Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Amputee/Syzygy/Tanaka Shoten/2022 EP Review

 


   Amputee  are  an  international  duo  with  members  from  Japan  and  the  United  States  that  plays  a  very  old  school  from  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  death,  thrash  metal  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  ep  "Syzygy"  which  was  released  by  Tanaka  Shoten.




  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  mid  80's  to  early  90's  influences.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  that  mix  both  the  first  and  second  wave  era's  together  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  old  school  style.




  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  elements  of  death,  thrash  metal  and  punk.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  one  of  the  songs  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples,  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  mid  tempo  style  and  the  ep  closes  with  a  cover  of  Bathory's  "Reaper".


  Amputee  plays  a  musical  style  that  goes  back  to  the  mid  80's  and  early  90's  era  of  black,  death,  thrash  metal  and  punk  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  current  events,  biblical  lore  and  personal  life  choices.


  In  my  opinion  Amputee  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  mixture  of  black,  death,  thrash  metal  and  punk  and  i  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Telepathic  Soldiers"  and Trumpets  Of  Jericho".  8  out  of  10.


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LABEL- https://tanakashoten.bandcamp.com/      

Selfgod/Born Of Death/2022 Full Length Review

 


  Selfgod  are  a  duo  from  Pennsylvania  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a review  of  his  self  released  2022  album  "Born  Of  Death".


  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  the  music  is  also  heavily  rooted  in t he  90's  era.


   Elements  of  black  metal  can  can  also b e  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Tremolo  picking  can  also be  heard  in  some  of  the  faster  riffing  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark,  old  school  and  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized.


  Selfgod  plays  a  musical  style  that  goes  back  to  the  early  90's  era  of  black  and  death  metal,  The  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Slavic  Mythology  and  Death  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Selfgod  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  death  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Svarog's  Steel"  "Cosmic  Axis"  "Veles"  and  "Born  of  Death".  8  out  of  10.


 https://youtu.be/h9sarG2Ev_Y


https://www.facebook.com/selfgodband
https://www.instagram.com/selfgodband/
https://selfgod.bandcamp.com/album/born-of-death


  

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Deadnight/Canon Of Irreverence/2022 EP Review

 


  Deadnight  are  a  band  from  Chicago,  Illinois  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2022  ep  "Canon  Of  Irreverence".


  A  very  heavy  thrash  metal  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast b eats.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  remain  true  to  an  old  school  style  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  black  metal  screams  that  are  heavily  rooted  in  the  first  wave  style.


  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  while  also  capture  a  modern  day  brutality  at  the  same  time.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times  and  all  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.


  Deadnight  plays  a  musical  style  that  goes  back  to  the  80's  era  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  genocide,  death  and  Armageddon  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Deadnight  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a f an  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  ECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Shape  of  Countless  Suffering"  and  "Circle  of  Rats".  8  out  of  10.


  Bandcamp: https://deadnightofficial.bandcamp.com

Facebook: https://facebook.com/deadnightofficial
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/deadnightchicago
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6lANXCpnUGTxXPsZ6b6Z1f
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deadnightofficial


   

Tyrannosatan Interview

 

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


We are a tyrannic power trio based on Devil's Island in Gothenburg, Sweden and we play howling heavy metal! The band consists of me (G.G. Nattsvart) on guitars and vocals, my best friend Isfall on thunder bass and vocals, and drummer Pestgam of Tyranex fame. On the album "Katakombernas Kakofoni" the drums are played by Slirhammer, but he left the band shortly after it was recorded. It's hard to describe the music, you have to listen for yourself, but I suppose it's a mix of heavy, speed, black, thrash and ancient death metal... everything old school and metal really, drenched in evil reverb.


2.In February you had released your first full length, musically how does it differ from your previous demo?


Oh, a lot. For starters, Isfall have acquired about 10 extra bass distortion pedals. On the demo it's just one guitar, one bass with very weak sound, one drumkit and that's it. For the album we entered a proper studio (the Black Path Studio in Goatenburg) and used many different kinds of instruments to create a more sinister atmosphere. Song-writing wise I'm not so sure what has changed, as we didn't think a lot on the song structures or even rehearse them very much either for the demo or the album. We play 100% from the heart so the songs sometimes spontaneously change themselves mid-song, but that's fine. The album ended up sounding super weird, in a totally good way! Often I'm sick and tired of an album I made by the time it is released, but KATAKOMBERNAS KAKOFONI is actually really cool to listen to for me as well.


3.This is also your first release in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?


We have mostly been busy with our other bands and felt no rush to get going with Tyrannosatan. But when the world got totally hysteric during the so called pandemic, all of us suddenly had way more time on our hands when everything else got cancelled. This felt like the perfect time to become extra creative and productive, so we fired up the band again. I actually recorded 3 albums with 3 different bands during the pandemic!


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


It's a mix of Tolkien, Lovecraft & other early 20th century horror writers, nature, and winter, all mixed up and dumped into a fantasy realm of my own making called SVARTHEIM. The lyrics concern the hardhsips of life and the brutality of death in this harsh world. It's a world filled with dark magick and cold winter landscapes, a world where evil is always lurking around the next corner, always just out of sight. There are also the seeds of some cosmological themes planted there that will likely be explored further on the next album. It's all sung in Swedish because it feels more archaic and because it is easier for me to express my emotions in my mother tongue, obviously.


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


The concept for Tyrannosatan has been growing in my mind for a decade already before we even had a single rehearsal, and it all began with the band name. As heavy metal teenagers back in my home town of Växjö, Småland we weren't allowed to go into the bar so instead we spent many cold, dark, and lonely nights drinking folköl and listening to heavy metal in the forest or some parking lot. During this period, me and some friends tried to come up with the most evil sounding band name ever, and I think we succeeded: TYRANNOSATAN.


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


It is a gatefold-sized painting made by the very talented artist Skadvaldur who has done great work for many cool bands. I think it was our old drummer Slirhammer who discovered his works. Skadvaldur got pretty much free hands with it, we basically told him to envision the Catacombs from the album's title and just paint whatever that represented to him.


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


We want our stage performance to be gigantic and majestic, meaning that we don't really play any shows just for the fun of it (even if it is a lot of fun too). This means that we so far have only played a grand total of three live concerts ever. The most successful one was the release party of Katakombernas Kakofoni, which we planned for a full year and spent thousands of euros on material for stage props and clothing.


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


Not any concrete at this moment, no. As you have probably already guessed, it has to be the right opportunity in order to be worth all the effort. We are still waiting for that next opportunity to arise. When it does, however, we have a great amount of plans ready to be set into action. So far we have only played in Sweden and Denmark, but we would love to bring our tyrannic metal to other shores as well.


9.Currently the band is signed to 'Jawbreaker Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?


Certainly, this is my own record label and I'm very passionate about it. It started out as a hobby in 2014 but I have been trying to do it a bit more professionally since the summer of 2022. In the beginning, I did mostly tapes but since this year I'm also releasing LP records, and starting in 2023 I will also expand into CDs. I'm mainly focused (even fanatic, really) on bands playing old school sounding metal from the heart, plus a few gems by 80s Swedish heavy metal bands: Mindless Sinner, Neptune, Rising, and Onyx. From a business perspective, perhaps it wasn't very intelligent to release my own band on my own label, but I don't care about any fame or money and this way I was sure to have full control of the end product which was very important to me.


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


I don't think many people have heard the album or even seen our logo. It's crazy how many great underground bands that pop up all the time, and we certainly haven't done much to promote ourselves. But I am confident that more and more fans will discover our music in the decades to come. It might sound a bit pompous, but the chords that you play on an album will ring on through eternity, even after when we are dead and gone. That's pretty cool to think about. Given enough time, all great music eventually reaches the right ears.


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?


Me and Isfall are both busy with Armory. Actually we recorded Armory's latest album "Mercurion" in the same studio as "Katakombernas Kakofoni", just one or two weeks apart! It was a very hectic time, but it was during the famine times so there was not much else going on anyway. Pestgam plays in Tyranex as well, and they have just started up again with a Gothenburg-based lineup, sounding better than ever!


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


I know we will change a lot but I don't know exactly how it will sound. We will continue to experiment and don't give a fuck about what other people think. The only thing I know for sure is that it will always be True Underground Metal, we will never sell out or start playing gay hipster music like some bands do all of a sudden!


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?


I mainly listen to US Speed Metal like Helstar and Savage Grace, and of course classic heavy metal like Maiden and Saxon. My favourite band for all eternity is Judas fucking Priest.


14.How would you describe your views on Satanism and occultism?


I'm not superstitious and neither do I practice any dark arts. As a lyricist I am inspired by it though, many of the characters populating my me(n)tal fantasy realm are all kinds of occultists, devil worshippers, or just plain evil. While I don't perform any rituals or such myself, I think I know what these people are after, and I believe it is the same thing that we are looking for when we are playing our music. I bet that most or all religions, especially when performed in combination with psychedelic drugs, are at their original core just different aspects or expressions of the same concept. To transcend the normal, everyday limitations of body and mind and grasp for something bigger. If the mood is right when we rehearse, and especially when playing live, I very much exit my physical body and step aside to let some other (subconscious) power take control. Sometimes when I step off the stage I can only remember a few seconds from the concert (not only from all the beer, I promise) so the live concert becomes like a ritual itself.


15.before we wrap up this interview do you have any final words or thoughts?


Thank you for taking the time to do this interview and for helping spreading the word. The underground is alive!


Thursday, November 24, 2022

Ryth Interview

 

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

We are keeping active and staying ready.


2.You have a new album coming out in December, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?

Our style has always been esoteric in a way, we pour ourselves in the music and let it flow. 


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

It is mostly involved with mythical themes, and it tells stories that resonate with events or people around us and around the world. The stories come with some philosophical approaches of nihilism, anarchism, existentialism, and some on psychology and emotions. 


4.Can you tell us a little bit more about the4 artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

The artwork was specifically requested by describing the scenery of the main story of the album, that spans from Self Destruct to Facade (In respect to album track order). 

At one point in particular, the ending of Facade goes through a tragedy that serves a questionable reasoning of good VS evil, the whole story leads up to that point and there are multiple events unfolding. The vocals say "Deceptor Creator" and that is what signifies the moment for the artwork scenery and album name.


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

We always enjoy the latest shows we play more than the previous, I think that represents how we are improving and how the crowd is getting bigger and better.


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

We are aiming to play more and more shows in Bahrain and neighboring countries. 


7.The band is from Bahrain, how would you compare the metal scene of your home country to other middle eastern countries?

We believe Bahrain has the best potential when it comes to Metal music, it has long running bands that are true to their genre. And many talents all around it. However, Saudi Arabia and Dubai are involved with the same crowd, we love how metal brings us together across borders. 


8.In 2021 you where a part of a split, can you tell us a little bit more about the other band that you shared this recording with?

In the live album 'Metal Live in Bahrain Vol.2', we shared the stage with fellow Bahraini bands Hellionight, Lunacyst, and Necrosin. Check them out along with the live album which is available on streaming platforms. 


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

We would consider it if it serves our interests, which is mainly making more music and reaching a bigger audience.


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

It's been really good, we are very happy to see comments from an international crowd that are authentically positive. We are hoping to hear more of what people think. 


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

We've always been influenced heavily by Gojira, Opeth, Dark Fortress, Bloodbath, and Shining. Nowadays, we are listening to Gaerea and their new album Mirage. Rivers of Nihil, Revocation and more, . 


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

Thank you very much for the interview and your support! We hope you enjoy our album!


https://youtu.be/K2pIQpPdIFY

https://ryth.bandcamp.com/album/deceptor-creator


https://linktr.ee/rythbh

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

OmegaThrone Interview

 

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




A1. Since the EP was mastered, We've played gigs across the Northwest. We've played our first international support - Malevolent Creation in Manchester, and our first festival - Darkness Over Cumbria. We reached the finals of the Metal 2 the Masses (band comp that feeds into the Bloodstock festival) but got pipped at the post. We've also been getting material ready for our upcoming album - guitars and drums are pretty much there, vocals and bass are about half way. 


So, We've been keeping busy!




2.You have a new ep coming out towards the end of the year, musically how does it differ from your previous full length?




A2. Full length, not EP thank you very much! (Pretends to be insulted).


It's looking more like early next year for mixing/mastering, to be honest. It's a development of the sound on the first album. The core brutality is still there, but the arrangements are a bit more sophisticated, the bass parts more intricate etc.


The most obvious difference is the vocals - more old-school death metal, punchy, deep and nasty.




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




A3. Well, it's pretty dark music, so the lyrics match. Cruelty, torture, soul crushing inhumanity, industrialised madness.




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




A4. Weirdly enough, from Megatron, the bad guy from Transformers!




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




A5. The art was produced by a very talented guy from SE Asia - we wanted it monochrome, stark and striking.




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




A6. One of the best so far was the Malevolent Creation support - fun line up, crowd appreciation, big stage to play with. Lots of fun. 


On stage we try to match the energy and intensity of the music. If you're not going to get into your own music, why should anyone else?




7.Do you have any touring or show plans for 2023?




A7. We've got a few things pencilled in for early in the new year, but nothing's set in stone yet.




8.Currently the band is looking for a label, what kind of label do you feel would be a perfect fit for the musical style that you play?




A8. It's the old story - how do you get your music out there and noticed? If a label can get us to a wider national and international audience, excellent. Obviously, we'd need stablemates of a similar style/sound - no point being the sole black/death band on a vegan grindcore label. At the moment,  our following has mainly been driven by live performances, but we'd love to move beyond that to a wider audience.




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




A9. We've had a few international reviews for the EP, which has been really positive.




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




A10. Musically, it's going to be interesting going forward - the main songwriting so far has been driven by the guitarist and drummer, but future tracks will be more collaborative now that we have a settled and focused line-up. It'll still be fast, intense and nasty, but who knows? Maybe more twisted harmonies? More volume dynamics? More atmospheric, with some keys/samples? More groove? Maybe all of the above.




11.What are some of the bands or musical styles the band members are currently listening to nowadays?




A11. Actually we have stuck in 80's and 90's when it comes to metal. We try to avoid the modern music because of loudness standards these days. We are not into overproduced crap.




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




A12. We are doing just great. Just started giging one year ago. We don't have many followers but it is organic. You can spot people wearing our tees almost on every gig we play. We just do small steps forward thats our idea and strategy.



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Monday, November 21, 2022

Sathanas/Psalm Satani/Vidar Records/2022 Full Length Review

 


  Sathanas  are  a  band  from  Pennsylvania  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  blackened  form  of  thrash  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Psalm  Satani"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Vidar  Records.


  A  very  dark,  hard  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  black  metal  screams.  Elements  of  thrash  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  some  clean  playing can  also b e  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  The  songs  also  take  an  old  school  style  and  also  mixes  it  in  with  a  more  modern  approach  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  more  of  a  melodic  80's  style.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  along  with  most  of  the  album  also  sticking  to  more  of  a  mid  tempo  direction.  and  elements  of  death metal  can  also b e  heard  at  times


On  this  recording  Sathanas  focuses  more  on  a  mid  tempo  blackened  thrash  metal  style.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Witchcraft  and  Anti  Christianity  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sathanas  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Demonic  Rights"  "Blackened  By  The  Antichrist"  and  "Altar  Of  Heaven".  8  out  of  10.


  https://youtu.be/F2fvpDPAfkk

https://www.facebook.com/sathanasmetal/