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 and  add  in  touches  of  traditional  metal  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  without  sounding  out  of  date.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.   

Friday, April 7, 2017

Ungraved Apparition/Pulse/Grimm Distribution/2017 CD Review

  Ungraved  Appaition  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  dark  form  of  metal  which  mixes  black,  doom  and  death  metal  together  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Pulse"  which  will  be  released  on  April  23rd  by  Grim  Distribution.

  Clean  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  up  to  some  heavier  riffing  and  the  vocals  bring  in  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  hospital sounds  are  also  used  briefly.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  there  is  also  a  brief  instrumental  that  introduces  soundscapes onto  the  recording  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  tortured  sounds  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  clean  guitars  also  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  they  also  give  the  songs  a  more  progressive  feeling  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly.


  Ungrave  Apparition  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  black,  doom  and  death  metal  together  to  create  their  own  style  of  dark  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Russian  and  cover  dark a nd  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ungraved  Apparition  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  "Save It!"  "Extreme Phenomenon"  "Gangrene"  and  ".Dust".  8 out  of  10.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Alfahamme/Det Nya Svarta/Indie Recordings/2017 CD Review

  Alfahanne   plays  a  musical  style  they  refer  to  as  'Alfapocalyptic  Rock'  which  mixes  black  metal,  punk,  and  classic  rock  together  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Det  Nya  Svarta"  which  was  released  by  Indie  Recordings.

  Dark  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  ads  well  as  some  distorted  vocals  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  mix  black  metal  and  punk  together  along  with  the  vocals  also  adding  in  a  melodic  tone.

  A  great  amount  of  classic  rock  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  bands musical  style  and  when  guitar  leads a re  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  punk  and  indie  rock  fashion  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars  and  spoken  word  samples  are  also  used  briefly  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to a  mid  paced  direction  and  the  last  track  is  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Alfahanne  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  metal,  punk  and  classic  rock  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  Satanism  and  the  darkness  of  mankind  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Alfahanne  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  punk, and  classic  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Satans  Verser"  "Dodsmaskin"  "Aven  En  Hund  Har  Sin  Dag"  and  "Det  Nya  Svarta".  8  out  of  10   

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Loathfinder Interview

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

We assume not many people have heard about us as it’s our first release. It’s over two years since we have started to form Loathfinder and work on material which you can hear on “The Great Tired Ones”.

2.So far you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

We did our best to make the EP sound massive and crushing in a way how we understand it. We see it as silty and gloomy piece with a hint of melody. Modern sound rooted in oldschool, heavy and dense with no high tempo. There is an additional factor which has a significant impact on overall sound of the album and it’s called Satanic Audio as Haldor took care of mix and mastering and the final result is exactly what we wanted to achieve.

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

Using only couple of words, it’s mostly about exploring parts of existence that mankind are denying and can’t cope with. And it’s not related to day-to-day life as much as most of listeners would say.

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

To find and to loathe what you’ve found. It’s someone who sees futility and all of failed cycles.
Inspiration came from same place as lyrics, we would say it’s quintessence of them.
Disgusting, incomprehensible and weirdest corners of universe, with a spark of black magic.

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

There is not much to say about it so far as we haven’t played as Loathfinder any live shows yet. Right now we are in the process of preparing “The Great Tired Ones” to present to wider audience. We spend a lot of time in our rehearsal room but not only on playing but also on analyzing, discussing and improving different aspects; for instance we have some ideas for visualisations which we would like to use as an integral part of our gigs, even if not now then maybe in the nearest future.

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

We don’t plan a tour at this moment but there are some single gigs already scheduled. The first one we will play at Southern Discomfort in Krakow at the beginning of May. All information about all future performances will be published on our Facebook site.

7.The ep was released on 'Godz Ov War Productions', are you happy with the support that they have given yo so far?

Obviously it’s hard to be heard by people outside the local scene without a proper support from music label especially in these days when so massive amount of music is being released every day- it’s really challenging to stand out. Greg from Godz Ov War is a real metal maniac and we appreciate his commitment and promotional activities done for us. Without that and his personal network it would be much harder (or sometimes even not possible probably) to make people aware of Loathfinder. Long story short - yes, we are more than satisfied with current cooperation.

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

We are not focused on fans of specific genre, like doom metal or black metal. Those are just labels which were picked in order to characterize our music, not in order to become part of any specific scene. We make music which fits to our own taste and the feedback we are getting so far is rather positive and quite promising.

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

Now we’re focused on promoting of this release so it’s too early to talk about full length album. We’re not even sure what will be the next - LP, another EP or maybe even split as we really like this short publishing formats. We have already started to work on new material and let’s see what future will bring.

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?

There are four of us, each different, each inspired by different sounds so list would be long but if we would need to point a few names only it would be for sure Amenra, Coffinworm, Conan, Nightslug, Pallbearer,  Skitliv, Urfaust, YOB...

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

We would rather not focus on our lives beside this project but in general most of them relate to music broadly understood.

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

Thanks and see you at our gigs. Behold what already is, beware what’s coming next.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Tehom Interview

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

F- I lived in the UK between 2001-07, during which I didn´t play with any band, but wrote riffs and a few songs, and when i moved back to Sweden in 2007, we got in touch and decided to form a band.

2.In April you have an album coming out, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

J- It is unleashed on the 111th day of the year and will thus accordingly be a discharge of utter Death and ancient Destruction from the cavern of whirlwinds and the deepest currents within the maelstrom brought to you from the Eye of Satan within the night-storms.

F- Pure Death Metal. Perhaps more in the old american style than in our native Swedish, which I personally never was too fond of.

3.This is also your first release since 2011, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

J- Rituals and the exploration of the various dialectics of Psychonautics. In essence, time is a construct and an illusion, so rid yourself from all illusions on your way towards illumination.

F- Due to the “band” never really forming, (incompetent members) recording the album took a very long time. Drums were recorded one year, guitars and the rest another. This is 2014-2015 if I remember correctly. Since then I have written songs for another full-length album that will be recorded this year.

4.Both your lyrics and band name deals with the concept of Tiamat and Tehom, can you tell us a little bit more about your approach to left hand path spirituality?

J- I have practiced my spirituality via diverse means and methods for 22 years now. Sabbatic Witchcraft, Anti-kabbalistic, theistic Devilworship with an especial devotion to Hell’s infernal pantheon with a focus on it´s Goddesses in particular or an eclectic approach to the Black Arte Magical, yes those are some descriptions of categories folks could try label me with, yet not of them would suffice to accurately describe what I do, so I leave it at that.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding your line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

F- The plan is to form a “proper” band for possible live shows etc., but it´s rather hard to come by competent members here, and the ones we do know already play in several orchestras already. As much as I do enjoy the full control over songwriting, producing, recording and such, the organic feel of a good band would much benefit this type of music. The future will tell.

6.The album is coming out on 'Blood harvest Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

We are more than pleased, very satisfied indeed.

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

Very positive indeed.

8.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that the band members are a part of?

Fredrik plays in Bränd Jord while John is not in any other bands.

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

J- Ever onwards towards Tehom, into the Void. We are working on our new album now, most music is already done.

F- Style-wise nothing will change. Guitar work might be slightly more improved, practice has become more pleasant with age, it seems.

10.What are some of the things you bring into this musical project that you have not been able to bring into your other bands?

J- We bring you swarming Satanic murky Black Magic Death Metal but know this, Tehom is not a project it´s a band, a calling.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on the musical style of 'Tehom'?

F- All Metal of death, but some of my all-time favorites and influences have always been (old) Slayer and Morbid Angel.


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

Ave Ama Tiamat! Hail Tehom and Thaumiel!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Excommunion/Thronosis/Dark Descent Records/2017 CD Review


  Excommunion  are  a  band  from  Colorado  Springs,  Colorado  that  consists  of  members  from  Nightbringer  and  Maveth and  plays a   blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Thronosis"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Dark  Descent  Records.

  A  very  fast  blackened  death  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal growls  will  the  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  you  can  hear  a  touch  of 90's  era  doom/death  in  the  slower  sections  of the  songs.

  A  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  while  all  f  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  and  the  songs  also  bring  in a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark,  atmospheric  yet  melodic  fashion  and  all of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  album also  always  sticks  to  a  very  heavy  musical  direction.

  Excommunion  plays  a  style  of  blackened  death  metal  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  90's  era  of  the  genre  and  sticking  to  the  style  established  on  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Excommunion  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nemesis"  and  "Blessed  Is  The  Epoch  Of  Darkne".  8  out  of  10.

  

 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Imindain/The Enemy Of Fetters And Dwellers In The Woods/Weird Truth Productions/2017 CD Review


  Imindian  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Enemies  Of  Fetters  And  Dwellers  in  the  Woods"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Weird  Truth  Productions.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  synths  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  funeral  doom  metal  direction  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a melodic  fashion  along  with  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length. 

  Black  metal  screams  are  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  clean  guitars  along  with  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  mix  the  heavy  and  atmospheric  parts  together  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Disembowelment's  "Cerulean  Transcience  Of  All  My  Imagined  Shores".

  Imindian  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black, death  and  funeral doom  metal a nd  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  apocalyptic,  Occultism,  madness  and  existentialism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Imindian  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  death,  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Final  Godhead"  and  "Cerulean  Transcience  Of  All  My  Imagined  Shores".  8  out  of  10.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Dethlirium Interview

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

Dethlirium was formed in February 2016. Igor (guitar) and me had played together in a couple of bands and our idea was to play powerful and fast music in this band,

 2.Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

We don´t want to limit ourselves to a particular genre. We mix Thrash, Black and Death Metal with dark environment. We recorded the ep in the best studio recording you can find in our region. A good production was important for us.

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

The songs talk about global news, religions, historical facts and some crazy ideas.

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

Dethlirium means “ Delirium of death ” just before you die.
The inspiration is simply the death.Music and lyrics must have a connection.

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

Our best show was the first at the moment.It was last weekend and it was just the beginning… We really wanted to present our music live.
Dethlirium live show is dark, aggressive and thunderous.


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

We have already closed dates, and working for the future.

7.The ep was released on 'Brutal Arratia Records', can you tell us a little bit
more about this label?

They´re young people, close to us. We knew them. It was the best option for this release.

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

Dethlirium has been played on radios from different countries and fans from another places too.We are a new band and this is our first release, we are working step by step.

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

We want to follow with our own style and evolve, of course.

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?

Pantera, Death, Dimmu Borgir  the favorites.
Right now we listen to Lamb of God, Revocation, The Black Dahlia Murder.

 11.What are some of your non musical interests?

We haven´t too much free time after our regular jobs, partying is always a good option…

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

Thanks for the support offered by death zine . We invite you listen to us, will shake your fucking brains!!!


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Emperor Of Myself/Stagnation/2017 Full Length Review


  Greece's  Emperor  of  myself  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  atmospheric  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  goth  metal  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  self  released  2017  album  "Stagnation".

  A  very  heavy  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  some  of  the  riffing  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  while  death  metal  growls  are  also  used  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads a re  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  slower  riffs  being  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  classical  guitars  along  with  stringed  instruments  are  also  utilized  briefly  and  the  last  track  is  all  instrumental.

  Emperor  Of  Myself  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  goth  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from Emperor  Of  Myself  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black, doom,  and  goth  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Abyss  Of  One  Way  Out"  "Sick  Disturbing  and  Negative"  and  "Live  by  Hope,  Die  By  Despair".  8  out  of  10.   

Friday, March 24, 2017

Dethlirium/Asymmetrical Disorder/Brutal Arratia Records/2017 EP Review


  Dethilirium  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death  metal  and  thrashcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Asymmetrical  Disorder"  which  was  released  by  Brutal  Arratia  Records.

  Atmospheric  sound  effects  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  drum  beats  and  choirs  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  influences  and  you  can  also  hear  a  lot  in  melody  in  the  leads.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  blackened  screams  and  death  metal  growls  while  the  mid  tempo  sections  are  more  influenced  by  thrashcore  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music also  mixes  both  the  modern  and  old  school  styles  together.  and  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Dethlirium  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  black,  death  metal  and  thrashcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  heavy  and  original,  the  production  sound s very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  scientific  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dethlirium  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  death  metal  and  thrashcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "i  Want  Your  Head  Cut"  and  "Cerebral  Dystrophy".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Loathfinder/The Great Tired Ones/Godz Ov War Productions/2017 EP Review


  Loathfinder  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "The  Great  Tired  Ones"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Godz  Ov  War  Productions.

  A  very  heavy  doom  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  and  growls  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark   yet  melodic   fashion  and  clean  playing  is  also  used  briefly.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar riffing  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  tracks  also  have  their  atmospheric  moments  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  sticking  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  and  mixing  in  touches  of  90's  era  doom/death  metal.

  Loathfinder  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  doom/death  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  black  metal  vocals  to  create  a  very  dark  yet  heavy  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Loathfinder  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  doom  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Feat  On  My  Entrails"  and  "The  Great  Tired  Ones".  8  out  of  10.

 

Sincarnate/In Nomine Homini/Hatework/2017 Ful lLength Review


  Sincarnate  are  a  band  from  Romania  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  blackened  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2017 album  "In  Nomine  Homoni"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Hatework.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  atmospheric  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  death  metal  growls  and  you  can  also hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  along with  the  tremolo  picking  being  heavily  influenced  by  black  metal.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  melodic  singing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  after  awhile  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in a   very  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  being  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  onto  some  of  the  tracks  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Sincarnate  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  an  atmospheric  form  of  doom/death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  black  metal  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Gnosticism,  Religion,  Heretical,  Philosophical,  and  Human  Thinking  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sincarnate  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  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  "Agrat  Bt  Mahlet"  "She-Of-The=Left-Hand(Pistis Sophia)"  "Dies  Illa"  and  "Atonement".  8  out  of  10. 

  

 

The Loom Of Time Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We are The Loom of Time from Aberdeen, New South Wales, Australia – a tiny rural town out in the middle of nowhere, and we got together about two years ago to discreetly rehearse and record our debut record before announcing our existence and diving into playing shows last year.

2.In 2016 you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
The record, “NihilReich” is a progressive foray into melodic death metal, black metal and old school doom riffs, all pulled together in ever changing song structures that do not look backwards, but continually evolve. It's also very up-front and rock'n'roll, not like the modern atmospheric or “post-” movement – not that there's anything wrong with being post-something, but I wanted something exciting and interesting to play!

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
We deal with the questions about our existence that the majority of people seem content to ignore, to face people with the futility of achievement in the face of mortality, or that anything desirable in mankind are either ultimately self serving or simply pre-programmed biological mechanisms. It's a ride through nihilism and it's surrounding suburbs.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'The Loom Of Time'?
I came across that phrase in Herman Melville's “Moby Dick”, in a passage where he describes weaving the threads of your life's path by making decisions that tie yourself to certain fates. It's an interesting attempt at balancing free will and predestination, a question we'll perhaps never truly have the answer to.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Like the music, our performance is grounded in seriousness and a dark metal aesthetic, but at the same time, we do this because we enjoy it and that energy and excitement comes out of us unbidden on stage – the music was written with the live scene in mind, so what you hear on the record translates well to the stage. Australia is a pretty laid back place, so the crowds are always full of happy drunkards more that ready to come down and bang their heads, so it's hard not to have a good show here!

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We're not currently touring because of various commitments, but that doesn't stop us playing regular shows up and down the east coast of Australia – keep an eye on our social media pages and you'll see if we end up coming your way.

7/The album was released on 'Aeternitas Tenebrarum Musicae Fandamentum'?
ATMF are an Italian label that mainly deal with forward thinking black metal, and although we're probably one of the least black metal bands on the label, I think it's a good fit. If you want to check out some of their other bands, check our Haar from Scotland and Ur Draugr from here in Australia.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and doom metal?
It's been great – lots of support from all over the place! I wasn't sure if we'd easily get our music off the island we live on, but hey, the internet has made it easier than I ever anticipated to connect with the community of metalheads that appreciate the sub-genres we work in. I'll be honest though, it hasn't been universally acclaimed – there are some reviews out there that have complained about aspects of our music that most reviews have praised! I don't mind being divisive. We didn't come here to please anyone, but to challenge them.

9.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Yep, our bassist Brad (and one of our touring guitarists, Vaughn) play in a progressive thrash outfit called Evocatus set to release their second LP this year, our drummer Steven plays in about twenty bands, one of which is a punk band called No Offense and our other live guitarist James also plays in a tech-death band called Blade of Horus who debuted their first LP last year too.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Writing for our follow up album is seeing the music become more “musical” for lack of a better word – where NihilReich was a real riff monster, the new material is getting broader in influence, more dynamic, more varied, more interesting. I doubt it'll be done this year, but look to 2018 and you'll be able to judge for yourself.

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?
I'd definitely say bands like Behemoth, Immortal and Emperor have made their blackened mark, but also Candlemass like doom, the Gothenburg sound and progressive stuff like Opeth, Wintersun and so on. What am I spinning at the moment? I can recommend Mizmor's “Yodh”, Dead Quiet's self titled, Lesbian's “Hallucinogenesis”, and Rebel Wizard's “Triumph of Gloom”. That should give you a pretty good black/death/doom/prog balance.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
I can only speak for myself really, but there are all sorts of escapism I enjoy – Ridley Scott, Laphroaig, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Franziskaner Weissbier, Dungeons & Dragons, dachshunds, burritos, sex. You know... normal stuff.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for featuring us! The metal community is just one big family, so support your brothers and sisters in metal!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Loom Of Time/NihilReich/Aeternitas Tenebrarum Musicae Fundamantum/2016 CD Review


  The  Loom  Of  Time  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays a  mixture  of  black,  doom,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "NihilReich"  which  was  released  by  Aeternitas  Tenebrarum  Musicae  Fundamantum.

  Doom  metal style  riffing  and  clean  singing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  while  blast  beats  can  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  solos  and  leads  are d one  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  songs  also bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length while  the  riffs  also  incorporate  a  good  amount  of  both  modern  and  old  school  thrash  metal  influences  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  death  metal  along  with  a  few  growls  can  be  heard  along  with  some  touches  of  traditional  metal  in  the  guitar  leads  and  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.  

  The  Loom  Of  Time  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  black  metal  and  mixes  in  elements  of  death,  doom,  and  thrash  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes.

 In  my  opinion  The  Loom  Of  Time  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  doom,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Cries  Of  The  Weak"  and  "The  Fight  For The  Subhuman".  8  out  of  10.