Saturday, December 26, 2015

Mefisto/2.0.1.6/Vic Records/


  Mefisto are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  are  an  early  black/death/thrash  metal  band  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  comeback  album  "2.0.1.6"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Vic  Records.

  Classical  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  and  after  a  few  seconds  melodic guitar  leads  and  thrash  style  riffs  are  added  into  the  music  as  well  as  some  early  death  metal  style  growling  vocals  and  while  the  music  is  rooted  in  the  80's  the  production  gives  the songs  a  more  modern  sound  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  At  times  the  vocals  bring  in  screams  and  the  songs also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and epic  in  length  and  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  early  90's  groove  metal  at  times  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Clean  singing  and  spoken  word  parts are  added  into some  of  the  songs  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  there  are  also  some  70's  metal  and  hard  rock  influences  being  added  into  the  music  at  times  and  every  track  sounds  very  different  from  each  other  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars.

  Mefisto  goes  in  a  very  different  direction  than  what  was  presented  on  the  demos  from  30  years  back  still  having  a  bit  of  the  black/death  sound  while focusing  more  on  a  thrash  sound  this  time  around  as  will  as  sounding  more  up  to  date,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  hateful,  dark  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mefisto  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  thrash  with  a  modern  production,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS INCLUDE  "Deathrace"  "Heads  In  The  Sand"  and  "Hate  Consumes  Me".  8  out  of  10.       

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Rotting Flesh/Infected Purity/Symbol Of Domination Productions/Murdher Records/2015 CD Re-Issue Review


  Rotting  Flesh  are  a  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  Infected  Purity"  which  was  re-issued  in  2015  as  a  joint  effort  between  Symbol  Of  Domination  productions  and  Murdher  Records.

  Ritualistic  sounding  synths  and  thunder  noises start  off  the  album  giving  the  music  and  epic  feeling  and  after  the  intro  and  after  the  intro  melodic  guitar  leads,  heavy riffs  and  death  metal  growls  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  the  faster  sections  utilizing  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  synths  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  parts.

  Black  metal  screams  can  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  growls  also  getting  guttural  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  thrash  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  ritualistic  chants  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  female  vocals  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  an  operatic  feeling  while  a  alter  track  also brings  in  elements  of  electronic  music.

  Rotting  Flesh  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that is  very  similar  to Septic  Flesh  but  adds  in  more  of  a  black  metal  influence  and  faster  riffs  to  make  their  music  stand  out  a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  violent  and  anti  christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Rotting Flesh  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Terrorscope"  "Withdraw  Christianity"  'Life  And  Torment"  and  "Mental  State".  8  out  of  10. 

Monday, December 14, 2015

Mandragora Malevola/Black Flame Ov Illumination/2015 EP Review


  Mandragora  Malevola  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of   death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  ep  "Black  Flame  Ov  Illumination".

  Dark  sound  effects  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  which  also  leads  up  to  spoken  word  parts  along  with  the  music  getting  heavier  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a death  metal  direction  as  well  as  speeding  up  and  adding in  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  and  melodic  guitar  leads.

 Vocals  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  classical  guitars  along  with  keyboards  are  brought  onto  the  last  track  briefly.

  Mandragora  Malevola  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  their  own  style  of  blackened  death  metal which  also  displays  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mandragora  Malevola  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Arkangelvs  Satanis  (The  Red  Moon  Wolves)".  8  out  of  10.


 

Friday, December 11, 2015

Terrorhammer/Under The Unholy Command/Deathrune Records/2015 CD Review


  Terrorhammer  are  band from  Serbia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  thrash  and  speed  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Under  The  Unholy   Command"  which  was  released  by  Deathrune  Records.

  Avant  garde  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  loud  noises  and  after  the  intro the  music  goes  for  more  of  a  thrash  direction  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  a  few  seconds  later  grim  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  get  melodic  at  times.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  first  wave  style  while t he  vocals  have  more of  an  early  second  wave  vibe  and you  can  also  hear  elements  of  speed  metal  in  the bands  musical  style and  the  solos  and  leads  remain  true  to  a  classic  style  of  metal  bringing  in  a  Motorhead  influence  and  the  whole  album  stays  very  heavy  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording  and sounds  like  it  could  of  easily  been  released  during  the  mid  90's  retro  thrash  days.

  Terrorhammer  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  influenced  by  both t he  first  and  second  waves  and  mixes  it  in  with  thrash,  speed  metal  and  punk  to  create  some  aggressive,  extreme  old  school  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  retro  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  War  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Terrorhammer  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  thrash  and  speed  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Necro  Speed  Megolomania"  "Dawn  Of  The  Pentagram"  and  "Church  Of  Sodomy".  8  out  of  10.

 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Scum Noise Interview


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

SCUM NOISE was born somewhere end 2012...after hearing certain bands/demo's etc I wanted to create some really harsh music...after listening 25 years to black and death metal i wanted to create some myself....Scum Noise is a hybrid of black/crust/ambient/punk/noise....if it sounds scary, haunting and dark then it fits Scum Noise

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

Audio Horror hahaha....I guess as mentioned above Scum Noise has many influences

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?

Lyrical topics have a wide range...Most of the time it's about Hatred towards humans, Anti christian, it depends a bit of what the song and sound of the song demands...E.g. the split with Mhnunrrn is about WW II when Germany invaded Belgium. I have also topics about goats and wild boars and aliens or even Lovecraftian themes
The first song i recorded for Scum Noise even had real live wild boar snoring  as samples/chorus. I went to a local place where the breed these huge wild boars and recorded the snoring they make while fighting etc...was a real cool experience hehehehe

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Scum Noise"/

Scum Noise is actually inspired by my love for black metal and harsh music. The name itself is derived from one of my all time favourite LP's....'SCUM' from the mighty Napalm Death (I even have that tattooed on my back in the form of the carcass logo)...i added noise because everyone thats not familiar with the scene lists the music i listen to as 'noise'

5.You have released a lot of music in the last couple of years, do you put a great amount of time and effort into writing and creating music?

Sometimes I do put a lot effort in it, sometimes less... All drums are programmed, and its not that i use pre programmed drums...they need to be done hit by hit...so that can take some time, Then search the rigth samples, or go out and record them ,adjust them process them etc
NO GUITAR IS USED on any Scum Noise release except the first demo doen together with the mighty Zarach 'baal' Tharagh. Wath you hear is 8 string, 4 string and 2 string Bass guitar!!!! As for the riffs, half of it i write in function of the song/drums  or I put drums unto riffs i had. Other half is pure improvisation.... But sometimes like the song 'The russian exorcism' that contains a audio sampel of a real russian exorcism it has 33 layers of sounds, samples and bass, vocals etc
Some songs are done i 5 mintes like Sort Vokterian Worship

6.With this musical project you record everything by yourself, do you feel this gives you more freedom to be creative with your musical style?

It gives me a great amount of freedom, but also sometimes stress when i want to record an idea and lack skill to play it corret or when i have a great riff but can not find  some other things to go with and create a song with it...
I have oftend worked with different vocalists like kay grimmsberg, i often get help from Zarach baal Tharagh, and a Stillnox member and Some song with Necrosadik from mexico
Sometimes it would be cool to record with some other people yes ...But in the end....well i guess i like recording the basic track on my own

7.You have been a part of a few splits over the years, can you tell us a little bit more about the bands or musical projects you have worked in on these releases?

Well I worked togetger with Zarach Baal Tharagh a lot because he is one hell of a cool dude!!! and his musical output and taste i like a lot ;-)
I worked together with mhnunnrn a great band and  a great Artist/painter/creator of art that is behind that band...you should all check him out https://www.facebook.com/jaroslav.divis.140 and we did one song all 3 together ZBT, SN and Mhnunrrn

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

Feedback has been a mixed bag hahaha some like it others really hate it....I put Scum Noise to rest a couple of months ago to focus on another project and now people are starting to show interest in the band and its releases hahaha Some do not like the fact Scum Noise has so many releases in such a short period...but the inspiration just kept coming...some turned other better then others hahaha

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

hmmm thats not so easy....i would like to develop my playing skills a lot ;-) learn new things to play etc....but i giess it will be Always harsh and heavy ;-)
i was briefly in an old school death metal project but i foudn it rather difficult to complete the recording ...it was finished at the end buit i was not that satisfied with it...
so i guess i keep doing things on my own and ask help from time to time from friends 

10.What are some of the bands or musical projects that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Musical inflences for myself are Motorhead, Alice Cooper, ramones, early Imapled nazarene, early absu; Necromantia etc as those are the bands that I really love /liked when I was a young guy....
Influences for the Scum Noise project are  GOATFAGO!! Sadomator/Sadogoat, Profanatica, Havohej.....It was when i heared the gathfago/baphometian split demo that i thougth ogh i want to record something similar sick and ahrs as this is...
Nowdays i still listen to the same stuff as I ever did E.g. I order about 100€ music every month being lately Mutiilation ' sorrow galaxies' and destroy your life for satan re release on LP, but als I bought the Varathron box for 'untroden corridors of hades', and about 6 Agathocles releases, tapes and lp and cd's. I also was able to buy Blood Storms 'breed of pestilence' a band i listen to a lot lately.Graven compilation LP, Zepulkr a great band from france that everyone should check!!
I am looking forward to have my copy of Ares Kingdom 'the uburiable dead!
the song 'burning and scourging' for example was influenced a lot by Profanatica a band i really like a lot

I also have a horror/ambient project Vox Impia https://voximpia.bandcamp.com/
and a project in whom i only use self made instruments ag oens tring abss guitars etc SKULL WORSHIP
https://skullworship.bandcamp.com/

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

Satanism had big influence on me when i was a young person...nowadays not really. Anti religious/christian themes do tend to surface in my lyrics yes. Occultism doe shave a great impact yes. I am nihilistic by nature, but that does not restrain me or hold me back from doing things.
I push the boundaries even though at the end it doe snot really matter all that much.
I have a chaos cross tattooed on my chest...so you could say chaos gnosticism is on my list of interests but if that influences my music .... maybe more then i was aware off...i create some noisy/chaos music that sometimes sounds as if the world is facing it end ;-)


12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?


thanks for your time and the interest in Scum Noise

check out the bandcamp page

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Ethir Anduin Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?


Well, this project is created to share the idea of corruptibility of living with the listeners, the idea that one should not ignore sorrow, grief, pain, etc. These are important constituents of each of us, part of all that fills us up. From these feelings we learn to see the better outcome of certain events in our lives. My music does not have any specific framework. It’s not a commercial project, but just feelings and experiences expressed in sounds. This is the music for those with developed synaesthesia, those for whom not the words are important, but sensations.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
I tried to get the sound reflecting all the black and darkness of the human soul, the sound of ancient evil. Wall of malice and despair, where colors of the life fade away, leaving only black and white gradient. However for many people this is just Black and Doom metal. I see it somewhat differently.
   
3.Most of your music has been instrumental, are you open to using any vocals in the future?
Yes, from the very beginning the project was intended to be instrumental. However, it was decided later to use vocals from time to time or even on a constant basis. But it turned to be difficult to find a vocalist who could, first and foremost, enrich and understand my music. More often people want to express themselves, which makes music completely different, creates another different atmosphere. So the position of a vocalist is still vacant.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ethir Anduin'?
The name was taken from the Tolklien’s books. I’m greatly inspired by the world created by this author. ‘Anduin’ is the name of the river in the Middle-earth.  Ethir Anduin means ‘Mouths of Anduin’ - the area where the river broadens dividing the land into halves. It makes it look like a giant mouth of an unknown creature. So, I wanted to create my own world made of sounds and music. 

5.You have released a lot of music over the years, do you put a great amount of time and effort into the musical project?
This project is one of the first priorities in my life and takes most of my time and effort. I create music in a certain state of mind and soul. It’s not possible to express all the melancholy of life without feeling it.

6.With this musical project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?
Yes, I’m open to working with others. Currently I record an album which is expected to be released in 2016. Some of the tracks will be done together with invited musicians – mostly vocalists and may be a drummer.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and doom metal?
We generally communicate in social networking sites (Vkontakte, Facebook). Sometimes I reply to offers and questions via e-mail. It’s a great pleasure when listeners find you and get interested in your music.  I receive messages containing opinions and comments from all over Europe and Asia. Most of them come from Ukraine and Czech Republic.

8.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects?
Yes, I am. Apart from this project I participate in several other bands as a lead guitarist: Bestial Deform (satanic death metal) and The Taos Hum (deathcore/hardcore). One more non-metallic project - ERNAA( darkwave/8-bit)

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
Well, I had thoughts to create something in a style of heavy metal of eighties. But I hope to continue grow further in Black Metal.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
When I started listen Metal the first project I learned of was Burzum!! It made the deepest impression on me. Later on I learned more bands and found those which impressed me pretty much as well. They were  Thy Serpent, Dimmu Borgir, Nyktalgia, Windir, Shining(sweden), Darkthrone, Satyricon, Cannibal Corpse, Dying Fetus, Immolation.
Now  more and more often I’m listening to Depressive Black Metal and Beatdown Hardcore, Deathcore, Funeral Doom. Some of them are Coldworld, Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish, Doom:vs, Swallow the Sun, Black Sun Aeon, Forgotten Tomb, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Nasty etc.

11.Does Paganism or Occultism play any role in your music?
Yes, of course. I see the world through the lens of northern paganism; all my music and feelings pass through it. It is a part of me. Occultism is an integral part of music and life as well. The place where I live is shrouded in legends and scary tales of sacrifices, rituals, witches and different forces. You can feel everything walking in our northern woods.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Except music, I am drawing, doing photography and interested in history. I like reading books on post apocalypse and occultism. When the weather is mild and warm enough I spend all my free time outside walking in the woods and marshes.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I don't even have the words, heh. I’m very pleased to know my music is appreciated in such country as USA. It’s really cool! There is something I want to tell the listeners: If you want to get a deep feeling of the essence of northern life, understand feelings of people living here, you have chosen the right music!
Thank you for the interview, HAIL666!\m/

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Scum Noise/Grindlover/Symbol Of Domination Productions/2013 Split CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Belgium's  Scum  Noise  and  the  United  Kingdom's  Grindlover  which  was  released  in  2013  by  Symbol  Of  Domination  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Scum  Noise  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  grind,  noise  and  ambient.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with harsh  noise  sounds  and  chants  are  also used  briefly  and  they  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  power  electronics  along  with  a  touch  of  ambient  and  drone  and  on  the  second  track  a  very  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  and  they  also  bring  in  programmed  blast  beats  in  certain  sections  of  their  songs,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Scum Noise  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  grind,  noise  and  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out t his  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Power  Of  Hatred"  and  "The  Birth  of  hatred".

  Next  up  is  Grindlover  a  band  that  plays  electro  noise/grindcore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  porno  samples  that  are  also  a  huge  part  of  their  side  of  the  recording  and  after  awhile  electro  and  heavy  parts  are  added  onto  their  side  of  the  recording  along  with  some programmed  blast  beats  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  they  also  bring  in  a  track  that  is  25  minutes  in  length  and  the  music  is  more  experimental  than  some  of  their  other  recordings,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  pornography  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Grindlover  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  grindcore,  noise  and  experimental,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Hurry  Sex  With  A  Taxi  Driver.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  fans  of  black  metal,  grind,  noise  and  experimental.  8  out  of  10. 

Monday, November 30, 2015

Absolutist/Traverse/Broken Limbs Recordings/2015 EP Review


  Absolutist  are  a  band  with  members  from  both  Scotland  and  Ireland  that  play  a  blackened  form  of  crust  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "Traverse"  which  was  released  by  broken  Limbs  Recordings.

  A  very  fast  and  melodic  crustcore  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  adding  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  angry  vocals  and  after  awhile  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

 Elements  of  post  metal  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  in  the  bands  musical  style and  they  also  bring  in  one  track  that  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  that  also  adds  psychedelic  and  clean  playing  into  the  music  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  traditional  hardcore  influences  at  times  along  with  a  few  bass  leads.

  Absolutist  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  post  rock,  black  metal  and  crust  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  style  of  their  own, the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Absolutist  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  crust  and  post  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Traverse".  8  out  of  10.

  

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Nightfell/Darkness Evermore/20 Buck Spin/2015 CD Review

  Nightfell  are  a  band  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  originally  started  out  as  a  doom/death  metal  band  but  have  evolved  more  into  an  atmospheric black,  doom  and  death  metal  mixture  with  their  newer  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Darkness  Evermore"  which  was  released  by  20  Buck  Spin.

  Dark  sounding  clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  cello's  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  melodic  doom  metal  direction  and  also  adding  in  death  metal  growls  and  most  of  their  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  awhile  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence known  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  one  of  the  interludesalso  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very dark  and  melodic  and  the  music  also  mixes  the  clean  and  heavy  parts  together  at  times  and  the  interludes  make  the  songs  sound  more  atmospheric and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  chanting  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  while  the music  does speed  up  briefly  and  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats.

 On  this  recording  Nightfell  takes the  doom/death  metal  sound  of  previous  recordings  and  mixes  it  in  with  elements  of  atmospheric  black  metal  which  also  makes  the  music  evolve  a  bit more,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nightfell  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "At  Last"  and  "Collapse".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Expander/Laws Of Power/Caligari Records/2015 EP Review


  Expander  are  a  band  from  Austin,  Texas  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  thrash,  punk  and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2015  ep  "Laws  Of  Power"  which  was  released  by  Caligari  Records.

  A  very  distorted  blackened  thrash  sound starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  aggressive  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  elements  of  punk  and  hardcore  in  the  music  and  the  songs   are  very  heavily  rooted  in  the   80's  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  very  melodic  and  when  the  music speeds  up  you  can  hear  both  d  and  blast  beats.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  some  of  the  riffs  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  crust  and  death  metal  in  the  bands  musical  style.

  Expander  plays  a  very  heavy  and  aggressive  musical  style  that  mixes  black  metal,  thrash,  crust,  punk  and  hardcore  together,  the  production  sounds  very  heavy  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  futuristic  landscapes,  devices  of  control,  evolution,  and  intergalatic  warfare.

  In  my  opinion  Expander  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  thrash,  crust,  punk  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Slime  Beach"  and  "Laws  Of  Power".  8  out  of  10.

Ethir Anduin/I Magen Av Svart Kaos/Satanath Records/Dark East Productions/Wolfshade Records/2014 CD Review


  Ethir  Anduin  are  a  solo  project  from  Russia  that  plays  an  instrumental  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  post  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "I  Magen  Av  Svart  Kaos"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records,  Dark  East  Productions,  and  Wolfshade  Productions.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavy  and  melodic  post  metal  direction  and  you  can  also  hear  elements  of  black  and  doom  metal  in  the  music  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  none  of  the  songs  use  any  vocals  or  lyrics.

  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long   and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  you  can  the  more  atmospheric  side of  black  metal  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  one  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  synths.

  Either  Anduin  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  modern  post  metal  sound  and  mixes  it  with  atmospheric  black  and  doom  metal  while  also  avoiding  any  vocals  or  lyrics  to  create  a  style  of  his  own  and  the  production  also  sounds  very  professional.

  In  my  opinion  Either  Anduin  are  a  very  great  sounding  instrumental  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  post  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Och  Ljuseet  och  Morket"  "Kall  Vinter"  and  "Boning  Song".  8  out  of  10. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Sanctus Infernum/Other Gods/Satanath Records/Niberu Records/Thanatology Productions/214 CD Review


  Sanctus  Infernum  are  a  band  from  Kansas  that  plays  a  symphonic  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2014  album  "Other  Gods"  which  was  released  as a  joint  effort  between  "Satanath  Records,  Niberu  Records  and  Thanatology  Productions.

  A  heavy,  melodic  and  symphonic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  death  metal  growls and  black  metal  screams  and  after  awhile  solos  and  leads  make  their  presence  on  the  recording  which  also  brings  in  elements  of  traditional  metal  and  violins  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  singing  can  be  heard  at  times  and  the  music  is  very  heavily rooted  in  the  early  to  90's  and  some  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  classical  guitars  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction.

   Sanctus  Infernum  plays  a  musical  style that  is  very  close  to  the  90's  style's  of  symphonic,  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  brings  back  a  very  retro  and  old  school,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Lovecraft,  fantasy  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sanctus  Infernum  are  a  very  great  sounding  symphonic  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Opener  Of  The  Way"  "Nyarlathotep"  and  "Lord  Of  Fantasy".  8  out  of  10.

Sektor/Alpha/Satanath Records/Rebirth The Metal Productions/2014 CD Review


  Sektor  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Alpha"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records  and  Rebirth  The  Metal  Productions.

  Dark  sound  effects  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  fast  blackened  death  metal  direction  that  uses  a  good  mixture  of  high  pitched  screams,  death  metal  growls  and  blast  beats  along  with  a  great  amount  of  thrash  influences  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing.

  At  times  some  of  the  riffs  get  technical  while  the  blast  beats  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  brutal  edge  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  bring  in  an  early  90's  melodic  style  of   thrash  metal  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  groove  metal  and  they  also  bring  in  a  brief  synth  interlude  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  musical  direction  on  the  following  songs  and  all  of the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Sektor  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  modern  style  of  thrash  and  mixes  it  in  with  black  and  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  angry  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sektor  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  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Iron  Cold" "A  Fire  Burns"  "Social  Predator"  and  "Ritual".  8  out  of  10.  

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Masacre/Brutal Aggre666ion/Xtreem Music/2014 CD Review


  Masacre  are  a  band  from  Columbia  that  has  been  around  since the  mid  80's  and  plays  a  very  barbaric  and  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Brutal  Aggre666ion"  which  was  released  by  Xtreem  Music.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  brutal  death  metal  sound  along  with  some  growling  vocals  and  blast  beats  start  off  the  album  bringing  in  a  classic  South  American  sound  and  morbid  sounding  melodies  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Black  metal  screams  and  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  solos  and  leads  add  more  of  an  early  90's  death  metal  style  to  the  music  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  South  and  North  American  influences  and  one  track  brings  in  a  few  seconds  of  melodic  chants while  another  track  also  brings  in  clean  playing  before returning  back  to  a  brutal  sound.

  Masacre  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  brutal  form  of  death  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  blasphemy  of  black  metal  to  create  a  style  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics are  written  in  a  mixture  of Spanish  and  English  and  cover  Satanism,  Death  and  Violence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Masacre  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mutilated"  "War  In  Hell"  and  "Satanic  Peace  Agreement".  8  out  of  10.

  
   

Visions Of The Night/Visions Of The Night Vs, ReMechanized/2016 CD Review


  Visions  Of  The  Night  are  a  band  from  Toronto,  Ontario,  Canada  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  album  "Visions Of The Night Vs, ReMechanized"  which  will  be  released  in  2016  and  is  an  industrial  remix  of t heir  2013  album  "Guerrillas  Within  Their  Midst".

  A  very  underground  industrial  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  adding  in  machine  future  that  also  takes  their  music  into a  more  brutal  musical  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  mixture  of  both  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams while  the  faster  sections  use  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  they  mix  the  industrial  and  metal  parts  together.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  synths  also  add  in a   touch  of  ambient  and  the  music  also  sounds  very  militant  at  times  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  add  melody  onto  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  riffs  also  get  very  melodic  at  times  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  samples  and  melodic  chants.

  Visions  Of  the  Night  take  their  blackened  death  metal  sound  and  mix  it  in  with  industrial  as  well  as  re-mixing  their  previous  album  to  create  a  recording  that  is  very  original  sounding, the  production sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  war  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Visions  Of  The  Night  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  death  and  industrial  metal,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "War  Is  Our  Religion"  "Assaulting  Fortress  Europe"  "Lost  In  The  Red  Snow"  and  "Guerrillas  Within  Their  Midst".  8  out  of  10.
                               

   

 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Iscarioth/I Am The Arm/Symbol Of Domination Records/Vacula Productions/2015 CD Review


  Iscarioth  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  an  experimental  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "I  Am  the  Arm"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records  and  Vacula  Productions. 

  A  choir  starts  off  the  album  along  with some  elements  of  classical  music  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  blackened  death  metal  direction  along  with  growling  vocals  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  are  utilized  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs.

  Melodies  are  brought  into  some  of  the  riffing  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  clean playing  and  spoken  words  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  tracks  of  black'n'roll  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  along  with  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  briefly.

  Iscarioth   plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black and  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  avant  garde  and  experimental  music  to  create  an  original  style,  the  production sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover   dark  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Iscarioth   are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental   mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mountain  Echo"  "The  Sail  Of  Mental  Sea"  "The  Domain  Of  Seven  Seas"  and  "Long  Live  The  Emptiness".  8  out  of  10.  

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Gor Morgul/Heresy/Satanath Records/Death Portal Studio/2015 CD Review


  Gor  Morgul  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Heresy"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records  and  Death  Portal  Studio.

  A  very  fast,  heavy  and  brutal  death  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  morbid  sounding  blast  beats  before  adding  in  growling  vocals  and  the  songs also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musicla  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

 When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  a  death  metal  style  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  influences  in  the  bands  musical  style  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  being  utilized  at  times  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  mix  in  technical  parts and  the  whole  album  remains  very  brutal  form  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording  with  no  soft  or  clean  parts  ever  utilized.

  Gor  Mogul  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  brutal  and  blasphemous  while  also  mixing  in  a  very  heavy  dose  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional while  the  lyrics  cover  blasphemous  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Gor  Mogul  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  "Under  The  Light  Of  Darkness"  "Apostasy"  and  "Trinity  Of  Lies".  8  out  of  10.   

Necrocult/For Thine Is The Kingdom, And The Power, And The Glory/Satanath Records/Ira Militias Productions/2015 CD Review


  Necrocult  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "For  Thine  Is  The  Kingdom,  The  Power,  And  The  Glory"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath Records  and  Ira Militias Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  death  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  after  a  few  seconds  blast beats  and  powerful  bass  lines  start  becoming  a  very  huge  part  of t he  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  gets  more  brutal  along  with  some  growling  vocals  and  black  metal  screams  and  the  riffs  also  get  melodic  at  times.

 Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  some  riffs  also  bring  in  elements  of  thrash  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  songs  are  perfectly  balanced  between  both  black  and  death  metal  influences  creating  a  mixture  of  the  2  genres  and  all  of  the  songs  avoid  any  use  of  solos  and  leads  and  all  of the  songs  remain  very  heavy  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  Necrocult  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  a  very  fast  style  of  death  metal  that  also  gets  very  technical  at  times  while  also  being  very  heavy  all  throughout  the  tracks,   the  production  sounds very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Necrocult  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  "Forbidden  Heaven"  and  "The  Godsend".  8  out  of  10.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Vingulmork Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

First of all, thanks for your interest in Vingulmork! We really appreciate the support! We are a Norwegian band, and we play aggressive blackened thrash with loads of energy. We love playing live shows, and we like to think that our concerts emit a sense of metal aggression combined with the feeling of togetherness you get at a great metal show! I guess you could say that Vingulmork is a result of many things. Martin and Simen, the guitarist and drummer, are brothers and we are all friends, going way back. We enjoy spending time together not just in rehearsals, but in the pub, drinking beer, listening to Slayer, basically all the great things that metal brothers do! What drives us as a collective is the love for metal, and there is a great sense of togetherness in the shared passion for writing, listening to and living metal. We try to take all the great stuff from both metal and life in general and put it into Vingulmork, and so far it's working out!


2.So far you have released an ep and have your first full length coming out in November, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings?

The first EP, which was self released, was kind of a demo which made it to a sort of CD release handed out on concerts and put out on the internet. It's quite rough, yet I think it has a bit of a "coldness" quality to it. It was a good starting point for us, and we were still trying to find our platform to stand on. I think you can hear the progression from the first EP to our full length debut "Chiaroscuro". We didn't really try to do anything differently, but as is the case with most bands, you progress your sound, your song writing, your lyrics and your live performance. I think Chiaroscuro is more accomplished in these regards. We tried to focus on what felt right to us, the authenticity if you will, and writing songs that encapsulates aggression and energy. We also like to stick some melodies into the mix, so there is plenty of that as well. If I was to describe the music on Chiaroscuro, I would call it blackened thrash that sometimes dives into both classic heavy and death metal!


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

The name of the album "Chiaroscuro" is a term that is used to describe contrasts between light and darkness, used to portray emotion and atmosphere in works of art. And that sums up the lyrical topics perfectly. The lyrics tell stories of human kind when faced with huge challenges. The adaptability, the frailty, the strength and weakness and the fact that life gives and takes, regardless of how you live it. There is anger and aggression in the lyrics, of course, and the rejection of all dogmatic limitations on how to go through life is a central theme. We put a lot of effort into the lyrics. While we have great respect for bands taking on religion and the naive dogma of religious rule, we wanted to do something different. It's not about what's expected from a band playing blackened thrash metal. It's about what we care about, and what we want to do!


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

First of all, we thought Vingulmork sounded great! It has a great tone when you say it out loud, plain and simple. Also, it says something about our heritage and background, as it is the old Norse name of the area of Norway where we come from.


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

Two shows come to mind. One of our earliest shows was at an outdoor festival in Norway, called Alenfestivalen. This festival is pretty weird, and the bands playing vary from hippie bands with tambourines and flutes, to black metal and death metal. The festival moves around from year to year, and the location is not really advertised anywhere. It's always in a forest somewhere, though, so the atmosphere is usually pretty great. Anyways, we played this festival a few years back, took the stage at midnight, and had such a great time. People were banging their heads, and we just got into a really good thing with everyone there. It was amazing. Also, we recently supported Enslaved for one concert on their recent Norwegian tour. That was awesome for us, since Enslaved, obviously, is one of the most legendary Norwegian metal bands. The show took place in my home town, so that was pretty special too. Lots of people came to the gig, and we had a great time. Our live shows are really energetic. There aren't really any breaks. We try to go out all guns blazing, and just kill it. We love playing live, and I think that shows! I think the most important factor for a successful concert is that you enjoy yourself, don't worry too much about anything and just immerse yourself in the experience.


6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

Yes indeed! We are playing a release concert on the date of release, November 13th, with label mates Arkentype. That will be a good night and of course a huge party. Also, we will do a release celebration on January 16th, in Oslo. We really wanted to play Oslo again, so we booked a small venue, invited all our friends, so that should be really epic. And then, in the end of February, we go to Russia for a ten date tour, together with a couple of other really cool extreme bands. After that, there will be a few gigs here and there, and hopefully some festivals, before we do another tour in the fall. We haven't booked this yet, but we are aiming for continental Europe and the United Kingdom. 


7.The new album is going to be released on Crime Records, can you tell us a little bit more about how you came in contact with this label?

Crime Records is from my area, so I had heard about them before we started working with them. Basically, I contacted them, told them a bit about Vingulmork, our plans and ambitions, and from there it just went really fast. We had the recording pretty much done, and Crime liked it. The guys in the label are really approachable, and they do a great job for us. We are very happy with them. I think the most important thing is that the label is run by metal fans. They are in it heart first, and that means everything!


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

So far it has been amazing. We are overwhelmed by the response we are getting. Lots of people have gotten in touch with us through social media, and the reviews of Chiaroscuro have so far been really, really good. Most importantly, when we play concerts, people are very excited about us, and there has been so much praise and good words after concerts. As I am sure you've understood, playing concerts really is our main thing that we love doing, and we pride ourselves in doing great shows for the people who pay money to come see us. Therefore, all the positive feedback to our music and concerts is really important to us!


9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

It's hard to say, really. But we will definitely always be a hard hitting, energetic extreme metal band. You won't see us suddenly releasing a prog album, introduce a DJ on electronics or any such garbage. I hope that we will continue progressing, getting better and better, and keep churning out aggressive music that you can bang your head to!


10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Influences come from all over the place, but obviously, all the great classic bands have been important for us. Personally, I have been a metal fan all my life, starting with Iron Maiden when I was just six or seven years old, and then moving on to thrash in the late 80's and early 90's. I discovered death metal in the 90's, and that is my main genre these days. Having made that journey has been important to me, as it means I have a quite wide taste in metal. Being Norwegian, black metal has made an impact on me as well, but I think the really good bands are few and far between to be honest. Lately, I've been listening to a lot of Blood Red Throne, Skeletonwitch and Inanimate Existence.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I play games. That's what I do when I'm not doing music.


12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Yeah! Thanks for reading this, it means a lot! Also, check out our facebook, and our videos on youtube. Our debut full length "Chiaroscuro" is out on November 13th on both CD and LP. Hope to see all of you on the road some day!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Emperor Of Myself/Destined To Fail/2015 Full Length Review


  Greece's  Emperor  of  Myself  have  returned  with  a  new  album  that  continues  the  gothic  blackened  doom  metal  sound  of  previous  recordings  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  album  "Destined  To  Fail".

  A  very  dark,  melodic  and heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  up  to  very  depressive  gothic/doom  metal  direction  and  the  solos  and  leads  that  are  utilized  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences.

 At  times  the  music  takes  the  melody  of  Greek  black  metal  of  twenty years  ago  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  United  Kingdom  doom/death  metal  sound  from  the  same  era  and  clean  playing  along  with  a  small  amount  of  atmospheric  sounds  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  songs  sticks  mostly  to  a  slow and  melodic  musical  style   while  the  music  does  speed  up  on  the  last  song  and  one  track  brings clean  singing  vocals.

  Emperor  Of  Myself  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  90's  influenced  gothic  blackened  doom  metal  sound  of  previous  recordings  as  well  as  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  sorrow,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Emperor  Of  Myself  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  goth  and  doom  metal,  you  should  enjoy  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Why  it  Burns  Inside"  "The  Pain  I  Hide"  "Pale  Face"  and  "My  Despair".  8  out  of  10.

       

Monday, November 2, 2015

Weeping Birth/The Crushed Harmony/Apathia Records/2015 CD Review


  Weeping  Birth  are  a  solo  project  from  Switzerland  that  plays  a  very  brutal  form  of  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of his  2015  album  "The  Crushed  Harmony"  which  was  rleeased  by  Apathia  Records.

 A  very  dark,  heavy  and  brutal  blackened  death  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  the  music  speeding  up  a  few  seconds  later  and  also  adding  in  blast beats  and  growling  vocals  and  high  pitched  screams  can  be  heard  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads  that  are  utilized  are  very  melodic  and  technical  sounding.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  elements  of  modern  metal  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  atmospheric  sounds  and  the  last  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing.

  Weeping  Birth  creates  a  blackened  death  metal  album  that  is  very  brutal  and  technical  at  the  same  times  while  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  modern  metal  to  create  a  style  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Weeping  Birth  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  death  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Atonality"  "Sunburnt"  "Life  in  A  Blood  Spasm"  and  "The  Crushed  Harmony".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Pessimist/Slaughtering The Faithful/Obscure Musick/2015 CD Re-Issue Review


  Pessimist  are  a  band  from Maryland  that  plays  a  blackened  form of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  album  "Slaughtering  The  Faithful"  which  will  be  re-issued  on  Halloween  in  2015  by  Obscure  Musick  along  with  bonus  demo  and  live  tracks  that  where  not  presented  on  the  original  version.

  Clean  guitar  playing starts  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  death  metal  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  guttural  growls  and  you  can  also  hear  some  morbid  sounding  melodies  in  the  riffing  at  times.

   When solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  a  very  chaotic  and  old  school  style  of  death  metal  and  the  music  also  gets  very  technical  at  times  and  the  vocals  also  get  high  pitched  at  times  and  you  can  also  hear  a  good  amount  of  black  metal  influences  in  the  bands musical  style  while  the  music  is  more  closer  to  death  metal.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  thrash  at  times  and  the  live  tracks come  from  a  show  that  they  had  recorded  for  a  radio  station  in  the  East  Coast  and  also  remain  true  to  a  very  brutal  style  of  blackened  death  metal.

  Pessimist  played  a  style  of  blackened  death  metal  that  was  very  brutal  for  its  time  on  this  recording  and  can  still  compete  with  the  younger  bands  that  create  brutality  these  days,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  cover  death,  murder  and  brutality  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Pessimist  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Slaughtering  The  Faithful"  "Infernal  Abyss"  and  "Stripped  Of  Immortality".  8  out  of  10. 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Skullthrone/Biomechanical Messiah/Satanath Records/Morbid Skull Records/2015 CD Review


  Skullthrone  are  a  band  from  Columbia  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is a  review  of  their 2015  album  "Biomechanical Messiah"  which  was  released  a s  a  joint  efforet  between  Satanath  Records  and  Morbid  Skull  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  blackened  death  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats as  well  as  a  good  balance  between  deep  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  and  the  riffs  also use  a  great  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  more  of  a  melodic  fashion  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  one  track  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  and  the  album  also  manages  to  remain  very  heavy  and brutal  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  Skullthrone  plays  a  style  of  blackened  death  metal  that  is  very  brutal  and  blasphemous  as  well  as  always  remaining  heavy,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  War  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Skullthrone  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  "Imperial  Satanic  Artillery"  "Hell's Oblivion"  "Antichristian  Revelation"  and  "Empire  Of  the  Skull".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Second To Sun/The First Chapter/2015 Full Length Review


  Second  To  Sun  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  an  instrumental  mixture  of  black  metal,  djent  and  Finno-Ugric  folk  music  and  this is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  album  "The  First  Chapter".

  Distorted  noises  start  off  the  album  along  with  soem  ambient  and  atmospheric  elements  and  after  a  few  seconds  the  music  starts  getting  heavier  and  also brings  in  elements  of  djent  and  progressive  metal  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  In  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  elements  can  be  heard  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  more  of  a  dark  and  melodic  style and  in  the  softer sections  the  folk  music  parts  really  start  to  kick in  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  more  of  a  modern  thrash  sound  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  mixing  both  the  heavy  and  atmospheric  sections  together.

 Second  To  Sun  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  and  progressive metal  and  mixes  it  with  djent,  ambient  and  Finno-Ugric  music  and  avoids  any  lyrics  or  vocals  to  create  a  style  of  their  own  and  the  production  also  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Second  To  Sun  are  a  very  great  sounding  instrumental  mixture  of  black  metal,  djent  and  Finno-Ugric  folk  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Spirit  Of  Kusoto"  "Land  Of  The  Fearless  Birds"  "Virgo  Mitt"  and  "Narcat".  8  out  of  10.    

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Extirpation/Wings Of Decadence/Nightbreaker Productions/2015 CD Review





  Extirpation  are  a  band  from  that plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Winds  Of  Decadence"  which  was  released  by  Nightbreaker  productions.

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  blackened  thrash  metal  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  high  pitched screams  and  blast  beats  as well  as  having  a  perfect  balance  between  the  first  and  second  wave  genres  of  black  metal  while  the  production  gives  the  music  more  of  a  modern  day  feeling.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  in  a  very  chaotic  80's  influenced  extreme  metal  direction  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  melodies  at  times  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  and  the  whole  album  remains  true  to  a  very  heavy  musical  style  from  the  beginning to  last  riff  and  there  is  never  a  soft  moment  present  in  any  of  the  tracks.

  Extirpation  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  first  and  second  wave  black  metal  and  mixes  them  with thrash  but  done  in  a  more  modern  fashion, the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  thrash  and  society  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Extirpation  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Thrash  The  Enemy"  "Desires  Of   Dust"  "Daily  Struggle"  and  "Wings  Of  Decadence".  8  out  of  10. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Vingulmork/Chiaroscuro/Crime Records/2015 CD Review


  Vingulmork  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Chiaroscuro"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Chaos  Records.

  A  very  hard  and  heavy  thrash  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  after  a  few  seconds  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  start  becoming  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  they  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  death  metal  at  times  and  the  fast  parts  also  use  a  small   amount  of blast  beats. 

  Melodies  can  be  hard  in  certain  sections  of t he  recording  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  some  of  the  songs  they  have  more  of  a  melodic  style  to  them  while  the  riffing sticks  mostly  to  a  heavier  power  chord  orientated  style.

  Vingulmork  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  thrash  metal  and  they  mix  it  in  with  second  wave  black  metal  along  with  a   touch  of  death metal  to  create  a  style  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark and  angry  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Vingulmork  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  thrash  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Collapse  And  Rebuild"  "The  Haunting"  "Painting  Lives"  and  "It  Will  Suffice".  8  out  of 10.