Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Encyrcle/Self Titled/Unspeakable Axe Records/2015 CD Review


  Encyrcle  are  a  band  from  Denmark  that  plays  a  musical  style  they  refer  to  as  nocturnal  speed  metal  which  also  brings  in  the  blast  beats  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  album  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Unspeakable  Axe  Records.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  follow  the  same  tradition  and  are  also  a  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  faster  musical  direction  that  mixes  speed  and  black  metal  together  and  also  introduces  blast  beats  to  the  recording.

  When  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  they  are  clean  singing  80's  style  power/speed  metal  vocals  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  thrash  influences  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  back  up  gang  shouts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  At  times  the  blast  beats  can  be  very  brutal  at  times  while  some  of  the  slower  riffs  bring  in  a  touch  of  doom  metal  and  there  is  also  an  instrumental  track  that  brings  in  evil  sounding  keyboards  that  also  return  on  a later  track  as  well  before  making  a  return  back  to  a  heavier  direction  on  the  following  songs  and  they  also  bring  in  a  track  that  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  a  few  seconds  of  spoken  word  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Encyrcle  plays  a  musical  style  that  goes  back  to  the  early  80's  days  of  power,  speed  and  thrash  metal  and  mixes  them in  with  a  touch  of  doom  metal  and  second  wave  style  black  metal  blast  beats  along  with  some  of  the  faster  riffing of  that  genre  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Encyrcle  are  a  very  great sounding  nocturnal  speed  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Evoke  The  Night"  "Serpent's  Dream"  "Deathlust"  and  "Obliteration  Eyes".  8  out  of  10.
    

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Filii Eliae/Cimiterivm/2015 CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Filii Eliae  where  they continue  the  mixture  of  black,  gothic  and  doom  metal  of  the  previous  recording  with  the  album  being  called  "Cimiterivm"  and  self  released  in  2015.

  A  very  dark  and  atmospheric  synth  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  variety  of  many  different  keys  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  guitars  once  they  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  you  can  also  hear  quite  a  lot  of  melodic  guitar  leads  throughout  the  recording.

  Once  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  they  are  high  pitched  and  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  guitars  focus  more  on  doom  and  the  synths  go  for  an  atmospheric  goth  sound  and  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  some  songs  see  the  band  speeding  up.

 During  the  fast  parts  which  are  utilized  rarely  you  can  hear  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  music  also  has  an  early  90's  black  metal  at  times  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  the  synths  start  bringing  in  more  of  a  horror  movie  atmosphere  on  an  instrumental  track  while  vocals  make  their  return  on  the  following  songs  while  they  do  close  the  album  with  another  instrumental  track.

  Filli Eliae  creates  another  album  that  combines  the  black,  gothic  and  doom  metal  genres  of  the  90's  together  but  done  with  a  more  updated  take,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  death,  occultism  and  darkness.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Filii  Eliae  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  gothic  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cimiterivm"  "Exeqviae"  "Fvneralis"  and  "Extreme  Pars".  8  out  of  10.    

Filii Eliae/Qui Nobis Maledictum Velit/Lux Perpetua Records/2015 CD Review


  Filii  Eliae  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  gothic  and  doom  metal  and  this is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Oui  Nobid  Maledictum  Velit"  which  was  released  by  Lux  Perpetua  Records.

  A  very  dark sound  and  church bells  start  off  the  album  and  a  few  seconds  later  the  music  starts  to  go  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  and  atmospheric  synths  start  to  become  a  huge  part  of  the  recording.

  You  can  hear  a  touch  of  goth  metal in  the  bands  musical  style  and  the  solos  and  leads  they  use  stick  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  musical  direction  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  of  the  tracks also  bring  in  an  atmosphere  of  a  black  and  white  horror  movie  at  times.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  bit  you  can  hear  a  heavy  thrash  influence  on  the  bands  musical  sound  along  with  some  of  the  riffs  using  a  small  amount  of  melody  which  also  add  in  a  touch  of  traditional  metal  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  as  the  album  progresses  growls  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  songs  and  they  bring  in  a  very  haunting  and  demonic  atmosphere  when  they  are  utilized  while  a  later  track  also  brings  clean  playing  onto  the  recording.  

  Filli  Eliae  creates  a  musical  style  that  mixes  black  metal  and  goth  with  Italian  doom  metal  along  with  a  touch  of  thrash  and  traditional  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written in  their  native  tongue  cover  death,  occultism  and  darkness.

  In  my opinion  Filii  Eliae  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  gothic  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band,  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Et  vmbra  svm"  "Ex  pvtredine"  "Nvsqvam  avt  nvllvm  fore"  and  "Qui Nobis Maledictum Velit".  8  out  of  10.      

Kehlvin/Fleshworld/To Deny Everything That's Mundane/Division Records/2015 Split Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Switzerland's  Kehlvin  and  Poland's  Fleshworld  called  "To  Deny  Everything  that's  Mundane"  which  will  be  released  in  April  of  2015  by  Division  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Kehlvin  a  band  that  plays  a  metallic  mixture  of  hardcore  and  noise  rock.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with a and  the  music  also  uses  spoken  word  parts  at  times very  aggressive  hardcore  sound  that  also  brings  in  screaming  vocals  and  the  heaviness  of  metal  and  after  awhile  you  can  also  hear  clean  playing  in  some  parts  off  the  songs  and  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  at  times.

  When  melodies  are  utilized  bring  in  an  early  90's  noise  rock  feeling  and  on  the  other  tracks  the  band  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  angry  shouts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  slow  and  heavy  musical  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  angry  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kehlvin  are  a  very  great sounding  metallic  mixture  of  hardcore  and  noise  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "To  Deny  Everything  That's  Mundane".

  Next  up  is  Fleshworld  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  post  metal,  hardcore  and  screamo.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  distorted  sound  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  and  also  adds  in  angry  sounding  vocals  that  use  both  growls  and  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  after  awhile  solos  and  leads  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Both  of  their tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  hear  the  elements  of  post  metal,  hardcore  and  screamo  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  both  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  slow  musical  direction,  the  production sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Fleshworld  and  if  you   are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  post  hardcore  and  screamo,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Moire".

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

Friday, March 20, 2015

Devilspit/Grim, Hateful and Drunk/Caligari Records/2015 Cassette Review


  Devilspit  are  a  1  man  band  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal  and  crust  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  album  "Grim,  Hateful  And  Drunk"  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  Caligari  Records.

  Spoken  word  parts  and  melodic  post  punk  style  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  more  heaviness  and  clean  singing  vocals  and  after  the  prelude  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  a  raw  blackened  punk  direction  along  with  the  vocals  getting  more  aggressive  while  they  also  keep  around  the  melody  of  the  intro  in  all  of  the  songs.

  Vocals  bring  in  an  early  crust/hardcore  feeling  and  also  add  in  growls  and  screams  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  songs  start  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  synths  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  goth  rock  feeling.

   Some  of  the  songs  bring  in  old  school  punk  rock  elements  and  a  dose  of  black'n'roll  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  melodic  chants  along  with  some  melodic  style  punk  singing  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  great  touch  of  first  wave  black  metal  and  while  this  album  is  mostly  influenced  by  80's  music  it  still  has  a  very  modern  and  original  sound.

  Devilspit  creates  a  very  diverse  and  original  recording  with  his  music  taking  first  and  second  wave  black  metal  and  mixing  it  with  the  crust,  hardcore  and  post  styles  of  punk  rock  and  adding  in  the  melody  and  darkness  of  goth  rock  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  French  and  English  cover  satanic,  occult,  dark  and  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Devilspit  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  goth  and  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Tout  les  Faux"  "You  Suck"  and  "The  Witching  Stone".  8  out  of  10.

   

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Dormant Inferno/Dionysus/Beyond Forgotten Shores/Transcending Obscurity India/2015 Split CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  India's  Dormant  Inferno  and  Pakistan's  Dionysus  called  "Beyond  Forgotten  Shores'  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Transcending  Obscurity  India  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Dormant  Inferno  a  band  that  plays  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  off   with  a  very  heavy,  melodic  and  atmospheric  sound  along  with  some  growls  that  gives  the  music  an  early  90's  doom/death  metal  sound  and  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  most  of t he  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  add  clean  playing  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Synths  can b e  heard  quite  a  bit  through  their  3  songs  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  in  a  very  melodic  musical  direction  and  one  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  slow  yet  heavy  musical  direction,  the  production  sound s very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  despair,  love,  addiction  and  social  issues.

  In  my  opinion  Dormant  Inferno  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you a re  a  fan  of t his  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Deliverence".

  Next  up  is  Dionysus  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  melodic  sound  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  their  side  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  bring  in  a  mixture  of  acoustic  and  heavy  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  also  stick  to  a  very  melodic  musical  direction.

  At  times  the  music  speeds  up  a  bit  and  also  brings  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  onto  their  side  of  the  recording  and  both  of  their  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  bring  in  a  90's  black/gothic/doom/death  feeling  at  times  and  on  the  last  track  a  few  seconds  of  spoken  word  parts  are  added  into t he  song,  the  production  on  both  of  their  tracks  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  doom,  despair,  death  and  nature.

  In  my  opinion  Dionysus  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  melodic  mixture  of  black,  doom,  and  death  metal   and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band  and  there  side  of t he  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Beneath  The  Skies  of  War".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and   I  would  recommend  it   to  all  fans  of  the  more  atmospheric  sides  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal.  8  out  of  10.      

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Veratrum/Mondi Sospesi/Beyond Productions/2015 CD Review


  Veratrum  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  blackened  from  of  death  metal  with  some  symphonic  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Mordi  Sospesi"  which  was  released  by Beyond  Productions

  Tribal  style  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  epic  synths  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  melodic  direction  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  demonstrate  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  and  after  the  intro  death  metal  growls  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some black  metal  screams  and  blast  beats.

  Through  out  the  recording t here  is  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  tracks  bring  in  male and  female  clean  singing  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  symphonic  elements  of  the  intro  do  make  a  return  in  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  some  of  the  later  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Veratrum  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  in  the  brutal death  metal  area  but  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  influences  and  some  symphonic  elements  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  original  feeling,  the  production  sound s very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  ancient  spirituality,  theosophy  and  mythology.

  In  my  opinion  Veratrum  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened   death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Un  Canto"  "Il  Tempo  Del  Cerchio"  and  "H  Nea  Babylon".  8  out  of  10.

  

Friday, March 13, 2015

Erazor/Dust Monuments/Evil Spell Records/2015 CD Review


  Erazor  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Dust  Monuments"  which  was  released  by  Evil  Spell  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  morbid  sounding  melodies  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  music  does  speed  up  quite  a  bit  and  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  are  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  musical  direction.

  After  the  intro  and  spoken  word  part  the  music  start s going  for  more  of  a  blackened  thrash  met  direction  which  they  mix  in  with  the  early  melodic  second  wave  Swedish  sound  at  times  while  the  vocals  are  more  closer  to  the  first  wave  black  metal  sound  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

   The  songs  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  elements  of  death  metal  in  the  bands  musical  sound  at  times  and  a  couple  of  the  later  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars  before  making  a  return  back  to  a  heavier  direction  a  few  seconds  later  but  they  do  close  the  album  with  that  instrument  while  a  later  song  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  chants  and  the  last  track  also  adds  in  a  few  seconds  of  human  torture.

  Erazor  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  close  to  the  first  wave  while  also  adding  a  touch  of  melody  from  the  second  wave  and  a  good  dose  of  thrash  influences  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  yet  professional  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  Darkness,  Destruction  and  War  Themes.

  In  my  opinion  Erazor  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  "Total  Might"  "Dust  Monuments"  "From  The  Abyss  To  The  Void"  and  "In  Her  Tower".  8  out  of  10.  

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Dead Summer Society/So Many Years Of Longing/Rain Without End Records/2015 CD Review


  Dead  Summer  Society  are  a  1  man  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  gothic  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  album  "So  Many  Years  Of  Longing"  which  will  be  released  by  Rain  Without  End  Records  on  March  22nd.

  Record  player  sounds  and  clean  playing  start  off  the  album  and  a  few  seconds  alter  melodic  guitar  leads  start  becoming  a  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  after  the  intro  the   music  starts  going  for  more  of  a  doom  metal  direction  that  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  most  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Symphonic  and  ambient  sounds  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  growls  that  are  very  easy  to  understand  and  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  in  certain  sections  of  the  album  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts.

  As  the  album  progresses  grim  black  metal  screams  can  be  heard  along  with  some  of  the  riffs  going  into  more  of  a  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  when  female  vocals  are  utilized  they  bring  an  operatic  and  gothic  feeling  to  the  recording  and  some  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  clean  singing  male  vocals  and  there  are  also  a  few  instrumental  tracks  being  utilized  at  times.

  Dead  Summer  Society  creates  another  album  that  mixes  black,  doom,  and  gothic  metal  together  and  the  songs  are  very  dark,  melancholic,  melodic,  progressive  while  still  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  heaviness,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dead  Summer  Society  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  doom  and  gothic  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Coldness  Gods"  "Longing"  "Winter  Day"  and  "Stalemate".  8  out  of  10.

 

  

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Blodspor Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new ep?

Well, actually we went right back into the studio to record the follow up release to “A Healthy Dose of Hatred”. As of now we are looking at a late summer/early fall release. There are also some touring plans in the works later this year.

2.Recently you have released a new ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

On “A Healthy Dose of Hatred”, we did the whole recording process ourselves. We wanted to capture a punch and a rawness to the sound that we felt would represent what we sound like live. I guess this time around this release differs in the way that the songs themselves are more straightforward and honest in their structure, and the soundscape is more of a live experience than our previous ones.

3.The band has been around since 2006 but so far has only released one full length and an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap between releases?

We started out in 2006 and we released our first self-titled EP in 2008, our debut album, “Laughing through the Violence” saw the light of day in 2011 and then “A Healthy Dose of Hatred” which just came out February 2nd this year. We are, and have always been, a live oriented band. Our main focus has until now been the live-format and we have done a lot gigs near and far between releases. That is mostly the main reason why it has taken us so long. Other than your average band fights, fucktardness, major drama, pawned band equipment, hospitalized band members and band members enlisting in dodgy pyramid schemes, that is.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics that the band explores with the newer music?

Lyrically we have always dabbled with misanthropy, the lack of faith in man. The destructive forces of human greed and apathy, the mental decay of the modern society, how capitalism and the dream of wealth divides and corrupts. You know, the average feel-good themes!

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Blodspor'?

It was Lage and Kris that came up with the name back in the days. We just thought it sounded cool. Does not really have any significant meaning other than “traces of blood”. We are often thought to be a black metal band for those who just see the name and has not heard our music, which of course we are not. It`s not so strange that people would make that assumption though, since we are from the cold frozen utopia of Norwegian black metal, where band names like “konglefarer”, “sakkosekk”, “bunadkrig”,”elgstuing” og “vredeknikkers” are common.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

That is a tough one! Our release gig in Oslo for “A Healthy Dose…” together with our friends in Shaving the Werewolf and Causing the Exile was fun. Sold out show, great atmosphere, great crowd and just one awesome night. We have played support for the legendary Napalm Death, toured with Vomitory from Sweden, played for a packed house at the Inferno Festival in Norway and done a ton of fun gigs all over the place. We always enjoy playing live no matter when or where! Our stage performance is best described as a soft, but firm, roundhouse kick to the eardrums. We always give 34,5 X 2.9 + (Y-3X) % live!  

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new ep?

There will most definitely be some touring later this year. We are working on some dates in the fall.

8.The band members own Negative Vibe Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Negative Vibe Records is a DIY, non-profit record label. It is more of a band collective than your average record label. We started this back in 2011 when we were looking for someone to release our debut album. This was without success and we took matters into our own hands and founded NVR. Negative Vibe Records focuses on establishing a good and positive underground music scene for the lesser known bands within genres that are not really recognized by the larger labels in Norway.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of extreme metal and hardcore?

Generally, the feedback has been very good. Although one German journalist once told us that being at our show was like being a vegetarian locked up in a Burger King-joint with all the deep fryers on maximum boiling.

10.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other musical projects or bands these days?

Yes! Everyone has been or is currently involved in other projects, but with Blodspor as the main focus. Bent (guitar) has a doom band called Burn the Man, Kris (guitar) has a new project called OCD which Audun (vocals) also plays bass in, Andreas (bass) and Audun also play together in the tech metal band Silence the Sky and Lage (drums) used to play in a post/hardcore/grind outfit named HUSK.

11.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

As of now there are only EP releases planned. Hopefully we will have two more releases out within the end of the year. We might start on our sophomore full length sometime next year. We have never set any kind of limitation to what we can or cannot do musically, so it is hard to pinpoint exactly what kind of direction we will be heading towards. In the past we have usually, unintentionally, made two or three songs in kinda the same vain, with the next two or three having a totally different vibe. Our debut album is a good example of this.

12.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?

Hmm! We like a lot of the same stuff, but I think everyone of us brings something from their own personal influence to the table. I guess that the common denominator would be old Machine Head, the Burn My Eyes-era, Slayer, Sick of it All, Neurosis, some Mastodon, some Converge, some Hate Eternal, some Rancid and even some A-Ha.


13.What are some of your non musical interests?

Cross-dressing, beer pong, habanero tasting, dwarf throwing, polar bear taunting and playing the saxophone.

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

Did you know reindeer like bananas and more people are killed by sand castles than by sharks?