Sunday, September 17, 2017

Kult Mogil/Portentaque/Pagan Records/2017 EP Review


  Kult  Mogil  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Portentaque"  which  will  be  released  on  September  29th  by  pagan  Records.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  dissonant  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  brutal  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  small  amount  of  melody.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times  while  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  distorted  yet  melodic  fashion,  clean  guitars  are  also  used  briefly.

  Kult  Mogil  creates  another  recording  that  remains true  to  the  dissonant  style  of  blackened  death  metal  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Kult  Mogil  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Non-Reconciliation".  8  out  of  10.  

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Serotonin/L 'Enfer Gris/2017 EP Review


  Serotonin  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "L  'Enfer  Gris".

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  black metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls onto  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  melodic  vocals  are  also  used  briefly  along  with  the  faster  riffing  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  atmospheric  synths  are  also  used  briefly,  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars  on  a  couple  of  songs.

  Serotonin  plays  a  style  of  blackened  death  metal  that  is  very  original  and  different  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  hell  as  an  absence  of  joy.

  In  my  opinion  Serotonin  are  a  very  great  sounding  original  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Hosannas  From  The  Basement  Of  Hell".  8  out  of  10.  

Friday, September 15, 2017

Dreadnought/A Wake In Sacred Waves/Sailor Records/2017 CD Review


  Dreadnought  are  a  band  from  Denver,  Colorado  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  doom,  psychedelic,  progressive  and  post  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "A  Wake  In  Sacred  Waves"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Sailor  Records.

  Female  vocals  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  keyboards  a  few  seconds  later  that  also  adds  in  touches  of   progressive  rock  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  while  also  adding  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  post  rock  style  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  alternating  between  soft  and  heavy  parts  and  the  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  At  times  the  music  adds  in  elements  of  70's  era  psychedelic  rock  while  saxophones  are  also  added  into some  parts  of  the  songs  along  with  the  guitars  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  clean  playing  and  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  are  very  heavily influenced  by  doom  metal  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Dreadnought  creates  another  recording t hat  sticks  to  the  black,  doom  metal,  psychedelic,  post  and  progressive  mixture  of  their  previous  release  while  also  getting  more  experimental  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  the  process  of  life  and  death.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dreadnought  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  doom  metal,  psychedelic,  progressive  and  post  rock,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vacant  Sea"  and  "A  Drifting  Reign".  8  out  of  10.          

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Evilheart/Quinquaginta/Test Your Metal Records/2014 CD Review


  Evilheart  are  a  band  from  Mexico  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Quinquaginta"  which  was  released  by  Test  Your  Metal  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  also  speeding  up  and  adding  in  blast  beats  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  when  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  they  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  with  some  black  metal  screams.

  A  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  in  the  faster  riffing  while  the  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  atmospheric synths  can  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  the  songs  as  well  as  one  track  adding  in  a  small  amount  of acoustic  guitars  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Cenotaph's  "Severance".

  Evilheart  plays  a  style  of  blackened  death  metal  that  is  very  heavy,  brutal  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy  and  modern  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Evilheart  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  "Perfection  Collapsed"  "Rebellion"  "Genetics  of  Betrayal"  and  "Severance".  8  out  of  10.  

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Goat War Interview

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

Goat War is true black heavy metal for the basement warriors that have yet to rise and slay the plastic idols that have taken over!

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

This demo is the sound of the pure raw violence that is experienced when the mighty sword and scythe of Julius Bloodaxe and Dick Nekrowulf clash in a storm of fury! No fun no production no talent just war!

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

We use symbolism inspired by the great authors of sword and sorcery to invigorate those brought down!

4,What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Goat War'?

When Dick watched the goat die it fueled his thirst for war!

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

We play in a basement!

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

We go where the hammer guides us. War knows no borders!

7.The demo is getting re-issued on 'Heathen tribes', can you tell us a little bit more about the newer version?

It's on tape.

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

We're popular in Europe!

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

As the hatred builds we add intricate concepts to our guitars. Expect more death, war, and chaos soon. Early 2018 brother!

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?

Venom, Bathory, Celtic Frost, Boston, Thor, Semen Of Satan, Sabbat, Darkthrone, Midnight, Wodos, Mercyful Fate, 1983 Slayer, Nifelheim, Di'anno Maiden, Motörhead, G.I.S.M., Slambo, Necro Butcher from Mayhem!

11.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?

Yes.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Goat War/Warwolf/Heathen Tribes/2017 EP Review


  Goat  War  are  a  band  from  Michigan  that  plays  a mixture  of black  and  speed  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Warwolf"  which  will  be  released  in  the  autumn  by  Heathen  Tribes.

  A  very  fast  and  old  school  black  metal  style  starts  off t he  ep  which  also  mixes  the  first  and  second  wave  styles  together  while  the  vocals  also  mix  the  early  era  with  an  angry  thrash  approach  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  speed  metal  and  the  solos  and  leads  continue  the  old  school  tradition.

  While  the  music  is  heavily  influenced  by  the  80's  it  still  sounds  very  modern  at  the  same  time  and  at  times  the  vocals  have  a  semi  melodic  edge  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  grim  screams a re  also  used  briefly,  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  heavy  direction.

  Goat  War  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  first  and  second  wave  black  metal  with  speed  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Fantasy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Goat  War  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  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Goathammer"  and  "black  Grave".  8  out  of  10.

   

      

Monday, September 4, 2017

Witchnight Interview

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

- We are a Heavy Metal band from Santa Fe, Argentina.
Axe Steeler on guitars, Ripping Corpse on drums, and Bütcher on bass and vocals, who is talking to you.

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

- The style is quite old school, we wanted to achieve a sound similar to the 80's recordings

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

- The lyrics talk about heavy metal, horror movies, and dark topics from art to mysticism, old school stuff.

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

- I like mythology and witch stories. And how they are always rooted in the force of nature, the mysticism and the unknown

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

Every show has been good for us, and  we try to give the best of us up the stage.

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

- We are touring our country now. Next year we may go to Chile. Also we got offers to play in other counties.

7. Originally the ep was released on 'Tantafobia Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

- It is a label from Ecuador that was the first interested in editing our EP in Cassette format.
They work with underground metal, Black / Death / Thrash Metal, South American bands.

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

Very good. For example this year I went to Sweden and there were people there, who already knew the band, and had the ep released by Witches Brew.

9.On the ep you had also done a 'Retrosatan' cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?

- RetroSatan is a very important influence for me, and I decided to make them a humble homage, with one of my favorite songs from their album.

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

Yes, I have another band of black thrash metal, called Municion and also I play in the Greek band, Metalmorfosis. The drummer and guitarist are brothers,
they have a thrash metal band called Psicocancer.

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

Hopefully next year we'll record the full length album. We'll keep our style, insane and evil speed metal.

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

The metal from the 80's is a pure influence to our music.
Also I listen to punk, AOR, Hard rock, 50's rock, 60's, 70's, post punk, new wave, stoner doom, and many other things.

13.How would you describe your views on Occultism?

- Is a complex subject to answer in an interview. But I see the possible of making true art and philosophy inspired in the occultism

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

- Thank you very much for the interview and stay Heavy! Cheers.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Tombstalker/Chaotic Devotion/Boris Records/2017 7 Inch Review


  Tombstalker  are  a  band  from  Lexington,  Kentucky  that  plays  a mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Chaotic  Devotion"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Boris  Records.

  A  very  heavy  yet  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  as  well  as  introducing  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  while  the  riffing  is  very  heavily  influenced  by  death  metal  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  by  the  90's  styles  of  black  and  death  metal  but  also  done  in  a  more  modern  fashion  and  both  of  the  tracks  stick  to  a  very  heavy  musical  direction  along  with  some  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  thrash  influences.

  Tombstalker  plays a  musical  style  that  mixes  black  and  death  metal  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sound s very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  chaos,  violence  and  inner  struggle  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Tombstalker  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should c heck  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Treads  of  War".  8  out  of  10.         

Sfera Interview

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

We've all known each other from being in and around the metal scene from the late 80's/early90's and playing in various bands such as Overthrow and Nailed, but it wasn't until around 2013 that we all came together as one unit to resurrect Soulstorm. After playing lives shows for a few years and doing a few recordings, we were looking for a change from the Industrial doom of Soulstorm. We work well together and have a great time playing so we decided to just start writing without any preconceived ideas of what we wanted to do. We were all from the old school metal scene so we knew that would be strongly present, but we were excited to just see what came out.

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

 We all bring something different to the table and you can really hear that in these songs. You can definitely hear where we came from...growing up listening to Grind and old school Death Metal, yet you can hear the influence of Crust and Black Metal in there as well.

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

Dark themes interest us. War, Religion, Hate, Power, Chaos, Disorder, Nihlism

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

Choosing a band name these days feels next to impossible! Everything is taken...multiple times! SFERA means 'sphere' in a few languages, such as Greek, Italian and Polish, but it also a slang term for 'bullet'. It was one the names we all agreed on, so we kept it!   I always heard that word growing up, it was always in reference to somebody being blinded or killed by sfera

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

SFERA has yet to play live. We were concentrating on getting a few of the initial songs recorded first so we would have something to share and hopefully generate some interest. Soulstorm proved to be heavy and punishing live, so I can only imagine how ferocious SFERA will be with the change in direction and refocused energy!

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

No tour plans as of yet. For now we're just going to continue writing and play some shows locally to get the music out there.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

So far it's been DIY. If any labels are interested though, we're willing to hear them out!

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

It's still early as the EP has only been officially out for a few weeks, but so far we've been getting positive feedback!

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?

We are all focused on SFERA at the moment.

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

We got back to writing immediately following the recording of 'Death Will Come' and it's going well! We're in no big rush to do a full length right away as we'd like to get some shows under out belt first, but as I said, we work well together and the songs come together quickly, so who knows?

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?

This one is always hard...Everyone in the band has such a wide variety of music that they listen to! I would definitely say our influences are old school Death Metal, Grind, D-beat and Black Metal. As far as specific bands, I'd say Morbid Angel, Obituary, Mgla, Napalm Death, Implore, APMD.............


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

Check out the new EP 'Death Will Come' at  www.sferacult.bandcamp.com

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Vorus/Chamber Of Laments/Death To Pieces Records/2017 Demo Review


  Vorus  are  a  solo  project  from  Romania  that  plays  a  hideous  form  of  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  his 2017  demo  "Chamber  Of  Laments"  which  was  released  by  Death  To  Pieces  Records.

  Melodic  guitar  leads  and  heavy  riffs  start  off  the  demo  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  morbid  sounding  melodies  and  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  growls  can  be  heard.

  A  great  amount  of  80's  and  90's  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  musical  style  while  also  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  time  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  always  remains  heavy  and  brutal.

  Vorus  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  old  school  while  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  elements  to  create  something  very  dark  and  heavy,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In my  opinion  Vorus  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  death  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Paradise  Is  Burning".  8 out  of  10.  

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Dead Medusa Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We are a four piece, guitar oriented, good time death metal band from mid Missouri.

2.Recently you have released your first ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
I describe our band is blackened death, cosmic thrash. We write riff ripping songs, with groove, brutal breakdowns, gut wrenching gutturals, and guitar solos that make your uncle Lester want to light up a joint and put on his old snakeskin boots.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
EP is a concept, following a man through the final stages of a declining human existence on earth. Each song follows the storyline in order following the protagonist through his experiences in war, assimilation to a civilian life, space travel, cyber genetic engineering, and then ultimately becoming a mutanoid renegade existing in the last civilization on earth known as "Riff City"

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Dead Medusa'?
Dead Medusa is a character, a muse. She's an antihero oracle that has risen from the dead in this comic book universe story being told by the band.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Actually back in July, we played our hometown at Rose Music Hall to a PACKED house, and totally destroyed the place. It was a milestone moment for us, particularly with all the ups and downs, hard work, and sacrifice that's been put in over the past year.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We're bouncing around a bunch over the next couple months, doing the weekend warrior thing. Working on a small tour in November. Gearing up to really hit it hard next spring and summer hopefully with some longer tours, and festivals. All of us still have full-time jobs too, so it's a lot to juggle but we'll do we can.

7.Currently you are unsigned are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We are currently unsigned, and I wouldn't say that we're necessarily looking for a label right now, but we are definitely open to management and support. However we will be particular on who we work with as we feel we have a very strong product and a lot to offer, not to mention that we come this far on our own, we are self-sufficient, and  we are confident in our abilities to continue pushing forward.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of extreme metal?
Globally the feedback has been great so far, again we're not huge but was surprised at the reaction from folks outside the states. Recently we've been getting new fans from areas we've never even been to or at all familiar with.

9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
A full length will probably be a year or so off, we plan to spend the next year really pounding the pavement, pushing the EP, and trying to get our name out there.

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 nwadays?
Oh man, Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest, slayer, Megadeth, Black Sabbath (specifically the DIO years! Fuck Ya the DIO years!) All the way up to Pantera lamb of God, Meshuggah, Mastodon and Gojira!

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
artwork, comics, sci-fi and action films. Just a general lust for life, trying to find meaning and purpose on a tiny blue rock floating through space.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Life's too short to be focused on negativity. Spend your life working towards your dreams or you will spend your life working for someone else's. Be unapologetic in your existence, and show compassion towards one another.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Witchnight/Unholy Speed Metal/Witches Brew/2017 EP Review


  Witchnight  are  a  band  from  Argentina  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  speed  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Unholy  Speed Metal"  which  was  released  by  Witches  Brew.

  Distorted  amp  sounds  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  a  few  seconds  later  before  adding  in  drum  beats  and  heavy  riffs  that  are  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  which  also  leads  to  more  of  a  speed  and  thrash  metal  direction  while  blast  beats  are  also utilized  at  times.

  Vocals  are  grim  black  metal  screams  that  mix  both  the  first  and  second  wave  styles  together  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  bring  in  a  very  vintage  old  school  extreme  metal  style  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  music  always  remains  heavy,  the  ep closes  with  a cover  of  RetroSatan's  "Plantificado  La  Muerte".

  Witchnight  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  first  wave  black  metal  with  speed  metal  along  with  some  second  wave  touches  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Death  and  Heavy  metal  Cult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Witchnight  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  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Witch's  Night"  and  "Slut  Of  Hell".  8  out  of  10.      

Boneyard/Below Mediocrity/Witches Brew/2017 EP Review


  Boneyard  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  black  thrash'n'roll  with  elements  of speed  metal  and punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Below  Mediocrity"  which  was  released  by  Witches  Brew.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  along with  some  blues  elements  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  olf  school  speed  and  thrash  metal  direction  along  with  the  vocals  bringing  in  more  of  a  first  wave  black  metal  feeling  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  punk  rock.

  A  lot  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  still  having  a  modern  touch  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  stick  to  a  very  old  school  metal/punk  style  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Boneyard  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  the  black,  thrash  and  speed  metal  sounds  of t he  early  80's  with  rock'n'roll  and  punk  to  create  a  very  heavy  yet  retro  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  occult  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Boneyard  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  thrash,  speed  metal  and  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Witchcraft  Initiation"  and  "Decibel  Rebel".  8  out  of  10.

  

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Dead Medusa/Riff City/2017 EP Review


   Dead  Medusa  are  a  band  from  Columbia,  Missouri  that  plays  a  blackened  mixture  of  death  and cosmic  thrash  with  a  touch  of  traditional  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Riff  City"  which  would  be  released  in  September.

  Distorted  amp  sounds  start  off t he  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  thrash  metal  direction  along  with  some  screams  that  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  80's  death  metal  feeling  while  also  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  time  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  leads  also  sticking  to  a  very  old  school  metal  style  and  elements  of   black  and traditional  metal  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  always  remains  heavy  and  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Dead  Medusa  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  both  the  modern  and  old  school  styles  of  death  and  thrash  metal  along  with  black  metal  and    a  touch  of  traditional  metal  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  real life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dead  Medusa  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  mixture  of  death  and  cosmic  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tunnel  Vision"  and  "Riff  City".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Sfera/Death Will Come/2017 EP Review


  Sfera  are  a  band  from  Northern  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  blackened  crust,  death  metal,  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "Death  Will  Come".

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  an  old  school  death  metal  fashion  and  the  vocals  are  blackened  style  screams.

  Death  metal  growls  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  while  dark sounding  melodies a re  also  used  at  times  as  well  as  most  of t he  tracks  being  very  short  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy.

  Sfera  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  death  metal,  crust  and  grindcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  s  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sound s very  heavy  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sfera  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  blackened  crust,  death  metal  and  gindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Death  Will  Come"  an d  "They  Tore  The  Sky".  8  out  of  10. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Luciferian Insectus/Godless/The Apollyon Entertainment Group/2016 CD Review


  Luciferian  Insectus  are  a  solo  project  from t he  Netherlands  that  plays  a  ritualistic  form  of  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Godless" which  was  released  by  The  Apollyon  Entertainment  Group.

  Horror movie  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  brutal  musical  direction  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  while  atmospheric  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  at  times   and  after  awhile  black  metal  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Grim  sounding  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  one  track  also  introduces  clean  vocals  onto  the  recording,  some  of  the  riffing  adds  in  thrash  influences  and  a  couple  of  the  songs  are  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars  and  pianos  on  later  tracks  while  one  of  the  songs  is  an  instrumental.

  Luciferian  Insectus  plays  a  style  of blackened  death  metal  that  is  very  brutal  while  also  having  its ritualistic  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian,  Occultism,  Anti  Christian  and  Anti  Muslim  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Luciferian  Insectus  are  a  very  great  sounding  ritualistic  blackened  death  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "666"  "The  Crowned  Deceiver"  "The  Awakening"  and  "The  Fall  Ov  Allah".  8  out  of  10.

    

Friday, August 11, 2017

Exterminator/Total Extermination/Greyhaze Records/2017 Vinyl Re-Issue Review


  Exterminator  where  a  band  from  Brazil  that  played  a  very  early  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 1987  album  "Total  extermination"  which will  be  re-issued  on  vinyl  in  September  by  Greyhaze  Records.

  Powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  and  drum b eats  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  influence  of  thrash  still  has  a  very  dominant  presence  throughout  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the solos  and  leads  bring  in  the  raw  South  American  style  of  the  80's  along  with  some  of  the  fast  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  an  instrumental  along  with  the  music  always  remaining  very  heavy.

  Exterminator  played  a  musical  style  that  was  rooted  in  the  first  wave  style  of  black  metal  but  also  mixed  in  the  more  raw  side  of  thrash  and  early  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti-Christianity,  Satanism,  Gore,  Death  and  Metal  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Exterminator  where  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  "Nightmare"  "Voyage  To  Hell"  "Speed  Metal"  and  "Haunting  The  Church".  8  out  of  10.

  

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Arroganz/Primitiv/F.D.A Records/2017 CD Review


  Germany's  Arroganz  have  returned  with  a  new  recording t hat  continues  the brutal  blackened  death  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Primitiv"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  F.D.A  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  with  a  few  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  you  can  hear  elements  of  doom  metal  in  the  slow  riffing.

  A  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  be  heard  in  the  riffs  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  id  paced  and  fast  parts  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly and  one  track  also  introduces  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  but t he  music  mostly  sticks  to  more  of  a  heavier  style.

  Arroganz  remains  true  to  the  blackened  death  metal  style t hat  was  established  and  previous  releases  while  also  mixing  in  a  decent  amount  of  doom  metal  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Death,  Possession,  Chaos,  Liberation  and  Anti  Religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Arroganz  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Obliviate"  and  "Cortege",  8  out  of  10.  

Affliktor/Self Titled/Transcending Obscurity Records/2017 CD Review


  Affliktor  are  a  solo  project  from  Big  Horn,  Wyoming  that  plays  a   mixture  of  black,  death,  thrash  and  speed  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self titled  2017  album  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Transcending  Obscurity  Records.

  A  very  heavy,  melodic and  old school  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  elements  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can be  heard  and  the  solos and  leads  also  mix  in  an  80's  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  ads  in  influences  from  death  and  speed  metal  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  always  sticks  to  a  very  heavy  musical  style  and  the  last  track  is  an  instrumental.

  Affliktor  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  old  school  thrash,  death  and  speed  metal  with  a  more  modern  black  metal  vocal  approach  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Philosophy  and  Left  Hand Path themes.

  In  my  opinion  Affliktor  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  death,  thrash  and  speed  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Storms  Of  Demogorgon"  "Chaos  Magick  Totality"  and  "Nothing  Shall  Arise".  8  out  of  10.

  

Monday, August 7, 2017

Geist/Disrepair/WOOAAARGH/2017 EP Review


  Geist are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays a  blackened  mixture  of  crust  and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Disrepair"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  WOAAARGH.

  Heavy  guitars  and  powerful  sounding  bass  riffs  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  hardcore  style  screams  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  crust  and  d  beat  elements  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  decent  amount  of  black  metal  influences  and  they  keep  every  in  a  very  heavy  musical  direction  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  short  in  length with  the  longest  one  being  3  and  a  half  minutes.

  Geist  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  black  metal,  hardcore  and  crust  together  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Gesit  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  mixture  of  crust  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Painkillers"  and  "Fiction  Souls".  8  out  of  10.   

Friday, August 4, 2017

Howls Of Ebb/Khthonik Cerviiks/With Gangrene Edges/Voiidwarp/I, Voidhanger Records/2017 Split Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  U.S.A's  Howls  Of  Ebb  and  Germany's  Khthonik  Cerviiks  called  "With  gangrene  Edges/Voiidwarp"which  will  be  released  in  September  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Howls  Of  Ebb  a  band  that  plays  a  very  progressive  and  avant  garde  style  of  blackened  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  Clean  playing  that  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  avant  garde  edge  between  adding  in  some  progressive  yet  heavy  riffing  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of t he  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  last  track  adds  in  more  of  an  experimental  style  while  also  adding  in  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occult  Rituals  and  Communing  With  Malign  Beings  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Howls  Of  Ebb  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  avant  garde  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "With  Gangrene  Edges'.

  Next  up  is  Khthonik  Cerviiks  a  band  that  plays  a  psychotic  form  of  blackened   death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  style  while  also  adding  in  spoken  word  parts  at  times  and  one  the  second  track  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  dissonant  direction  while  also  introducing  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  onto  their  side  of  the  recording.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  side  of  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  clean  playing  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  a  great  portion  of  their  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  apocalypse,  decline,  devolution  and  the  technoccult  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Khthonik  Cerviiks  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  TRACK  "Come  To  The  Subeth".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  avant  garde  and  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  8  out  of  10.   

Rebel Wizard/The Warning Of One/Prosthetic Records/2017 EP Review


  Australia's  solo  project  Rebel  Wizard  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  black  and  heavy  metal  mixture  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  ep  "The  Warning  Of  One"  which  will  be  released  on  August  18th  by  Prosthetic  Records.

  Clean  playing  and  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  traditional  metal  elements  and  all  of t he  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem.

  While  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  the  black  metal  vocals  gives  the  songs  a  more  modern  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  mixing  in  elements  of  thrash  at  times  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy  and  spoken  word  parts  are  used  on  the  closing  track.

  Rebel  Wizard  remains  true  to  the  black  and  thrash  metal  mixture  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  have  a  concept  to  them  with  every  track  starting  with  the  letter  'one'  and  cover  negativity  and  nihilism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Rebel  Wizard  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  heavy  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "One  I  Know"  and  "One  I  Call".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Mekigah/Autexousious/Aesthetic Death/2017 CD Review


  Mekigah  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  an  avant  garde  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album "Autexousious"  which  will  be  released  on  August  21st  by  Aesthetic  Death.

  Ambient  style  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  avant  garde  elements  a  few  seconds  later  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  on  the  second  track  heavy  guitar  riffs  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  they  add  in  elements  of  doom  metal  while  also  adding  in  dark  sounding  melodies.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  some  tracks  also  get  very  experimental  and  ritualistic  at  times  as  well  as  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  singing  can  be  heard  briefly.

  Mekigah  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  black,  doom  and  avant  garde  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mekigah  are  a  very  great  sounding  avant  garde  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Eroding  Will"  "Zmatek"  "A  Vast  Abyss"  and  "Rejection  Nostalgia".  8  out  of  10.  

Infest/Addicted To Flesh/Defying Danger Records/2017 CD Review


  Serbia's  Infest  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  their  blackened  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Addicted  To  Flesh"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Defying  Danger  Records.

  A  very  war  orientated  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  and  also  brings  in  the  atmosphere  of  an  epic  movie  before  going  into  a  very  heavy  thrash  metal  influenced  direction  where  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the recording  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  vocals.

  Back  up  shouts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  solos  and  leads  stick  to  a  very  old  school  style  of  extreme  metal  but  also  having  their  melodic  moments and  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  blackened  death  metal  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Infest  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  death,  war,  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Infest  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal  and  thrash,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hail  The  Mother  War"  "Nailed  To  Your  Spine"  and  "The  Awakening  Failed".  8  out  of  10.  

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Totengott/Doppleganger/Xtreem Music/2017 CD Review


  Totengott  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  doom and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album "Doppleganger"  which  was  released  by  Xtreem  Music.

  Atmospheric  synths  and  ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  touches  of  classical  and  opera  music  before  adding  in  drum  beats  and  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  doom  metal  feeling  and  all  3  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  more  of  an  aggressive  80's  style  of  extreme  metal  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  thrash  and  first  wave  black  metal  along  with  some  touches  of  death  metal  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  true  to  an  old  school  metal  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  synths are  also  used  on  the  later  tracks  and  melodc  vocals  ae  also used  briefly.

  Tottengott  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  black,  doom  and  thrash  metal  together  to create  a  sound  of  their  own  while  the  influence  of  Celtic  Frost  really  shows  throughout  the  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  satanism,  Occultism,  Mental  Illness  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Tottengott  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  thrash   metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  track.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Satn  Beside  You".  8  out  of  10. 

Northern Plague/Scorn The Idle/2017 CD Review


  Northern  Plague  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released 2017  album  "Scorn  The  Idle".

  Distorted  amp  sounds  and  atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  drums  and  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  and  after  awhile  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  grim  black  metal screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  incorporating  more  death  metal  elements  and  spoken  words  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  a  later  track  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  and  some  of  the t racks  are  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Northern  Plague  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  blackened  death  metal  style  of  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  Northern  Plague  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blindsight"  "The  Day  After"  "Vainglory  Altar"  and  "Versus  The  World".  8  out of  10.
 

  

Winds Of Leng interview

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

JT - The earliest version of the band formed in summer of 2006, with the founding members all starting over after leaving the band they all played together in before. After a few years of shuffling members trying to find the right line up and working on developing our sound the band fell dormant for a while, but became active again in 2012 and then everything just seemed to click and there was a new sense of focus. At the moment the band is a three piece, with two of the three founding members remaining.

2.In June you had released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

JT - Death/Black metal in short. We really went back and drew inspiration from the albums that made us want to play this stuff in the first place, or at least I did, and really drew inspiration from those without becoming a tribute band. There's a lot going on, some HM-2 stuff some black metal, there's a lot of elements in there. I think one of the strengths of the recording is the variety.

3.The band has been around since 2006 but waited until this year to release an album, can you tell us a little bit more about the long wait?

JT - Like I said above it took a few years to find the current lineup and then we were inactive for a while. When we reformed we started working on this album, but we recorded it ourselves and it took the member who spearheaded that whole side of things some time to put together the required gear and learn the whole process. We took our time for sure!

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

JT - Horror. Sums up the whole thing. A lot of apocalyptic stuff in there too. There are some songs inspired by some of our favorite films and books, and some of my own ideas. The album art is a pretty good representation of the subject matter too. there's a little something from each song in there.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Winds Of Leng'?

JT - Leng comes from H.P. Lovecraft, and is also used by another author we drew inspiration from, namely Brian Lumley, and fit the horror related side of the band. The rest we just thought sounded good.

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

JT - To date we have only been a studio band, but now that the recording is out there we have a new rehearsal spot and the three of us are getting tight playing with each other again, then we will look for members to make a live lineup.

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

JT - Not yet, but hopefully in the future.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

JT - Definitely open to the possibility. There has been a little contact, but nothing happening as of yet.

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

JT - We've been blown away because we're complete nobodies and we've received an insane amount of positive feedback and some really great reviews too.

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

JT- Darker. Looking forward to working with some doomier elements and the idea of a concept is really exciting to me. We won't abandon our sound though. New material is already in the works and sounding good!

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?

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

JT - For me I like to read and write. Listening to and collecting music of course. And horror movies.

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

JT - Thanks so much for anyone who takes the time to check us out. More to come!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Ram-Page/The Grave Of Seven Billion/Grimm Distribution/2017 CD Review


  Russia's  Ram=Page  have  returned  with a  new  recording  that  continues  the  blackened  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Grave  Of  Seven  Billion"  which  was  released by  Grimm  Distribution.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  musical  musical  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  black  metal  screams  are  also  used  at  times  and  some  of  the  fast riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of tremolo picking.

  Ram-Page  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  blackened  death/thrash  mixture  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Ram-Page  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death/thrash,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Betrayer"  "The  President"  "Last  Defenders"  and  "Blood  Money".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Winds Of Leng/Horrid Dominion/2017 Full Length Review


  Winds  Of  Leng  are  a  band  from  Phoenix,  Arizona  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Horrid  Dominion".

  An  atmospheric  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  and  when  the  musical  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while t he  vocals are  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  with  a  few  black  metal  screams  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  some  of  the  faster  riffing  uses  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  along  with  a  few  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  most  of t he  tracks  stick  to  a  heavy  direction.

  Winds  Of  Leng  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  black  and  death  metal  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  horror,  apocalypse  and  the  unexplained  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Winds  Of  Leng  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  "Beneath  Unhallowed  Earth"  "Awakening  The  Over  mind"  and  "lord Of  The  Dead".  8  out  of  10.

 

    

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.