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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Moonspell/Sin/Pecado/Napalm Records/2019 CD Re-Issue Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  album  from  Portugal's  Moonspell which  showed  the  music  moving  away  from  the  black  metal  elements  of  previous  releases  and  going  into  more  of  a  mixture  of  gothic  and  doom  metal  with  some  darkwave  and  electronic  elements  and  the  album  was  released  in  1998  and  called  "Sin/Pecado"  with  the  re-issue  also  containing  bonus  tracks  from  their  1997  ep  "2econd  Skin".

  A  very  dark  and  cinematic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  chants  and  spoken  word  parts  before  adding  in  some  electronica  elements  of  the  later  track  which  also  shows  the  music  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Vocals  are  done  in  mostly  a  clean  gothic  rock/metal  style  while  whispers  are  also  utilized  at  times.  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  also  introducing  exotic  sounding  scales  onto  the  recording.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  bringing  in  elements  of  darkwave  and  on  some  tracks  the  vocals  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  aggression  which  is  closer  to  their  black  metal  roots  but  keeping  the  focus  more  on  a  clean  style,  one  track  also  introduces  tribal  sounding  beats  onto  the  recording.

   As  the  album  progresses  female  vocals  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  keyboards  and  symphonic  elements.  Programmed  beats  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  along  with  some  of  them  also being  long  and  epic  in  length,  clean  playing,  acoustic  guitars  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  on  the  ep  bonus  tracks  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Depeche  Mode's  "Sacred". The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  poetry,  religion,  philosophy  and  esoteric themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Moonspell  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  gothic  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "handmadeGod"  "Magdalene"  "Mute" and  "The  Hanged  Man".  8  out  of  10.

www.moonspell.com
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www.instagram.com/moonspellofficial  .    

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Necronomicon/Unus/Season Of Mist/2019 CD Review


  Necronomicon  are  a  band  from  Montreal,  Quebec,  Canada  that  plays  a  symphonic  form  of  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of   their  2019  album  "Unus"  which  was  released  by  Season  Of  Mist.

  Symphonic  and  orchestra  sounds  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  some  melodies.

  Elements  of  black  metal  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Grim  screams  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  as  well  as  some  tremolo  picking  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  faster  sections  of  the  tracks.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  brutal  moments.  One  track  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  and  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  and  they  also  bring  in  a  couple  of  brief  symphonic  interludes  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  on  the  following  song.,  operatic  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  middle  eastern  folk  instruments  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Magick,  Mythology  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Necronomicon  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  symphonic  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "From  Ashes  Into  Flesh"  "The  Thousand  Masks"  and  "Vox  Draconis".  8/5  out  of  10.

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Darkified/Cthulu Riseth - The Complete Works Of Darkified/Nuclear War Now! Productions/Dawnbreed Records/2019 Compilation Album Review


  Darkified  where  a  band  from  Sweden  that  played  a  very  atmospheric  form  of blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  compilation  album  "Cthulu  Riseth  -  The  Complete  Works  of  Darkified"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions  and  Dawnbreed  Records  and  consists  of  their  1991  demo  "Dark"  and  1993  ep  "Sleep  Forever...".

  Keyboards  start  off  the  compilation  and  also  bring  in  the  atmosphere  of  a  horror  movie  soundtrack  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melody  and  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.

  Vocals  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  A  lot  of  the  music  also  shows  a  great  amount  of  influences  from  the  black  and  death  metal  styles  styles  from  Sweden  in  the  early  90's.

  At  times  the  vocals  also  sound  very  tortured  sounding  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  also  bringing  used  briefly  and  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  and  on  the  second  recording  the  music  expands  on  the  death  metal  elements  that  where  present  on  the  demo  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars.  The  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  writings  of  H.P  Lovecraft,  Cthulu  Mythos,  Horror  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Darkified  where  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Howlings  From  The  Darkness"  and  "The  Forgotten  City".  8  out  of  10.

http://nuclearwarnowproductions.bandcamp.com/album/cthulhu-riseth-the-complete-works-of-darkified


    

In Obscurity Revealed/Glorious Impurity/Blood Harvest Records/2019 CD Review


  In  Obscurity  Revealed  are  a  band  from  Mexico  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Glorious  Impurity"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Blood  Harvest  Records.

   A  very  dark,  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  riffing  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  evil  sounding  melodies.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  old  school  yet  chaotic  style.

  The  vocals  bring  in a   great  amount  of  blackened  screams  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  elements  as  well  as  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,

  Tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  faster  riffing  as  well  as  one  track  also  mixing  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music and  a  lot  of  the  songs  also  sound  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  more  than  20  years  ago.  The  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Death,  Chaos  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  In  Obscurity  Revealed  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Coven  Maleficia"  "Thy  Temple  Fire"  "Pestilent  Breath"  and  "Closing  Victory".  8  out  of  10.

http://bloodharvestrecords.bandcamp.com/album/glorious-impurity





    

Swampbeast/Void Terror/Holocaust Of Terrestrial Empires/Me Saco Un Ojo/2019 EP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  California's  Swampbeast  and  Kentucky's  Void  Terror  called  'Holocaust  Of  Terrestrial  Empires"  which  was  released  by  Me  Saco  un  Ojo  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Swampbeast  a  band  that  plays  a  cavernous  mixture  of  death  metal  and  grindcore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  distorted  amp  sound  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  cavernous  sounding  death  metal  screams  while  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times,  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  their  side  of  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  at  times  as  well  as  always  sticking  to  a  heavier  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  horror  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Swampbeast  are  a  very  great  sounding  cavernous  mixture  of  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Chant  Of  Bolotnik".

  Next  up  is  Void  Terror  a  band  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  while  the  vocals  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  guttural  yet  cavernous  sounding  death  metal  growls.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  brutal  blast  beats  and  black  metal  elements  can  also  be  heard

  The  music  also  adds  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style.  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  when  synths  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  sci  fi  atmosphere  and  a  touch  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  music.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  horror  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Void  Terror  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Second  Death".

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

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Xantam/Altered State/Blood Harvest Records/2019 EP Review


  Xantam  are  a  solo  project  from  Oceanside,  California  that  plays  a  blackened  from  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  ep  "Altered  State"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Blood  Harvest  Records.

  Epic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length. When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  vocals  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams,

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  songs  also adding  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  while  the  music  also  gets  very  brutal  sounding  at  times.

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  melodic  yet  ritualistic  chants  and  spoken  word  parts,  synths  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording and  the  ep  also  closes  with  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  dark  side  of  the  human  mind,  existence,  anti  religion  and  fictional  story  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Xantam  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  "Altered  State".  8  out  of  10.

http://bloodharvestrecords.bandcamp.com/album/altered-state

Into Coffin/Unconquered Abyss/Terror From Hell Records/2019 CD Review


  Into  Coffin  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  blackened  from  of  doom/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Unconquered  Abyss"  which  will  be  released  on  November  29th  by  Terror  From  Hell  Records.

  Ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  black  metal  elements  can  be  heard  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  guttural  death  metal  growls.

  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.  Screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences  but  also  keeps  it  modern  at  the  same  time.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow  and  fast  parts.  Ritualistic  soundscapes  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Space  and  History  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding album  Into  Coffin  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Antediluvian  Flames"  and  "Catacombal  Echoes  From  AB>ZU".  8/5  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/M3DyF7T6xKY    

Xoth/Interdimensional Invocations/2019 CD Review


  Xoth  are  a  band  from  Seattle,  Washington  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays   a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  album  "Interdimensional  Invocations".

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  introducing  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording.  When t he  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  songs  also  show  some  influences  of  thrash  and  traditional  metal  as  well  as  the  album  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  old  school  style  but  also  keeping  it  very  modern  at  the  same  time.

  Shouting  style  vocals  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording    as  well as  some  synths  being  used  briefly  on  a  couple  of  the  tracks and  the  musicians  also  demonstrate  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill,  some  of t he  faster  riffing  also  adds  in  some  tremolo  picking.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  science  fiction,  ancient  mysteries,  emerging  catastrophes  and  social  commentary  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Xoth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Casting  The  Sigil"  "Back  To  The  Jungle"  and  "The  Ghost  Hand  Of  God".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/wfW9wy6XXqw

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Plague Pit/Labyrinthe/2019 EP Review


  Ireland's  Plague  Pit  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  blackened death  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  ep  "Labyrinthe".

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while t he  vocals  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  deep  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  some  black  metal  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times.  When  guitars  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  yet  melodic  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem  while  the  musicians  also  demonstrate  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody.

  The  last  2  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  of  the  leads  and  adds  also  utilizing  a  small  amount  of  dissonant  structures  and  unorthodox  rhythms  and  the  music  also  captures  a  very  evil  sounding  atmosphere,  ritualistic  sounding  synths,  spoken  word  parts  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  the  ep  progresses  and  the  closing  track  also  brings  Gregorian  chants  into  the  music.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Satanism,  Hermeticism  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Plague  Pit  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Gift  of  Unknowing"  and  "Elixir".  8/5  out  of  10.

 https://plaguepit.bandcamp.com/album/labyrinthine  

Blooming Carrions/Sisters In Blooming Flesh/Iron Bonehead Productions/2019 EP Review


  Blooming  Carrions  are  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  very  cavernous  form  of  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  ep  "Sisters  In  Blooming  Flesh"  which  will  be  released  on  November  28th  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  cavernous  sounding  death  metal  growls.  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  some  blackened  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style   while  atmospheric sounding  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  songs,  some  of  the  faster  riffing also uses  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking.

  Blooming  Carrions  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  brutal  and  cavernous  form  of death  metal  and  mixes it  with  black  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  cryptic  dreams,  death  and  decay  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Blooming  Carrions  are  a  very  great  sounding  cavernous  blackened  death  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Enchantment  of  Slaughtering".  8  out  of  10.

http://soundcloud.com/iron-bonehead-productions/blooming-carrions-sisters-in-blooming-flesh/s-BAH4G     

Neolith/I Am The Way/Mythrone Promotion/2019 CD Review


  Neolith  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "I  Am  The  Way"  which  was  released  by  Mythrone  Promotion.

  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.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  The  songs  also  add  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  modern  and  old  school  influences  as  well  as  the  vocals  also  having  their  guttural  moments  as  the  album  progresses  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  long  and  epic  in  length,  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  which  are  done  mostly  in  the  background.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Neolith  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  "The  Abu  Hymn"  "Ask  And  Thou  Shalt  Receive"  and  "Let  the  Heavens  Rejoice".  8  out  of  10.


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Thrashwitch Interview

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

* Well, we formed in July of 2019. Will Martell (guitar) and I jammed in a short lived project for a few months beforehand with another friend, which was more punk based. We decide to start our own thing based solely on our own influences after that fell apart. Will and I are deeply rooted in the 80's and 90's Thrash/Black/Death Metal style and we wanted to reflect that in our music.

2.Can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you have went for on your recordings?

* As a band we wanted to put out some singles and at least one EP as a two piece, establishing our "sound", before taking on any other permanent members. On the "Atomic Sickness" single and "A New England Folktale" EP/Demo we went for a early 90's lo-fi black metal production. Very raw and dirty. Two mics on the drums, no triggers... then recorded everything else afterwards in post-production. Will provided the guitar, bass and backing vocals and I layed down lead vocals. We did pretty much the same thing with the "Electric Talons" single (released on Halloween) just with a better recording on the drums. If I had to compare us to any other bands I'd have to say : Slayer and Metallica go to a house party in 1986 hosted by Immortal to watch a heavyweight boxing match between Black Sabbath verses Morbid Angel with special guest referee Hayaino Daisuki.

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

* Thrashwitch is a New England (United States) band. So our lyrics reflect that, keep or lyrical content within the boundaries of New England folklore and history (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island). There are defiantly no Game Of Thrones dragons or rape-monsters fucking uncooked hamburger patties in our music, hahaha. The inspiration for the EP songs are as follows :
# The Origin Of Darkness (The Salem witch trials occurred between 1692 and 1693. More than 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft, 20 were executed.)
# Driven To Suicide (Massachusetts teen Conrad Roy was driven to suicide with encouragement from his "girlfriend", Michelle Carter, via text messages.)
# Airborne Annihilation (During WW2, the USAAF took control of T.F.Green airport in Warwick,RI to train pilots for fighter planes and bombers.)
# Atomic Sickness (Victory Day a.k.a. V-J Day, commemorates Japan’s surrender to the Allies in 1945, which ended World War II after America's atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing an estimated 226,000 civilians. Rhode Island still celebrates the death of thousands of war victims each year.)

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

* We just wanted something that sounded evil and 80's as fuck, hahaha. We're both big thrash metal fans and the New England connection to witches, vampires and angry ghosts seemed appropriate.

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

* It's from a photo I took at our studio that I manipulated in photoshop. The EP cover art represents darkness and power. A faceless, uncontrollable chaos.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

* We are defiantly expanding the group. We've just recently acquired bassist Greg Leclerc to the group. Greg is a great bass player and apparently some kind of mathematician-alchemist (who knew?). We'll be focused on the release of a new single in early 2020 with him and adding a lead vocalist so we can play out live in the spring/summer.

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

* We'll be seeking a label after the line-up is complete and a LP is recorded

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

* Thrashwitch has received a very positive response from the Thrash/Black metal community overall. We're starting to catch a little fire in the Philippines and out in the Nordic countries.

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

* Yes, hopefully a full length by mid-2020. We'll be capitalizing on our existing sound moving forward.

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

* You know, the usual suspects... (old) Sepultura, Morbid Angel, Napalm Death, Obituary, Black Sabbath, Sodom, Immortal, (old) Metallica, Slayer, as well as some obscure stuff like Hayaino Daisuki and Assuck. Currently I've been blasting Batushka - Litourgiya (2015), Despite all the internal drama with that band, their debut album is not to be denied. Dark and beautiful black metal. I know Will is a big fan of Havok.

11.Does Occultism play any role in your music?

* Not directly. Plentyyyyyyyy of other bands have that covered

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

* Art, History, Crime shows, Horror movies... It's good to be well rounded.

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

* First off, Thrashwitch would like to thank you for the interview. Entities such as you and your publication help the underground music scene with their support and love of all things extreme. We can't thank you enough. Thank you.

  - Rob Cinami (Thrashwitch)

https://thrashwitch.bandcamp.com/ 

Friday, November 22, 2019

Sterbhaus Interview


1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new ep?

Actually, not much, haha... Well, we recorded that EP in 2016 and by that time I had joined 'Shining' on a permanent basis. I have to say due to internal and external situations regarding Sterbhaus - Of which I might tell more of later once we have released our final studio album in 2020, I did a lot of soul searching concerning how or even if I wanted to proceed with the band. After the digital release of this EP in 2016 and after having ran around Europe on the Shining/Taake tour putting up posters I felt I didn't want to do absolutely everything for the band anymore and I explained that to the other guys. Unfortunately that meant the band sort of went into an unplanned hiatus. But during that period we did write a lot of material for the coming album as well as recorded preprod demos. I have been planning and preproducing in my juicy little brain like crazy and after the recent decision to end things even more so... So since the summer it's been much time spent getting an idea of how this last period for the band should be, setting things in motion etc.


2.In December you have a new ep coming out, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

I think it probably differs a lot. I mean, "Angels for Breakfast..." from 2012 was as polished as we could do it, but it wasn't necessarily exactly the right path for us. "New Level of Malevolence" in 2015 was therefor a concious step from that and focused on raw feel and an approach which was more original and intensive. The EP we are now releasing isn't really inteded to be a step in some sort of evolution and I think that's quite important to keep in mind. I mean, it's a "Christmas EP" and it's not like we're evolving into a "Christmas band" of some sort. The EP was recorded as a kind of promotion gimmick and I say this in no way to cast shadows on its quality, since it is a bloody good release. It was a great thing to record this EP when all those tours got cancelled on us back in 2015/2016 instead of just doing nothing. So we put it out and made it available free for download annually during the month of December.

Regarding how it differns I guess it is more varied musically and - dare I say it, accessible. It is not as "thrashy" and raw as "New Level..." but still aggressive and progressive with some humoristic touches - I mean, the ass-whipping to the thrashy version of "Hall of the Mountain King" in the title track is both rippingly great and hilarious! We did set out to do something that still in some distant way could feel Christmas related without losing any of its Metal appeal, and I think we accomplished that. I myself find the song "Krampusnacht" to be one of the very best songs we've ever done, which is why I re-produced it in 2019 prior to this first time physical release.


3.The lyrics on the ep are a concept album based upon 'Krampus', can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting?

It was pretty much written while rehearsing, musically that is. Usually we write all the music first while I stand as main arranger always keeping in the back of my mind how I want to put the vocals. Then I start writing lyrics, we re-arrange and re-write until the very last moment when I can sign off the lyrics and vocals and we feel that the song is great. And I guess this EP was no different. Well, I should say that the song "Krampusnacht" was no different, since "Santa Claus in Satans Claws" is instrumental and "Christmas with the Devil" is a cover of a Spinal Tap song. And for covers you don't rewrite, you just re-interpret regarding how heavy things should be. And the instrumental track was quite fun putting together at first as a laugh, but then on a more serious level. I think that instrumental one can actually have been partly written while intoxicated.


4.You have also covered some satanic and anti Christian themes on a few albums, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

Oh, this is a quite heavy topic actually. And it is only relatable to me personally. I have studied this my whole life artistically, religiously and philosophically. But just to come clean, I am definitely not Satanic in religious terms. I may have considdered myself so during some brief months as a teenager but I rather quickly grew to understand I don't believe in any god what-so-ever. I am enormously anti-religious and can not for the likes of me understand why people older than the age of 10 can be so prone to accept anything just to ease their worries for what happens when we kick the bucket. And the last fifteen years I've been delving into that question more and more and find myself more or less detatched to any aspect of mankind that can be interpreted as religious. I don't respect any of it, and I think the biggest crime mankind is currently involved in is "respecting" peoples beliefs. They shouldn't be respected. People should be educated. I never refer to what I am or what I do as being affiliated to satanism. I guess satanic outlines have helped defining and realizing whatever individual I have become or mental wellness I have embraced, but I only care about truth, art and scientific curiosity. What I do in my lyrics is using satanic themes slightly to ridicule Christianity. Humor is a potent weapon, and the bible and the fact that people believe in stuff written in it is hilarious, but also sad... Because it shows how little mankind is currently worth. So I guess a general misanthropic view is a major subconscious part of what I do.


5.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music?

If we are sticking to Sterbaus and not my own previous bands/projects, then it's fair to say the very first songs when the band was a five-piece had a quite different agenda as there was another lyricist. Daniel was the vocalist at that time and he made a huge point of "not taking oneself too serious" - which we all embraced, and that indeed came off in his lyrics. When I took over the microphone in 2012 I noticed it was a bit hard for me to perform the songs he had written lyrics for because I couldn't really connect to the topics, even though I was probably partly responsible for coming up with some of them. I started rewriting lyrics for "Angels..." and from then on they usucally sticks to an honest theme of some sort although the end result might come off either more or less humorous. But aside from religion in general, I tend to sing about other things that tick me off in some way. I am probably quite the bitter prick as I get annoyed by so much around me... haha. Examples of that that have made it into topics in lyrics are from the top of my head: "Metal" Girl-bands that clearly can't hold a candle to their male peers but gets all the coverage solely because sex sells, the conformaty of every day life and the fear from deviating from it (or the imposed life of the avarage Joe that is a subconscious standard in our society and culture), the old Swedish DDR mentality of the 80:s, The state of Metal and its many dubious spawns... Hmm, actually there are quite a lot of topics. They mostly stem from disappointment on my behalf.


6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Sterbhaus'?

The name basically refers to a dwelling where the previous owner died. It's a borrowed word from German to Swedish and is also referred to as Sterbhus - "Sterb" being "to die" in German. Funny thing is though, in German it apparently makes no sence and would probably be "Sterbe haus" or somthing, but regardless of this, I got the name from actually buying a "Sterbhaus" in Stockholm at the time we started the band and I saw it written in the contract. I am partial to band names that are original and also not necessarily gives away exactly what the music is like.


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

Ah! Cool... I'm glad you asked! Fact is it is enormously special to me to be able to have Gerald Broms artwork. I have personally been very interested in dark fairytale (and dark fantasy) art my whole life and Brom is the absolute nr 1 on my list. I contacted him around 2004 regarding commissions for my Elvira madigan album "Regent Sie" and he was really interested. Nothing came to fruition back then but when the Krampusnacht EP was being written I just felt that his Krampus art - he has released a fantastic art novel called "Krampus", would just be a perfect fit. And I was beyond extatic he agreed. Brom is well known by his own merits and with his many stunning novels including his art but he is also involved in the Diablo 4 video game, and was involved for the box cover art for Diablo 2.

I kinda feel this whole EP project stepped up significantly with the inclusion of the artwork. An album for me is an entire experience, I mean, I still sit down with vinyls and read the lyric sheets while listening, looking at the artworks etc and just soaking up all the impressions at once. Since the downloading and streming era began this is lost at a large extent. And that's a pity. Music consumption today is like drinking a perfectly balanced and aged wine from a plastic disposable bottle while chugging down on a Big Mac, instead of in a proper glass to a fantastic steak dinner... I think much of how you experience the experience itself lies in how you choose to consume what's on offer.


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?

I would say many of the shows we did on tour in 2013 as support for Vader and Melechesh and later also for Shining definitely helped us hone our live performances. They are enormously energetic and "in-your-face". I can't see the point of doing a live show if it is not genuinely entertaining and just blows people away. And I honestly think it should be ALL positive vibes. Thrash as a genre in general provides so much energy in itself and we have been known for going all in basically all the time. Until a couple of years ago we rehearsed 2-3 times a week year since almost a decade and that rubs off on how good a performance is. It makes everyone just bloody tight! I am very proud that we are actually putting out one of our best shows we ever did on live album and also in video format next year. We had our release show of 2015 professionally filmed with 7 cameras and it looks fantastic. I've been editing and cutting it for years on and off, but I don't know yet if it will be only uploaded for streaming or if we will release it in some other way as well. I'm not sure people care about DVDs or BluRay anymore.

We have always sported real stage props (not just side-ups and back-drops) and you can see that on live pics from the past. Quite a few venues couldn't handle stage props so we used to have 3 different stage size productions and in the end, almost no show we were booked for could accommodate the largest one.


9.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new ep is released?

No, no plans what-so-ever. We basically stopped playing live this year when we made it official the band disbands in 2020. If something really interesting comes up for our farewell (as a tour or just a special last show) we might consider it but at this point it's doubtful.


10.The new ep is coming out on 'Killhead' can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

It's basically the label I started in 1999 which was then called "Northlore Records". I released Elvira Madigan through this label but later changed the name to "Killhead" because it was a drag saying "Northlore" on the phone. Haha, actually that's the case. Today it's a label I use to enable me to record, release and produce albums as well as videos, merch and stage productions. I would have preferred not to have to use it all the time though. It is a terrible thing how Sterbhaus timing has been so horribly off with the age of how labels in general had to be run. We've never been properly signed. First there were no funds cause the labels sold no albums and hadn't sorted anything out at all regarding streaming, and then when there were funds it was all about Black Metal, orthodox old-school things and basically bands that are adopting a well tried formula. And it's a damn pity cause it hints towards that Metal in itself has nothing more original to give unless we pick up on something someone else tried and succeeded in. And I think that's wrong. Some exceptions to this rule exists of couse, but in general this is the case. But damn... I tell you, if I see yet another illegible white logo with a pentagram stuck in there I fell I'm just going to vomit. It's getting to the point of bands being disrespectful towards the originators as the offsprings don't seem to grasp anything at all about what Metal is about in spirit and heart. It's not about slapping on some corpse paint or dressing up like whatever band you found on the back side of your parents vinyls. This is what labels choose to focus on and Sterbhaus doesn't fall within that racket. Ah... screw it, this was about my label and not so much about the climate of Metal, so yeah I have had to use Killhead cause I basically had no choice.


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

As long as they hear us they love it! It doesn't seem to matter where people live. But the difficulty is to Get people to actually hear it... We've been branded at times as less serious due to the humoristically spiced videos and approach - like when we were booked as support for Shining... Maaaan that raised a lot of eyebrows. We didn't understand why people saw that booking as a weird fit, cause we knew it was perfect. And just a few shows in we were proven right. People get stuck by thinking in stereotypes I guess. For me there is little difference in the Hard Rock/Metal of early Saxon and Pretty Maids compared to early Morbid Angel. It's all Metal and as long as the heart of the music is there, and the attitude... then how "heavy" or how much growl is used is irrelevant.
But yeah, I feel there has probably never been any real bad response to what we're doing.

12.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?

For me (Marcus) there is ofc everything Shining has cooking atm, but we are right now at a point in time where we can't really make much official. There're always alot of things done behind the scenes but whenever things are ready to be revealed in that camp it will be done so through official Shining channels which now also includes the newly founded TSI (The Sinister Initiative). But I can definitely say that the coming years will hold quite a lot of surprises and dark activities concerning Shining. Other than Shining I am working on film projects with Martin Strandberg (whom I always do Sterbhaus videos with) and I am in the early stages of outlining that which will replace Sterbhaus musically and creatively for me. And... ah, it sucks, but I can't say much about that atm either.
Jimmy Ahovalli has his "Häxprocess" which is much in its infancy right now but that is what he spends a lot of time exploring. Erik is releasing a new album with "Ondskapt" in the near future and I don't think I am at liberty to speak much about that right now either. But as you can hear, it's not like things are stagnating. We will keep everyone posted through Sterbhaus websites the coming years even though Sterbhaus ends 2020.


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

Well, I guess we should only focus on the inspirations from 2012 and on - since the bands first direction has little to do with what the musicians since cared about (I myself actually never cared much for that Gothenburg modern thrash stuff that was part of the bands early days). There are no particular bands to list... honestly. It's not like we're looking on some acts and: "Wow! That sounds great! Let's do that!!". It's more a case of being inspired by attitude, creativity and approach. The professionalism of one band and the sheer bloody thrash onslaught by another... And then the creativity of a third. It's not necessarily very heavy or fast either. It might as well be Jethro Tull as it is Dead to This World, Megadeths "Rust in Peace" or Iron Maidens "Somewhere in Time". It's pointless to namedrop really, since the three of us in the band have quite specific personal tastes, which all come together in what naturally becomes Sterbhaus. But when writing we tend to look at what the song itself needs. You either have an outline of a song or just a riff or two you're tossing around with. And from that things flow rather naturally.


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

Yeah, don't be a two-faced son of a bitch. Don't on one hand be sad that Metal press or your favourite bands are being put to death and on the other refrain from buying publications or music at all and uphold this nonsense belief that everything should be accessible at no cost - or that 10 bucks per month through a streaming service covers anything. As a musician this is the proverbial minefield to even adress... Yeah I know... I'll just be one of those that come off as backwards, or bitter, or whatever. But thing is I'm damn tired of keeping my mouth shut regarding things that really matter. All musicians know this and are more or less forced to shut up cause we can't risk alienating an eventual "customer" or market. We're all supposed to be jolly, happy and thankful while everyone around us butt-fucks us constantly. It's just not agreeable for a musician to even bring this up... But truth of the matter is, the arts and the scene is going down the drain right now. We just lost our most important Metal publication "Close-Up" in Sweden and a lot of people not even owning one single copy of the magazine at home expressed their sadness and disappointment in the scene. What gives?? I don't get this.... If you never buy anything then you are basically not even allowed to have an opinion... I could actually do a seperate interview just concerning this topic, cause there isn't enough space here. But go support your band or/and publication. It IS more fun experiencing music through physcially media because otherwise you miss out on at least 50% of the art and the expression.

So, now that I've made a few more enemies tapping into that last thing, I wish you all Merry Christmas... Or should I more aptly say: Freuhe Krampusnacht!!


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Diabolic Night Interview


1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording and release of the new album?

The final recordings of the album began in December 2018 and ended in May 2019 – a relatively long time period. In the meantime the preparations for upcoming live concerts are in its planning and creation.

2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from your previous demo, single and ep?

The "cornerstone" of all releases has always remained the same. I wouldn't say that the past releases are very different to each other. But there has been a constant development from one record to another. The final result is my debut album "Beyond The Realm" now. Compared to the previous releases, the traditional, classic Heavy Metal content can be noticed in a stronger way than it was before. This results to a very dynamic way of playing and the album "breathes" through a lot of melodies.

3.This is also your first release since 2015, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during  that time span?

The songwriting for "Beyond The Realm" began shortly after the release of the "Infernal Power" 7" single, which was released in November 2015. Since the beginning it was clear for me that there will be a very big concept behind this record, that’s why it took so long to create everything. All ideas that had been in my head over the years and were arranged to the very last note to achieve exactly the result I set for myself.

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

"Beyond The Realm" symbolizes the never-ending fight between good and evil which lasts forever, even after death. A few songs are closely structured into each other and can be read as story, although I don't see the album as a pure concept album. In this case the content of some songs stands too much for themselves.

With the new songs and lyrics, the listener gets the chance to decide his concept and his sight of view. I think that’s what differs the most from the past releases

5.You have also covered some satanic and occult topics on some of your recordings, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

To get in details of this topic would take hours and hours. You can find a relation to this also in “Beyond The Realm”, if you read the lyrics and get deeper into this issue.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Diabolic Night'?

The night had always a huge impact on our lives and everything around. It swallows the light, every shadow is absorbed and returns as one - the only thing that remains is total darkness. This is what the concept of "Diabolic Night" is about.

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

I deliberately chose the same artist (Adam Burke) who already painted the "Infernal Power" artwork back then. He is able to realize my idea exactly as I had it in my mind. It represents exactly the concept behind this record, as I answered already, the never ending fight between good and evil.

8.On the albums the band works as a duo but has a different line up for live shows, are you open to expanding into a full band in the studio?

Diabolic is still a one man project, where I am responsible for the complete songwriting and every instrument (except the drums, which were played by “Christhunter”) The concept behind Diabolic Night doesn't fit to the typical band structure where everyone brings in their ideas. It wouldn't be the same in the end. With Diabolic Night I enjoy the freedom to express my own vision exactly as I feel it. In a full time band, it's usually the case that everyone wants to contribute their ideas in some way, which is completely justified, but not for Diabolic Night. Anyway there is a live line-up created, ready to perform the songs live (again). The live events will begin next year.

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

It’s the one and only real gig Diabolic Night played so far - Raging Death Date 2015.
Live activities weren’t made since then, I was fully concentrated on my record afterwards.

10.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

Live activities are planned, everything will be updated very soon.

11.The new album was released on 'High Roller Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

I couldn't have found a better collaboration than with High Roller Records. In the past I released my discography by my own label "Mortal Rite Records", where I was able to gain a lot of experience. Due to the growth of Diabolic Night, it's no longer possible for me to distribute this as a one-man label, so I'm happy to have High Roller on my side. The promotion and advertising are going absolutely well and since the official announcement that I signed the contract, lots of people became aware of Diabolic Night for the first time.

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

The reaction to this goes pretty well. I don’t limit myself to specific genres and don’t care for stereotyped thinking of playing only kind of genre. Of course it’s clear that the “cornerstone” of Diabolic Night has its musically structure deep in European Metal (Especially from Germany and Scandinavia) like it was done 30-35 years ago. I let flow everything into my music that has always inspired me – besides of extremely speed structures, it’s also a melody that sticks in your head.

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

The musical concept will always remain the same way as it was since the beginning.

14.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?

It's almost impossible to relate to a particular band as an influence. The songs I write reflect exactly the music I listen to since my earliest youth. I think the biggest influence for everything is the traditional Heavy Metal which is responsible that Diabolic Night sounds the way it’s like. For more than 15 years now the same albums ended up on my turntable. If you still get the same emotions as when you listen to these records for the first time, I think it has an enormous influence on the music you write by yourself. You automatically get back to the same kind of music – you build up your own world and sink into it.

15.What are some of your non musical interests?

I like to explore historic buildings and do sightseeing of places which have a huge impact on me.

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

Thanks for the interview, beware of some news soon.



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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Yawning Void/Streams Within/Weird Truth Productions/2019 CD Review


  Yawning  Void  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Streams  Within"  which  was  released  by  Weird  Truth  Productions.

  A  very  slow,  dark  and  heavy  doom  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  a  great  amount  of  grim  sounding  black  emtal s creams  being  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording.

  Synths  are  also  added into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  some  dark  sounding  melodies  at  times.  Guttural  death  metal  growls  are  also  a  very  huge  part of  the  recording  as  well  as  all  of  the  songs  also  sticking  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  and  the  closing  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing.

  Yawning  Void  plays  a  musical  style  that  takers  a  synth  orientated  form  of  doom/death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  black  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature,  emptiness.  poetry,  Norse  Mysticism  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Yawning  Void  are  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  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hearts  Like  Abyss" and  "Ouroborean".  8  out  of  10.

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Regressive/Born In The Grave/Mythrone Promotion/2019 CD Review


  Regressive  are  a  band  from  Lithuania  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black'n'roll  and  speed  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Born  In  the  Grave"  which  was  released  by  Mythrone  Promotion.

  A  vey  heavy  thrash  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in a   very  melodic  style  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  speed  metal  elements  as  well  as  the  vocals  bringing  in  a  first  wave  style  black  metal  approach  and  the  music  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  black'n'roll  touches.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  it  still  sounds  very  modern  at  the  same  time.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  along  with  some  growls  and  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  horror,  satanism  and  blasphemy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Regressive  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black'n'roll  and  speed  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Join  Us'  "The  Devil's  Daughter"  "Cults  Of  Death"  and  "Return  To  The  Tomb".  8  out  of  10.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Sterbhaus/Krampusnacht/Killhead/2019 EP Review


  Sterbhaus  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Krampusnacht"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Killhead.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Elements  of  thrash  metal  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  first  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  done  in  a  grim  black  metal  style.

  Death  metal  growls  are  also  brought  into  some  parts  of  the  songs  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Influences  of  classical  music  can  also  be  heard  being  mixed  in  with  the  more  extreme  metal  side  briefly  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast parts  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  old  school  metal  style,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Santa  Claus's  Alpine  opposite  Krampus  and  Satanism  themes.

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

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