Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Matterhorn Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

We are entangled in several chaotic procedures. Each one in the band has loads of work and is also committing the upmost. We’re currently working on new songs and we did and still do a lot of reforming and are getting ready to record two bonus tracks called “Crass Cleansing” and “Bydying”. They will be included in the coming advanced edition of our debut as we did a limited number of non-label LP’s and need to relaunch ‘Crass Cleansing’ in its completion and higher quantity soon, this time with label backup. Further news is that a tape version will come into being over ‘Destruktion Records’ in Germany.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the album?

I would say it is embodying the DNA of Metal in aggressive youthful and morbidly comic shades; the darkened energy is magically charged. The sound on ‘Crass Cleansing’ turned out almost as we expect it. We were looking for a modern, but not to clean sound, that’s why we recorded it live on tape. The mix could be wider and some details aren’t as good as they need to be yet, so we’re planning to remix it for the second advanced edition. Also we can offer a more complete and differing product.

3.When I listened to the album  a lot of the music sounded very heavily rooted in the 80's, do you prefer the classic era of the genre a lot more than the modern era?

First of all, it is much easier to pick your things of liking out the massive legacy that all the years and evolvement of Metal brought. Simply because it’s so big, it’s presumably the case that you’ll sooner make a find. Maybe this is also the reason why all this Metal-related Metal bands are so common. Hard to have all on the screen nowadays, where the good stuff is easily lost in a flood of tons and tons of material. But we actually don’t see ourselves as retrogressive or want to keep something alive or so, we just play the music we need to. What we often say is that emotions we use in our music are still the same as in the 80’s and they will also stay the same forever, they don’t get old or change in style, that’s not possible… There aren’t many Metal bands we’d relate or get inspired to from today. We look for extremity and inspiration in a wider spectrum, that can led to Dutch Hardcore or microtonal Bulgarian folk songs and no matter which time it’s from. Music like progress is nonlinear with time. I also think that Metal is still a young genre and that the world needs more Metal bands today than ever before, there was never a better time for what we do.


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

Our content most often arises from sociology studies of our own, so to say… As outsiders, we became good observers.
We won’t choose topics or limit our writing to a certain field of interests. When I write I give everything into it. Other than that ‘Matterhorn’ is about the daily displeasure, worshipping women, exploring human abysses, the salt of the earth, killing the kings, lurking in the woods, making homes out of the horrors of life and energize the weak. It’s mainly wounds comparing.

5.I know that the band was named after a mountain in the Swiss/Italian Alps, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

To be correct, the band is named same as the mountain, not named after it. It resulted from searching a name that would polarize strongly in any aspect, not how one learned it to be right, something that don’t fit the expectations and comfort zones of a potential clientele. We don’t need to explain our art to somebody, haha… Also we have it explained on other occasions. But true, it would have an unknown feeling to it; convey an emotion that one simply isn’t equipped to understand. It would also reflect the absurd need for apotheosis and further the calculus in human nature.

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

Definitely last year, when we opened for Bölzer and Urfaust at their Swiss show and release party for their debut full-length ‘Hero’. It was our real first show, as it came closest to what we are. Our performance is changing at every concert; one can expect an unprecedented live show that signifies certain energy concealed behind arousing reality-oriented portrayals at a highly professional performance level.

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

Yes we will announce some concerts and touring soon, few shows are scheduled for September. The organizational debates are mostly centering on touring Germany. 2019 will become a touring year for us, performing a longer live set and many new songs, from a much more heavy, advanced and inventive group.


8.The new album is getting released on digital format for 'Iron Bonehead Productions', how did you get in contact with this label?

IBP is a licensing partner for releasing our debut on CD and distributes some of our LP’s, that’s all for the moment. We sent him a promotional test pressing, it was actually Bölzer’s KzR whose enheartening influence led to this, telling us ‘go ahead, they’re waiting for your promo-package!’. So that’s how we ended up with IBP, we’re very curious about the CD release, already coming in June!

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

The reactions are, without any doubt, quite surprising for us, most of them were positive. But often the feedback wasn’t as differentiated as we wished it to be but that’s for us another incentive to radically go further for the future artistry. We do not play Metal for the Metal itself, for us, it’s to journey our chemistry and world of negativity and demarcation we’ve built around ourselves. That vaguely gives comfort and chills to the horrors, life’s but a succession of tiny little depression phases. For us it’s more relevant how we react on our debut and how we proceed. Our youthful start has its eligibility due to the material that arose from when we were young. We always wanted a punk and young sounding debut, catching that pure spirited moment in life.


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

We bond the group to pass the time we are forced to endure beautifully, what sounds instantly very profane and egoistic, but literally, if this would be taken from us, we couldn’t possibly manage to stay relatively cool about life and weren’t able to function in normal life anyhow at all... Now that we are rearranging interns and dealing with a more detailed and wider formulation of our identity, we can’t have that refuge and so it is really getting violent and hard again. Nevertheless, we feel no pressure at all, just an immense unrest for creating an album that has a relevant impact and thoroughly goes conform to our very vision. The newer material already shows the band’s capability to advance towards an outstanding and inventive group and we’re feeling less agonized about the fact that we’re not strained nor debilitated under the ballast of old material which is finally just bygone.
Infinitely variable ways of the deepening darkness and new approaches are conceivable.

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?

We’re thankful for all the music in the world.

13.What are some of your nonmusical interests?

Noise. And clarity, contemplation, deep inner listening and quiet awareness. At the moment, we’re mainly interested in having a normal, functioning life, not to let it hinder our band completely.

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

What would be the purest human connection? …I have to admit thanks for this interview as it was an appropriate act of compensation and I hope the answers are not getting mistaken for being neither dogmatic nor moralizing.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Princip/Culture Of Nothing/Life As Dream Records/2017 EP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Princip  which  continues  his  mixture  of  black  metal  and  hardcore  punk  and  the  ep  was  released  in  2017  by  Life  As  Dream  Records  and  is  called  "Culture  Of  Nothing".

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  d  beats  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  a  mixture  of  hardcore  style  shouts  and  black  metal  screams.

  A  great  amount  of  punk  elements  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  most  of the  songs  being  very  short  in  length  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  few  seconds  of  acoustic  guitars.

  Princip  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  his  mixture  of  black  metal  and  hardcore  punk,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Princip  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal  and  hardcore  punk,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fucking  Killing"  and  "Stop  Defending  Them".  8  out  of  10.   

      

Princip/Fuck Your Empire/Life As A Dream Records/2017 EP Review


  Princip  are  a  solo  project  from  Serbia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal  and  hardcore  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  ep  "Fuck  Your  Empire"  which  was  released  by  Life  As  A  Dream  Records.

  A  very  fast  punk  orientated  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  screaming  vocals  which  mix  hardcore  and  black  metal  together  while t he  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Spoken  word  samples  can  also  be  heard  briefly while  all  of  the  songs  are  very  short  in  length  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy.

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

  In  my  opinion  Princip  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal  and  hardcore  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fuck  Your  Empire"  and  "Whore".  8  out  of  10.  

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Necroracle/MMXIII/Caligari Records/2018 Cassette Review


  Necroracle  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  Caligari  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into a   heavier  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  while  the  vocals a re  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats can  be  heard.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  elements  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  and  one  track  also  introduces  grim  whispers  onto  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  of  the  fast  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking.

  Necroracle  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  90's  era  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  black  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Necroracle  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  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Through  The  Eyes  of  Death"  and  "Towers  of  Silence".  8  out  of  10.   

Malichor/Nightmares And Abominations/Iron, Blood And Death Corporation/2018 CD Review


  Malichor  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Nightmares  And  Abominations"  which  was  released  by  Iron,  Blood  And  Death  Corporation.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  good  amount  of  melody  and  thrash  elements.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  stick  to  an  old  school  extreme  metal  style  and  the  music  also  has  a  great  amount  of 80's  and  90's  influences  but  still  sounds  very  modern  at  the  same  time  as  well  as  some  of  the  fast  riffing  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy.

  Malichor  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  are  based  upon  the  writings  of  H.P  Lovecraft.

  In  my  opinion  Malichor  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  "God  Of  A  Thousand  Forms"  "Insidious  Umbrae"  and  "Descent  into  Madness".  8  out  of  10.

  

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Throneum/The Tight Deathrope Act Over Rubicon/Hells Headbangers/2018 CD Review




  Poland's  Throneum  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  old  school  form  of  blackened  death  metal  and  this is  a  review  of  their  2018 album  "The  Tight  Deathrope  Act  over  Rubicon"  which  was  released  by  Hells  Headbangers.

  Black  metal  screams  along  with  some  heavy  riffs  and  blast  beats  start  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  80's  and  90's  influences  and  the  riffing  also  mixes  in  a  lot  of  death  metal elements.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  old  school  style  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  keyboards  are used  briefly  they  bring  in  the  atmosphere  of  a  classic  horror  movie  but  keeping  most  of  the  music  in  a  heavier  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  some  influences  of  thrash  and  a  couple  of  tracks  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  necro  psychedelic  feeling.

  On  this  recording  Throneum  remains  true  to t heir  blackened  style  of  death  metal  while  also  adding  in  more  progressive  structures  to  take  their  sound  to  another  level,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Enochain,  Gnosticism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Throneum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Crossing  The  Dead  River"  "Enochian  Lexion  II"  "The  Biblical  Serpent-The  master"  and  "To  Mega  Therion".  8  out  of  10.   















Friday, May 18, 2018

Musmahhu/Formulas Of Rotten Death/Iron Bonehead Productions/2018 EP Review


  Musmahhu  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  ep  "Formulas  Of  Rotten  Death"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  speeding  up  and  also  introducing  brutal  blast  beats  onto  the  recording  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  also  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  true  to  a  very  chaotic  yet  old  school  style  along  with  the  riffs  also  having  their  melodic  moments  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  music  always  remaining  very  heavy.

  Mushmahhu  plays  a  style  of  blackened  death  metal  that  is  very  brutal  yet  old  school  sounding  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  disease  and  apocalyptic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mushmahhu  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  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Formulas  of  Rotten  Death".  8  out  of  10.  

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Atomicide/Furious And Untamed/Iron Bonehead Productions/2017 EP Review


  Atomicide  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Furious  And  Untamed"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  War  sounds  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  distorted  guitar  leads  and  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  alter  which  also  takes  the  music  into  a  heavier  direction  while  also  introducing  blackened  vocals  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  riffs  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  80's  and  90's  death  metal  influences.

  Elements  of  thrash  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  along  with  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  always  remaining  very  heavy.

  Atomicide  plays  a  style  of  blackened  death  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  80's  to  early  90's  South  American  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Atomicide  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Flagellant  Rust".  8  out  of  10.   

  

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Sadness/Ames De Marbre/Vic Records/2018 CD Re-Issue Review


  Sadness  where  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  played  a  mixture  of  black,  doom,  death  and  goth  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1993  album  "Ames  De  Marbe"  which  will  be  re-issued  on  May  24th,  2018  by  Vic  Records.

  Drum  beats  start  off  the  album  while  clean  guitars  and  melodic  vocals  are  also  used  at  the  times  and  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  goth  rock  feeling  while  the  heavier  riffs  are  mostly  rooted  in  doom  metal  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal g rowls  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.

  A  few  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  spoken  word  parts, whispers  and  female  vocals  are  also  utilized  at  times .

  One  track  also  introduces  flutes  onto the  recording  along  with  another  song  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  stringed  instruments  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  psychedelic  elements  can  also  be  heard,  on  a  couple  of  the  later  tracks  when  the  music  speeds  up   a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  they  also  bring  in  a  couple  of  demo  tracks  from 1992  as  bonus  tracks. 

  Sadness  played  a  musical  style  that  took  black,  death,  doom  and  goth  metal  and  mixed  them  together  to  create  an  album  that  was  very  dark  and  original  for  its  time,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  sadness  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sadness  where  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  death,  doom  and  goth  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out t his  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ames  de  marbe"  "Opal  Vault"  "Red  Script"  and  "Eodipus".  8  out  of  10.    

Monday, May 14, 2018

The Flesh/Dweller/2018 Full Length Review


  The  Flesh  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  mixture  of  blackened  metal,  hardcore  and  crust  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "Dweller"  which  will  be  released  in  June.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  groove  and  melody  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  crust  and  hardcore  elements  while  atmospheric  soundscapes  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  and  at  times  the  vocals  also  bring  in  angry  shouts  and  growls, most of  the  tracks  stick  mostly  to  a  2  and  a  half  minute  limit.

  The  Flesh  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  metal,  crust  punk  and  hardcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  spiritual,  psychical  and  emotional  erosion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Flesh  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  crust  punk  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  Rain" "Salax"  and  "Fire  Red  Glaze".  8  out  of  10. 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Matterhorn/Crass Cleansing/Iron Bonehead Productions/2018 CD Review


  Matterhorn  are  a  band  from  Switzerland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death,  thrash  and  speed  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Crass  Cleansing"  which  will be  released  in  June  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  Clean  yet  distorted  guitars  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  80's  era  death  metal  style growling  that  is  very  easy  to  understand  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  fist  wave  black  metal  influences.

  All  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  era  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  very  true  to  an  old  school  style  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  elements  of  thrash  and  speed  metal  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of back  up  gang  vocals  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  Hellhammer  and  Celtic  Frost  influences  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  and some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody.

  Matterhorn  plays  a  musical  style  that  goes  back  to  the  80's  era  of  black,  death,  speed  and  thrash  metal  when  the  styles  where  still  very  much  related  to  each  other,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Matterhorn  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  "Violent  Success"  "Parabol  Dreams"  and  "Of  All  I  Was".  8  out  of  10.      

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Truchlo Strzygi/Pora Umierac/Godz Of War Productions/2018 CD Review


  Truchlo  Strzygi  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  punk  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Pora  Umierac"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by Godz  of  War  Productions.

  Humorous  singing  samples  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  air  raid  sirens  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier direction  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  punk  elements  as  well  as  a  lot  of  blast  beats  being  utilized  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs.

  Vocals  are  mostly  tortured  black  metal  screams  while  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  as  well  as  some  melodic  singing  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  which  is  also  added  into  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

 The  fast  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  as w ell  as  the  closing  track  also  adding  in  a  few  seconds  of  keyboards.

  Truchlo  Strzygi  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  metal  and  punk  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  dark  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Truchlo  Strzygi  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  punk  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  that  is  original,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sadystyczny  Masowy  Mord"  "uniera i  PeomieS"  and  "Stary Kult   umierci  (Ozeocone  Trucheo)".  8  out  of  10. 

Monday, May 7, 2018

Nocturnal Breed/The Whiskey Tapes Germany/Folter Records/2018 Compilation Review


  Nocturnal  Breed  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  compilation  album  "The  Whiskey  Tapes  Germany"  which  will  be  released  on  May  31st  by  Folter  Records.

  AM  radio  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  soundscapes  before  going  into  a  Metal  Church  cover  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  vocals  also  capture  the  rough  and  melodic  singing  style  of  the  original  version  and  the  solos and  leads  also  stick  to  an  old  school  style.

  They  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  W.A.S.P's  "I'm  Alive"  while  later  tracks  introduce  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  of  the  riffing  also  adding  in  a  more  hard  rock/metal  style  as  well  as  a   brief  use  of  guitar  slides  before  going  into  a  cover  of  Death's  "Evil  Dead".

  They  also  cover  Twisted  Sister's  under  The  Blade"  W.A.S.P's  "Ballcrusher"  and  Anthrax's  "Metal  Thrashing  Mad"  before  going  into  their  original  tracks  which  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  and  first  wave  black  metal  elements  while  keyboards  are also  utilized  at  times  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  being  used  briefly  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  On  this  compilation  Nocturnal  Breed  bring  in  a  mixture  of  both  covers  and  their  original  tracks  which  are  done  in  a  very  old  school  blackened  thrash  metal  style  along  with  most  of  them  being  from  earlier  albums,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  War,  Alcohol  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  from  Nocturnal  breed  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Metal  Church"  "Under  The  blade"  "Rape  The  Angels"  and  "Alcoholic  Rites".  8  out  of  10.

 

 

  

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Aurora Borealis/Apokalupsis/Beverina/Casus Belli Musica/2018 CD Review


  Florida's  Aurora  Borealis  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  blackened  death  metal  sound  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Apomalupsis"  which  will  be  released  on  May  15th  as  a  joint  effort  between  Beverina  and  Casus  Belli  Musica.

  A  very  sci-fi  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  technical  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also have  their  melodic  moments  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also b ringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  at  times  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  sci-fi  atmosphere  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.

  Aurora  Borealis  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  technical  style  of  blackened  death  metal  that  they  have  established  on  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Sci-Fi,  Old  Earth  Creationism  and  Conspiracy  Theory  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Aurora  Borealis  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  technical  blackened  death  metal, you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Even  Angles  Sin"  "Sarkikos"  "The  Great  Expanse"  and  "Lo-Ruhamah".  8  out  of  10.  

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Sordid Dogs Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We are Sordid Dogs, a Greek black metal-punk band with 80’s influenced sound, and, up to now, we have released one EP called “Necropunk”

2.Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
We strived to produce the kind of sound that would be best described as dirty and strident, so that it would represent who we are as accurately as possible.

3.Most of the band members also play in other bands, what is it that you are able to do with this band that you are not able to do in your other groups?
We felt that we needed to play in such a manner that would be reminiscent of the sound we love and that influenced us personally back when we were still kids. There is a dose of nostalgia behind the formation of this band.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Sordid Dogs discuss and critique sociopolitical issues through their lyrics
We are residents of this country during an era when the economical crisis has affected every single thing ( ). It is only natural that we are disturbed and deeply affected by it.
However, as far as SPLITs are concerned, (depending on the band we are collabing with) we are open to other lyrical topics, apart from the ones mentioned earlier, such as nuclear war, hell, death, metal, Satan.. You know.. the usual!

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Sordid Dogs'?
Again, the meaning behind sordid dogs is influenced by nowadays’ living conditions.
There are several slang metaphors found if we were to translate the name in other languages, the romanticized one referring to those who party hard and live a so-called street life, and the most “savage” of all referring to being homeless; in parts of the capitalist west, the homeless are considered by some to be stray dogs, “toxic” for society.
Metaphorically speaking, a sordid dog is an urban rat, almost the same size as a small canine,  that lives in filthy, toxic sewers. Essentially it’s a hybrid of the 2 animals that you can easily come across in a big urban center (therefore the antisocial punk rat on our cover as the protagonist)

6.Has the band been able to do any live shows yet and also do you have any gigs scheduled in the future?
Well, we all reside in different cities and each one of us has their own responsibilities. However, we have discussed the possibility of playing live in the future, which is something we would love to do. Sordid dogs’ configuration works just right for performing live, more so than any than any other of our bands.

7.On the ep you had done a 'Hellhammer' cover and also have a cover of a 'Toxic Holocaust' song on an upcoming split, what was the decision behind doing your own version of these days?
It is as tribute to the bands we used to listen to, and continue to do so with unchanged feelings. As mentioned earlier, Sordid Dogs embrace nostalgia; covering metal and punk songs we love is going to be a frequent occurrence.

8.You are going to be a part of a split with 'Abigail', what are your thoughts on this legendary band?
It was something we had been discussing among us since we had been recording Necropunk. So, one day we email Abigail and we get an immediate positive response. Apart from being fans of the band for a long time now, we also adore the Japanese scene. Personally, I am infatuated with 80’s and early 90’s Japanese punk, as well as 90’s Japanese metal. Abigail are awesome and down to earth dudes, who have embraced the metal lifestyle for many years now. Of course it’s an honor to us to have the opportunity to release a Split with them.

9.Can you tell us a little bit more about 'Chainsaw Distro'?
Chainsaw Distro is the most metal punk underground label to be found in Greece; it is devoted to backing “savage” and “dirty” bands like us with a passion.
We felt supported since day 1 and would like to say a big thank you for that.

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

It has been very positive up to now. Personally, I can’t complain, I strongly believe that when the time comes for the official release of our cassettes, the feedback is going to be even better.

11.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?
Filthgrinder just released the third full-length with Human Serpent and he is already working on new material with them.
Purgatory just released a debut album with Sorgelig and is currently working hard on new material to be released with Isolert.

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
In general, we plan on keeping the band on a productive path. Apart from the split with Abigail, a split with the Brazilian D beat maniax BESTHOVEN is going to be announced in the following days, to be released by Chainsaw Distro.
In summer, we plan on recording our first full length album, scheduled to be released by the end of 2019.

13.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on the music of 'Sordid Dogs'?
Sordid Dogs are heavily influenced by 80’s metal and punk music, as well as by bands such as Discharge, Venom, Hellhamer/Celtic Frost, Amebix, Motorhead, Bulldozer, Onslaught, Bathory, Sodom, G.I.S.M, Human Gas, English Dogs, Broken Bones, Misfits, (old) Slayer, GBH and many more.

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