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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Toxic Holocaust/Primal Future: 2019/eOne/2019 Full Length Review


  Portland,  Oregon's  Toxic  Holocaust  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  mixture  of  black,  thrash,  speed  metal  and  crust  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Primal  Future:  2019"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  eOne.

  A  very  heavy  thrash  metal  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  speed  metal  elements.  Vocals  are  done  in  mostly  a  first  wave  black  metal  style  along  with  some  back  up  shouts  also  bring  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music and  they  also  make  an  80's  style  sound  more  modern.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  remain  very  true  to  and  old  school  style  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very powerful  sound  to  them.  Elements  of  crust  punk  and  crossover  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times.

  Blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  and  when  synths  are utilized  they  capture    the  atmosphere  of  a  horror  movie  soundtrack  along  with  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  as  the  album  progresses.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  death  and  murder  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Toxic  Holocaust  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  out  The  Code"  "Time's  Edge"  "Controlled  By  Fear"  and  "Cybernetic  War".  8  out  of  10.

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Black Shroud Interview

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

We are a blue collar black metal band from northwest ohio. We stray away from the traditional black metal tropes. No corpse paint or satanic themes/imagery. We are not trying to copy what the boys across the pond are doing.

2.Recently you have released your first album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

We went for a style we like to call USBM (United states black metal). We went for a very dark and dissonant sound. Each song was done very deliberately. We have been playing together for a long time and know each others strengths and weaknesses when it comes to the writing process, which helps alot. We took our time and tried alot of different things on each song. We wanted to create a sound that held true to our upbringings, yet still payed homage to the music that influenced us. We dont pretend to be anything we are not. We are a bunch of guys who grew up around corn fields and woods.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?

This is a concept album which centers around different burial rituals from around the world. It was a topic that we all thought was very interesting and definitely goes very well with the music we are playing.

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

In all honesty there wasnt much meaning or inspiration behind it. We brainstormed some names and that was the one we all agreed on.

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

The artwork was done by somluck art (https://www.facebook.com/Somluck-Art-1000584529966558/) from Bangkok, Thailand. He also did our logo for us. In our opinion he did an amazing job! We basically gave him a general idea of what we wanted and left the rest in his hands and couldn't of been happier with the results. We currently plan on using him for any artwork we need in the future. We were introduced to him through Todwanderer design from Poland and we were introduced to Todwanderer by Daniel collabolletta "Troll" drummer from many projects in southern Ohio.

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

We have only played a few shows so far, so I cant really say one was better than the other. As far as our stage show goes we pretty much let our music do the talking for us. We are very straight forward, no glits and glamour.

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

Nothing planned at the moment, we are currently working on our sophomore release.

8.The new album was released on 'War Productions', how did you get in contact with this label?

We sent our album to War Productions and they really dug our sound and wanted to give the album a much needed European release. We are very great full they did. We've had numerous album reviews and new fans since the release.


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

We have gotten a lot of good reviews and are very blessed for that. People seem to be understanding what we were trying to do, which is always a great feeling. The European release just happened this last month, so far we have gotten a good reaction, but is still to early to say to much about the European market.

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

We are working on our sophomore release. We don't plan to venture to from from our initial sound, but are working very hard at making ourselves and our songs the best they can be. It will definitely be a little different, but will stay true to our sound.

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?

Our influences are pretty similar between the members of the band. Immortal was definitely a major influence for all of us. Dissection, Dawn, Dark Funeral, Mayhem, Godseed, Gorgoroth, Taake, and Burzum are a few that definitely stick out, but they're a lot more.

I cant speak for the rest of the band. I am currently listening to Abbath, Anaal Nathrahk, Rivers Of Nihil, Skeletonwitch, Dark Funeral and am very excited for the new Mayhem album.

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


We'd like to thank everyone who has taken the time to give Death Culture a spin and to everyone who has wrote reviews and spread the word. We'd also like to thank War Productions for the opportunity and the release. It's greatly appreciated. Keep a lookout for a sophomore release in the future.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Nightfell/A Sanity Deranged/20 Buck Spin/2019 CD Review


  Nightfell  are  a  band  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "A  Sanity  Deranged"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  20  Buck  Spin.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  elements  of  doom  metal.  Vocals  also  bring  in  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  some  of the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  background  whispers  and  spoken  word  parts,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.

  On  this  recording  Nightfell  remain  true  to  their  atmospheric  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  from  their  previous  release.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  loss,  mourning  and  grief  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nightfell  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black,  doom  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "(As  Now)We  Must  Succumb"  and  "Sanity  Deranged".  8  out  of  10.

http://www.nightfell.bandcamp.com  

Monday, August 19, 2019

+ MROME +/Leech Ghetto/2019 CD Review


  +  MROME  +  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  moves  away  from  the  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  from  previous  releases  and  goes  into  more  of  a  thrash  metal  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  album  "Leech  Ghetto"  which  will  be  released  in  September.

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  also  adding  in  elements  of  thrash  metal  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  vocals  are  done  in  more  of  an  80's  extreme  metal  style.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  while  also  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  time.  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  used  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  one  track  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  recording.

  Sne  song  shows  the  vocals  also  adding  in  some  blackened  metal  screams  along  with  some  of  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  on  some  tracks  the  vocals  also  utilize  a  semi  melodic  tone.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  political  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  recording  sounding  recording  from  +  MROME  +  and  while  some  black  and  death  emtal  fans  might  not  like  the  new  style,  I  see  this  album  gaining  an  audience  with  fans  of  thrash  metal.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Rogue"  "The  City  of  Opax"  "Detroit  Daze"  and  "Primordial  Soup".  8  out  of  10.

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Alcoholocaust Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Well, to start this, I will just say that I’m listening to Raven’s “Rock Until you Drop”, drinking some cheap booze, while answering the interview. This band, all over the years and with all the line-up changes, is just a bunch of headbangers that like to drink beer and listen to some old-school heavy metal. Alcoholocaust started as a project to fulfill my and Blasphemator’s will to play some kind of rock n´roll influenced thrash metal and drink some beers.  All over the years, we managed to get some drunkards whom shared our visions of heavy metal lifestyle and joined us into the ultimate speed thrash mayhem that is Alcoholocaust. Nowadays, the anti-sobriety death squad is me on guitars and the eternal fight against gravity, Blasphemator in screams and insults towards the holy cross, Speed Bastardo in the shredding melodies of Hell and beer tasting, Sordidus in bulldozing bass and self-destruction life code and Thrashminator behind the covering fog of darkness and apocalyptic rhythms of destruction.

2.In September you have your first full length coming out, musically how does it differ from your previous demos?
First of all, it was our first experience in a professional studio. Two of our previous demos (“Ensaio do Diabo” and “Bêbados de Merda”) where recorded in a deck-tape recorder in the middle of our raw rehearsal room, and the other (“Speed Degredo Metal”) was like the first recording in a start-up studio. We had never do it in a wannabe-professional way till this album because we never wanted it to be that way.
In this album, we re-recorded two old songs from one of each demo (“Patrulha do Thrash” from “Ensaio do Diabo” and “Anti-Gótico” from “Speed Degredo Metal”) just to listen to them properly recorded, and they sounded like more primitive towards the newer stuff. In the last couple of years, we started to rehearse more time together, drinking more beer than ever, and musically we went more towards black/thrash, besides getting drunker and more stupid.
In a small sense, other may think that it was evolution, but for us it was just like letting the gallons of beer run down through the strip.


3.This is also your first release since 2012, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
For us, the years between 2012 and 2017 were times of seclusion, alcoholic abusing and we were dealing with other anti-musical projects besides Alcoholocaust that kept our small livers occupied. Over 4 or 5 years we just did a couple of gigs a year and rehearsed the day before just to pretend that Alcohlocaust was still alive. Everyone was doing their own shit, but once we were together we partied like animals running off of a zoo, thrashed every shithole we played in and tried not to be arrested.


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music?
We started were all the bands of the revival of thrash metal of the mid 90’s have stopped. Lyrically, we often translated songs lyrics of bands like Gehennah, Infernö, Dekapitator or Cranium and adapted them to our own reality of being a band in the fucking mountains of our home country, being our lyrics the reflections of our own drunken experiences over the nights spent in the mountains listening to Bathory’s, Sodom’s and Kreator’s records. For those who understand Portuguese, our lyrics are self-explanatory, since we don’t try to write very complex ones.
In this album, since everyone contributed with his own ideas of self-destructing rites of death to the lyrics, and we all share an apocalyptic vision of the world, they regularly went into a darker form of nihilistic and alcoholic kind of message. We are all leading towards the end, which is inevitable, and we should do it listening to Heavy Metal while the bulldozing tornados of Satan’s wrath ravish the earth as we know it.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Alcoholocaust'?
The name cames after Infernö’s song “Alcoholocaust” from the “Downtown Hades”, and Driller Killer’s lyrics from the song of the same name explains the rest of it…

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover/
Hey man, now I’m listening to Raven’s “Wipep Out” and drinking some beers. The artwork was done by a Portuguese artist that’s is also an old-school heavy metal maniac behind the works of such covers as Ironsword’s and Decayed’s releases, two underground Portuguese legends.
All the concept comes out after the song titles and all the lyrics of the album. Well, pretend that the forces of Hell are released onto Earth, and the unholy forces of evil are leaded by drunk thrashers armed in bulldozers and beers towards the judgement day while soaking in piss and vomit, besided by speed metal tornados till the end of times. It would be just the “Necro Apocalipse Bestial”!

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?
We played over this years with some rad underground, and a couple of them with not so underground, thrash bands, but I’ll have to enhance the two last gigs with this newer line-up, one night with Nocturnal and another as opening act to Possessed. We all got drunk like Hell, and some of us don’t even remember how the night ended. So, it was a typical Alcoholocaust’s “performance”…

8.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
I think we will have a 2-dates weakend (now its “Lightning to the Nations” of Diamond Head playing…) album-presentation shows in the end of November in Oporto and Lisbon, being the Oporto one at 22 NVB with Vai-te Foder (Crust/Grind, all time partners in crime), Dokuga (d-beat attack, releasing some new stuff next year) and Vectis (the Portuguese bastard son of “In Sign of Evil”…) as guests bands. I don’t know shit about the Lisbon one, but we will be there poser beating and raising Hell as always… No tours planned since we all have regular jobs and lifes. Not so exciting news towards band tours…

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and thrash metal?
To be honest, I don’t care. It is not my problem. And if, it is my problem… I don’t care.
We just do what we like to ear, being it rip-off, tribute or whatever you may call it. It’s like self-defense against fresh fruit. It’s pointless. We will doing this way for years to come just cause we enjoy it this way.

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these day that some of the band members are a part of?
The thing is that all of us are doing some new projects nowadays, and buried some from the past. The important here is that we share some afternoon’s together, drinking alcohol for about 2 hours and then play together for one hour. That’s our way of keeping the beer tankard running down the highway to Hell.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Who cares??? We will just keep playing our own kind of old school drunk rock n’rolling thrash metal till we drop.
Of course, dealing with our how way of playing instruments properly while drinking huge amounts of cheap brandy.


12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
The all-time influences of Alcoholocaust had been teutonic thrash metal like Kreator, Sodom, Violent Force, Living Death or Destruction, and of corpse Motörhead, Bathory and Venom.
Celtic Frost is pretty cool as well. Brazilian stuff like old Sepultura, Sarcófago, Ratos de Porão e Olho Seco, the likes of Discharge, GBH and the uk’82 sound, Tons of heavy metal, German thrash and punk/hardcore bands just to name a few.  All kinds of cheap booze. Leather and denim. Spikes all over your arm. Possessed. Lots of brandy like Portuguese Croft or Macieira. Our lack of ability to perform well.
Nowadays, I think the most influential bands or albuns, are the one’s done by Darkthrone, Nekromantheon, Deathhammer or the mighty Condor’s “Unstoppable Power”. Well, do never forget Judas Priest, Iron Maiden or Ramones in the equation.

13.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music/
Is it another way of playing or living the rock n’roll way of life till death!?

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Keep up your job supporting the underground. We will keep destroying our livers for Satan and sacrifice as long as the eternal night does not come by… Listen to all Motörhead albuns, everyone has a couple of cool rock n´roll songs. Worship Superchrist and Countess!

Friday, August 16, 2019

Cryptae/Vestigal/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/Tarturus Records/2019 EP Review


  Cryptae  are  a  duo  from  the  Netherlands  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  tihs  recording  plays  an  experimental  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Vestigal"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories  and  Tartarus  Records.

  Drum  beats  start  off  the  ep  while  the  only  track  that  is  presented  on  the  recording  is  over  18  minutes  in  length.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  sounding  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  song  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  dissonant  sounding  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  guttural  sounding  death  metal  growls.  Elements  of  black  metal  can  also be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with t he  song  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  influences  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  and  as  the  track  progresses  guitar  leads  are  also  added  onto  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  On  this  recording  Cryptae  remains  true  to  their  experimental  and  dissonant  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  surreal  horror,  insanity,  delusions,  destruction  and  evil  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Cryptae  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  and  dissonant  blackened  death  emtal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  8  out fo  10.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Death Ensemble Interview

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


So I started writing some material after I finished college. It was thrashy like some of my old stuff, but with a little more of a black metal influence. I was just going to do music, no shows or anything. I had been in bands before, and this time I wanted to focus on writing and that’s it. I started going to shows around the Indianapolis scene and immediately wanted to do the live stuff with the new material. I forgot how much fun it was. So I talked to some guys I used to jam with a few years back, and they were all on board.


2.So far you have released a demo, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?


I wanted the musical style on the recording to be a good mix of what represents us. “The Entity Returned” is a straight forward, no frills black thrash track. The beat never really changes, it’s really simple. The guitars in the song have one guy doing the melody, while the other plays the power chords behind it. That’s it. “Gods of Eldritch Horrors” is a little more complex, more parts and guitar harmonies and stuff. The verse is a thrasher, then it’s got a slower creepy Obituary influenced section. Finally “Arrogance Demised” is groovy, kinda Motorhead-y/D-Beat with an old school death metal chug in the middle. When we play that one, I usually see some heads bopping in the crowd.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the music?


A lot of it is about internal struggles and rebellion I guess. Maybe not everyone’s struggles, but things I’ve experienced. And then just like Sci-Fi and Horror stuff that is fun to write about. I say “Entity” is about relapsing, and most people would think of drugs or booze or whatever. I wrote that song from my perspective of being out of the scene for so long that I forgot how much I enjoyed it, so when I started coming out to shows again I was like “Oh shit, this is awesome, why did I stop going to this?” The feeling never left me even though I kind of left it. My wife was watching the Netflix Ted Bundy doc, and Ted referred to the force that took over him as “The Entity”, so that’s how that came to be. That was my relapse. “Gods” is just Lovecraft nonsense, and “Arrogance” is about telling off people who think they’re better than others.


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


Fuckin’ Slayer. The lyrics to one of my favorite songs starts like “Propaganda, Death Ensemble, Burial to be”. I just thought it sounded cool like the name of a firing squad or something.


An Ensemble is a combination of musical parts that complement each other when brought together. So when we as a band come together, we bring nothing short of Death.

But mostly Slayer.


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


We’ve only played two so far and have two or three more lined up for the rest of the year. Both shows went pretty well, we played our old stomping grounds at North End Pub in Lafayette, and then just played Black Circle Brew Co. in Indianapolis. Lafayette was killer as always. As for Black Circle it was our first time playing there. I’ve never really played Indianapolis much with some of my older bands, so it’s kind of new to me. Everyone in the scene has been incredibly nice, helpful, and willing to lend a hand. I hope we return the favor. So we are really excited to do more there. I would say our stage presence is about high energy and getting the crowd involved. We like to talk to the crowd and interact and stuff.


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


Perhaps, just depends on who and what is available. Definitely planning on getting more shows in the area and a few in the surrounding states next year sometime. As for the rest of this year, we’re doing two more Indianapolis shows – The Melody Inn on September 21st and State Street Pub on October 19th. Then maybe another Lafayette show to round out the year.


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


We have reached out to a few labels. It would be nice for the exposure and distribution, but then you lose the element of doing everything yourself and being in 100% control of your art. We’ll see what happens.


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


We have not conquered the worldwide scene, yet. I’ve gotten several emails from Poland and stuff about people wanting to buy the album and put it on compilations and stuff, so that’s pretty cool.


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


Everyone in the band has been part of other groups in the past, but as of right now this seems to be the only active thing for all members.


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


Maybe next year or something, at least an EP or something along those lines. I’d like to do some straightforward thrashers in the style of Midnight or Toxic Holocaust or things like that, and then maybe have a longer song or two in there with more sections and stuff. Not getting softer of lowering the BPM, that’s for sure.


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?


As far as main influences it’s really the big classic bands that drive me still. Venom, the 80’s thrash/90’s crossover stuff, Obituary, Immortal, Bloodbath, etc. Nowadays I do my best to keep up, but a lot of Synthwave/Darkwave stuff, I listen to a lot of New Wave also. Not really the most “metal” I guess! As for newer metal I think Power Trip kicks ass.


12.What are some of your non musical interests? Video Games, Movies, Technology, going to shows. My wife and our cats. Beer.


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

Practice your downpicking! Cheers!

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Dehumanized Deity/The World Will Burn Before Us/2019 Full Length Review


  Dehumanized  Deity  are  a  solo  project  from  Taber,  Alberta, Canada  that  has  been  featured before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  old  school  form  of  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2019  album  "The  World  Will  Burn  Before  Us".

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  elements  of  thrash  metal  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  A  lot  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's era  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Some  of  the  faster  riffing  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  getting  very  melodic  sounding  at  times,  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  bring  in  more  of  an  old  school  style.

  On  this  recording  Dehumanized  Deity  remains  true  to  his  old  school  style  of  blackened  death  metal  from  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dehumanized  Deity  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Towards  Death  or  Oblivion"  "The  Devil  In  The  Details" "Demonology"  and  "If  The  World  Burns  Tonight".  8  out  of  10.

https://dehumanizeddeity.bandcamp.com/album/the-world-will-burn-before-us  

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Horrid Apparition/Evil Reigns/Redefining Darkness Records/2019 EP Review


  Horrid  Apparition  are  a  duo  with  members  from  France  and  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Evil  Reigns"  which  was  released  on  August  30th  by  Redefining  Darkness  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  old  school  thrash  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  aggressive  vocals  a  few  seconds  later.  A  great  amount  of  first  wave  black  metal  influences  can  also  be  heard  in the  bands  musical  style  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  old  school  style  and  while  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  it  still  adds  in  a  modern  production.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the music  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Horrid  Apparition  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  Occultism,  Demons  and  Evil  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Horrid  Apparition  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 t his  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Baphomet".  8  out  of  10.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Alcoholocaust/Necro Apocalipse Bestial/Hellprod Productions/2019 CD Review


  Alcoholocaust  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  thrash,  speed  metal  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Necro  Apocalipse  Bestial"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Hellprod  Productions.

  A  very  heavy  and  old  school  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  an  80's  extreme  metal  style.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  and  speed  metal  elements.

  Vocals  are  mostly  first  wave  style  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  mixing  elements  of  punk  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Alcoholocaust  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  thrash,  speed  metal  and  punk  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Portuguese  and  cover  metal,  alcohol,  blasphemy,  occultism  and  violence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Alcoholocaust  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  thrash,  speed  metal  and  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Speed  Metal  Tornado"  "Bulldozer  infernal"  "Necro  Ritual"  and  "Assalto  Metallico".  8  out  of  10.

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Soulphernus/Self Titled/Clobber Records/2019 Full Length Review


  Soulphernus  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2019  album  which  will  be  released  in September.

  Epic  sounding  synths  and  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  brutal  musical  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Shouting  style  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  technical  yet  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized,  war  samples  can  also  b  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.

  Soulphernus  plays  a  style  of  blackened  death  metal  that  is  very  heavy  and  brutal  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Demon  Worship.  Death  and  War  themes  along  with  the  closing  track  being  written  in  Polish.

  In  my  opinion  Soulphernus  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Darkness"  "Devil's  Hammer"  and  "Sztandar  Lucyfera".  8  out  of  10.

  http://www.clobberrecords.com/Releases/soulphernus-soulphernus  

Monday, August 5, 2019

Death Ensemble/2019 Demo Review



  Death  Ensemble  are  a  band   from  Indiana  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  demo.

  A  very  fast,  melodic  thrash  metal  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  demo  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.  Vocals  are  done  mostly  aggressive  sounding  blackened  metal style  that  also  shows  an  influence  of  the  first  wave  style  but  more  closer  to  a  thrash  style  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  along  with  some  elements  of  death  metal  as  well  as  all  of  the  music  stinking  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Death  Ensemble  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  horror,  spirituality,  rebellion  and  inner  struggle  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Death  Ensemble  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  thrash  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t his  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Gods  Of  Eldritch  Horror".  8 out  of  10.

https://www.facebook.com/DeathEnsembleOfficial

Mithridatic/Tetanos Mystique/Xenokorp/2019 CD Review


  France's  Mithridatic  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  blackened  death  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Tetanos  Mystique"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Xenokorp.

  Field  recordings  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  brutal  direction  which  also  introduces  death  metal  growls  throughout  the  recording.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  one  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  some  more  aggressive  shouting  style  vocals  also  being  utilized  at  times  as well  as  some  parts  of  the  music  also  adding  in  black  metal  screams.

  At  times  the  music  also gets  very  technical  sounding  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  very  brutal  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  social  oppression  and  failure  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mithridatic  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Dead  Mountain  Of  Life"  "The  Night  Torn  From  Herself" and  "Tetanos Mystique".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.xenokorp.com/product-category/artist/mithridatic/

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Saturday, August 3, 2019

Evil/Siege Column/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2019 Split EP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Japan's  Evil  and  U.S.A's  Siege  Column  which  will  be  released  on  August  15th  by  Hells  Headbangers  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Evil  who  return  with  their  mixture  of  black,  thrash  and speed  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  and  old  school  sound  while  the  faster  sections  add  in  elements  of  speed  metal  and  blast  beats.  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  an  80's  influenced  style  along  with  the  vocals  being  done  in  a  first  wave  black  emtal  style.

  Power  metal  style  screams  can  also  be  heard  for  a  few  seconds  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Evilness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Evil  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  first  wave  black,  thrash  and  speed  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Welcome  To  Satan".

  Next  up  is  Siege  Column  a  band  that  plays  a  barbaric  form  of  death  emtal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  horror  movie  style  synths  before  going  into a  heavier  direction  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  old  school  style.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  vocals  are  mid  80's  style  death  metal  growls.

  Elements  of  thrash  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  songs  sound  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  more  than  30  years  ago,  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  evil  and  combat  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Siege  Column  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  and  barbaric  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out t heir  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Fight  Of  Destruction".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  80's  era  black,  death  and  thrash  metal.  8  out  of  10.

http://nuclearwarnowproductions.bandcamp.com/album/split-ep 

 

   

Emperor Of Myself/Distance/2019 EP Review


  Greece's Emperor  Of  Myself  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  gothic  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  ep  "Distance".

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  gothic  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  elements  of  doom/death  metal.  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  growls  and  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  shows  a  good  amount  of  90's  influences  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  All  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  while  also  reminding  of  early  Katatonia  at  times  as  well  as  maintaining  a  sound  of  their  own.  Most  of  the  music  is  guitar  driven  which  is  very  different  for  a  band  in  the  goth/doom  metal  style  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  heavier  direction  but  keeping  it  atmospheric  at  the  same  time.

  Emperor  Of  Myself  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  gothic  metal. The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Emperor  Of  myself  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  and  gothic  metal,  you  should  check  out t his  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hate  Endlessly"  and  "Until  We  Meet  Again".  8  out  of  10.

https://emperorofmyself.bandcamp.com/album/distance

Friday, August 2, 2019

Sadokist/Necrodual Dimension Funeral Storms/Hells Headbangers/2019 CD Review


  Sadokist  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Necrodual  Dimension  Funeral  Storms"  which  will  be  released  on  August  30th  by  Hells  Headbangers.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  grim  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  extreme  yet  old  school  metal  style.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  elements  of  thrash  and  speed  metal as well  as  some  first  wave  elements.

  Synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  music  adding  in  some  80's  and  90's  influences  but  also  adding  in  more  of  a  modern  day  aggression  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  having  their  melodic  moments,  a  couple  of  tracks  also  introduces  death  metal  growl  and  spoken  word  samples  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Death  and  Evil  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sadokist  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  "Enter  The  Devil"  "Beater  Of  Children  Of  God"  and  "Orgy  Ov  Crime".8out  of  10.

http://sadokist-finland.bandcamp.com/album/necrodual-dimension-funeral-storms