Sunday, September 27, 2015

Apparatus/Self Titled/Lavadome Productions/2015 CD Review


  Apparatus  are  a  band  from  Denmark  that  plays  an  experimental  and  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released 2015  album  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Lavadome  Productions.

 Clean  yet  distorted  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  and  a  few  seconds  later  grim  black  metal  screams  start  to  find  their  way  onto the  recording  and  can  also  get  very  high  pitched  at  times  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  into more  of  a  heavy  and  avant  garde  musical  direction  along  with  some  deep  death  metal  growls.

  When the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  are  utilized  along  with  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  blackened  death  metal  direction  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  melodic  chanting  being  utilized  at  times  and  some   tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  pianos  that  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  experimental  feeling  while  later  songs  also  bring  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  and  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts.

  Apparatus  plays  a  musical style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  blackened  death  metal  capturing  the  darkness  and  brutality of  the  genre  while  also  mixing  in  ritualistic,  avant  garde  and  experimental  elements  to  create  a  style  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  H.P  Lovecraft,  Mythology  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Apparatus  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "R'lyeh"  "Miskantic"  and  "Arkham".  8  out  of  10.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Praise The Flame/Manifest Rebellion/Memento Mori/2015 CD Review


  Praise  The  Flame  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Manifest  Rebellion"  which  was  released  by  memento  Mori.

  A  very  distorted  yet  clean  guitar  intro starts  off  the  album  before adding  in  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  blackened  death  metal  direction  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  music  also  bring s in  elements  of  South American thrash.

  While  the  music  is  very  rooted  in  the  old  school  style  of  extreme  metal  the  brutality  makes  the  songs  have  more  of  a  modern  atmosphere  to  them  and  some  of  the  riffs  can  also  be  very  melodic  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  of  the  slower  riffs  bringing  elements  of  doom   metal  onto  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  an  old  school  style  of  death  metal.

  Praise  The  Flame  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  old  school  death  metal  but  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  and South  American  thrash  elements  to  create  a  very  raw  and  brutal  sounding  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Satanism,  Darkness  and  Anti  Christianity  themes.

 In  my  opinion  Praise  The  Flame  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  "Fire  Forces  Of  Hate"  "Endless  Scourge"  and  "Rise  the  Witchpower".  8  out  of  10. 

 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Throne/The Full Moon Sessions/Vic Records/2015 CD Compilation Review


  Throne  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  compilation   album  "The Full Moon Sessions"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Vic  Records  which  consists  of  their  demo recordings  from  the  90's.

A  melodic  and  dark  doom  metal  riff  starts  off  the  album  along with  a  small  amount of  blast  beats  and  black  metal  screams  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  80's  influences  and  after  awhile  deep  death  metal  growls  can  be  heard  at  times  and  the  riffs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

   A  lot  of  the  music  has  more  of  a  raw  garage  sound  sounding  more  primal  than  the  other  bands  that  the  band  members  where  a  part  off  and  the  black  metal  elements  are  more  in  the  first  wave  style  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to an  old  school  style  of  metal  and  as  the  compilation  progresses  the  songs  start  getting  more  powerful.

  Thrones  played  a  musical  style  that  takes  first  wave  black  metal,  80's  doom  and  death  metal  and  mixed  them  together  to  create  some  music  that  was  very  heavy  for  its  time,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Thrones  are  a  very  great  sounding  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  "Sonic  Carnage"  "Nuclear  Warmachine"  and  "Full  Moon  Whore".  8  out  of  10. 

 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

War Atrocities Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
War Atrocities is a solo project that came into existence sometime in 2011, handled only by me (Wastelander). It was mostly out of my desire to make music uninfluenced by other members and didn't want to depend on others, but make music when I want how I want.
Since 2014 I am accompanied by a session member Nesveti Alkar(roughly translated into Unholy Horseman) that plays and records bass guitar, his style gives a lot to the overall atmosphere!
We both record DIY in our bedrooms, which also plays a great part in the final sound.
You could describe War Atrocities style as Black/Thrash metal with elements of Speed metal and D-beat!

2.So far you have released a demo and an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings?
"Intoxicated Madness" demo was done in 2013, sound is hugely influenced by thrash and d-beat, it was more of a post-apocalyptic era (music and lyric-wise) of WA so the sound went into that direction. However, those recordings were first so you can hear a lot of different elements there, I can't really tell I knew the path that I wanted to take the project at the time.
"Necromantical Legions" EP sound is basically black/thrash/speed.
Guitars take Celtic Frost direction while bass guitar is heavily distorted, giving that special feel of ugliness and disorder to the sound. Every track stands on its own, while one takes more of a speed metal approach, the other one sounds more thrash metal or punk, so there is a slight variation between songs. All songs have slower parts here and there but are mostly energetic and fast paced.
Although it is hard to put it in the box like that, because every listener will hear it differently, make an individual judgment and form an opinion based on that.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
I try not to limit myself because that leads to lack of imagination and inspiration.
Most of my lyrics are based around evil, death, war, medieval darkness or barbaric warriors and swordwielders; but many times I take a different approach if I'm bored with satan and death or my inspiration takes me somewhere else like with "Ripper Lust" inspired by (surprisingly) Jack the Ripper.
On the other hand, "Storm of the Tyrants" is a song dedicated to the bands I listen and worship in which lyrics you will find names like Darkthrone, Tormentor, Venom, etc.
It's obvious I take shots on different topics such as history, mistery, occult or anything that inspires me or I just come up with good lyrics.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'War Atrocities'?
Honestly, no meaning! No political or any other bullshit, it just popped in my head.
It is not common but I might even change it to a more distinctive and shorter name.

5.With this project you record mostly everything by yourself except for the bass guitar, are you open to bringing other musicians on the project or do you prefer to remain solo?
I prefer to remain solo because of reasons why this project was spawned into existence in the first place; and simply because it's a way of expressing something I can't express otherwise, under my own terms and with full freedom.
Obviously, I enjoy working with session members and bring in that difference or variable, call it how you like. It is less work on my hands too!
Till now, except my current session bass, I have worked with J.Hammer (drums) on a cover of Tank's "Run Like Hell" and Bozo Krizan doing solo on that same cover
My good local mate Duje Pelaic plays bass on the split release with Whipstriker, who also did the first track on EP(and demo) that stands as intro.
Very talented in making creepy evil atmosphere, check for yourself!

6.On the ep you had done a cover of Bathory's "Armageddon",  what was the decision behind doing your own version of this song?
Bathory has a huge influence on my music! I enjoy covering songs of the bands I listen so I knew I will cover Bathory someday. Last year (2014) was the 10th anniversary of Quorthon's death and 30 years since Bathory released its 1st album, so I thought, why not do it now.
"Armageddon" is one of my favorite songs off of the 1st album, plus the fact that it wasn't covered by many bands I decided to cover that one.
Some of the EP songs were made in 2014 if I haven't mentioned earlier.
Other than "Armageddon", "666" by Toxic Holocaust is on the demo and Tank's "Run Like Hell" (on Bandcamp) is done for 2016 tribute compilation.
Some think covers are merely fillers but I think it makes a release more interesting and shows bands skill to interprete a song.
Afterall, some covers sound better than the original.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and thrash metal?
Since the EP went online, good amount of people and distros asked about the release date and format, trades or just threw a few compliments. I received thumbs up from maniacs of USA, South America, Italy, Germany, UK, Greece, local crew from Croatia and even guys from Switzerland.
I am glad not only black/thrash fans but metalpunks as well showed their approval!
The overall feedback is good, people that are in this kind of music and underground scene appreciate what WA has to offer!

8.Where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future?
I am very satisfied with how "Necromantical Legions" came out, but ofcourse I don't know what future might bring, my intention is not to stall and keep this sound for all eternity cause I want to try other things. Some part of my style will always be present but 1/3 will change from release to release, or song to song.
This kind of music lets you throw anything you want inside the mix and what you get is sheer madness, you don't have to stay inside the boundaries, just like the title of a great album says "Satan's Boundaries Unchained"!
It's all heavy metal, you just bring in the evil and doom and that's where I'm headed!

9.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?
Extreme bands from the 80s had a major influence on my music, "1984 class" says it all!
To mention some names it would be mostly Bathory, Celtic Frost/Hellhammer, Sodom, Venom,  UK WarFare, Tank, Motorhead, Sarcofago, Darkthrone(late period)...
I also listen to lots of heavy metal, old guard as well as newer bands that sound more classic.
Huh, nowadays, it's hard to narrow it down to few. So many new bands I hardly ever get to listen to anything older than a year or two. I guess those few would be Midnight, Deathhammer, Bonehunter, Barbarian, Bunker 66, Bastardator, Inculter, Hellripper, Amulet...
Thor - Only the Strong is my top choice for the car as well as Grim Reaper, Manilla Road and High Spirits, etc.

10.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?
Only lyrically, it doesn't have any impact on my music.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Art takes most of my spare time, all War Atrocities art and design are done by myself.
I also do commisioned logos/covers and working with zines so it's always busy.
I read comics(Slaine, Winterworld, 2000AD...) and books(70s/80s sci-fi utopia stuff).
Other than that, education is my prime time-taker.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for this interview and opportunity to spread the word!
I'd like to invite a reader that has the means or need, to get in touch for any kind of musical collaboration (doing a split or releasing my noise), artwork commision or simply saying a few words!
Whole EP is up on Bandcamp so check it out and keep your eyes open for the physical release on Witches Brew Records in the upcoming months!
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Cambion/Unfold Chaos Supreme/Lavadome Productions/2015 CD review


  Cambion  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  both Germany  and  the  United  States  that  plays a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2015  demo  "Unfold  Chaos  Supreme"  which  was  re-issued  on  cd  by  Lavadome  Productions.

  A  very  fast  and  brutla  blackened  death  metal  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  a  good  mixture  of  screams  and  growls  and  you  can  also  hear  some  melodies  in  the  guitar  riffing  at  times  while  the  solos  and  leads  remain  true  to  a  blackened  death  metal  style  and  the  music  also  gets  technical  at  times.

  Throughout  the  recording  the  songs  mostly  stick  to  a  very  fast  and  brutal  style  and  one  song  also  brings  in  a  brief  use of  sex  samples  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  ep  progresses  some  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  decent  mixture of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Cambion  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  metal  and  brutal  death metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  very  heavy  sounding  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violence, chaos  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cambion  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bend  The  Knee  (To  Molech)"  and  "Perfected  Aggressor".  8  out  of  10. 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Manzer Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Infernal Hails! Sure, we are working as Hell on our second full length album, "Beyond The Iron Portal". All the songs are ready, we rehearse them a lot and we hope to record before the end of the year.

2.For those that have yet to hear the music, how would you describe your musical style that has been present on the recordings?
We play Black Metal from the 80's. It means you can also feel influences from Heavy Metal and Rock'n'Roll, sometimes Punk as well. I can also mention our influences : VENOM, SABBAT, MOTÖRHEAD, IRON MAIDEN, NWOBHM, BATHORY, JAN DO FIAO, ABIGAIL, KILLERS, ATOMIZER, CARNIVORE, NME, BULLDOZER, IMPALED NAZARENE…

3.Your lyrics go very into depth with Pictavian culture, do you also have an interest in the pagan beliefs those people once had?
No, I'm an atheist so I don't have any beliefs in supernatural beings or whatever, as it has been invented by humans. And nothing from the Pictones and Santones culture survived, these were the celtic tribes in our area during Gallo-Roman times but only archeological informations remain about them, their culture didn't last until this day, as christianity fukked everything up hehe. There's a local language but not as old as these tribes of course, the oldest writings found date from the 11th century, and it is dying, that's why it is important for us to have some lyrics in this language called Parlanjhe. The Pictavian culture that we love today is about gastronomy, music, history, legends, landscapes...

4.You also have some satanic lyrics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
Black Metal has been meant to be satanic, just like the progenitors : VENOM. Satan is a strong symbol. Of course it is absolutely not a divinity in which we believe. This is a tool that we can use against all established religions and dogmas. Remember that we don't worship Satan, Satan worships us!!!

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
For sure the best gigs are the ones we did in Asia. We've seen some crazy crowds! I could mention Dhaka in Bangladesh, Colombo in Sri Lanka, Kuching in Malaysia, Tel Aviv in Israel, Kolkata in India, Kathmandu in Nepal... Also Villeurbanne in France, crazy as fukk!!! Which is rare in this country hehe. As we are a power-trio, our stage performance is simple, I believe this is very Rock'n'Roll, no frills you know, we plug and play basically, and let the music do the talking. This is real Hard Metal to headbang to!

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We only have 2 gigs planned in the end of the year, but more should come up soon. We hope to tour Japan next year.

7.You have done a good amount of cover tunes, can you tell us a little bit more about the songs you have covered?
Our first cover was a VENOM one ("Acid Queen") as it's a major influence for us. We covered ABIGAIL "Attack with Spell", it's a big influence and they are friends too, which is something special. Then came MOTÖRHEAD "Ace of Spades" (best Rock'n'Roll band ever!), BLACK SABBATH "Come to the Sabbath" played way faster hehe... Nowadays we regularly play SABBAT "Darkness and Evil" (best Black Metal band ever!) and IRON MAIDEN "Wasted Years" (best Heavy Metal band ever!). We also covered a song from our brothers from HEXECUTOR, as we'll do a special split release with them, and they will cover a MANZER song!

8.The compilation was released on Armee de la Mort Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about the label?
This is my label. I've created LEGION OF DEATH Records in 2001 to support bands from underrated scenes on vinyl format. In 2009, ARMEE DE LA MORT Records was born as a parallel label, and it allows me to release CD's as well. Most of the MANZER stuffs are out on ARMEE DE LA MORT because it's way easier than dealing with other labels, even if some showed great support.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and thrash metal?
Knowing that MANZER is the best selling band worldwide on my label, we may conclude that the feedback is great! We are in touch with many die-hard fans all over the world. And as we toured many countries in Asia, there are quite a lof of MANZER maniaks out there. But I think our fans are into good and old school Metal in general, not necessarily Black or Thrash only. Many people point out our Heavy Metal or Punk influences, but we don't mix any random styles, you know, it's about paying respect to the glorious Metal ancestors, and it comes up naturally. In the end it's Hard Metal against all trends!

10.What is going on with some of the other bands and musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Fëarann is currently writing songs for the third VALUATIR album, and he will play the bass for the new HANTAOMA album. As for myself, I'm also in ANNTHENNATH but the band is put on hold as we're all busy with our main bands, though we hope to release a second and final album one day. Hylde doesn't play in any other band now. MANZER keeps us very active and busy!

11.When can we expect another full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We will release our second full length album in 2016 for sure! I can't be more precise for the moment. I think we still keep the same direction musically, we will never change, no fukking way. But the new album may be sometimes more Rock'n'Roll with more solos. Apart from that, it should be 666% Pictavian Black Metal!!! We think it will blow our first album away, and you can expect a much more vintage sound as well.

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
We love bands like MIDNIGHT, SPEEDWOLF, PERFECTÖ or BIRTH RITUAL. I believe we share many influences in common. You know, we claim we play Black Metal but people usually call us Black/Thrash, or Black/Heavy, and with those bands it's the same, it's difficult to label them but who fukking cares?! This is killer METAL at its best!!! I can also mention my new signing : IRON SLAUGHT from Bigorra (South West of France)! Action, destruction, WAR!!!

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
666 thanx for the interview and support. Anybody interested can feel free to drop us a line. Check the MANZER website to know everything you should know about us! Support the underground or fukk off and die!!!
Contacts :
E-mail : shaxul@orange.fr
LEGION OF DEATH / ARMEE DE LA MORT Records : www.legionofdeathrecords.com
Snail Mail : LOD Records / BP 21 / 86210 Bonneuil-Matours / France.
MANZER Pictavian Black Metal : www.manzer.fr

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Necroblaspheme/Belleville/2015 CD Review


  Necroblaspheme  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  album  "Belleville".

  Distorted  guitar  sounds  start  off  the album  along  with  some  melodies  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  along  with  some  death  metal  growls,  grooves  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  after  awhile black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  Elements  of  post  metal  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  music  adding  in  more  black  metal  influences  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  more  of  a  dark  and  melodic  musical  style.

  Some  of  the  songs  also  get  atmospheric  at  times  and  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  as  the  album  progresses  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  and  throughout  the recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Necroblaspheme  takes  black,  death,  groove  and  post  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  musical  style  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Necroblaspheme are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  death,  groove  and  post  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rempart"  "Two  Trees  (Dead  Wood)"  "The  Grand  Bores  Haunting"  and  "Such  A  Lot".  8  out  of  10.     

Friday, September 11, 2015

Implore Interview


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

Hi! Gabriel here, bass & vocals of Implore, we are a grindcore crust infused death metal band. Whose members live in Kiel, Hamburg and Berlin. We started out in 2013 and played shows in Europe and North America till now...

2.So far you have released 2 ep's and one full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

The very first ep was recorded in 2012 in 10 hours with a friend of mine, which wasn't any sort of serious thing compared to what we did as a full member band, when Daniel (guitars) and I got together to play music we kept that name cause it sounded good to us, but i would say Black Knell (2014) marks the real beginning of the band. Even though all 3 recordings follow the same stylistic line somehow, all 3 recordings had different members and in the end the output is different.

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

We could reduce everything to human misery, but getting deeper and more detailed on the topic we could find things such as animal cruelty, anti fascism, anti religion, new world order, consumerism, conformism among others...

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

I came up with the name long before this became a band, it's one word, easy to remember, not very common and in the end it can be seen from different points. Both for good and evil.

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

We were given the chance to play really cool shows and festivals already, if i would have to choose some of them I would go for Monterrey in Mexico last April. The venue was huge, the sound and light engineers did a great job, the venue was packed and the reaction of the audience was unlike any other. Also Spokane (WA) on the same tour was pretty rad, we were coming from really tough days since we arrived in the USA and that basement show was real madness, the kids went crazy and was a really nice way to start to enjoy the tour.

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

Yes, I'm constantly looking to book stuff, it's some kind of obsession to me. We are touring right now Germany, CZ and Luxembourg with Age of Woe from Sweden. In October we have a short trip the the UK stopping in Belgium from there we fly to Russia for 10 shows and then we tour mostly western Europe with This Gift is a Curse. We are planning to tour Europe in March again with really good friends of us, in April back to the US, then 8 shows in Germany with Fuck You And Die & Pighead in May. I hope we will hit some big stages next summer too. Would be awesome!

7.The new album was released on Pelagic Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

When I lived in Barcelona with my family my mom always let me bring bands to crash in the living room, one of those bands were THE OCEAN touring Precambrian in 2007. I have always been a big fan of that band since I saw them in Ieper fest 2006. Many years passed and I saw them few more times but Robin forgot my face as I got older and also uglier. Daniel wanted to record our ep with Jan Oberg from Hidden Planet Studios (also guitar & vocals in Earthship) and we clicked very well. Jan showed the ep to Robin and it caught his interest on us. It was unexpected cause Pelagic is known for releasing quality sludge and doom, and we are a grind noisy band... but Robin wanted to expand the horizons of his roster and here we all ended up. So in the end if you bring bands to crash at your place be nice to them, some day they can offer you a record deal.

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

Since day 1 we played all kinds of shows for different audiences. We know pretty much the profile of audience that fits better to us, but also having the chance to play among a vast variety of bands and not feeling out of place is a very rich thing too. When the EP came out we were touring Europe with ACXDC and we played 5 shows before that, the 6th show was opening for Nails in a sold out venue. So we grew as band at the same time the ep got heard. We were not expecting anything cause it was all new and the reactions ever since have been really good so far. We are very thankful.

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

Michael (drums) also plays in a killer brutal death band called Blackwater and another grindcore line-up called Territion, both from his hometown Kiel. Daniel and I recorded some tracks last year and there are a bunch of demos for another release under the name of Iconostasis which is atmospheric black metal. 

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

That's a good questions, I can't even see myself finding a place to live next month haha! We will try to evolve and write better stuff and always find a new challenge. We could possible bring a second guitar as full member in the future and that person will bring another handful of ideas that will probably take us into another direction, who knows... We wanna keep the identity of the band and keep doing this as long and much as possible.

11.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?

We have some diverse taste inside the band, Michael listens only to heavy stuff he is digging the new Hate Eternal, Nile, Slayer, Vallenfyre, etc. Daniel is a lot into Rorcal, Trap Them, Deathrite, Minsk, Rosetta. I'm listening to the new Cattle Decap album, Primitive Man, Pallbearer, The Kill, Usnea, Coffins... I guess all combined takes the shape of the music we play, we don't wanna put any boundaries to our music and close ourselves in one genre that has to be on a specific way. Whatever that sounds good to us and we like to include to our music, we do it.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Michael is a mechanic, he likes off road and dirt bikes, that kind of oily stuff. Daniel is really good at cooking vegan food, I guess he puts interest into knowing what he is cooking. I'm a tattoo artist... I like tattoos. That's an overall view on us, we like a lot of other things too.

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

Thank you very much for your interview! We appreciate your interest on us, thanks for paying attention to what we do and to give us the chance to be part of your lines. Also thanks to all the people who come to see us live, who supports our music! Thanks To Magnus our PR and our label Pelagic Records too.

Anticosm/Self Titled/Born of Chaos Records/2015 Full Length Review


  Anticosm  are  a  band  from  New  Jersey  that  plays  blackened  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2015  album  which  was  released  by  Born  Of  Chaos  Records.

  A  very  heavy  thrash  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  being  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  alter  and  the  vocals  are  all  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  are  utilized  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  riffs  at  times  can  be  very  melodic    while  some  of  the  tracks  also  add  in  elements  of  NWOBHM  while  other  songs  also  bring  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  as  the album  progresses  elements  of  death  metal  can  be  heard  and  there  are  also  a  couple  of  tracks  that  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Men  At  Work's  "Land  Down  Under".

  Anticosm   plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  and  thrash  metal  and  mixes  it  with  a  touch  of  death  metal,  rock  and  NWOBHM  to create   a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production   sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Anticosm  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  "Kill  Or  Be Killed"  "Black  Magic"  "Wake  Up  In  Hell"  and  "The  Season  Of  III  Wind".  8  out  of  10. 


    

  

 

Monday, September 7, 2015

War Atrocities/Necromantical Legions/Witches Brew Records/2015 EP Review


  War  Atrocities  are  a  solo project  from  Croatia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  thrash,  speed  metal  and  d  beat  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "Necromantical Legions"  which  was  released  by  Fuck  The  Mainstream  -  Witches Brew  Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  and  after  a  minute  the  music  starts  getting  more  distorted  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  a  blackened  thrash  metal  direction  along  with  some  grim  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  faster  sections  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  d  and  blast  beats.

  All  of  the musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  more  of  a  first  wave  black  metal  tradition  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  being  perfectly  balanced  between  both  the  first  and  second  wave  styles  of  black  metal  and  the  ep  closes  with  a  cover  of  Bathory's  "Armageddon".

 War  Atrocities  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  first  and  second  wave  styles  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  elements  of  thrash,  speed  metal  and  d  beat  to  create  some  very  true  old  school metal,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the lyrics  cover War,  Blasphemy  and  Evil  themes.

  In  my  opinion  War  Atrocities  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  thrash,  speed  metal  and  d  beat  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Destruktor  of  Eternal"  and  "Ripper  Lust".  8  out  of  10.

All Hell Interview

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



            Since recording the album in May, we've been biding our time until release and playing a few shows over the summer. We did a few one-off gigs with some great bands like Ghoul and Nekrofilth, Black Tusk, and a few others. We also played a couple of cool fests, namely the inaugural "Thrilla in Ashevilla" fest in our hometown, which was a huge 4-day thing with tons of metal and punk bands, as well as Dirty South Death Fest IV in Birmingham, Alabama, which was a cool 2-day death/thrash/black metal fest set up by our friends in Ectovoid.



            Other than that, we're actually gearing up for a short 4-date run later in September as well as some shows around the release date, and working on planning more beyond that.





2.In October you have a new album coming out, 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?



            It's always a bit hard to describe your own sound. There are definitely elements of thrash and black metal, combined with a sort of raw, straightforward punk aggression. That being said, there are certainly other, more subtle elements at work that listeners will hopefully pick up on.



            In terms of how the new record differs from the previous one, I would say that while The Devil's Work highlighted the punk elements and influences more clearly, The Red Sect makes the darker side of our sound more apparent. Likewise, the first record was very straightforward and openly violent, whereas The Red Sect is more seething and insidious.



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



The Red Sect can actually be considered a concept album. While there aren't really explicitly named characters and each song can stand on its own, a narrative exists throughout the album, should people care to follow it. I won't spoil the entire story, but essentially, members of a clandestine sect invite possession upon themselves and use this power to dismantle and annhiliate established order. Communion with the "Other," possession, vengeance and revolt are recurring themes.



The album draws heavy inspiration aesthetically, lyrically, and thematically from some of the darker aspects of Haitian Vodou—secret traditions within secret traditions. Many of the concepts are drawn from their myths, beliefs, and even real-life events. While this is in no way a portrayal of the activities or beliefs of the average Vodou practicioner, rest assured that it is also not merely some wild "Hollywood" voodoo story. Great care was taken in the meticulous research of the subject matter and the crafting of the songs.



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



            The name comes from the Samhain song "All Hell," (which is a version of Misfits' "All Hell Breaks Loose") from their Unholy Passion EP. Danzig's bands have been the biggest inspiration for me personally, so choosing this name made perfect sense. It's a phrase with its own meaning as well, so it isn't obvious that the name is an homage. We also did not want a name that would pigeonhole the band into a particular genre of music.



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



            This is a tough one, there have been so many! Highlights definitely include playing with our friends in Skeletonwitch last summer, and sharing the stage with 1349 in the middle of a snowstorm in South Carolina, of all places.



            I would say our stage performance is very raw and energetic. We try to give everything we have to the crowd every time we play. The more energetic and crazy the crowd becomes, the more we can feed off of that energy and, in return, give them even more. This reciprocal giving and taking of energy is at the heart of all great shows.



            When we play live, our goal is something much more than just performing for an audience. Of course, we want our set and our sound to be as tight as possible, but even more important than that is to unleash the raw forces that drive our music. The moments in which this happens—when the musicians and the crowd alike both momentarily escape the drudgery of daily life and whatever problems they may have, and become enraptured in the power of the music itself—this is the pinnacle of live performance.



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



            Right now, we have a couple of short runs lined up for September and October, but we're also working on lining up some more touring for this Winter and next Spring. We've hit the southeastern US quite hard over the past year or so, but we will be expanding further soon. There are lots of places we would love to play. Bookers and contacts should not hesitate to get in touch. We want to bring hell to as many people as possible.



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



            The response thus far has been great, actually. I've been surprised by the positive reactions and feedback we have received from all over the world. This week, I've had contact from fans from Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Spain, France, Greece, Poland. . .and those are just the ones I can recall from the top of my head! Needless to say, it is very humbling to receive such positive feedback from the underground metal community. Powerful art can transcend all boundaries and borders, and we are very grateful to all of our fans, international and otherwise.





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



            Only time will tell. However, we have no intentions of making the same album twice. Within All Hell, there really are no rules as far as writing and direction go. Nothing is "too slow," or "too fast," or "not heavy enough." The more strict rules you enforce upon yourself, the more your material all begins to sound the same. Of course, we would like for people to be able to enjoy and connect with our music, but at the end of the day, opinions do not matter as long as we stay true to ourselves and our vision.



            At the same time, we also won't force ourselves to make something different just for the sake of being different. That 'rule' would be just as debilitating as any other. There will certainly be common veins between this record and what comes after. One thing is for sure; any future material will sound like All Hell.



9.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?



            A lot of diverse bands and styles have influenced us. One hundred percent of our punk influence comes from the Misfits. I was shown their music at a very young age and can't overstate their influence and importance. Strangely enough, I was never drawn to much other punk music. Misfits, early Metallica, and Black Sabbath were in heavy rotation in my younger years. As a teenager, I also got into Samhain and Danzig, as well as more and more extreme metal.



            Our music is very much related to what some people have called "first wave" or even "proto black metal." That is to say the fast, evil, and aggressive sounding bands that were around before "black metal" as a genre was firmly established; bands like Hellhammer/Celtic Frost, Bathory, Venom, etc. (Some folks even lump Mercyful Fate into this category, simply because of their evil imagery and themes and the fact that they didn't fit neatly within an already established genre at the time.) This was a very interesting period in the history of metal; bands with backgrounds rooted in punk, thrash, and speed metal all began to reach further, to push the boundaries and head into darker and more extreme territory. There was a blurring of genre restrictions and labels, and new marvelous and hideous sounds were spawned. This is part of the reason why I think terms like "blackened punk" or "blackened thrash" are funny--where do you think black metal came from in the first place?

            While people regularly compare us to those early bands, there was never a conscious decision to try to sound like any of them. The world has plenty of ripoff bands, and definitely doesn't need any more! Our sound is the result of throwing rules out the window and writing dark, aggressive,  straightforward music. We also incorporate elements from other influences that are more modern, and some that are not metal-related at all.



            As far as what we are listening to, the three of us have our own metal standbys that can be found in regular rotation; stuff like Aura Noir, Darkthrone, Satyricon, Celtic Frost, and the list could go on and on. Our individual tastes are quite diverse, though. Personally, I've also been enjoying the following lately:



Tribulation – Formulas of Death  and The Children of the Night



Disasterpeace – It Follows soundtrack



Grave Pleasures – Dreamcrash



Christian Death – Only Theatre of Pain



10.How would you describe your views on Occultism?



            When discussion enters the realm of occultism, the realm of objective reality is left behind. There is no hard scientific proof of the existence of any supernatural forces or phenomena; if there were, such things would no longer be "supernatural," by definition. However, this doesn't necessarily allow one to write off occult beliefs and practices. Crowley, in Magic in Theory and Practice wrote that, "By doing certain things certain results will follow; students are most earnestly warned against attributing objective reality or philosophic validity to any of them."



            For thousands of years, millions of people have died in the name of deities that do not objectively exist. Sometimes, the mere idea of something can be a much stronger force in the world than if that thing actually existed. There are symbols, ideas, and aesthetics within religions and what could be considered "occult" traditions that resonate deeply with people. At a certain point, in many cases, perception shapes and even becomes reality.



            My academic background is actually in the historical and sociological study of religions, so this subject matter is infinitely fascinating to me, and I could go on forever. . .for brevity's sake, I'll move to the next question.



11.What are some of your non musical interests?



            I am a fan of fitness and exercise and try to keep myself in decent physical shape. I try to travel often, whether it is for the band or my own purposes. I become very restless if I have been away from the road for too long.

         

             I also spend a good amount of time reading and doing research on various topics that interest me. Nowadays, my reading is pretty evenly split between fiction and nonfiction. I think it's important to read lots of different types of material; contemporary fiction, literary classics, historical texts, biographies, poetry—anything that can help sharpen the mind and broaden one's horizons. I have quite the book collection.



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



            Thanks for the interview, and thanks to all of the fans and friends who have supported us so far! The Red Sect will be available October 16th. Check it out, and hopefully we will see lots of you on the road soon.



            And again: we do plan to hit the road more extensively in the coming months. Venues and bookers should not hesitate to get in touch.



Stay strong!



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http://allhell.bandcamp.com


[article written by Jacob Curwen of All Hell]

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Speedwhore Interview

Answers by Tim (Kuntze) (singer and guitarist)

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

Speedwhore was formed back in 2006 after Joker and I had the idea to start a metal band after we had a few too many drinks. It was clear from day one that our band wouldn’t be too technical as we had no experience at all and also that it would be “old-school” as we both are music-wise stuck in the 80s. Our sound was defined when we found our first drummer in Karlo Kuna who was a lot into late 80s / early 90s Black Metal. So we have those 2 metal worlds that collided. It worked out pretty good and led to the sound of Speedwhore.


2. Recently you have released your first full length album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

It’s clearly Thrash, but we have focused a lot on atmosphere too, so you’ll find some other elements from Black- to Doom-Metal and also Synthesizers to have this sci-fi-feel to it (I’m also a lot into 80s New Wave, so probably that’s a reason, too). But when you want to describe the music on The Future Is Now with one word, it’s Thrash.


3. While the band has been around since 2006 and has also released a few demo's and singles, this is the first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the wait?

Our problem was that we had no plan how to record our music in a proper way. It was clear for us that we won’t go into a studio or anything as we wanted to do it on our own. Unfortunately it took us some time to gather the needed know-how, but in the end we managed to record an album, which is better than I ever expected. I’m very happy with the final result! All the throwbacks from damaged equipment and lost recordings to changing line-ups don’t matter in the end.


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

The overall theme on The Future Is Now is science fiction, but within that frame we deal with some other topics like war (hear “Grand War” or “War Bastards” for that), lovecraftish technology (“Secret Science” / “The Machine”), doomsday prophecies (“The Call”) or world weariness (“Too Late to Pray”). The Future surely will bring other topics, too. Maybe even without the sci-fi base-frame.


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

It’s a whore on speed, isn’t that enough?! But joke aside: we stole it from Rigor Mortis (it’s a song from their 1991 Rigor Mortis vs. the Earth album).


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

The farther away the gigs are, so much the better! Our gigs in foreign countries (Greece and Italy so far) were the best! Regarding our stage performance: we just go on stage and play our songs without any gimmicks or acting. Some people told us that we’re a bit distanced on stage or asked us why we don’t have any stage acting at all, but to be honest I prefer that over bands who try to act like the Scorpions, although they’re a playing in front of 10 people or bands who just act like assholes to be “tough”.


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

We don’t tour. We just do some gigs here and there and I guess that’s enough for a small band like Speedwhore, at least at the moment, but if anybody wants us to play anywhere in the world, we will be there for beer and travel costs!


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

So far very good! It’s nice to see that metal fans from the US, Brazil or Japan actually listen to our album AND LIKE IT. That’s awesome!


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

In my opinion The Future is Now is a very good album, but it’s already past. Our goal is to surpass our old songs with the new ones and I’m really excited about that because I don’t know what the new songs will sound like, yet. We write our songs very intuitively, so I can’t give a clear answer to that one.


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?

We have a lot of different influences. I can’t say one particular band that influenced us the most, but I guess somehow every band we like influenced us in some way. Since I’m a teenager Hard Rock and classic Heavy Metal were my favorite genres. It may sound a little bit stupid for a member of an extreme metal band, but I don’t listen too much to extreme Metal genres, but there are some bands that definitely count to my all-time favorites, Overkill, Voivod, Death or Bathory for example. At the moment I’m a lot into King Diamond once again. Another album that’s spinning a lot lately is Architecture & Morality from O.M.D. - no metal, but simply great.


11. What are some of your non musical interests?

I read books (mostly science-fiction and American classics), I eat out a lot and I like traveling (especially to the US). That’s it more or less.


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

Thank you very much for the interview and also thanks to the readers of the interview. Check out our album “The Future Is Now” (the whole album can be streamed via Bandcamp) and feel free to contact us via speedwhore@gmx.de! Cheers, Tim!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

All Hell/The Red Sect/Horror Pain Gore Death Productions/2015 CD Review


  All  Hell  are  a  band  from  North  Carolina  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death,  thrash  metal  and  hardcore  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "The  Red  Sect"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Horror  Pain  Gore  Death  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  riffing  as  well  as  some  drum  beats  which  also  leads  up  to  a  blackened  thrash  metal  direction  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  the  music  also  brings  in  the  rawness  of  crust  and  hardcore  punk  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's.

  While  the  music  remains  true  to  an  old  school  tradition  it  still  brings  in  a  very  modern  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  while  a  lot  of  songs  avoid  using  solos  and  leads  they  are  brought  onto  on  the recording  later  on  and  they  remain  true  to  a  first  wave  style  of  black  metal  and  on  song  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  All  Hell  takes  black  and  thrash  metal  and  mixes  it  with  hardcore  punk  and  a  touch  of  death  metal  to  create  a  very  heavy  and  retro sounding  album,  the  production  sound s very  old  school  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  horror,  violence,  death  and  the  occult.

  In  my  opinion  All  Hell  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  death,  thrash  metal  and  hardcore  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS INCLUDE  "Mass  Possession"  "Graveyard  Dust"  "The  Unseen"  and  "The  Red  Sect".  8  out  of  10.  

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Swamp/Fetid Zombie/Necromantic Passages/Morbid Visions Music/2015 Split Cassette Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Greece's  Swamp  and  U.S.A's  Fetid  Zombie  called  "Necromantic  Passages"  which  will  be  released  on  September  15th  by  Morbid  Visions  Music  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Swamp  a  band  that  plays  on  old  school  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  guitar  sound  that  evolves  into  more  of  a  blackened  thrash  metal  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  growling  vocals  that  also  add  a  touch  of  death  metal  to  the  bands  musical  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

The  music  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  80's  while  also  having  having  a  more  modern  touch  and  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them   and  when  solos  are  used  they  are  very  melodic  and  old  school  sounding,  on  the  second  track  they  do  a  Tormentor  cover  while  also  closing  their  side  of  the  split  with  one  of  their  own  songs,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  blasphemy,  war  and  anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Swamp  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Inside  The  Catcomb  Of  The  Undead".

  Next  up  is  Fetid  Zombie  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  exotic  sounding  acoustic  guitars  which  also  leads  up  to  more  of  a  ritualistic  sound  that  also  uses  demonic  chanting  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  melodic  death  metal  direction  as  well  as  the  leads  also  using  old  school  melodies  and  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  growling  fashion.

  Elements  of  Greek  black  metal  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  synths  that  makes  the  music  more  atmospheric  at  times  and  the  riffs  at  times  also  bring  in  elements  of  thrash  and  traditional  metal  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  are  utilized,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism  and  horror themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Fetid  Zombie  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  sp  RECOMMENDED  TRACK "Oracle  Of  Death".

  In  my  opinion  this  is  very  great  sounding  split  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  8 out  of  10.