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Monday, March 30, 2020

Witches Hammer/Damnation Is My Salvation/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2020 CD Review


  Witches  Hammer  are  a  band  from  Vancouver,  B.C,  Canada  that  has  a  history  that  goes  back  to  the  early  80's  and  on  their  earlier  recordings  played  more  of  a  mixture  of  thrash,  speed  and  first  wave  black  metal  but  evolved  into  more  of  a  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  after  their  reunion  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Damnation  Is  My  Salvation"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  blackened  metal  screams  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  mid  80's  to  early  90's  style  while  showing  an  influence  of  Morbid  Angel.

  Elements  of  thrash  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  good  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  influences  of  death  metal,  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  of  the  tracks  also  stick  to  a  heavier  direction  and  on  one  song  the  vocals  also  go  for  more  of  an  80's  shouting  style.

  Witches  Hammer  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  80's  and  890's  eras  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  mixes  it  with  a  more  modern  brutality  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Witches  Hammer  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  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Across  Azeroth"  "Frozen  God"  and  "Nine  Pillars".  8  out  of  10.

http://nuclearwarnowproductions.bandcamp.com/album/damnation-is-my-salvation

 

  

Shitfucker/Sex With Dead Body/Hells Headbangers/2020 CD Review


  Shitfucker  are  a  band  from  Detroit,  Michigan  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death,  thrash  metal  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "Sex  With  Dead  Body"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Hells  Headbangers.

  A  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier,  melodic  and  old  school  musical  direction.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  they  also  add  in  some  first  wave  touches.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while the  music  also  captures  the  raw  aggression  of  hardcore.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  old  school style  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Elements  of  death  and  thrash  metal  are  also  utilized  quite  a  nit  throughout  the  recording  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  and  90's  but  modern  at  the  same  time.  A  couple  of  songs  also  introduces  spoken  word  samples  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  vocals  start  going  for  more  of  an  old  school  semi  melodic  yet  rough  style.  The  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  darkness,  satanism  and  murder  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Shitfucker  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  death,  thrash  metal  and  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Stab  The  Head"  "Leather  Lady  Lover"  "Divinating  Death"  and  "Touch  Me  I"ll  Scream".  8  out  of  10.

http://shitfucker-detroit.bandcamp.com/album/sex-with-dead-body

    

DØDSKVAD/Krønike I/Caligari Records/2020 Demo Review



  DØDSKVAD  are  a  music  project  from  Norway  that  plays  a  tripped  out  and  old  school  form  of  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  demo  "Krønike  I"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Caligari  Records.

  Dark  soundscapes  and  marching  sounds  start  off  the  demo  while  also  introducing  synths  onto  the  recording  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style.

  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  slower  sections  of   the  songs  bring  in  touches  of  doom  metal  and  most  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.

  In  my  opinion  DØDSKVAD  are  a  very  great  sounding  tripped  out  and  old  school  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Pakt  Med  Dypet".  8  out  of  10.

http://caligarirecords.bandcamp.com/album/kr-nike-i 

  

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Venomous Skeleton/Drowning In Circles/Everlasting Spew Records/2020 CD Review


  Venomous  Skeleton  are  a  band  from  Israel  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Drowning  In  Circles"  which  will  be released  in  April  by  Everlasting  Spew  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  synths  are  added  into  the  music  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  direction  which  also  introduces  blast  beats  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  vocals  being  in  a  blackened  metal  style  along  with  some  death  metal  growls.

  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  old  school  style,  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  faster  riffing  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Venomous  Skeleton  plays  a  style  of  blackened  death  metal  that  is  very  old  school  and  atmospheric  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  90's  orientated  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Venomous  Skeleton  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  old  school  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Divine  Realm  Of  Existence"  "Chalice  To  The  Other  World"  and  "Curse  Of  The  Moon".  8  out  of  10.

www.facebook.com/VenomousSkeleton

The Flesh/Vehicle Of Ruin/Tartarus Records/2020 EP Review


  The  Flesh  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  hardcore  and  crust  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Vehicle  Of  Ruin"  which  was  released  by  Tartarus  Records.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  elements  of  crust  punk  and  hardcore.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  some  touches  of  d  beat  and  on  the  closing  track  dark  yet  melodic guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard  briefly

  On  this  recording  The  Flesh  remains  true  to  the  mixture  of  black  metal,  hardcore  and  crust  punk  that  was  established  on  their  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  spiritual, physical  and  emotional  erosion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  Flesh  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  hardcore  and  crust  punk,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Last  Word"  and  "Prey".  8  out  of  10,.

https://tartarusrecords.com/album/vehicle-of-ruin

Forlesen/Hierophant Violent/Hypnotic Dirge Records/2020 CD Review


  Forleson  are  a  band  from  the  Bay  Area  of  California  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  doom  metal,  dark  ambient  and  slowcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Hierophant  Violent"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Hypnotic  Dirge  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  while  both of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  evolving  into  clean  female  vocals  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  synths  and  elements  of  dark  ambient  and  psychedelic  music.

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  slow  and  heavy  riffs  are  mostly  rooted  in  doom  metal.  Clean  male  vocals  and  black  metal  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  the riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody,  touches  of  slowcore  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  mostly  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  slower  direction  as  well  as  some  fast  playing,  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  also  being  utilized  briefly.

  Forleson  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  doom  metal,  dark  ambient  and  slowcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Forleson  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  doom  metal,  dark  ambient  and  slowcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Following  Light".  8  out  of  10.

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https://www.facebook.com/Forlesen-515435575575427/ 

  

Head Of The Demon Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
- Since the recording we have foremost been preparing for the albums release in terms of working out the layout, release date, and currently doing promotional work for it.

2.You have a new album coming out towards the end of April, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
- I don’t think it differs that much but rather is a mesh of the two previous albums. A synthesis of the two prior full lengths if you will.

3.There seems to also be a 4 year gap in between releases, can you tell us a little bit more about it?
- Yeah, that is not something we have thought about and only came aware of now with the 3rd release. Perhaps it shows a pattern of our creative process cause it it isn’t planned in that regard. Perhaps it’s just chance.

4.All of the band members also having experience playing in other styles of extreme metal, what is it that you bring in to the music of 'Head Of The Demon' that you where not able to do with your previous groups?
- That’s a good question, and to sum it up I’d guess one can say experience and maturity. Experience in terms of having learnt different playing styles and techniques. Not to forget arrangements and all that comes with that. And maturity in that you don’t want to sound like your idols, but use the inspiration you get from them to find a unique style that expresses individualism.

5.The lyrics on the 2 previous album cover Satanism, Occultism and Left Hand Path themes. Can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?
- My interest were sparked already at the age of 12-13 in terms of finding the occult and sinister approach to spirituality as something I wanted to seriously devout myself to. I then started reading about it in books that you could hold of in the library and noticed that some of my experiences were being described in sections of astral travels and the likes. It developed to a deeper level in my early 20’s and I then started practicing it besides only studying it theoretically. And since then I have more or less just submitted myself to over 20 years of practice. Meaning that several times a week you do hour long rituals and meditations to delve deeper into the path of initiation.

6.On the first album you covered the writings of H.P Lovecraft, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in his works?
- I have Morbid Angel to thank for a lot in my life and one of the things that I discovered when I came across Altars of Madness upon its release was Lovecraft. I started delving into his stories and somehow found them connected to my interest in the occult. And since then I have held him in very high regard and been fascinated by both his literary work and to some extent his life. Necronomicon and Lovecraft being quite synonymous with each other does yield quite the weight both for his stories and also the occult.

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
- For the first time we didn’t use an already ready image but had one drawn up for us specifically. The artist is Timo Ketola. It is foremost based on the albums title Deadly Black Doom and embodies the spirit and title very well.

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?
- We haven’t played live that much for having released 3 albums. But one that will never fade is De mysteris dom invicti in Ireland that Invictus Productions arranged for the labels 20th year anniversary. It was held in deconsecrated church, and we are not talking you cardboad box church. But one of dignity and medieval easthetics that evoke necromantic notions and had a genuine eerie feeling as it was surrounded by graves and a churchyard. When darkness fell on it it was sight for sure. And the gig went really well too.

9. Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
- There are some plans for a smaller tour in Europé but it is currently so far away that there is nothing to really talk about at this time. We do have gig planned the day after our albums release though. But with the current situation of Corona we’ll see if that even happens. But worst case scenario, it is postponed to another date.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and doom metal?
- Very good and very mixed I’d say. I think some are gladly surprised that it doesn’t sound like the bands we have played in while others are disappointed by that fact.

11.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
- There is for now only one member that has projects and a band and they are going well as far as I know. Some very interesting stuff will be coming from him in a not too distant future. 

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
- That is also a very good question, but also tricky to answer. We won’t remain on the same place that is for sure, but where we are heading is also very much up to the genii that guides us.

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?
- We are all metal heads in our bone but with time comes a wider acknowledgement of other styles and genres. Such as electronica, sound tracks, classical music, and generally what appeals to us. All of this taken together forms a back bone for our creative outputs and I do believe it shows in our music. As of late I have listened to a lot of Merciful Fate and King Diamond, early Metallica and plenty of Goblin.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
- Deadly Black Doom is upon us!

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Cosmic Putrefaction/The Horizon Towards Which Splendour Withers/I, Voidhanger Records/2020 Full Length Review


  Cosmic  Putrefaction  is  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  with  some  atmospheric,  progressive, avant  garde,  grindcore  and  doom  metal  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "The  Horizon  Towards  Which  Splendour  Withers"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  deep  yet  guttural  death  metal  growls.  Black  metal  screams  can  also  be heard  at  times  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  riffs  also  have  their  dissonant  moments.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  slower  songs  of  the  songs  also  add  in  elements  of  doom  metal.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  along  with  some  of  the  faster  sections  also  adding  in  the  brutality  and  raw  aggression  of  grindcore.

  When  clean  playing  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  and  avant  garde  movements,  clean  playing,  pianos  and  symphonic  elements  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  a  couple  of  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  horror  and  occultism  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Cosmic  Putrefaction  plays  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  death  emtal  style  with  some  progressive,  avant  garde,  atmospheric,  symphonic,  grindcore  and  doom  metal  elements  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Glooming  Murk  Of His  Telluric  Shrieks"  and  "Utterance  Of  The  Fall  Of  Man".  8  out  of  10.

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Noroth/It Dwells Amongst Us/Caligari Records/2020 EP Review


  Noroth  are  a  band  from  Seattle,  Washington  that  plays  an  old  school  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "It  Dwells  Amongst  Us"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Caligari  Records.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  old  school  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  also  adding  in  elements  of  doom  metal  and  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  riffing.

  All  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  At  times  the  music  also  captures  the  blasphemous  atmosphere  of  second  wave  black  metal  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Noroth  plays  a  musical  style  that  goes  back  to  the  early  90's  era  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  darkest  ills  of  humanity.

  In  my  opinion  Noroth  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  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  "Shadow,  My  Patriarch"  "Mount  Ov  Misery"  and  "Vengeful  Tribulation".  8  out  of  10.

www.facebook.com/norothovcascadia  

Raider Interview

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


Gabe: For sure! We are a 5 piece Canadian death/thrash based out of Waterloo, Ontario. We formed back in 2017 and dropped our first CD Urge to Kill a year later in 2018. We spent the last couple of years playing as many shows as we could and took the time to craft our newest record, Guardian of the Fire!


2.You have your first full length coming out this month, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?


Gabe: Our new album Guardian of the Fire definitely has way more death metal influence than 2018’s Urge to Kill. The songs are tighter, faster, more aggressive and just better songs in general. The lyrics too, a lot more time was put into implementing the lyrics into the music.


3.Your lyrics touch of dark arts, mythology and horror themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?


Angelo: Honestly, those were some of the topics we listed when the guy from Metal Archives reached out to us haha… but they definitely still hold true. I think music is a great way to tell a story and every song/record can be used to accomplish this. The themes of truth, conquering your own darkness, and portents of evil are more definitive of Guardian as a record. I tend to use mythology and dark imagery as vehicles for these themes.


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


Gabe: We were looking for a name that described the right amount of aggression our sound was putting out and the name Raider really stuck out after trying a bunch of other ideas.


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


Angelo: Our artwork was done by artist Mario Lopez, a genius and household name in metal and especially thrash. It is a very literal interpretation of the title Guardian of the Fire. I think the lyrics of the song really speak to what this means and why we chose this imagery, check out our lyric video for it on The Circle Pit youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlspTM4cVpw


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


Gabe: Some of the best shows we’ve played have been at home with packed houses over the years! Some other really notable shows were Quebec City with Skullfist and Toronto with Venom inc. and Exmortus!


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


Gabe: The goal is to play as much as we can this year and promote this new album! How active we actually end up being is all going to depend on the state of this worldwide pandemic going on right. Hopefully, things start to clear up by the summer and we can get the ball rolling!


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


Gabe: We are indeed currently running as an independent band but are definitely interested in looking for a label to back us up for our next CD!


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


Gabe: So far the reaction has been awesome from everywhere around the world! Everyone who has checked out the new songs have said nothing but good things and with that being said we really appreciate the kind words!


10.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?


Gabe: We don’t really do too much other than Raider. Our bass player Brandon has an Iron Maiden tribute band as well a black metal band. Other than that, we are solely focused on reaching our musical goals with Raider!


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


Gabe: Honestly we are still developing our sound so who knows where it will be in years to come haha. One things for sure, our next record will have a lot more death metal influence.


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?


Gabe: We listen to all sorts of stuff. From old school to new bands coming out. As of late, we’ve been cranking a lot of creeping death, skeletal remains and exmortus!


13.What are some of your non musical interests?


Gabe: In terms of hobbies and careers, we all have our own different interests ranging from cooking to sales and trade. I work as a cook for example and Kevin our drummer is an electrician. At the end of the day we all have one main passion and that is creating metal!


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


Gabe: Thanks for having us! We really appreciate you taking the time to do this. Our new album Guardian of the Fire is out now streaming everywhere! Crank it!


https://raiderofficial.bandcamp.com/

www.facebook.com/raidermetal

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtQETkX8YfPhoYzraYpI_ew?

www.instagram.com/raider.official

https://open.spotify.com/artist/58IxOcAG2DyT1rHOxdHQyf?si=QqKRcj-yTS67Xbcx0H0O-Q

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Unholy Desecration Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band? We are an extreme metal band hailing from South Texas with a mix of black and death metal. Pepper in some thrash and that's more or less where we're aiming. Aggressive and high energy.                        . . 

2.Recently you have released your first full length, musically how does it differ from your previous ep? Well the 3 songs on the 2018 EP have been included in the full length which originally we were not intending on releasing an EP but we released it when we were coming up to doing our first show so we could have something for the fans in case they asked us for a CD, but we did some modifications & changes to the three songs from the EP adding in some leads and harmonies that we didn't have before, that would be the only differences

3.A lot of your lyrics cover satanic and blasphemous themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?
The satanic & blasphemous nature of our lyrics are an extension of some of our members beliefs, besides what other subject matter would fit the brutal and sick music we are delivering to the masses, and we just like things that are evil as fuck

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Unholy Desecration'? Honestly there was no meaning or inspiration behind the name we had a new lineup and we needed to separate ourselves from the former member & name that we were under, so we sat around brainstormed and came up with Unholy Desecration

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 a very talented gentleman from Indonesia by the name of Jenglot Hitam which he also did our labelmates in Panteón album artwork as well, we felt the piece perfectly portrayed the title of the album as well as the song itself

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 say all of them are our best cause we give it our all at every show &
Our stage performance tends to be high energy. We enjoy what we do and there is nothing more fun than getting to release our energy through our music to a crowd of like minded souls. It's a privilege to do what we do and we do not forget that.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Oh yes, most definitely! We're always in talks with promoters from anywhere and everywhere! Our leader Rob Scarabeus, as we tend to call him, is always open to convos on shows/festivals, you name it. And on that note, feel free to hit us up anyone out there interested in getting our insanity to a new audience!

8.The new album was released by 'Confused Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Confused Records is our digital only distributor for our earlier & latest material. That means streaming and what not through the internet. Hard working guys over there.
Our latest album/CD (think physical copy here) is actually under the good folks at Sound of White Noise. They did a hell of a job with the pressings and we are very grateful!

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
Worldwide response has been good we had a gentleman in Poland order 20 physical copies (CD) of our new album, just received an email today from a fanzine out of Argentina called Oscuro Funeral Zine we are also waiting for confirmation to do an interview with D.O.A. magazine formerly S.O.D. magazine we have a regular rotation on England's House of Pain radio show with Jase Boy Pain very cool individual I might add
                                       
 10.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?
Well Rob and Fremitus Diaboli (Jaime) souls belong 110% to Unholy Desecration. We checked with a meter and everything LOL!. Necrovecula 666(Arnold) is always in countless bands from Confused to Nerve Damage. Which we highly recommend you check them out if you like intense thrash. Hideous(Josh) jams in a band called "Thy Curse" with some good friends of ours. Killer old school death metal that keeps the authenticity alive. Then our newest member, Leo Mortem has "Monuments of Sin" & his old band "Slow Grind" still pops up to throw down some high intensity death metal. This question made us realize how whorish we can be LOL! . What can we say, we love this stuff !

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future ?  We have some big plans moving forward. The band's sound is set after

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? Listening to our material, we are sure people will pick up on the hints of Slayer, Morbid Angel, Deicide, and all the other staple bands that our kind revere. Most of us have been in "the scene" for quite some time so the influences are pretty diverse, but for the most part come from the underground communities from punk to death.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?  Well for starters, thank you very much for this interview as it is appreciated!

To our fans and future listeners we look forward to playing near you soon! Get yourself a copy of our latest album "Unholy Horde" on digital/CD (sample promos online ) and keep those horns raised high! Hails!

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GraveRipper/Complete Blinding Darkness/2020 EP Review


  GraveRipper  are  a  band  from  Indiana  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  under  their  previous  name  "Death  Ensemble" and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  ep  "Complete  Blinding  Darkness".

  A  very  heavy  thrash  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  done  in  an  aggressive  screaming  style  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  elements  of  black  and  death  metal  as  well  as  being  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  and  90's  style.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  some  of  the  faster  riffing  adding  in  some  tremolo  picking.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  remain  very  true  to  an  old  school  style  will  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  slow  and  mid  tempo  parts  also  being  used  briefly  and  all  of  the  songs  also  stick  to  a  heavier  direction.

  On  this  recording  GraveRipper  goes  for  more  of  a  faster  combination  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  as  well  as  making  an  old  school  style  sound  very  modern  again.  The  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Grave Ripper  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "A  Swift  Kick  To  The  Teeth".  8  out  of  10.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Perdition Temple Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
1.  We recorded the new album back in September 2019... immediately after that in October/November we did a massive 5 week tour of USA/CANADA supporting CANNIBAL CORPSE. Other than that not much new activity until the new album is released at end of March. But now with the COVID plague thing happening there may not be live show activity until later in year.

2.You have a new album coming out towards the end of March, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
2.  Not so much different. It is a collection of new songs that are every much as relative to the past works of the band as they introduce maybe some new things that may not have been as much present on past releases... it is the same I try to do with every new release to relate to the past and keep a uniformity of sound but offer new elements to keep it from becoming repetitive or boring even to myself.


3.This is also your first full length since 2015, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
3.  I've never wanted to rush on any new music. Never wanted to feel like it was some sort of commercial machine to grind out a new album every year/etc... I like to let the development of new songs be natural and evolve at their own way. Also, there were a few distractions that somewhat sidelined activity such as the 2016-2017 ANGELCORPSE live reunion shows/etc... But i think allowing some time between new releases gives a chance for new things to develop through reflection on what had been previously done also. Through whatever madness is employed in creating new songs, after a few years of living with them after completed, you can more objectively get your head around what it is you really had done previously and maybe apply some of the best of that towards what comes later.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer release and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?
4.  Similar range of subjects as always. Apocalyptic stuff,  deadly acts inspired by deluded occult understandings, horrid legacies of "messiah" types, Regimes that practice "Disappearing" and torture to control, and even some topics that are very old in metal such as "Elizabeth bathory", and Gilles De Rais" finding there way into songs topics... I've tried to never stray too far from the relative subjects that can be identified as part of what PERDITION TEMPLE has been known for.

5.Some of the lyrics you have written on some albums also show a hatred for Christianity, can you tell us a little bit more about your hatred for this religion and also does this hatred also expand into other Abrahamic Religions such as Judaism or Islam?
5.  I guess it could be aimed at any form of a "christ" or messianic figure/deity/etc... My concern has never been with the illusory fantasy of ANY faith/doctrine, but more with what sort of extreme realizations are done by fanatical followers of ANY of those paths. Most often revealing how distorted the human mind has been and continues to deteriorate into these modern times, leading to bloody chaos and death.

6.You have also showed some references to Satanism and Occultism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?
6  Really the same feeling in my normal life about those things as I might make topics of in my lyrics. I have interest in observing the extremes of followers of that stuff for whatever inspiration it may give me for lyrics or my viewpoint of other humans around my life in all areas/etc...

7.How would to you describe the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
7.  I asked the artist to give a surreal representation of a lifetime of vile acts and abominations leading to a sort of ranking or achievement at the end of ones existence, hence the aged figure being graced with some sort of adornment by the demon. I alsi like the fact that the image sort of reminds of HELLHAMMER and SLAYER ancient classic album covers a bit!

8.All of the band members all have a background in the war, black and death metal genres for more than 20 years, do you feel these genres have lost some of the raw aggression over the past years that was presented on the early releases?
8.  The quality of this music has not weakened over all these years, it is just that since the music of low standards has almost equal visibility as the great stuff, it becomes hard to find the cream of the crop. For sure over the last years some new favorites of mine have emerged like ASCENDED DEAD, OMEGA VORTEX, BEYOND, MAGNANIMVS, VITRIOL to name a few.

9.You have also done a Blasphemy cover on a past release, what was the decision behind doing your one version of one of their songs?
9.  I had been a fan of the complete chaos of BLASPHEMY music for many years since my teens when in 1990 that 1st album of theirs came out. It was like a horror version of fusing the noise of NAPALM DEATH early stuff with the evil of BATHORY "the return" album. Since we had the opportunity to do a 7" (Sovereign of the Desolate e.p.) I felt is was a great opportunity to do a tribute to my fandom of that great stuff.


10.The last 2 albums where released on 'Hells Headbangers' , how would you compare working with them to your previous label 'Osmose Productions'?
10.  OSMOSE is a great label, many legendary releases through them over the decades. But communication sometimes a bit hard since a France based company and we are a USA band. Since 2014 we have now been with HHR and they are a USA company with vast distribution into every part of the world, yet they still serve in a way a very underground type of grassroots type of approach to some things which I like as well. So the relationship is quite good for us.

11.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
11.  Great fests here in USA like MDF, CDF, and DESTROYING TX, mass destruction atlanta fests are all great. And of course this last October/November we did a massive 5 weeks tour supporting CANNIBAL CORPSE through the USA/CANADA.  We don't have so much stage dressing at all... really just the same stuff you would see us ever wearing/etc.. Our stage show is really a gathering ogf maniac musicians displaying absolute chaos through our music and we dont require a "look" to make it work.

12.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
12.  Some plans... but keeping silence until all this plague epidemic stuff dies down... plans are for 1st time for PERDITION TEMPLE to visit Europe!

13.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of black and death metal?
13.  I think fans who understand what it is that PERDITION TEMPLE or similar bands do are just as enthusiastic as they have ever been, just like quality music of this sort has never really gone away either. I still have fans that chat with me about how the approach to songs/riffs or the complete "educated" chaos of solos/etc has moved them in some way. So it is still a great feeling being part of this musical movement, and my activity within it makes me still have the feeling of being still 16 years old when in the real world I am 47 now. haha!

14.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
14.  For sure I can say that I am very deep into the writing of new songs already! And for sure the sort of progression that has happened musically from me for over 2 decades now between all my past projects to now is not changing at all! And for sure it may not be a 5 year space between records the next time!

15.What are some of the bands or musical styles you are currently listening to these days?
15.  bands I mentioned earlier for sure, but i dont exclusively listen to just black/death metal stuff. I listen to a lot of late 60's music, crazy prog rock guitar stuff from then, some doom stuff. I like many early 70's metal/rock like CAPTAIN BEYOND, BUFFALO, TRACTOR, COOL FEET(germany), GROUNDHOGS, just to name some things off the top of my head... but so much more, and it all contributes to maintaining a fresh mind about the how and why things can be ANY WAY in what one creates through their music in whatever genre form.

16.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
16.  Thanks for the massive support with the interview! And prepare for the horror storm of the new album coming out in a few weeks now!



Monday, March 16, 2020

Phantasmal Interview

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

- The band was formed by me and my brother Niilo back in 2010. We had played cover songs and own music, some kind of thrash metal, together already, but then we changed the musical style to old school death / doom metal and named the band Phantasmal. We recorded a couple of demo tracks the very first years but then had quite long break, mostly because we both were in another band, Oppressive, and didn't have that much spare time to other projects. Later, in 2016 or something like that, I started to write new music and decided to release it as Phantasmal.

2.In 2019 you had released your first album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

- As I said, Phantasmal's demos were more like pure death / doom. When I started writing these new tracks, I didn't want to be limited in any specific genre. The musical style is still strongly based on death / doom, but there is more black metal elements as well as some progressive elements on this album.

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

- The most important subject on this album is how human beings are born in a society and a way of living that is not sustainable or good for themselves and how hard it is to get rid of all those things.

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

- I think we came up with that name because it describes the atmosphere of our music.

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

- Artwork is made by Niilo, there's a person in a place that doesn't seem to offer what he really would need.

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 never played live.

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

- Not really plans, more like wishes. My brother moved to other side of Finland and haven't been playing drums for a while, so actually there's no line-up at all right now. But I'm looking for a full line-up to continue making new music and to do shows.

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

- Yes, as soon as I get a line-up for a new album, or even a session drummer, I would be happy to release it with a label. I have the second Phantasmal album almost written, but without a drummer it's pretty hard to get recorded.

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

- I think the reaction has been positive and people have found the music interesting overall, even though not so many people have even heard about us because I'm not that great in marketing.

10.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?

- I'm also playing in a death metal band called Surman Suu, and we just released our second EP Kunnallisteurastamo which you can find on Spotify, Youtube etc. or: https://surmansuu.bandcamp.com/album/kunnallisteurastamo

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

- Maybe some more elements and influences from black metal and doom metal and some progressive stuff. As I said I don't like limiting myself to any genres too much, but on the other hand I want to keep this band based on death metal, so it is not getting to be too clean, produced or nice.

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?

- Back to when we started this band, the greatest influences came from Triptykon and Asphyx and I think they're still there. Other bands you could hear from our music would be for example Entombed, Moonsorrow, Ajattara and Kuolemanlaakso. I'm listening to many kind of music, so also bands like Metsatöll, Jethro Tull and Alamaailman Vasarat, a great Finnish instrumental band, have affected me but I don't know if you can hear that on Phantasmal's music so much.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

- I've been learning some painting and tattooing lately, so visual arts are important for me as well.

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

- At the moment I just want to find a drummer, after that I can propably think of something clever to say.

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Saturday, March 14, 2020

Head Of The Demon/Deadly Black Doom/Invictus Productions/The Ajna Offensive/2020 Full Length Review


  Head  Of  The  Demon  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Deadly  Black  Doom"  which  will  be  released  in  April  as  a  joint  effort  between  Invictus  Productions  and  The  Ajna  Offensive.

  A  very  dark  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  mostly  a  first  wave  black  metal  style  showing  an  influence  of  Celtic Frost  and  Hellhammer.

  Melodic  chants  and  singing  are  also  used  briefly  on  a  couple  of  songs  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  are  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  doom  metal.  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody,  atmospheric  yet  ritualistic  soundscapes,  flutes  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction,

  All  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  slower  style  and  one  track  also  introduces  death  metal  growls  and  grim  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  music  taking  80's  and  90's  influences  and  giving  them  a  more  modern  atmosphere  and  on  the  closing  track  clean  playing  is  also  added  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  satanism,  occultism  and  paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Head  Of  The  Demon  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dawn  Walker"  and  "St.  Cyprian".  8  out  of  10.

http://invictusproductions666.bandcamp.com/track/dawn-walker  

Friday, March 13, 2020

The Prophecy23/Fresh Metal/Massacre Records/2020 CD Review


  Germany's  The  Prophecy23  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  into a   mixture  of  black,  death,  thrash  metal  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2020  album  "Fresh  Metal"  which  will  be  released  on  March  20th  by  Massacre  Records.

  Back  up  gang  shouting  vocals  start  off  the  music  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  thrash  metal.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while t he  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  death  emtal  growls  and  semi  melodic  yet  aggressive  vocals.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  tracks  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  but  still  sounds  very  modern  at  the  same  time  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Some  of  the  screams  also  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  adding  in  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style.  At  times  the  music  also  brings  in  the  raw  energy  of  punk  rock  as  well  as  some  hardcore,  crossover  and  nu  metal  elements  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  is  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  metal,  alcohol,  politics,  movies,  games  and  society  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  Prophecy23  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "We  Love  Fresh  metal"  "I  Wish  I  Could  Skate"  "Mammon"  and  "The  greenwolf".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/RdrpZlYj4Ak

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Karloff/Raw Nights/Dying Victims Productions/2020 EP Review


  Karloff  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death  metal  and  punk  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Raw  Nights"  which will  be  released  in  April  by  Dying  Victims  Productions.

  A  very  heavy  punk  sound  starts  off  the album  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  which  later  evolve  into  more  of  the  80's  style.  The  music  also  mixes  in  some  first  wave  and  black'n'roll  elements  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  an  old  school  style  as  well  as  some  touches  of  old  school  death  metal.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  short  in  length.  The  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  80's  and  90's  influences  but  also keeps  it  modern  at  the  same  time  as  well  as  the  songs  sticking  to  either  a  fast  or  mid  tempo  direction,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  whole  ep  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Karloff  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes the first  and  second  waves  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  death  metal  and  punk  rock  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Karloff are a  very  great sounding  mixture  of  black,  death  metal  and  punk  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I  Like  Blood"  "Bastards  Of  The  Night"  and  "Tonight  or Never".  8  out  of  10.

"I Like Blood":


   

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Unholy Desecration/Unholy Horde/Confused Records/2020 Full length Review


  Unholy  Desecration  are  a  band  from  Mission,  Texas  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Unholy  Horde"  which  will  be  released  on  March  27th  by  Confused  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  at  times  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  adding  in  more  of  an  old  school  style.

  Elements  of  black  metal  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  one  track  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  album.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  One  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  some  battle  samples  along  with    clean  playing  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  a  few  songs  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length,  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  screams  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Evil,  Blasphemy  and  War  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Unholy  Desecration  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  "Praise  My  Hell"  "As  She  Walks"  "Sacrifice"  and  "Born  Of  Evil".  8  out  of  10.


  

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Necroblasphemy/Crypt/Nailed Nazarene Industries/2020 Demo Review


  Necroblasphemy  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  demo  "Crypt"  which  was  released  by  Nailed  Nazarene  Industries.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  demo  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Vocals  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  death  metal  growls and  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  brutal  sounding  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  no  solos  or  leads  are  ever  utilized  and  all  of  the  songs  also  stick  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Necroblasphemy  plays  a  style  of  blackened  death  metal  that  goes  back  to  the  90's  era  but  with  more  of  a  rawer  demo  style.  The  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the lyrics  cover  fear,  blood  and  blasphemy  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Necroblasphemy  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hate"  and  "Reap  Hook".  8  out  of  10.

https://nailednazareneindustries.bandcamp.com/album/crypt   

Nomad/Transmogrification(Partus)/Witching Hour Productions/2020 CD Review


  Nomad  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Transmogrification"  which  will  be  released  on  March  27th  by  Witching  Hour  Productions  and  also  consists  of  their  2015  ep  "Tetramorph"  which  I  also  reviewed  a  few  years  ago.

  A  very  dark  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard. 

  Distorted  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  black  metal  screams  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording.  Some  tracks  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  album  along  with  synths  also  making  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  songs  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  also starts  getting  more  diverse  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nomad  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  The  Hand  Of  Progresion"  "Pantocrator"  and  "Inconsolable  Longing".  8  out  of  10.

https://witchinghourproductions.bandcamp.com/album/transmogrification-partus