, "Born For Porn" "Whoreshift" adn "Cum Together". 8/5 out of 10.
The album starts out with a classical music style intro which brings and epic feeling to the recording before going into a heavy and atmospheric direction as well as utilizing some blast beats and death metal growls along with a small amount of melodic vocals and black metal screams which also leads to the guitars bringing in melody.
As the album progresses the band continue their mixture of black, death and atmospheric doom metal as well as bringing in gothic and symphonic elements to the record and they also bring in melodic guitar solos and on the 4th song powerful bass guitars, female vocals and more epic elements are added onto the recording.
On this recording Return To Innocence bring in a lot of elements ranging from death, black and doom metal and mixing them with melody, atmosphere, gothic and symphonic elements and this album could of easily came out in the 90's and they show that this mixture can still be alive and well in 2014.
Song lyrics cover darkness and fantasy themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording.
In my opinion Return To Innocence are a very great sounding mixture of black, doom, death, gothic and symphonic metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Tristan's Dream" "Wasted heart" and "The Ring Of The Moon". 8/5 out of 10.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Northern Plague are a band from Poland that plays a blackened form of death metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Manifesto" which was released by Folter Records.
The album starts out with dark sound effects before going into a more heavy Polish death metal direction along with a good sense of melody and then the music gets really fast along with a good amount of blast beats and then slowing down and adding in black metal vocals and then the music starts alternating between slow, fast and mid paced parts as well as adding solos to their brutal assault.
As the album progresses the band brings in a great balance of melody and brutality as well as combining black and death metal together in the vocals as well as making each song sound different from each other while keeping around the heaviness and brutality as well as evoking a dark atmosphere as well as adding more melody to the guitar leads and solos.
Northern Plague bring a lot out with their music taking the Polish death metal sound of their own country and adding in more brutality and melody as well as having a good amount of black metal influences and this album really stands out with its balance between heaviness, brutality, skill and melody.
Song lyrics cover Darkness and Occultism themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound along with the bass guitars being mixed down low in the mix but they do sound very powerful on the last song.
In my opinion Northern Plague are a very great sounding blackened death metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Region Mother War" "Legion" and "Manifesto". 8/5 out of 10.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Acheron are a band from Ohio that has been around for a long time and plays a satanic mixture of black, doom and death metal with some traditional metal elements and this is a review of their 2014 album "Kult Des Hasses" which will be released by Listenable Records.
The album starts out with a heavy death metal sound along with some doom and dark sounding melodies which also leads up to some melodic guitar solos and it takes the music into a faster direction along with blast beats and blackened death metal growls as well as mixing slow and fast parts together.
As the album progresses the music starts adding in a lot more fast, brutal and blasphemous parts along with some black metal screams as well as being a lot more ritualistic and you can also hear influences from 70's and 80's metal being mixed in with the heavier and darker aspects of the record and the band stays true to their sound and still after all these years still create true blasphemous satanic metal and when they bring in clean guitars the record starts having more of an occultic feeling to it and towards the end of the album the bass guitars start sounding a lot more powerful.
This is a great comeback for Acheron and they show after all of these years that they can still create true satanic black/death metal and they also show a lot of progress as song writers as well adding more than just anti christian and satanism.
Song lyrics cover Satanism, Anti Christian, Misanthropy, Sexual perversion, Black magick and Aliester Crowley themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy, dark and professional sound to it.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Acheron and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Satan Holds Dominion" "Thy Father Suicide" "Whores And Harlots" and "Devil's black Blood". 9/5 out of 10.
Sunday, January 5, 2014
Niel Anilao is a solo artist from Florida that plays a very progressive and technical form of blackened death metal and this is a review of his self released 2013 album "Solo Compositions" with all of the songs being recorded in between 2004 and 2008.
The album starts out with some heavy death metal guitar riffs and drums and a few seconds alter growls and screams are added into the music along with some technical sounding guitar leads shortly after that and when the album goes into the next song there is some clean guitars which enhance the progressive nature of the music.
As the album progresses psychedelic elements are added into the music as well as some blast beats and there are also some instrumentals present on this record and on the 4th song the music goes into a black metal direction while still keeping around progressive and death metal influences and acoustic guitars are also used briefly on the 5th song before going into a more brutal death metal direction on the next track before going into a more experimental direction and on the last song to music returns to a more brutal direction.
Niel Anilao shows a great amount of diversity with his music and there is a mixture of brutal death metal, progressive and experimental and this album is very hard to categorize with all of the many musical directions it takes.
Song lyrics cover dark, violent and humorous themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful and heavy sound for being a self released recording.
In my opinion Niel Anilao plays a very great sounding mixture of black, death metal, progressive and experimental music and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this solo artist. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "An Answer" "Parasitic" "Euphoric Dissolution" and "No Time in Eternity". 7/5 out of 10.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
1.Can you give us an introduction to the band?
1.I am Dimitris Polizos the singer and the quitarist of the band.Emperor Of Myself started as one man band in 2006.I was recording some tracks by my own as an experiment to find a musical style to follow as a band.After several demos I was working to have a better quality to our sound.It took me 6-7 years to dicide that now it s the time to go a step further to record an album and release it ,and then came our first EP ''If It Bleeds ......'' with additional help of my brother Alex ,he is the drummer of the band. The drums in the EP is program,after that Alex took the role of drummer on ''Question Your Existence'', soon we will announce a second quitarist Nick Georgiou he is helping the project from the start until now
2.You put out 2 releases in 2013, can you describe the musical sound of both albums and also how do they differ from each other?
2.The EP was recorded in November-December of 2012 and released on June 2013.As you see here we have a death metal sound songs like ''Dead Simple'' ''Steps to the Unknown'' and ''Temple Of Darkness''.The rest are a mix gothic and death .In the meanwhile we had some tracks and recorded some to make a full lenght album ''Question Your Existence'' I think is a different album this one if you compare these 2.Here we have gothic/death metal sound with deppressive black metal elements that makes it more melancholic and melodic.I like melodies in metal and as you see it comes in this album,I think these 2 releases are differ from each other.
3.Can you go more in depth about the lyrical topics, you cover with your music?
3.We describe the pain ,despair ,the loss of things in life that makes you a differ person than you are I think all the lyrics are emotional about things that we fear ,things we want to change and comes with dark feeling ,
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Emperor Of Myself'?
4.I was thinking how to name all this thing ,believe me it s something that caused a headache.One day I saw on my friend s page in internet these words ''Emperor Of Myself'' it was a click for me after a quick search I saw there s nothing with this name I decided to have this for our band.In the past we had a band named ''Solitaire'' and I was thinking to have this name again but I saw Emperor Of Myself on my friend page on details about his work strange uh?
5.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?
5.For now is studio project ,we can t stand at this time we speak in live show for 2 reasons, we need band members and it s a little difficult for independet and unsigned band as we are to make live show
6.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
6.In these days the only thing that a label makes is to promote the CD of a band ,there are so many ways with internet you can promote your music.Many albums comes out in digital format and there are many sites like bandcamp,Amazon, iTunes ,that gives an opportunity to chase the dream of every band to make their music popular.Every one can download his music of his interest for free
7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of metal?
7.It s amazing to see how things growing up very fast.Our music in the begining was private only for some friends now I see and I get messages from all over the world about our music a quick search shows our releases where they are and that gives the power we need to create more music for all the people that love metal.But here in Greece I made some contacts in blogs and on line magazines about ''Question Your Existence'' and the only thing we get is ignorance.That makes me sad people from the rest of the world have our releases on their blogs, sites etc and here there is nothingabout us if we had a colaboration with a big band I am sure they will pay attention to us
8.I know one of the band members participates in 'Floating Nowhere' can you tell us a little bit more about this musical project?
8.Floating Nowhere came in 2012 on soundcloud.I uploaded and demo track and a few days a message came from Kai Kross the track with lyrics it was ''I ll Remember'' it was very good song with the voice of Kai makes it unique after a conversation we decided to make an album with this sound gothic/rock metal mix.I think it s a good release, we haven t talk the last months we will see if it is possible to make another album now I am focus on Emperor Of Myself
9.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
9.We are recording new songs for our new album will release in the middle of 2014 the music is complete we are in the lyrical part.I think is the best songs we ever recorded with Nick Georgiou on the quitar this time I am very excited with the progress of all this it s black/gothic death metal with great melodies I can t wait to finish.In the future I don t know how the things will turn we will stay metal
10.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
10.My influences are the old Pyogenesis I like them vey much and Paradise Lost.I like very much deppresive black metal and death metal in these days i listen Woods Of Desolation and Amon Amarth I like the atmosphere in the deppresive and the melodic death metal of Amon Amarth, Dark Tranquillity ,Parasite Inc,
11.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
11. I like very much airsoft and football. AEK is my love and it hurts a liitle to see in the 3rd Division but the tables have turned ,music is my main interest
12.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
12.I want to thank first of all You for this interview and all the people that support our efforts and they give us the strenght we need to Share Our Pain stay tuned the new album is coming with the new year thank you so much every one you know who you are