Friday, June 16, 2017

Bloodlust/At The Devil's Left Hand/Caverna Abismal/2017 CD Review


  Bloodlust  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  blackened  form  of  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "At  The  Devil's  Left  Hand"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Caverna  Abismal.

  Ritualistic  drums  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  distorted  sounds  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while t he  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  thrash,  speed  and  first  wave  black  metal  but  with  a  more  modern  approach  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  back  up  shouts.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  very  true  to  an  old  school style  of  extreme  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  be  heard  while  a  few  seconds  of  clean  singing  and  death  metal  growls  are  also  used  briefly  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks a re  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  on  the  closing  track  epic  style  keyboards are  introduced  onto  the  album.
 
Bloodlust  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  blackened  thrash metal  style  that  was  established  on  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  decaying  graveyards,  black  magick  rituals,  demonic  summoning  and  Satanism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Bloodlust  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "At  The  Devil's  Left  Hand"  "Freak  Of  The  Night"  and  "Shadows  Of  The  Black  Sun".  8  out  of  10.   

   

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Dephosphorus/Impossible Orbits/Selfmadegod Records/2017 CD Review


  Greece's  Dephosphorus  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  their  black,  death  metal  and  grindcore  mixture  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2017  album  "Impossible  Orbits"  which  was  released  by  Selfmadegod  Records.

  Atmospheric  drones  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  d  beat  and  grindcore  elements.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  influences.

  Dephosphorus  remains  true  to  the  style  of  'astrogrind'  that  they  have  established  on  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics cover  astronomy,  esoteric  and  astral  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dephosphorus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  death  metal  and  grindcore,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Above  The Threshold"  "Impossible  Orbits"  "The  Light  Of  Ancient  Mistakes"  and  "Blessed  In  a  Hall".  8  out  of  10.

   

Wilderness Dream/Paralysis Rise/Creator-Destructor/2017 EP Review


  Wilderness  Dream  are  a  band  from  Oakland,  California  that  plays a  blackened  form  of  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2017  ep  "Paralysis  Rise"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Creator-Destructor.

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  elements  of  thrash  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  all  off  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  black  metal s creams  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  A  great  amount  of  aggressive  thrash  style  vocals  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  they  also  mix  in  a  modern  style  while  also  keeping  everything  in  a  heavy  direction  along  with  a  small  amount  of  hardcore  punk  style  energy  and  the  music  also  always  remains  heavy.

  Wildness  Dream  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  modern  thrash  while  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Wilderness  Dream  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  thrash  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should c heck  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ghosts"  and  "No  Light".  8  out  of  10.

Moral Void/Deprive/Translation Loss Records/2017 CD Review


  Moral  Void  are  a  band  from  Chicago,  Illinois  that  plays  a  blackened  mixture  of  crust  and  hardcore  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Deprove"  which  will  be  released  in  August by  Translation  Loss  Records.

  A  very  heavy  crust  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  d  beats  while  black  metal screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  and  a  great  amount  of  grindcore  elements  can b e  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  as  well  as  some  shouting  style  growls.

  Influences  of  punk  and  hardcore  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  using  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  briefly  they  are  done in  a very  distorted  yet  melodic  fashion  and  one  of  the  later  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Moral  Void  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  metal,  crust  and  hardcore  punk  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Moral  Void  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  mixture  of  crust  and  hardcore  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Callous"  "Prey"  "Deceit"  and  "Martyr".  8  out  of  10.

 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Ecnephias/The Sad Wind Of The Sun/My Kingdom Music/2017 CD Review


  Ecnephias  are  a  band  from  Italy  that h as  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a mixture  of  black,  doom,  death  and  goth  metal  and  this  I  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Sad  Wind  Of  The  Sun"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  My  Kingdom  Music.

  A  darkwave  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  programmed  beats  and  clean  guitars  which  also  leads  up  to  a  more  heavy  and  symphonic  style  that  also  introduces  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording  while  goth  style  vocals  are  also  added  into  the  music  at  times. 

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  mixing  in  elements  of  decadent  rock  and  doom  metal  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  touches  of  industrial  are  also  used  briefly  along  with  the  tracks  sticking  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  few  seconds  of  black  metal  screams.

  On  this  recording  Ecnephias  moves  away  from  a  blackened  style  and  focuses  more  on  a  goth/doom metal  style  that h as  the  heaviness s of  death  metal  while  also  focusing  more  o  darkwave  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Paganism,  Poetry,  Darkness,  Medieval  Witchcraft  and  Underground  Life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ecnephias  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  goth,  doom,  death  metal  and  dark  wave,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Poveo  De  Santo"  "Nouvelle  Orleans"  Quimbanda"  and  "You".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Hellripper/Coagulating Darkness/Granite Factory Records/Barbarian Wrath/Diabolic Might Records/2017 CD Review


  Scotland's  Hellripper  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  black  and  speed  metal  mixture  of  previous  releases  an  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017 album  "Coagulating  Darkness"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Barbarian  Wrath, Granite  Factory  and  Diabolic  Might  Records.

  Drum  beats  and  bass guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  80's  style  speed  metal  riffs  and  high  pitched  black  metal s creams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  more  of  an  old  school  style.

  A  great  amount  of  first  wave  black  metal  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  songs  while  also  having  a  more  modern  vibe  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  fast  musical  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  elements  of  punk  rock  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  death  metal  growls  can  be  heard  and  the  album  also  remains  very  heavy  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  Hellripper  remains  true  to  the  black  and  speed  metal  mixture  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Blasphemy,  Demons,  Black  Magick,  and  Dark  Witchcraft  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hellripper  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  speed  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bastard  Of  Hades"  "Within  The  Everlasting  Fire"  and  "Coagulating  Darkness".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Sierpes/Visiones Caoticas/Morbid Skull Records/2017 CD Review


  Sierpes  are  a  band  with  members  from Columbia  and  Ecuador  that  plays  a mixture  of  black  and  speed  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Visiones  Caoticas"  which  was  released  by  Morbid  Skull  Records.

  Air  raid  sirens  along  with  some  synths  start  off  the  album  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  music  speeding  up  and  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  mixing  in  fist  wave  black  metal  and  speed metal  elements  from  the  80's.

  While  the  music  is  very  old  school  it  still  has an  up  to  date  feeling  while  the  solos  and  leads  remains   true  to  an  extreme  style  of  old  school  metal  while  some  of  the  riffing  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  music  sticks  mostly  to  a  very  fast  musical   direction  without  ever  slowing  down  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Typhon's  "The  Age".

  Sierpes  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  first  and  second  wave  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  speed  metal  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover Philosophy,  Hedonism,  Occultism  and  Paganism  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Sierpes  are  a  very  great sounding  mixture  of  black  and  speed  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRCKS  INCLUDE  "Black  Holocaust"  "Peste"  and  "Doctrina  Pagana".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Dominate Interview


1. For those who have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
R / The band was consolidated in 2008 in Manizales -Colombia, looking for a sound of its own, we started with the union between the Black and Thrash metal, where we shape our ideological concepts that address Paganism, Occultism, World Wars, philosophy, the return of man to his mystical union with the universe and nature

2. So far you have released a demo and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on these recordings?
R / It is an aggressive, warlike, dark sound. Because we are looking for that fusion between black and thrash metal, creating strong atmospheres with thrash metal and others colder and darker with black metal.

3.Your lyrics cover some Anti Christianity and War topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these subjects?
R / These themes are of our interest because within the concepts of the band, religion in general is a mechanism created to control humanity based on falsehoods, inventing stupid things like sin, eternal punishment, (quoting only a few points); Furthermore, they alienate man from his true link with nature, the universe, with the ancient knowledge, paganism. Wars in general attract our attention because through history they have been forgers of great civilizations, they have been good to unmask the true enemies of humanity, hidden in the light of society, but who in fact manage and destroy all attempts to Evolution of the human being.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Dominate'?
R / As its name suggests is inspired by the intention of dominating weak, decadent beings, creating thematic and music only suitable for free and strong spirits. We evoke the return of man to his Golden Age in total synchronism with the universe, nature.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
R / The best show we have done was March 19, 2016, with bands with great trajectory in the Colombian scene, we shared stage that night, such as Liturgia and Dark Manthra. It was the best sound with which we could play until now, where the band was perceived with fullness and forcefulness.
At the moment when the band goes on stage we try to show the public visual elements (corpsepaint, belly dress) that complement the music, we try that the presentations are loaded with strength, vitality, aggressiveness, blasphemy and, mostly, We are honest and professional with the metal we create.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
R / For now we are in discussions to define dates in the coming months in some cities of Colombia and hope to create the necessary contacts to be able to leave the country in the not too distant future.

7.The album was released on 'Black Serpent Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
R / It is a Colombian label that has its main headquarters in Bogota, created by people who are part of bands with great trajectory in the metal of this country, which is interested in moving and supporting the national metal. Since in this country the resources are very limited so that the bands can record and thus make known their work.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and thrash metal?
R / I think this feedback has been given more to national and local levels, as we are just trying to find the contacts so that our proposal of metal is known outside the country. I think that this feedback has been given by the great contribution that some followers of the band have made with their loyalty and constructive criticism, this has driven us to continue working in search of creating a metal of good level, that is an original metal, not a Copy of metal already made, requiring us day to day to consolidate the band and its sound.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
R / We want the work of the band to be known and well received in our country and why not, outside of this. Always with the slogan that we will be faithful to our thoughts, principles and based on such concepts, we will continue to create the metal that flows through our veins.

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?
R / In the first instance, Classical Music, because it is a sublime music and we believe that it is like a kind of primitive force from which the different types of music sprouted; In addition to the great intellectual influence it exerts on living beings, we are very inspired by the metal created in the 80`s and 90`s, in the old rock school, bands like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Coven, among Other; South American and Colombian metal.

11. Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?
R / Totally, inside the confines of the band is the knowledge Occultist and Satanist, for us paganism encloses these previous concepts and all the ideology for which the band is inspired. The true ancient knowledge, the inviolate wisdom.

12. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
R/ Special thanks to Blackened Death Metal webzine for giving us this space so that his followers know something about the band Dominate, we will follow this sincere way of the real metal. LONG LIFE TO THE METAL!!!


Band contact:
https://www.facebook.com/DOMINATE.THRASH.BLACK.METAL/


Marche Funebre 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 album?
Hey, first of all thanks for your interest in Marche Funèbre! We did quite a few killer release shows, most notable a mini-tour with Primordial, which was beyond awesome!
Right now we are in writing modus and it feels great to be writing new music again, since ‘Into the Arms of Darkness’ was already fully written by the end of 2015.

2.In February you had released a new album, 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?
The album contains only long(er) songs, unlike our previous albums. And somehow we integrated a bit more (post-)black metal influences. Other than that I guess there’s only some kind of natural progression, for instance the clean singing has improved a lot according to most critics.
We have a fantastic production this time by the magic of Markus Stock (of Empyrium & The Vision Bleak fame).
So to sum up what this album stands for I guess this description will do just fine: death doom metal spiced up with strong clean vocal melodies and a subtle hint to (post-)black metal.

3.This is the first album you have released since 2013, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
4 years seems a long time, but actually they went by in no time for us. We did over 50 shows, played in almost a dozen countries, and toured with some of the coolest bands around (Saturnus, Eye of Solitude, Ophis, Officum Triste to name a few). Next to that we released a 7” EP at the end of 2015, with a shorter, more death metalish song that came out of the same writing sessions as the new album.
In the end there is only 3 years between recording ‘Roots of Grief’ and ‘Into the Arms of Darkness’. This time we needed an extra half year to find a decent label to release the album.

4.Your lyrics cover some literature and philosophical themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?
This interest came natural, as most of us have a university degree, we ‘had to’ investigate the great philosophers of old. Naturally that led to developing our own ideas, eventually leading to some lyrics. Next to that we found some true inspiration in the romantic poetry of the 19th century, EA Poe and the likes. There is some real doom and gloom in their words. Probably in this day and age they would be making some doom music as well ;-)

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Marche Funèbre'?
Literally it means ‘funeral march’. We got the inspiration for the name from the song by Frederic Chopin, more specifically the funeral doom version by our fellow countrymen ‘Until Death Overtakes Us’.
In spirit it means to us that every step you take is one step closer to your grave, so you better enjoy every single step!

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?
Our first show with Saturnus, in the renowned Biebob venue in 2011 sure was one of them. Bands like Agalloch, Novembers Doom or Ancient Rites recorded their live DVD’s there. We had just released our first album and it was so much more than we had hoped for.
Both our appearances on ‘Under the Doom’ fest in Lisbon, Portugal can easily be called highlights, as we played with some of the scene’s coolest bands (Samael, Forgotten Tomb, Shape of Despair, …) and well, the audience was every time fantastic. Same goes for both sold out shows we did with Primordial this year to present our new album to the audience.
I guess our stage performance can be described as full energy and emotion. The 5 of us totally dive into the music for a long trip, with the audience. We love the stage and I think it shows when you have the chance to witness a gig of Marche Funèbre.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We have some really cool gigs lined up in Fall, but the real touring we will keep for 2018. I can’t reveal much of our plans, but something huge is coming, to celebrate our 10th anniversary as a band.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black, doom, and death metal?
We are overwhelmed by the positive feedback we get on the album. We have always been a love it or hate it kinda band, but this time there’s only a few haters and lot lovers. It gives a confidence that our way of working is a good one, so yeah, thanks all for your support, we hope we can give you back a lot of great music and concerts in the future!

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
None of us are really active in other bands at the momentexcept for Boris, who plays in several Black Metal bands: L'Hiver en Deuil, Ah Ciliz, and his own project Soul Dissolution.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I guess we will continue doing what we like most: writing music as it comes to us, not limited to any style or genre. We are working on some songs with different influences right now (thrash metal anyone?). There is no pressure at all to release a new album soon, so we can fool around with all our crazy ideas, let them grow on us and eventually decide what we do with the songs.

11.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?
Since we write our music as a band our influences come from all music each member listens to. The five of us have a different musical background and if I had to sum up all bands and musical styles that we listen to it would be a ridiculously long list.
So it’s pretty safe to say that whatever tune we will write or have written, we only follow our own rules and judgement and never an idea of someone else.

12.What are some of your non-musical interests?
Most of us have a family with kids, so that’s obviously number one. Boris doesn’t have kids so he likes to spend his free time travelling to any place he likes. Next to that we all have our own specific personal interests, Dennis for instance likes visiting our local football team, as another excuse for drinking beers (next to our weekly rehearsals), Arne likes to practice some yoga, ...

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for your time, check out our music at marchefunebre.bandcamp.com and remember… The March is coming, with the sound of DOOM!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Vehementer/Replenishment Circle(The Black Spectrumfest)/Blood Harvest Records/2017 EP Re-Issue review


  Vehementer  are  a  band  from  Serbia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "Replenishment  Circle(The  Black  Spectrumfest)"  which  was  re-issued  in  2017  by  Blood  Harvest  Records.

  Drum  beats  alonf  with  some  thrash  metal  influenced  guitar  riffing  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  black  metal  style  tremolo  picking  and  the  music  also  mixes  in element  of  both  the  r=first  and  second  wave  of t he  genre  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  blast  beats  can b e  heard.

  Vocals  are  mostly  black  metal  screams  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of t he  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  the  music  being  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  and  90's  and  you  can  also  hear  some  melody  in  the  riffing  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  an  old  school  style  of  extreme  metal  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  decent  amount  of  death  metal  elements  with  a  small  amount  of  demonic  growls.

  Vehementer  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  old  school  styles  of  black, death  and  thrash  metal  to  create  a  heavy  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  The  Devil  and  Apocalypse  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vehementer  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  "Greatest  Of  Circles"  and  "Crush  The Oathbreaker".  8  out  of  10. 



Friday, May 26, 2017

Goatwhore/Vengeful Ascension/Metal Blade Records/2017 FUll Length Review


  Louisiana's  Goatwhore  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  mixture  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album "Vengeful  Ascension"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Metal  Blade  Records.

  Drum  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  death  metal  influenced  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  some  growls  and  black  metal  screams  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Elements  of  thrash  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  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  stick  to  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  old school  extreme  metal  style  and  a  couple  of  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  atmospheric  soundscpaes  are  added  onto  the  last  track  briefly  along  with  some  tremolo  picking.

  Goatwhore  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to t he  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  mixture  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  the  concept  of  Lucifer  from  John  Milton's  "Paradise  Lost".

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Goatwhore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Forsaken"  "Chaos  Arcane"  "Mankind  Will  Have  No  Mercy"  and  "Those  Who  Denied  God's  Will".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Marche Funebre/Into the Arms Of Darkness/BadMoodMan Music/2017 CD Review


  Marche  Funebre  are  a  band from  Belgium  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  doom,  and  death  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Into The  Arms  Of  Darkness"   which  was  released  by  BadMoodMan  Music.

  A  very  dark, heavy  and  atmospheric  doom  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  solos  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  and  death  metal  growls a re  also  used  at  times  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Clean  singing  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in   a  decent  amount  of  melody and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  percussion  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  tribal  feeling  while  a  later  song  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  as  well  as  speeding  up  a  bit  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use of  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard and  towards  the  end  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard..

  Marche  Funebre  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  death  and  atmospheric  doom  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics cover  literature,  grief,  and  philosophy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Marche  Funebre  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  "Capital  Of  Rain"  and  "The  Garden  Of  All  Things  Wild".  8  out  of  10.

Dominate/Calicem Serpente/Black Serpent Records/2016 CD Review


  Dominate  are  a  band  from  Colombia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Calicem  Serpente"  which  was  released  by  Black  Serpent  Records.

  A  very  fast  thrash  influenced  sound  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  they  also  mix  in  elements  of  the  first  wave  of  the  previous  mentioned  genre  while  having  a  more up  to  date  production.

  A  great  portion  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  while  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  melody  in  both t he  riffs  and  guitar  leads  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  a  more  second  wave  feeling  and  clean  guitars  are  also  used  briefly.

  Dominate  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  first  and second  wave  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  80's  thrash  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover Anti  Christianity  and  War  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dominate  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  "Brave  Warrior" "Evil"  and  "Cold  Bloody Murder". 8  out  of  10. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Blackevil/The Ceremonial Fire/F.D.A Records/2017 CD Review


  Blackevil  are  a  band  from  Germany t hat  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Ceremonial  Fire"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  F.D.A  Records.

  Church  fire  sounds  and  ritualistic  chants  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  synths  in  the  background  and  after  the  intro  the music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  that  mixes  thrash  and  black  metal  together  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Vocals  are  mostly  black  metal s creams  that  also  have  touches  of  the  first  wave  of the  genre  as  well  as  a  melodic  power  metal  edge  and  you  can  also  hear  melodies  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  guitar  leads  are  very  melodic  and  add  in  touches  of  traditional  metal  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  without  sounding  out  of  date.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on a  couple  of  tracks  along  with  one  song  also  adding  in  a few  seconds  of  choirs   and  spoken  word  parts  and  the  fast  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Blackevil  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  thrash  and  speed  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satan,  Purgatory,  Blasphemy  and  Heavy  Metal  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Blackevil  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  "Between  Fire  And  Fire"  "Seven  Bridges  Seven  Gates"  "Black  Magick  Riders"  and  "Under  The  Black  Sail  Of  The  Burning  Cross".  8  out  of  10.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Suffering Hour Interview

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

IsN: As of right now we have kind of been taking all the feedback in. It
has been amazing to see all the people who have been jamming the first
few tracks we've released. We're all so grateful for the support from
everyone.

2.You have a new album coming out in May, how would you describe the
musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it
differ from the ep you had released in 2014?

YhA: I’m not one for describing the music I write, but I’ll give it a
go.  Basically some of my favorite death metal bands include The Chasm,
Bolzer, Molested, Dead Congregation, and Akercocke to name a few.  One
thing I’ve always loved about these bands is the old school metal
influence is strong in their music, whether it’s with structure or the
actual riffs themselves.  While I try to write my music as with little
filter as possible, my ultimate subconscious end goal is to write death
metal that’s twisted and unpredictable while still having old school
structure and catchiness.  Whether or not I achieve that I’ll leave up
to the people who listen to the record; I don’t want to put opinions
into people’s heads without them giving it a listen.

Regardless of what music I write, I try to implement the same process
for how I put the riffs and songs together.  I’d like to assume the only
major difference between the EP and this full length is that it’s on a
thrash base instead of a death metal one, and that the songwriting in
general is still really similar.  Once again though, I’ll leave that up
to the listener.  Just for the sake of giving people a better idea of
what the EP might sound like, some of my favorite thrash bands and
influences for the EP were Massacra, Kreator, Deathrow, Anacrusis, and
Believer.

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

DgS: I touch upon a small variety of subjects, all filtered through my
own personal metaphorical trains of thought, which are sometimes
difficult for me to sum up in simple terms. Overall, most of it is stuff
about my hatred for humanity, the ignorance of man, history repeating
itself, the passing of time, despair, and the desire for greater
knowledge. Putting my feelings and thoughts on certain subjects into
cohesive and meaningful lyrics is an art I'm still striving to refine
and improve upon with every release.

4.Originally the band was known as 'Compassion Dies' and played more of a
progressive thrash metal style, what was the cause of the name and musical
direction change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name
'Suffering Hour?

YhA: The name Compassion Dies came from an ex member who left before we
started playing shows.  Being completely honest, we changed our name
from Compassion Dies simply because it’s a crap name for a thrash band.
If we were playing funeral doom or something it would be a cool and
fitting name for sure, but by the time we were getting ready to release
our EP we knew we had to change the name.  Our current name Suffering
Hour is from the same origin though, which is the old progressive thrash
band Anacrusis I mentioned earlier. At that point I knew we were
switching to more evil death metal after the EP, but I wanted our name
to reflect our past and make it known that the old school metal
influence and appreciation is still very with us.

On the topic of genre switch, it was very natural.  I’ve always written
for this band in a way that lets the music flow as organically as
possible; I basically listen to only non-metal while writing so there’s
not a lot of interference between my listening and what I’m writing at
the moment. When I started writing for Compassion Dies in 2010, I didn’t
have the same musical knowledge as I did by the time I started writing
this full length in 2014.  With getting into more music, I realized my
unfiltered way of writing left less room for thrash influence, and thus
the genre change. I still enjoy thrash a lot, but it just doesn’t come
out in my writing like it used to.

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?

DgS: It's actually been many years since we’ve played any shows and
we've yet to play live since we re-envisioned the band with the new
material. We had some fun little local gigs in the Twin Cities as young
kids, a couple opening for some national bands at some cool venues but
nothing particularly memorable or incredibly noteworthy. With these
upcoming shows from here on out I’d hope to say our stage performance
will be a powerful and engaging experience with a suitable atmosphere.

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

IsN: We do. This summer we're planning a short tour with a couple of
other bands. It has yet to be announced but we're happy to finally be a
live act again.

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

IsN: It's been great. We've been seeing positive comments from all over
the place. Europe seems to like us a bit, and of course South America is
all over us as well. But it is great to see support here in U.S. as
well. Seeing people on forums talking about the album and making
comparisons to other bands has been really cool to see. Strangest one
I've seen so far was “Like Voivod meets Deathspell Omega.” It's always
really interesting to hear people's interpretation of the music, because
it seems that a lot of the time people all have different influences
that come to mind when deciphering the music. But nonetheless I'm super
thankful for any support we get, whether it be here at home or all the
way across world.

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

YhA: I hope this isn’t giving away too much, but I actually have a full
EP’s worth of instrumental material written that’s one song close to 20
minutes in length.  IsN’s currently in the process of rewriting his drum
parts which I’m really excited for, and DgS is messing around with
lyrical content and vocal ideas.  Long songs were always something I
wanted to take a stab at, and I’m excited to see what people think of it
when the time comes.

I have plenty of other ideas too for new directions.  I’d like to get a
little more unpredictable in the future with our riffs, maybe mess with
some odd time signatures and rhythms here and there.  With that I’d like
to do more of just the opposite with some more simple hard-hitting riffs
than I usually write.  I’d also really like to do a longer instrumental
track at some point.  The instrumental tracks on the full length don’t
exceed 2 minutes, so writing a solid lengthed instrumental would be
really cool.  Maybe do some stuff on it we couldn’t do live, like
harmonies and lead guitar parts (no, half the guitarists I talk to about
Suffering Hour, we have no plans of getting a second guitarist in the
future, but thanks for asking).  I’d also really like to do some
Akercocke/ esque clean vocal parts in the future, but the rest of
the band isn’t quite as on board, so no guarantees on that one.  Oh
yeah, and more pedal fun.  Can’t go wrong with pedal fun.


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?

DgS: We have been influenced by so much different stuff over the years
starting from very basic thrash to super obscure death and black metal
and everything in between. The 3 of us have simultaneously been
discovering and feeding new music to each other since we all met and
still do constantly. I'm gonna stick with mentioning more recent
black/death metal stuff in the context of Suffering Hour’s vein. We've
gotten super into the extremely barbaric, bestial stuff like;
Teitanblood, Pseudogod, Bestial Raids, Genocide Shrines, Wrathprayer,
all the Canadian chaos like Antediluvian, Mitochondrion, Adversarial,
Revenge, Thantifaxath, Nuclearhammer, ect.. Some Insane stuff from New
Zealand/ Australia, the sheer amount of it is astounding; Diocletian,
Denouncement Pyre, Witchrist, Temple Nightside, Impetuous Ritual,
Vassafor, etc...  The black metal in Iceland with bands like;
Svartidaudi, Misþyrming, Sinmara, ect… Polish black metal like; Mgla,
Cultes Des Ghoules, Plaga, ect...Various black metal from all over like;
Cult of Fire, Negative Plane, Void Meditation Cult, Inferno, Goat
Torment and various death metal from everywhere in between, Dead
Congregation, Irkallian Oracle, Grave Miasma, Swallowed, Necros
Christos, Prosanctus Inferi, Krypts, Lvcifyre, Embrace of Thorns,
Malthusian, Venenum, plus many more.

10.Does Occultism play any role in your music?

DgS: Occultism does not act as any sort of super direct influence in
Suffering Hour, but it is something I have an interest in and respect
many bands that do. If compelled, I may possibly begin to delve into
such subjects more in the future.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

YhA: For the most part we honestly don’t have many hobbies outside of
music.  Jason (IsN) is a show photographer for Pure Grain Audio, which
while still related to music is still a different art within itself.
He’s shot Metallica before, which was a really cool experience for him.
Dylan (DgS) and I are both avid craft beer enthusiasts, and we very
often tickle the idea of starting a brewery together in the future.
There really isn’t a type of beer we don’t like, but DgS is heavily into
IPA’s while I’m more of a Porter and Scotch Ale type of guy for the most
part.

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

IsN: It's redundant but thank you to anyone and everyone who has been
supporting us. It's really nice to see great results from something
you've worked so hard on. A special thanks to you guys as well, we
really appreciate your interest in the band.
 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Gribberiket/Sluket/Dead Seed Productions/2017 CD Review


  Gribberiket  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  blackened  form  of  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Sluket"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Dead  Seed  Productions.

  Clean playing  and  amp  noises  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  heavy  yet  melodic  riffing  as  well  as  some  tortured  vocals  and   clear  vocals a re  also  utilized  briefly  before  adding  in  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  bass  guitar  also  has  a  dominant  sound  on  the  recording.

  When  guitar  leads a re  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  spoken  word  part  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  ritualistic  feeling  are  also  utilized  at  times  while  the  slow  riffs  are  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  Gribberiket  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  blackened  doom  metal  style  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Gribberiket  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Gjestebud"  and  "Nytelsen  Og  OpplA,sningen".  8  out  of  10. 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Paroxsihzem/Abyss Of Excruciating Vexes/Krucyator Records/2017 Cassette Review


  Paroxsihzem  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  2016  ep  "Abyss  Of  Excruciating  Vexes"  which  was  re-issued  on  cassette  in  2017  by  Krucyator  Records.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  drum  beats  and  after  awhile  the  music  speeds  up  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  also  adding  in  guttural  death  metal  growls  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  influences  in  the  band s musical  style.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  black/death  metal  style  and  the  fast  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  while  a  great  amount  of  dissonant  structures  are  utilized  and  after  awhile  black  metal s creams  are  added into  certain sections  of  the recording  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  morbid  sounding  melodies  and  doom  metal  elements  in  the  tracks  and  they  close  the  ep  with  a  cover  of  Arkhon  Infaustus's  "Dead  Cunt  Maniac".

  Paroxsihzem  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  modern  black/death  metal  style  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  history,  philosophy,  psychology  and  suicide  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording f rom  Parossihzem  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal,  you  should c heck  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bellicose  Psychosis"  and  "Isolation".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Satanarchist/First Against The Wall/2017 CD Review


  Satanarchist  are  a  band  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  thrash,  crust  and  anarcho  punk  and  this  is a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "First  Against  The  Wall"  which  will  be  released  in  June.

  Dark  soundscpaes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into a   very  fast  blackened  thrash  metal  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while t he  vocals a re  aggressive  growls  and  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  the  riffing  along  with  influences  from  80's  to  the  modern  era.

  A  great  amount  of  punk  and  crust  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  while t he  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  fast  riffs  also use  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  a  couple  of   tracks  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  and  acoustic  guitars.

  Satanarchist  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  metal,  thrash,  crust,  and  anarcho  punk  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Atheism,  and  Anarchism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Satanarchist  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  thrash,  crust  and  anarcho  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Paradox"  "Be  At  Peace"  "Lent  Is  Theft"  and  "Silver  Ships  Of  Andilar".  8  out  of  10. 

 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Disorder/Fuego Negro/Symbol Of Domination Productions/Morbid Skull Records/2017 CD Review


  Disorder  are  a  band  from  El  Salvador  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death,  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Fuego  Negro"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Symbol  Of  Domination  Productions  and  Morbid  Skull  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  old  school  thrash  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  rough  yet  semi  melodic  vocals  that  are  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  after  awhile  growls  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem  while  the  solos  and  leads  add  even  more  of  an  old  school  thrash  style  along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  back  up  gang  shouts  are  also utilized  at  times  and  on  later  tracks  black  metal  screams  make their  presence  known  and  the  album  also  remains  very  heavy  from beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording  as  well  as  making  a  retro  style  more  modern.

  Disorder  creates  another  recording t hat  remains  true  to  the  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  mixture  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  violence  and  the  horrors  of  the  Salvadorean  Civil  War.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Disorder  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Existincias  Paraleses"  "333"  and  "Fuego  Negro".  8  out  of  10. 
 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Fractal Generator/Apotheosynthesis/Everlasting Spew Records/2017 CD Review


  Fractal  Generator  are  a  band  from  Ontario,  Canada  that  plays  an  experimental  and  technical  mixture  of  black,  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Apotheosynthesis"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Everlasting  Spew  Records.

  Sci  fi  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  brutal  direction  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  some  technical  guitar  solos  and  leads  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  make  their  presence  known  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them. 

  Melodies  can  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  along  with  the  growls  also  getting  very  guttural  while  also  mixing  in  black  metal  screams  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  tracks  also  add  in  elements  of  industrial,  experimental  and  noise  mixed  in  with  the  brutality  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  getting  more  atmospheric  while  also  mixing  in the  brutality  of  grindcore  and  one  track  also  adds  in a   brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  the  last  track is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars.

  Fractal  Generator  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  technical  and  brutal  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  black  metal,  grindcore  and  experimental  music  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while t he  lyrics  cover  scientific  facts  and  science  fiction  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Fractal  Generator  are  a  very  great  sounding  technical  and  experimental  mixture  of  black,  death  metal a nd grindcore  and  if  you a re  a  fan  of  those  musical genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMEDNED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cycl"  "Into  The  Unknown"  "The  Singularity"  and  "Reflections".  8  out  of  10.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Alfahanne 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 album?
As always we write new song and rehearsing new material for upcoming live shows. Alfahanne never stop working….

2.Recently you have released a new album, 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?
We would describe it as darker, more sinister as well as more appealing to a broader audience at the same time. It sounds like Alfahanne, like the two prior albums, but still is pointing out a new direction. There is something new and fresh as well as old and rotten in the sound….

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
The same as always. A fuck you to the world and society and it`s stupidity. The lyrics are mirrors of what we see and how we see it. The lyrics are highly subjective.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Alfahanne'?
It is what it is. Alfahanne/Alpha Male… goes without saying. It is the leader of the pack under constant threat of others taking it´s place. Therefore ready to fight for it´s territory and pack….

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?
All shows are good. It is the interaction with the audience that is interesting, and can be dangerous. The way we see it music is danger and danger is most real just in front of you, when there is no way out….

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
We have a couple of festivals coming up this summer. There are also plans for more shows during autumn/winter 2017.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of black and extreme metal?
Hard for us to say how black and extreme metal fans specifically think about our music. We guess it is the same as with anybody else. Some like it and some don´t. The later once are the once we will prove wrong. Overall we have got a lot of good response and review and that is a good thing and we are happy for it.
8.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
No, Alfahanne is our priority and takes all our time.
9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We head the way it comes natural to us. We do not plan any direction. We just play and see what comes out. I would be surprised though if we released an album with a bright look on the world….

10.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 listen and get inspiration from all good music. That is music that speaks to us, gives us a feeling of being genuine. No matter what genre or style. It can be rock, pop, metal or whatever.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
None.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for being interested in the band and we hope you will like our new album and that we see you all out there on one of our shows…

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Oligarch/Hypocrisy Oath/Nightbreaker Productions/2016 EP Review


   Oligarch  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  "Hypocrisy  Oath"  which  was  released  by  Nightbreaker  Productions.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  fast  riffs,  blast  beats  and  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  decent  amount  of  black  metal  elements  along  with  a  few  screams  while  their  death  metal  side  is  more  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  era  of  the  genre.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  and  the  brutality  of  grindcore  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  there  is  also  a  small  amount  of  melody  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music  also  always  remains  very  brutal.

  Oligarch  plays  a  style  of  blackened  death  metal  that  is  very  aggressive  and  brutal  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  violent  and  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Oligarch  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  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sucide By  Immolation"  and  "Hypocrisy  Oath".  8  out  of  10. 


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Azarath/In Extremis/Agonia Records/2017 CD Review


  Azarath  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "In  Extremis"  which  was  released  by  Agonia  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  sound  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  chaotic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  while  black  metal s creams  are  also  used  at  times  and  the  fast  riffs  also  utilize  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking.

  A  great  amount  of  mid  90's  and  early  2000's  Polish  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present   on  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  clean  guitars  are  also  utilized  at times  and  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto  one  of  the  tracks.

  Azarath  plays  a  style  of  blackened  death  metal  that  is  very  fast,  aggressive  and  brutal  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Blasphemy  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Azarath  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  "The  Triumph  Of  Ascending  Majesty"  "The  Slain  God"  "Sign  Of  Apophis"  and  "Death".  8/5  out  of  10.

Sollertia/Light/Apathia Records/2017 CD Review


  Sollertia  are  a  band  from  Minnesota  that  plays  a  very  progressive  form  of  dark  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Light"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Apathia  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  side  of  the  music  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads  and  after  awhile  clean  singing  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  goth/doom  metal  influences.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  stringed  instruments  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  both clean  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  touches  of  post  rock.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  progressive  at  times  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  grim  black  metal  whispers,  and  screams  along  with  a  few  death  metal  growls  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also added  onto  a  later track  and  the  music  also  sticks  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  while  a  later  song  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  female  vocals  and  on  the  closing  track  the  music  speeds  up  a  bit  and  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats..

  Sollertia  plays  a  style  of  dark  metal  that  is  very progressive  while  also  mixing  in  the  heaviness  of  black,  death  and  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  melancholic  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sollertia  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  dark  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Abstract  Object  Theory"  "The  Devils  Seethe"  and  "Light

 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Suffering Hour/In Passing Ascension/Blood Harvest/2017 CD Review


  Suffering  Hour  are  a  band  with  members  from both  Minnesota  and  Colorado  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "In  Passing  Ascension"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Blood  Harvest.

   Clean  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  yet  melodic  riffing  a  few  seconds  alter  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  and  the  music  also  gets  technical  at  times.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  faster  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  avant  garde  elements  are  also  used  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  along  with  a  brief  use  of  angry  shouts  while  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there  is  also  a  brief  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  vocals.

  Suffering  Hour  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  progressive  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nihilism,  cynicism,  cosmic,  philosophical  and  metaphysical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Suffering  Hour  are  a  very  great  sounding  cosmic  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Devouring  Shapeless  Void"  "Through  Vessels  of  Arcane  Power"  and  "Empty  Avowls".  8  out  of  10.

  https://bloodharvestrecords.bandcamp.com/album/in-passing-ascension-cd-12lp
 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Crypt Rot/Embryonic Devils/Southern Lord Records/2017 CD Review


  Crypt  Rot  are  a  band  from  Ohio  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Embryonic  Devils"  which  will  be  released  on  April  28th  by  Southern  Lord  Records.

  Natural  noises  along  with  atmospheric  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  they  keep  the  atmospheric  elements  while  also  going  into  a  heavier  direction  that  also  uses  a  decent  mixture  of  both  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  and  when  they  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  A  great  amount  of  90's  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the solos  and  leads  also  stick  to  a  very  old  school  style  and  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  segues  are  used  before  all  of  the  tracks  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  as  the  album  progresses  and  one  track  also  brings  in a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  female  vocals. 

  Crypt  Rot  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  old  school  death  metal  while  also  mixing  in  some  black  metal  influences  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  life,  death,  politics,  anti  religion,  suffering  and  mental  health  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Crypt  Rot  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Chapters  Of  Torment"  and  "Internal  Organ  Fest".  8  out  of  10.