Sunday, July 23, 2017

Celesterre/The Wild/Rain Without End Records/2017 CD Review


  Celesterre  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  progressive  and  epic  mixture  of  heavy,  doom,  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Wild"  which  was  released  by  Rain  Without  End  Records.

  Melodic  yet  heavy  doom  metal  riffs  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  touches  of  70's  traditional  metal  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  stick  to  a  very  old  school  style  while  the  vocals  start  off  in  a  more  clean  style  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Clean  playing  along  with  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  synths  are  also  used  at  times  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  along  with  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  they  also  add  in  elements  of  black  metal  and  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  high  pitched  screams  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  adds  in  a  few  seconds  of  growls.


  Celesterre  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  traditional  doom  and  heavy  metal  while  also  mixing  in  some  progressive  and  black  metal  elements  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Celesterre  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  mixture  of  heavy,  doom,  and  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Burst  Into  Life"  "The  Wild"  and  "A  Celebration  Of  Decay".  8  out  of  10.

 

  

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Epping Forest/LebaBVoid/Unexploded Records/2017 CD Review


 Epping  Forest  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2017  album  "LebaBvoid"  which  was  released  by  Unexploded  Records.

  Fly  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  black  metal  screams,  fast  riffs  and  blast  beats  while  death  metal  growls  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  a  small  amount of  melodic  singing  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion.

  A  decent  amount of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  faster  riffing  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  one  track  also  adds  in  middle  eastern  musical  instruments  briefly.

  As  the  album  progresses  avant  garde  style  piano's  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  a  brief  use  of  operatic  female  vocals  which  also  returns  on  some  of  the  later  songs  and  synths  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  saxophones  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Chants  Of  Maldoror's  "Cruel  With  Us".

  Epping  Forest  plays  a  style  of  blackened  death  metal  that  also  takes  the  genre  into  more  of  an  avant  garde  and  experimental  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Mythology  themes from  Sumerian  and  Ancient  Civilizations  sources.

  In  my  opinion  Epping  Forest  are  a  very  great  sounding  avant  garde  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Inception:  Everblasting  Doom"  "Kria:  Resistance  Is  Useless"  "Summong:  Three  Hundred  Out  Of  The  Sky"  and  "Herafter:  We  Are  Alone  In  The  End".  8/5  out  of  10.   

Thursday, July 13, 2017

De Profundis/Decayed 2007-2017/Zero Tolerance Magazine/CD Review


  De  Profundis  are  a  band  from t he  United  Kingdom  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  progressive  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  compilation  album  "Decayed  2007-2017"  which  was  released  with  the  79th  issue  of  Zero  Tolerance  Magazine.

 A  very  heavy  yet  technical  sound  starts  off  the  compilation  along  with  some  death metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of t he  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Black  metal  screams a re  also  added  into  certain  sections of  the  recording  along  with  the  slow  riffs  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

   The  fretless  bass  gives  the  tracks  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  and  some  tracks  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  acoustic  guitars  along  with  some  jazz  elements  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  a  few  seconds  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Throughout  the  compilation  De  Profundis  brings  out  a  very  progressive  style  of  blackened  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  negativity,  solitude,  despondency  and  contemplation  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  from  De  Profundis  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  progressive  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kult  Of  The  Orthodox" "A  Strange  Awakening"  "Silent  Gods"  and  "Nihilism  Vortex".  8  out  of  10.  

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Beneath/Ephermeris/Unique Leader Records/2017 CD Review


  Beneath  are  a  band  from  Iceland  that  started  out  more  as  a  brutal  and  technical  death metal  band  and  on  this  recording  mix  that  style  with  black  metal  and  a  touch of  prog  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Ephermeris"  which will  be  released  in  August  by  Unique  Leader  Records.

  Bass  leads  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  brutal  yet  technical  riffing  starts  off t he  album  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while t he  music  also  gets  very  progressive  at  times  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  at  times.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  technical  fashion  while the  mid  tempo  sections  also  add  in  touches  of  slam  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  elements  along  with  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  On  this  recording  Beneath  gives  a  blackened  touch  to  their  brutal  and  prog  style  of  technical  and  brutal  death  metal,  the production  sounds  very  professional  while the  lyrics  cover  science  fiction  and  futuristic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Beneath  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  brutal  technical  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Eyecatcher"  "Guillotine"  "Medium  Obscurum"  and  "Multiangular".  8  out  of  10.

  

Monday, July 10, 2017

Omnious Shrine Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Xahaal : Hello, first of all thanks for your support. Ominous Shrine is a French band I founded in
2016, After years of playing and composed for Malepeste I wanted to make something more
heavy, more death. I tried it with band called Temple of Worms, but I leaved this band in 2016 to
found Ominous Shrine with some friends. Seb from Dysylumn is our vocalist, he played rhythm
guitar too live. Tom is the drummer from Aeon Patronist a technical black/death band and Dimholt
is the ancient bass player of Osirion and Temple of Worms.
Ominous Shrine is an occult black/death metal band dedicated to the left hand path.

2.Recently you have released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is
presented on the recording?
Xahaal : Well this is old school death metal with some occult, dissonant black metal parts, with
powerful and deep vocals.

3.The lyrics on the album are very much in the Luciferian, Left Hand Path, Occultism and Sinister
Path traditions, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?
Xahaal : Yes, the lyrics describe more or less the path to deification like only Left Hand Path can
offer. I am passionate about all esoterism in general, I like to study all mythologies or current. But I
found myself in the sinister way. The Luciferian Gnosis is a glorification of personal knowledge and
spiritual strength, you are free, your mind stays yours, you are not a part of any God’s plan. YOU
are the only God you need in your life.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ominous Shrine'?
Xahaal : This name is to express a dark religion idea. Something between spirituality and devotion,
nothing is black OR white, this is always black AND white. A shrine is a place where you can feel
good, safe, but this one is ominous, as all sanctuary really are when you open your eyes to the
truth.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you
describe your stage performance?
Xahaal : Well, for the moment Ominous Shrine just played one show, others are planned but for
the moment we just have on experience with this band. We all have a lot with other bands, but
this first one for OS was really good. Great feedbacks and energies on stage. I wanted to do
something more “classic”, simpler than the Malepeste’s shows. No candles or other decorum, just
some incense to help us to feel it on stage. But nothing more.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Xahaal : Just a couple of shows in my town with bands like Pensée Nocturne, Anus Mundi, Azziard,
The Negation etc… But we are looking for more. The stage is very important for me.

7.The new album was released on 'Goathorned Productions', are you happy with the support they
have given you so far?
Xahaal : Goathorned Productions is a very good label, and Luis is now a friend. He is really involved
in his job and it’s a real honor for me to have his support for Ominous Shrine.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death
metal?
Xahaal : Maybe it’s too short to answer correctly, but for the moment feedbacks seems to be
really good.

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?
Xahaal : Malepeste and Dysylumn are working on a split together and an album for each band.
Aeon Patronist is going to release a really good EP too. And of course some shows in Europe like
Forest Fest, Ragnard Rock or Little Devil festival.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Xahaal : I will continue to compose music in this way, and I hope to play a maximum gigs in some
different places.

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?
Xahaal : This is bands like Grave Miasma, Dead Congregation, Maveth, Sheol or other bands of the
occult black/death scene who makes my vision of what I am looking for in death metal. But I am
listening a lot of things from In Solitude to Dalek, via Urfaust, Hetroertzen, Inferno, Subrosa,
Sektarism, Chelsea Wolfe or Schammasch. But these are just a very little parts.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Xahaal : Nothing more than saying thanks to you for your support. And to all people who
continues to make this music real.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Sons Of Crom/The Black Tower/Nordvis Produktion/Bindrune Reocrdings/2017 CD Review


   Sons  Of  Crom  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  an  epic  mixture  of  heavy,  doom,  pagan  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Black  Tower  which  will  be  released  in  August  as  a  joint  effort  between  Nordvis  Production  and  Bindrune  Recordings.

  An  epic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  synths  and  they  also  bring  in  the  atmospheric  of  a  fantasy  movie  and  after  awhile  melodic  pagan  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  black  metal  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  as  well  as  adding  in  some  high  pitched  screams.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  folk  instruments  are  also  used  at  times  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  stringed  instruments  along  with  the  guitar  riffing  and  leads  also  adding  in  touches  of  traditional  metal  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  tracks  while  the  slow  riffs  add  in  elements  of  doom  metal  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  sounding  very  different  from  each  other  an d they  also  close  the  album  with  an  instrumental  track.

  Sons  Of  Crom  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  an  epic  style  of  heavy/doom  metal  while  also  getting  very  aggressive  at times  and  mixing  in  more  of  a  pagan  black  metal  style,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  glory,  honour,  and  Norse  Mythology.

  In  my  opinion  Sons  Of  Crom  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  mixture  of  heavy,  doom,  pagan,  and  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  Fore  Reborn"  "Summoning  The  Starborn"  and  "Viimeinen  Laki".  8/5  out  of  10.   

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Whore Of Bethlehem/Extinguish The Light/Black Market Metal Label/2017 CD Review


  Whore Of  Bethlehem  are  a  band  from  Texas  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  brutal  form  of  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Extinguish  The  Light"  which  will  be  released  on  July  21st  by  Black  Market  Metal  Label.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  speeding  up  and  introducing  blast  beats  and  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording  while  black  metal  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  a  very  chaotic  black/death  metal  as  well  as  having  their  melodic  moments  style  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of   dark  sounding  melodies  at  times  along  with  the  fast  riffs  also  utilizing  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  all  instrumental  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy  and  brutal.

  Whore  Of  Bethlehem  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  brutal  blackened  death  metal  style  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Murder,  Hatred  and  Armageddon  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Whore  Of  Bethlehem  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  brutal  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Invocation"  "Extinguish  The  Light"  and  "Ravenous  Undead  Predators".  8  out  of  10.

 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Tchornobog/Self Titled/I, Voidhanger Records/2017 CD Review


  Tchornobog  are  an  international  duo  from  the  United  States  and  Iceland  that  plays  an  avant  garde  mixture  of  black, death  and funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2017  album  which  will  be  released  on  July  28th  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records.

  Death  metal  growls  and  brutal  riffs  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats can  be  heard  along  with  the  solos and  leads  also  bringing  in  a  chaotic  style  of  extreme  metal  and  the  music  also  has a   great  amount  of  black  metal  influences.

  Black  metal  screams  can  also be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  slower  riffing is  very  heavily  rooted  in  funeral  doom  metal  and  nature  orientated  soundscapes  can also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  some  avant  garde  elements  and  most  of  the  tracks are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing,  saxophones,  trumpets, bells,  cellos,  and  Grand  piano  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  the  solos  become  more  melodic  and  also  add  in  a  touch  of  post  metal  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly. 


  Tchornobog  plays  a  musical  style  that mixes  black,  death  and  funeral  doom  metal  together  with  an  avant  garde  touch  to  create  a  sound  of  their own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Slavic  Mythology,  metaphors of  religion,  psychological  disorder  and  auditory  hallucinations  of  the  human  animal.

  In  my  opinion  Tchornobog  are  a  very  great  sounding  avant  garde  mixture  of  black,  death,  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Vomiting  Tchornobog"  and  "Non  Existence's  Warmth".  8  out  of  10.

Ominous Shrine/Apothewsews Road/Goathorned Productions/2017 CD Review

  Ominous  Shrine  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  an  occult  and  dissonant  form  of  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  " Apothewsews  Road"  which  was  released  by  Goathorned  Productions.

  A  very  atmospheric  and ritualistic  intro starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  small  amount  of  tribal  style drumming  a  minute later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as w ell  as  introducing  deep  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  utilize  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  mixing  in  elements  of  doom  metal  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  A  great  amount  of  black  metal  influences  can  be  heard  throughout  the  recording  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  both  the  riffs  and  leads  also mix  in  a  great  amount  of  dissonant  structures  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  some  songs  also  bring  in a  small  amount  of  ritualistic  chants.

  Ominous  Shrine  plays  a  style  of  occult  blackened  death  metal  that  is  very  ritualistic  and  dissonant  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Left  Hand  Path,  Death,  Luciferian  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ominous  Shrine  are  a  very  great  sounding  dissonant,  occult  blackened  death  metal  band and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "V.I.T.R.I.O.L"  "Macrocosme"  and  "Ain  Soph  Aur".  8/5  out  of  10. 

King Leviathan/Paean Heretica/Infernum Records/2017 Full Length Review


  King  Leviathan  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  groove,  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Paean  Heretica"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Infernum  Records.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  where you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  vocals  mix  in the  more  aggressive  screaming  thrash  style.

  Clean  singing  is  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  along  with  a  few  growls  and  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  groove  metal  elements.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  last  track  is very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  On  this  recording  King  Leviathan  remains  true  to  the  blackened  thrash  metal  style  of  previous  releases  while  also  mixing  in  more  elements  of  groove  metal  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  King  Leviathan  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  groove  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Primitive  Baptism"  "Agony"  "Harrowing  Eyes"  and  "The  Grand  Congregation".  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Biesy/Noc Lekkich Obyczajow/Third Eye Temple/2017 CD Review

  Biesy  are  a  band  from Poland  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death metal    and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Noc  Lekkich  Obyczajow"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Third  Eye  Temple.

  Distorted  guitar  riffing  starts  off  the  album  which  also  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  a  few  seconds  later  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dissonant  structures.

  Grim  black  metal  screams  are  also  used  at  times  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  fast  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  give  the  songs  a  more  complex  atmosphere  while  spoken  word parts  are  also  utilized  at times  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  avant  garde  elements  are  also  used briefly.

  Biesy  plays  a  style  of  blackened  death  metal  that  is  very  modern  and  dissonant,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  urban  decay  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Biesy  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kazdego  Dnia"  "Czerri  Nas  Prosi"  and  "Noc  Lekkich  Obyczajow".  8  out  of  10.     

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Vehementer Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1. Founded by me in 2002, heavily inspired by Altars of Madness, Seven Churches and Morbid Tales/emperor`s return, and overall atmosphere of the heavier metal music of that time. Since than a lot of written material some of it recorded, never compromised in any sort of way.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
2. If we are speaking about Replenishment Circle ( The Black Spectrumfest ) EP, It`s four songs of rage written and recorded totally spontaneous for a short period of time with (for me) disappointing production back then in 2008.

3.The band has been around since 2002 but has only released a single, demo and an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the lack of material?
3. I had a vision about this band since I started it and many times it was hard in Serbia to fulfil that particular vision. Difficulty of finding proper drummer and a proper studio for achieving right kind of sound. Also I never wanted to push things just to have rich catalogue and on the other hand I played in other bands for couple of years including Bombarder and Infest and enjoyed being able to play easy music and go with the flow.

4.Your lyrics deal with Occultism, The Devil and The Apocalypse, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
4. I would say a wider understanding of the term ” Occult ” is more appropriate.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name ‘Vehementer’?
5. It is a latin word and it very well describes the intention and purpose of this band.

6.In the beginning you had a full line up but now a solo project, can you tell us a little bit more about going into this direction?
6. As I mentioned, I had a hard time finding proper line up and good studio that would do what I payed for. So when I got some inspiration and energy I made decision to start playing drums more seriously and make my own studio and learn production so I can do everything by myself without heaving to rely on humans. Funny thing is that when I achieved perfect conditions I found some awesome humans and I think that the band will have full lineup soon. I will always have respect and gratitude for my brother Zealot, Zombie the drumer, Kozeljnik, E.V.L., Marin Rudic, Dragan Kristo etc… for helping me with this band on occasions.

7.When you still did live shows, what where some of the best shows that you have done and also how would you describe your stage performance?
7. First show in 2004 and a show with Zemial in Belgrade. It`s always about atmosphere and vibe and right kind of energy around us, That is why we (I) do live shows on rare occasions.

8.Recently ‘Blood Harvest Records’ re-issued your 2014 ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the newer version?
8. It is a 2008 recording, but in 2016 I took dry tracks from the studio where it was recorded and did what I had to on my own equipment to make It sound as it was intended back then.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black, death and thrash metal?
9. I had some good label proposals but I was always changing my mind last minute because of not being satisfied with the sound. I never did any marketing as nowadays bands do and never gave a fuck about opinions. For me it`s being satisfied with the vibe and the energy and being able to share it with small amount of individuals with the similar perception.

10.You also did a ‘Bombarder’ cover for their tribute album, what was the decision behind doing on of your own versions of their songs?
10. Bombarder was always one of my favourite metal bands and I had the opportunity to play lead guitar, write music and record with the band for 5 years. One time Neso ( vocalist and leader of the band) asked me to pick a song and record it for tribute album so I did it.Then I got a little bit tired of live shows and left the band. I still consider them brothers and also the guy that took my place, he is a friend and a super talented guy even though he is a commie ha ha.

11.Are you currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
11. Well I play all kinds of different instruments and I am able to record it decently enough for my taste. I am doing some prog rock stuff inspired by my all time favourite band Smak and some other 70ies acts but far away from retro trend popular these days.
12.When can we expect new material and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
12. I am working on Full length right now, same goals same attitude.

13.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?
Bombarder Morbid angel, Possessed, Goblin, ELP, Sinan Sakić, Šemsa and early works od Dragana Mirković and off course Motorhead, Priest and Maiden… and many others.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
14. Thanks for the interest in my band, and remember the earth is flat.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Saccage/Recidive/PRC Music/2017 CD Review


  Quebec,  Canada's  Saccage  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  their  black ,  death,  thrash  metal  and  crust  mixture  of previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Recidive"  which  was  released  by  PRC  Music.

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while t he  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  a  great  amount  of  crust  elements.

  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  back  up  shouts  and  thrash  influences  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  and  only  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads  are  ever  utilized  and  the  music  always  remains  heavy.

  Saccage  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  black,  death,  thrash  metal  and  crust  mixture  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  Evil,  Satanism,  Drugs,  Alcohol,  and  Anarchy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Saccage  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black, death,  thrash  metal  and  crust  punk,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Recidive"  "Orgasmaniaque"  "666  Grammes"  and  "Pourceau  (de  Satan)".  8  out  of  10.   

Friday, June 23, 2017

Orbseven/Cosmos Out Of Chaos/2017 Hull Lenth Review


  Orbseven  are  a  solo  project  from Texas  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  experimental,  ambient,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released 2017  album  "Cosmos  Out  Of  Chaos".

 
  Stringed  instruments  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  melodic  riffing  and  you  can  also  hear all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Ambient  sounds  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  and  when  the music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  clean  vocals  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  the  heaviness  of  black  and  death  metal.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  on  the  second  track  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  are  finally  added  onto  the  recording  and  some  of  the  fast  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  getting  more  experimental.

  Orbseven  creates  another  recording  that  remains true  to  the  experimental  mixture  of  ambient,  black,  and  death  metal  from  his  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  a  journey  to  the  unknown.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from Orbseven  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  ambient,  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Descent  Of  Spirit  Into  Matter"  and  "This  World  That  Is  Of  The  Unclean".  8  out  of  10. 

Soul Remnants/Ouroboros/eOne Life Blood/2017 CD Review


  Soul  Remnants  are  a  band  from  Massachusetts  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is a review of  their  2017  album "Ouroboros"  which  will be  released  in  July  as  a  joint  effort  between  eOne  and  LifeBlood.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  you  can  also  hear all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  true  to  a  blackened  style  of  death  metal  as  well  as  having  its  melodic  moments  and  the  music  also  has  a  lot  of  90's  influences  while  also  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  time  and  some  of  the  fast  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  stringed  instruments  along  with  an  instrumental.

  Soul  Remnants  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  blackened  death  metal  style  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  a  futuristic  and  dystopic  nuclear  war  amongst  all  mankind.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Soul  Remnants  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mechanical  Synapse  Modulations"  "Echoes  Of  Insanity"  and  "False  Kingdom  Of  Prophecy".  8  out  of  10. 

 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sektor/Allegy/Rebirth The Metal Productions/2017 CD Review

Sektor  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and   plays  a  blackened  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017 album  "Allergy"  which  was  released  by  Rebirth  The  Metal  Productions.

  A  sci-fi  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  more  heavier  direction  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  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  while  the  tremolo  picking  and  high  pitched  screams  bring  elements  of  black  metal  into  the  songs  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also used  briefly  and  one  track  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording.

  Sektor  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  blackened  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sektor  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Process  Of  Projecting  The  Consciousness  Into  one  Part"  "The  Teachings  Of  AOS"  and  "The  Icy  Bequest  Of  The  Priest  King".  8  out  of  10.

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.