Monday, December 31, 2018

Ethir Anduin/Loneliness Of My Life/Symbol Of Domination Productions/More Hate Productions/2018 CD Review


  Ethir  Anduin  are  a  solo  project  from  Russia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  instrumental  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  post  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Loneliness  Of  my  Life"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Symbol  Of  Domination  and  More  Hate  Productions.

   Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  metal  style  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  slow  riffs  are  heavily  rooted  in  doom  metal.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  at  times  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  atmospheric  black  metal  elements  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  being  used  briefly  as  well  as  some  synths  also  bringing  synths  onto  the  recording  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  are  also  added  onto  the  recording.

  Ethir  Anduin  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  his  mixture  of  atmospheric  black,  doom  and  post  metal  while  keeping  most  of  the  music  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  professional.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ethir  Anduin  and  if  you  are  a  fn  of  instrumental,  atmospheric  black,  doom  and  post  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lethargy"  "Cold  Embrace  Of  Death"  and  "Meaningless  Existence".  8  out  of  10.  

Decay Interview

1.For those that have never heard of yo before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1. Hello, I'm Goat from DECAY. We started the band with my brother Ray (now in So What?! In 1996. After 2-3 years we broke up. Then in 2001 we makes a homemade demo (vortex of thoughts). Just one CD I have. Never was
released. After a period I started again without Rat, we started to play live too, for ex. with Negura Bunget, Coronet and many other bands.Finally we makes an ep with current lineup (Brand new nails) and now
prepare a fullenght album (THORN-MAN-THORN).

2.Recently you have released a new ep, musically how does this differ from the demo you had released 14 years ago?
2. The vocal is same but the music is more different. It's still death metal but with more black and thrash metal riffs and great solos.

3.This is your first release in 14 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
3. Nothing special. Just I didn't have the musicians around me. Now I'm happy with these guys. I hope this lineup will remain the same in the future too.

4.The band was broken up for 5 years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?
4. Same answer ūüôā

5.Some of your lyrics cover Occultism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this subject?
5. I was always attracted about the dark and unholy things. And I try to mix my visions with reality. That's all, nothing special.

6.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
6. It's a perfect word for many thing. Ex. :this world, life, death, hate and many other thing what represent our life and death.

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
7. It is full with nails what puncture the hand of christ. We can say,every new songs what we have on ep, is a brand new fucking nail for our nice christ :)))

8.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
8.With Negura Bunget and with Coroner was great to play on the same stage but the best gig was in this year with Gothic. Was a better sound. This gig u can find on you tube (Live decadence). Our live performance, u can
say boring :)))), because with don't use corpse paint and other funny thing. Just we go up and try to feel great on the stage while we play our songs.

9.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
9. No. First of all we want record the full length album and after that if we will be invited we go everywhere.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
10. Here in Romania was very shit the reactions but in Brazil, Mexico, USA, Iran and Japan was great.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
11. I hope we can play on bigger festival in Europe.

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?
12. I listen to death, black and doom bands. Mostly the old bands. For me the nr. 1 is Deicide and Morbid Angel. We listen the same bands and genres.


13.What are some of your non musical interests?
13. Hip hop, rap no way. But the 80s pop bands I like.


14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
14. Thanks for your interest. Hope we will see guys soon on a gig. Hail Satan motherfuckers! \,,/

Friday, December 28, 2018

Karkosa/Harvest Of The Adept/Dark Horizon Records/2018 EP Review


    Karkosa  are  a band  from  Fort  Wayne,  Indiana  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Harvest  Of  The  Adept"  which  was  released  by  Dark  Horizon  Records.

  Ritualistic  soundscpaes  and  whispers  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording    while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  guitar  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  and  as  the  ep  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  chants  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  some  synths  also  being  added  into t he  background  briefly.

  Karkosa  plays  a  style  of  blackened  death  metal  that  is  very  modern,  dark and  brutal  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  occultism  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Karkosa  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sleep  Paralysis"  and  "Chambers  Of  Necromancy".  8  out  of  10.

  

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Legion Of The Damned/Slaves Of The Shadow Realm/Napalm Records/2019 CD Review


  Netherlands's  Legion  Of  The  Damned  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Slaves  Of  The  Shadow  Realm"  which  will  be  released  in  2019  by  Napalm  Records.

  A  very  heavy  thrash  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  also  adding  in a   decent  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  first  wave  style  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  All  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  time  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  remain  very  true  to  an  old  school  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  keyboards  can  also  be  heard.

  On  this  recording  Legion  Of  The  Damned  takes  their  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  into  more  of  a  modern  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  rage,  death,  war. occultism  and  anti  Christianity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Legion  Of  The  Damned  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Widows  Breed"  "Slaves  Of  The  Southern  Cross"  "Palace  of  Sin"  and  "Azazel's  Crown".  8  out  of  10.  

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

A Vintage Death/Acrid Death Fragrance/2018 EP Review


  A  Vintage  Death  is  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  doom/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2018  ep  "Acrid  Death  Fragnance".

  Voices  van  be  heard  briefly  going  into  more  more  of  a  heavier  doom  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  some  clean  vocals  also  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording.

  Black  metal  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.  and  as  the  ep  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  into  the  music.

  A  Vintage  Death  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  A  Vintage  Death  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "When  The  Spirit  Smell  His  Corpse"  and  "Acrid  Death  Fragrance".  8  out  of  10.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Usurper/Skeletal Season/Dissonance/2019 CD Re-Issue Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Usurper  which  continues  their  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1999  album  "Skeletal  Season"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  2019  by  Dissonance.

  Demonic  voices  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  influences  along  with  the  vocals  bringing  in  more  of  a  Celtic  Frost/Hellhammer  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  remaining  very  true  to  an old  school  style,  spoken  word  parts  can  also be  heard  briefly  and  their  is  also  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  riffs  also  start  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  a  couple  of  tracks  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  synths.

  On  this  recording  Usurper  remained  true  to  their  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Supernatural  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Usurper  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Shadowfiend" "Embrace  Of  The  Dead" and  "Wolflord".  8  out  of  10.


Usurper/Threshold Of The Usurper/Dissonance/2019 EP Re-Issue Review


  Usurper  where  a  band  from  Chicago,  Illinois  that  played  a  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1997  ep  "Threshold  Of  The  Usurper"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  2019  by  Dissonance.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount of  thrash,  first  and  second  wave  black  metal  influences  as  well  as  the  vocals  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  high  pitched  screams.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  some  Tom  G.  Warrior  influenced  vocals  are  also  brought  into  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  death  metal  growls  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  remain  very  true  to  an  old  school  style  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Mercyful  Fate's  "Black  Funeral  and  as  the  ep  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars,  synths,  rain  and  thunder  sounds,  ritualistic  and  melodic  chants  can  also  be  heard. 

  Usurper  played  a  musical  style  that  took  first  and  second  wave  black  metal  and  mixed  it  with  thrash  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  death  and  supernatural  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Usurper  where  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Necrocult  Pt.  1  (The  Metal  War)"  and  "Threshold  Of  The Usurper".   8  out  of  10. 

 

  

Friday, December 14, 2018

Maestus/Deliquesce/Code666/2019 CD Review


  Maestus  are  a  band  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  blackened  form  of  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Deliquesce"  which  will  be  released  in  2019  by  Code666.

  Atmospheric  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  and  slower  doom  metal  direction  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  vocals  also  adding  in  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  good  amount  of  melody  along  with  some  blast  beats  also  being  utilized  when  the  music  speeds  up  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  and  melancholic  moments  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  singing  can  also  be  head  briefly.

  On  this  recording  Maestus  brings  in  more  of  an  atmospheric  and  melancholic  style  of  blackened  doom/death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  despair  and  romanticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding recording  from  Maestus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Deliquesce"  and  "The  Impotence  Of  Hope".  8  out  of  10.

  

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Decay/Brand New Nails/Loud Rage Music/2018 EP Review


  Decay  are  a  band  from  Romania  that  plays  a  blackened  form of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  'Brand  new  Nails"  which  was  released  by  Loud  Rage  Music.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  black  metal  screams  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  growls.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  the  riffs  also  mix  in  some  elements  of  thrash  and  heavy  metal  along  with  the  first  track  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  acoustic  guitars  also  being  used  briefly,  a  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  on  the  closing  track  blast  beats  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  Decay  plays  a  style  of  blackened  death  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  dehumanization,  occultism and  misanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Decay  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre, you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "To  Survive  The  Time".  8  out  of  10. 

  

Templar/Knights Of Nuclear Hell Decibelfucking The Charred Remains Of The Christ/2018 Demo Review


  Templar  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  demo  "Knights  Of  Nuclear  Hell Decibelfucking  The Charred  Remains  Of  The  Christ".

  A  very  heavy  thrash  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  first  wave  black  metal  influences while  with  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  screams  which  also  add  in  some  semi  melodic  tones  at  times  and  the  music  also  has  a  lot  of  roots  in  the  80's  but  modern  at  the  same  time.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  old  school  style  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  also  capturing  the  raw  aggression  of  punk  at  times  as  well  as  the  guitar  leads  also  remaining  very  true  to  an  old  school  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy.

  Templar  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  first  and  second  wave  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  thrash  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  metal,  war,  blasphemy  and  Templar  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Templar  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Decibel  Tyrant"  and  "renegade  Templar  Of  The  Radiating  Deserts".  8  out  of  10.   

Letheria Interview

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

Letheria plays music of hate and death in the way that we see fit. It started as a melodic-metal. It turned from gothic doom to death metal, and from death to black metal again. Music is familiar, yet different. It focuses on the atmosphere and energy of the music and not on the sport of speed, or technical skill. It’s Metal

2. You have your first full length coming out in November, what are some of the things the band has done different with this recording that you where not able to do with your previous ep's?

Band was so used to do 4track recordings, so the first full length was a journey to discovery and experience. The knowhow has been present for many years. With new line-up we practiced songs like it just started in 1998, only with more songs. Everything had to be done in the very perfection like in the past of Letheria. In the early years we were experimenting with melodies, other instruments, and sounds. ‘Thornweed’ was very melodic. ‘Rancid & Profane’ was a solid death metal. ‘Self-destruction Overload’ was very harsh sounding and too much black metal. The first full length has the same ambition, passion and determination that the first Letheria demo had .it combines the bands history.

3.The band has been around for 20 years and while there has been a good amount of demos and es, you waited until 2018 to release your first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the long wait?

Letheria was in 1998 a band of teenagers. People have needs to grow. One wants to be a doctor, and one needs to be a scientists. And one has the need to do music. There was never a good opportunity do full length until now.  Also the music is very different to other bands alike. It’s not death metal or black metal. It’s also not death/black metal. So it has been very hard to sell this format to labels.

4.What are some of the lyrical topic and subjects the band explores with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?

Destruction of mankind . Destruction of nature by mankind. The self-destruction of mankind. The wrath of God striking death and destruction upon mankind. The greed of Hell, sucking mankind into destruction. The false Shepard guiding mankind to the raging sea.
Compared to the past, the themes are more ‘mature’ now
The world around gives us the themes for the songs. We are lucky, that how disappointing human is. The stupidity of man is a never-ending stream to drink ideas from.

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

Lethe is a river where the dead drink their oblivion, and that place is Letheria. Drink to forget.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?

Destination. Faith gathers our history, and Death slices our throat. We can’t avoid it, but we can accept it.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Rare shows. All with great audience.

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

Planning yes, but nothing solid so far. The music is meant to be played live.

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

Impossible to say at this point. We hope our listeners listen to same stuff that we do. From classical rock to metal of death, black and doom etc.

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

We’re making new songs, and we head towards the end. Would be great to have some spare time and effort, to re-product-record or even re-compose and write some old songs of Letheria.  Same energy and inspiration is present, so there is no end to this path.

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?

There are bands like Metallica, Slayer, Sentenced and Dissection that you have listened so much, that it has grown to the spine. Like a cancer. Those influences come without notice.
Then there are bands that you can’t hear from the music, but the influences are there. Bands like Rotting Christ, Samael and Impaled Nazarene have had some impact in the bands history.
The bands now that we listen….There are many new bands to listen to, but very hard to pick something special. What the Label Saturnal Records is doing, is something worth to mention. 


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

Follow no one, and create your own path. The lesser man will follow.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Majestic Downfall/Waters Of Fate/Solitude Productions/Weird Truth Productions.2018 CD Review


  Majestic  Downfall  are  a  band  from  Mexico  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  blackened  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Waters  Of  Fate"which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  by  Solitude  and  Weird  Truth  Productions.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  slow  yet  heavy  doom  metal  direction  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  and  depressive  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  vocals  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  growls  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in a  very  melodic  style.

  Most  of the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  blast  beats  and  black  metal  elements  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  riffs  and  screams  and  as  the  albums  progresses  a  brief  use  of  atmospheric sounding  synths  can  also  be  heard  and  one  track  is  all  instrumental  and  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  On  this  recording  Majestic  Downfall  remains  true  to  their  melodic  style  of  doom/death  metal  while  still  having  some  elements  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  human  disgust  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  From  Majestic  Downfall  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  melodic  doom/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Veins"  and  "Collapse  Pitch  black".  8  out  of  10.

    

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Cerberon/Self Titled/2018 EP Review


  Cerberon  are  a  band  from  Scotland  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  heavy  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  and  self  titled  2018  ep.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep while  the  riffs  also  add  in  elements  of  90's  era  groove  and  industrial  metal  along  with  the  vocals  adding  in  a  mixture  of  growls  and  black  metal  screams  as  well as  some  back  up  gang  shouts  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  more  of  an  old  school  groove  metal  style  while  some  of  the  riffing  also  adds  in  elements  of  thrash  and  traditional  metal  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  whispers  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  blast  beats  when t he  music  speeds  up  and  most  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  mid  tempo  direction  and  clean  playing  is  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Cerberon  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  90's  groove  metal  style  while  also  adding  in  the  heaviness  of  black  and  death  metal  to  create  their  own  style  of  blackened  heavy  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cerberon  are  a  very  decent  sounding  blackened  heavy  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  that  is  different,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Stroggified"  and  "Blood  On  The  Mountain".  8  out  of  10.   

Musmahhu/Reign Of The Odious/Iron Bonehead Productions/2019 CD Review


  Musmahhu  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  album  "Reign  Of  The  Odious"  which  will  be  released  in  2019  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  brutal  musical  direction  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in a  very  melodic  yet  chaotic  style  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.

  Vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  with  a  few  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  at  times  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments  and  towards  the  end  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard.

  Musmahhu  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  blackened  death  metal  style  that  was  established  on  the  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  horror,  apocalyptic  and  blasphemy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Musmahhu  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Apocalyptic  Brigade  Of  the  Forbidden"  "Reign  of  The  Odious"  and  "Thirsting  For  Life's  Terminus".  8  out  of  10.      

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Aempyrean Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
BR: Greetings. We're an extreme metal band from Bangalore, India. Formed in 2015, we recorded our debut EP "Fireborn" in 2016-17, got signed by Cyclopean Eye Productions in 2017 and put out the title track as a single in March 2018. The lineup that recorded this EP is Avi S (drums), Ajay N (bass), Clinton S & Sailesh K (guitars) and BR (vocals).

2.So far you have released an EP and single, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on these recordings?
BR: Some of our main influences are Morbid Angel (early), Sarcofago, Possessed, Necrovore, Angelcorpse, Morbid Scream, Absu, Destroyer 666, etc. This served as a good reference for us when we started out, but we had our own takes and idiosyncrasies while writing this music that we put to good use. We just wanted to write and record the most hateful music we could while keeping the old traditions alive - a focus on riffs and a decent degree of musicianship to translate our thoughts to music.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
BR: The lyrical topics include war, violence, death worship, the occult, a need to break the barriers of human weaknesses to truly achieve greatness and a whole lot more.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Aempyrean'?
BR: "Aempyrean" is just an alternative spelling for the word "empyrean" - a realm of fire that is supposedly the highest level of a celestial body. The name of the band, what we titled our record and everything within it ties back to simply this: it's supposed to represent who we are and what we aspire to be - ruthless in our pursuit to achieve what we set out to and leave behind the "clayborn" decay.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the EP cover?
BR: The cover art was designed by Sang Moon (Vhan Artworks, Thy Sepulchral Moon, Shadows of Black Candlelight, etc.), an extremely talented and intuitive artist who's also an accomplished purveyor of vicious black/death himself. The artwork depicts wolf-faced humanoids slaughtering humans while leaving their structures and establishments in ruins.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
BR: We've only played a handful of gigs so far in our hometown and have had well-received performances sharing stage with some of the best bands in India like Kryptos (heavy metal) and Dying Embrace (death/doom metal). However, our best live performance was opening for Sri Lankan black/death warlords Genocide Shrines in 2017. As far as describing our performances, we go onstage with murder on our minds and just deliver absolute furious black/death/thrash.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
BR: We do plan to play live and tour in future if the right opportunities are presented and it makes sense for the band.

8.On the EP, you had also done a cover of Morbid Angel's "Chapel Of Ghouls', what was the decision behind doing your own version of this song?
BR: Call them what you will today (and much of the negative reaction from the die-hards is very deserved), but Morbid Angel from 1986-1993 were untouchable. There were few extreme bands that even came close to sounding as ferocious and demented as they did, and even fewer who sounded that genuinely evil. Obviously, Altars of Madness is a hugely influential record and we were jamming Chapel of Ghouls during practice. When it came to planning our EP, we decided to commit our tribute to Morbid Angel on record. It doesn't differ much from the original as we tried to stay faithful to the old sound.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black, death and thrash metal?
BR: Only a few have actually got their hands on this record outside of our country, and the official worldwide release is 1st December (which is still a few weeks away). But thus far, the reaction from maniacs, who genuinely are into this extreme art form, has been very positive.

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
BR: We commence writing soon and intend to be back in the studio mid next year to record a full length. I just expect our music to get heavier and more twisted in the future. We have a new addition to the line-up that we'll be announcing later.

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?
BR: I've mentioned some of our collective influences earlier. However, there's a lot of individual influences that sometimes creep into the music and we run with it if it makes sense. For example, everyone in the band are huge fans of classic rock and metal. Our drummer (Avi S) is an accomplished percussionist who has a background in prog, jazz and Indian folk and classical music in addition to metal, and our bassist (Ajay N) is a very well-rounded musician with varied tastes.
Some of the bands I'm listening to lately, in addition to the usual classics, are Infernal Execrator, Weregoat, Tetragrammacide, Spectral Voice, Tomb Mold, the Chthe'ilist EP, Mournful Congregation, Ritualization, the new Portal, Desolation Realm, etc.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
BR: "Fireborn" releases worldwide on 05th December via our label Cyclopean Eye Productions. Reject the pretenders, denounce the herd and crush the pious. Thanks for your time and support. Hail!

ORDER "FIREBORN":
https://cyclopeaneyeproductions.bandcamp.com/album/fireborn-black-death-metal
OR EMAIL at: mail@cyclopeaneye.com

MORE INFO:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/aempyreanin
https://www.facebook.com/cyclopeaneye
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbWJooSKCjxypGAEsa7Qjhg    

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Order Of Apollyon/Moriah/Agonia Records/2018 CD Review


  The  Order  Of  Apollyon  are  a  band  with  members  from t he  United  Kingdom  and  France  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Moriah"  which  was  released  by  Agonia  Records.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  good  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  the  vocals  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  growls.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  elements  in  the  tremolo  picking  riffs  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  synths  and  melodic  chants  can  also  be  heard.

  The  Order  Of  Apollyon  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  blackened  death  metal  style  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  spirituality  and  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  The  Order  of  Apollyon  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Lies  Of  Moriah"  "The  Original  Cries  Of  Jerusalem"  and  "A  Monumnet".  8  out  of  10.

Noctambulist/Atmospheres of Desolation/Blood Harvest Records/Helter Skelter Productions/2019 CD Review


  Noctambulist  are  a  band  from  Denver,  Colorado  that  plays  an  atmospheric  and  dissonant  form  of  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Atmospheres  Of  Desolation"  which  will  be  released  in  2019  as  a  joint  effort  between  Helter  Skelter  Productions  and  Regain  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  angry  screams  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  a  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  dissonant  structures  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  you  can  also  hear  some  elements  of  black  metal  in  the  tracks  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  atmosphere.

  Noctambulist  plays  a  style  of  blackened  death  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  dissonant  sounding  while  also  being  very  brutal  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Noctambulist  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  dissonant  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Abnegation"  and  "Habitual  Falsehood".  8  out  of  10.


Saturday, December 1, 2018

Automatisme/Thisquietarmy/Station/Liberation Through Hearing/2018 EP Review


  This   is  a  review  of  a  collaboration  between  Canada's  Automatisme  and  Thisquietarmy  called  "Station"  which  will  be  released  on  December  13th  by  Liberation  Through  Hearing  and  they  also  mix  electronic,  ambient,  experimental,  drone,  black  and  doom  metal  together.

  An  almost  silent  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  adding  in  some  avant  garde  and  electronic  music  elements  while  all  of  the  music  is  instrumental  as  well  as  some  experimental,  noise  and  ambient  elements  also  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  some  drones  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Guitars  are  also  utilized  at  times  but  not  in  a  traditional  way  while  atmospheric  sounding  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  some  black  and  doom  metal  influences  can  also  be  heard  briefly. 

  Automatisme  and  Thisquietarmy  team  up  together  to  create  a  recording  that  mixes  experimental,  electronic  music,  ambient,  drone  together  with a  touch  of  metal  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collaboration  from  Automatisme  and  Thisquietarmy  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  electronic,  experimental,  ambient,  drone  and  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Order Of the Nameless Ones Interview

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

Telepathic voices from beyond entered our souls sometime in 2014 and commanded us to carry out the will of the abhorrent nameless ones.

2. In December you have your first full length coming out, musically how does it differ from the demo you had released in 2014?

There has been one path chosen for us. One path the great ones destined us to travel. Our homage will never deviate.

3. This is your first release since 2014, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

There are many forces of darkness that require our sonic ritualistic craft.

4. A lot of your lyrics are inspired by the writings of H.P Lovecraft, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this author and also do you have any interests in other authors of the similar vein? Your lyrics also touch on the occult, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

We were always fascinated by his work and those inspired by it and felt that there was some occult truth to some of it.It wasn’t until stumbling upon Volubilis Ex Chaoseum that was based on such idea that our ideas became more clear.

5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Order Of The Nameless Ones'?

The Nameless Ones are abhorrent ancient gods that possess such great evil that their names could not be said. Our Order was created to craft a sonic ritual as tribute to these gods thus summoning them from the nether to commence the ultimate full planetary sacrifice by thrusting the dagger through the entire planet and consuming the souls of all of its’ inhabitants.

6. Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

The artwork was done by Alex Shadrin of Nethertemple Design. He is also the vocalist of a superb band named Serpentrance. The direction was heavily inspired by the excellent Lovecraftian influenced film, The Void. We envision this as a similar scenario to when we awaken the Nameless Ones.

7. Very little is known about the band with no social network pages or even which part of the United States where the band resides, do you feel it is very important to keep a very low profile and let the music do the talking?

Who we are as individuals is of no use to the will of the Nameless Ones. Unless it is sent to us in a vision that social networking and the like could be useful in achieving our goal of apocalyptic planetary culling, I find no use to network with the weak masses or other inferior bands looking for a handout then in turn offer us nothing for our gain. Soon they will be sustenance for our masters.

8 .From what I have seen in photos of the band members you wear masks while playing, can you tell us a little bit more about what these masks mean?

The masks were also the will of the Nameless Ones. They represent what appeared to us in a vision. They represent a similar appearance to the Nameless Ones themselves. By adorning such hoods the Nameless Ones can speak subliminal messages during our performances.

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

Thus far the material has received 100% positive reviews. If only the listeners were aware of the danger of contained within.

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

Order of the Nameless Ones will continue with our formulae as we see fit until the will of our masters have been realized.

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

There is no escape. The will of the Nameless Ones shall be realized. All shall perish…

Monday, November 26, 2018

Witching Hour/And Silent Grief Shadows The Passing Moon/Hells Headbangers/2018 CD Review


  Witching  Hour  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  blackened  form  of  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "And  Silent  Grief  Shadows  The  Passing  Moon"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Hells  Headbangers.

  Clean  guitars  start  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also be  heard  while  the  music  also  brings  in a   great  amount  of  thrash  and  first  wave  black  metal  elements  along  with  the  vocals  going  for  more  of  an  80's  underground  metal  shouting  and  screaming  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  and  a  small  amount  of  synths  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Witching  Hour  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  blackened  thrash  metal  style  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satan  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Witching  Hour  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "From  beyond  They  Came"  and  "As  I  Walk  Among  Sepulchral  Ruins".  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

The Wandering Ascetic/Crimson/Transcending Obscurity Asia/2019 CD Review


  The  Wandering  Ascetic  are  a  band  from  Singapore  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  album  "Crimson"  which  will  be  released  in  2019  by  Transcending  Obscurity  Asia.

  A  very  heavy  thrash  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  utilizing  a  decent  amount  of  melody.
 
  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  very  true  to  an  old  school  style  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording, a  couple  of  tracks  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  melodic  chants.

  The  Wandering  Ascetic  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  and  thrash  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Wandering  Ascetic  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Eva  Braun"  "The  Gods  Bleed"    "Here  For  The  Good  Things"  and  "Orang  Laut".  8  out  of  10.  

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Crows Over Bravellir/Spells Of The Dead/Into Kingly Death/Dawnbreed Records/2018 EP Review


  Crows  Over  Bravellir  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  an  epic  form  of  blackened  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Spells  Of  The  Dead/Into  Kingly  Death"  which  was  released  by  Dawnbreed  Records.

  A  very  slow,  dark  and  heavy  doom  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  vocals  also  bring  in  grim  black  metal  screams.

  At  times  the  vocals  also  add  in  a  rough  style  of  doom  metal  style  singing  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  used  at  times  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  onto  the  second  track  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  some  traditional  metal  and  folk  music  elements.

  Crows  Over  Bravellir  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  black  and  doom  metal  while  also  adding  in  some  traditional  metal  and  folk  influences  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  mythology  and  fantasy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Crows  Over  Bravellir  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Into  Kingly  Death".  8  out  of  10.         

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Ichor/Hadal Ascending/Unholy Conspiracy Deathwork/2018 Full Length Review


  Ichor  are  a  band  from  Germany  and  on  this  recording  have  evolved  into  more  of  a  blackened  death  metal  band  while  touches  of  their  deathcore  background  can  still  be  heard  at  times  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Hadal  Ascending"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Unholy  Conspiracy  Deathwork.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with some  melodic riffing  also  being  utilized  at  times  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  atmospheric  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  deathcore  elements  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  music  as  well  as  some  synths  also  being  added  onto  some  of  the  tracks  and  the  music  also  adds  in  a  lot  of  blackened  death  metal  influences  into  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  and  grim  screams  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  chants  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard.

  On  this  recording  Ichor  evolved  into  more  of  an  atmospheric  blackened  death  metal  band  while  touches  of  their  deathcore  past  can  still  be  heard,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  a  fictional  story  that  is  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  occult,  science  fiction,  horror  and  the  writings  of  H.P  Lovecraft.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording from  Ichor  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal  and  deathcore,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tales  From  The  Depths"  "In  Ecstasy" "Architect  of  The  Portal"  and  "Conquering  The  Stars".  8  out  of  10.

  

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Malleus/Night Raids/Atomic Foce Records/2018 EP Review


  Malleus  are  a  band  from  Boston,  Massachusetts  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  thrash  and  speed  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Night  Raids"  which  was  released  by  Atomic  Force  Records.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  along  with  the  sounds  of  medieval  era  battle  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  is  also  heavily  influenced  by  the  first  wave  of  black  metal  along  with  some  blast  beats  being  added  into  the  faster  sections  of  the  music.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  old  school  black  metal  screams  while  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  elements  of  punk,  thrash  and  speed  metal  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  very  true  to  an  old  school  style  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  Malleus  plays  a  musical  style  that  goes  back  to  the  first  wave  style  of  black  metal  showing  elements  of  punk,  thrash  and  speed  metal  while  also  having  some  of  the  aggression  of  the  second  wave  era,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  history,  witchcraft  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Malleus  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  thrash  and  speed  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Wretched".  8  out  of  10.      

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Faceless Burial/Multiversal Abattoir/Blood Harvest Records/Helter Skelter Productions/2018 EP Review


  Faceless  Burial  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  old  school  form  of  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Multiversal  Abattoir"  which  will  be  released  in  December  as  a  joint  effort  between  Blood  Harvest  Records  and  Helter  Skelter  Productions.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  the  faster  sections  of the  songs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  death  metal  growls.

  Black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  old  school  style, the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  as  the  ep  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard.

  Faceless  Burial  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  old  school  style  of  blackened  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violence,  evil  and  gore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Faceless  Burial  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Theriomorphic    Meconium  Aspira"  and  "Multiversal  Abattoir".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Holocausto Interview

Can you give us an update on what's going on with the band since recording and releasing the new demo and live album?

Ah! Yes! Our first live album Holocausto War Metal in Belo Horizonte, Live in Brazilian Ritual Fifth Attack was recorded on the night of 17/11/2017, with the current classic formation of the 80's band and counted on the participation of our countrymen sexual maniacs of Sex Trash, our brutal War Metal brothers of Goatpenis from Blumenau and the Canadian infernal desecrators of Blasphemy in one of the most extreme and violent shows of this planet, rescuing in Belo Horizonte its essence and tradition in the world heavy music in a night watered by sex, drugs and War Metal. This material has just been released by Brazilian Ritual Records. In September Black this year we recorded the Total War demo by Nuclear War Now! The recording was made in our essay on 1/11/18 and edited in K7. Still in September we entered the studio for the recording of our new full-lenght War Diary that will also be edited by NWN! There will be 9 songs of the purest War Metal. At this moment we are mixing and mastering the disc.

2. In your recent demonstration, what happened to some of the things that the band did differently with the recording that you could not do with your previous releases?
In this recording with the current classic formation of the original band from the 80s (Rodrigo Fuhrer - vocals, Valério Exterminator - guitars, Anderson Guerrilheiro Рbass/vocals and Armando Nuclear Leprous Soldier - drums). The live demo-tape Guerra Total recorded as simply as possible with just a few microphones and capturing the essence of the band live in the studio. No edits, no plug-ins, no effects, no nothing. The crudest way to play and record, remembering the old home demos recorded in K7 in the eighties. I think that made the recording sound crude and rough. It is an extremely brutal material that will be appreciated by War Metal maniacs.
3.The band was broken up for 10 years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?
In fact the War Metal phase of the holocaust lasted only from 84 to 87.
The Holocausto of that time was the true War Metal!
Soon after the release tour of the album Campo de Exterm√≠nio in 87 Nuclear Soldier left the band. At that moment  Holocausto happened to be a War Metal trio with Rodrigo F. in the drums and vocals. We started to compose new material in the war metal line of Campo de Exterm√≠nio and Warfare Noise songs. We had 6 or 7 new brutal War Metal songs
but at that moment Exterminator left the band for reasons of intimacy. All other later works are not in the War Metal style
and should not be released under the name Holocausto,
but for contractual matters with the Cogumelo Records were edited in this way.
We live in a third world country with many social, political and economic problems and each one of us had to work hard to survive and support ours families in this chaotic country. The return came when COG began to reissue its entire catalog and during the digitization of this old material we found ourselves almost 20 years later.
4.The band reunited in 2004, released a new album in '05, but waited 11 years to release any new songs, can you tell us a bit more about what was going on in that period of time?

Yes, as stated earlier, we met at this time and decided to meet to play again. The initial idea was to reassemble with one of the classic early band formations but the two drummers were not available, so we reshaped a War trio with me on drums and voice again. At that time we recorded the album De Volta ao Front by Cogumelo Records, we were on the right track, with a good show and good songs but this time I left the band for personal reasons. During this period I dedicated myself to other musical projects and started playing drums on Black Metal Impurity of Belo Horizonte.

5. The most recent song came back to the 80's, while some of the previous albums, before where more thrash and hardcore influenced, what was the decision behind returning to their older style?

As I said, in my opinion the true Holocaust is that of the late eighties with the formation (Rodrigo Fuhrer - vocals, Valério Exterminator - guitars, Anderson Guerrilheiro Рbass/vocals and Armando Nuclear Leprous Soldier - drums) and so when we decided to go back the activities again the only concern was to sound exactly brutal like the War Metal of that era. This time we were able to repeat the formation that recorded the compilation Warfare Noise. This was very natural, so in the first test the smell of Napalm spread through the air, that atmosphere returned and the extreme times were back.

6. The band was part of the Brazilian extreme metal scene in the 80's, how would you compare the modern scene in Brazil with the scene 30 years ago?
30 years ago we were still living in a post dictatorship period in Brazil. There was a kind of curfew, and there were no people on the streets at night. We were crazy young men and we began to occupy our places in our city. We were carrying a lot of police. We were revolted against the system and we were squeezing brutally through our songs. Several people came together and formed a difficult link to be broken. Hard times, brutal times.
I'm not interested in the modern Brazilian metal scene.
7. His lyrics have always covered many war themes, which wars have most influenced his compositions?

Yes true! Almost all wars are themes of our songs but especially the second great world war influences us quite a lot because it involved almost all the pallets, guns, tanks, aircraft are stupendous war machines and the atomic era was also started when they were launched the nuclear bombs in Hiroshima and Nagazaki in Japan. Definitely World War II is my favorite subject.

8. What is the meaning and inspiration of the name 'Holocaust'?

Before we were nominated as a Holocaust, we adopted the name of Asmodeus, which is the name of a demon. Our first songs were about this song, for example the song Massacre of our first demo tape of 1985, re-recorded in the NWN War Metal Massacre EP in 2016. It says: Torn Bibles, Broken Crosses, Burned Churches, Massacre!

But of course I started composing war themes and everyone liked the idea. We still did not have a name and then Sepultura drummer Igor Skullcrusher gave the idea of ​​the name Holocaust. From then on we became the most damn band in South America, always went and we will always be cursed. I like what it means: sacrifice and atonement. We will always be the outcasts.

9. What are some of the best shows the band has played over the years and also how would you describe their performance on stage?

I do not forget the first shows, they were brutal and the violence was taken to the extreme. The first show ended on the second song. There has been widespread pounding in others. I remember a concert in Belo Horizonte in 1987 with the formation (Rodrigo Fuhrer - vocals, Valério Exterminator - guitars, Anderson Guerrilheiro Рbass/vocals and Armando Nuclear Leprous Soldier -drums) along with Sarcófago. It was fucked! Of this new phase this show with Blasphemy and Goatpenis also was brutal. The Holocaust is an overwhelming live band and I basically feel like a soldier in a trench in a war.

10. Do you have any tours or plans for the future?

Yes, in a near moment we are planning more shows, more discs such as the next being released in 2019 called Di√°rio de Guerra (War Diary), possible tour in the United States in 2019 and Europe without an adjusted date.

11. On a worldwide level, how has been the reaction to your return by extreme metal fans?

The best possible! After our performance at the NWN Fest V in Berlin and the release of the EP War Metal Massacre the audience can be sure that the old Holocaust War Metal was back. We are sure for the public's comments about the last demo of 2018, that the release of the album Di√°rio de Guerra with 9 unreleased songs in the war metal style of the 80's will be surprising to our audience.

12. What are some of the bands or musical styles that influenced your new song and also what are you listening to these days?

We always listen to the classics, but various styles also like rock, heavy, jazz, blues, etc. Today I hear Death Worship, Ildjarn, Bode Preto, Satanicristo and GGUW, we continue to listen to traditional Celtic Frost, Sodom, Venom, Slaughter, Voivod, SOD, Motorhead, Bathory, Ratos de Por√£o and Hardcore, among others.

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

We are in war! The victory will be ours!