Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Mourner/The Rising End/2012 EP Review

  This  is  the  final  review  of  a  recording  from  Mourner  which continues their  blackened  mixture  of  crust  and  hardcore  with  the  ep  being  self  released  in  2012  and  called  "The  Rising  End".

  The ep  starts  out  with  some  harsh  noise  distortion  before  going  into  a  heavy  and  fast  direction  along  with  some  hardcore  style  screams  as  well  as  mixing  in   slow,  dark  and  melodic  sections  to  give  this  music  an  even  more  dark  color.

  As  the  ep  moves  on  their  a  lot  of  d  and  blast  beats  being  added  into  the  music  and  by  the  time  the  3rd  song  comes  around  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  more  blackened  elements  as  well  as  a  touch  of  post  hardcore  and  the  ep  uses  more  fast  parts  and  black  metal  influences  than  the  previous  recordings.

  Song  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  everyday  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  dark  sound  for  being  a  self  released  recording  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  ep.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  ep  from  Mourner  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  crust/hardcore,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Knives  Twist"  "Darkest  of  Dreams"  and  "The  Rising  End".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.


Monday, December 30, 2013

Mourner/Darkness Regions/2011 EP Review

  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Mourner  which  continues  there  blackened  mixture  of  hardcore  and  crust  with  the  ep  being  self  released  in 2011  and  called  "Darkness  Regions".

  The  ep  starts  out  with  some  clean  guitars  and  distorted  amp  noise  and  after  a  minute  the  music  goes  into  a  more  fast  crust  and  hardcore  direction  while  also  mixing  in  some  slower  heavy  parts  and  bass  guitars  and  this  ep  does  not  utilize  as  much  black  metal  influence  like  the  previous  ep  had  and  on  the  last  song  you  can  hear  a  brief  use  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  being  utilized.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  dark  sound  for  being  a  self  released  recording  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  ep.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mourner  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  crust/hardcore,  you  should  check   out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Redge  A".  RECOMMENDED.


Mourner/Lifeless Eyes/2010 EP Review

  Mourner  are  a  band  from  Minnesota  that  plays  a  blackened form  of  crustcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2012  ep  "Lifeless  Eyes".

  The  ep  starts  off  with  some  clean  guitar playing  and  then  the  heavy  guitars  kick  in  and  the  music  goes  into  a  more  dark  direction  and  then  hardcore  style  screams  are  added  into  the  music  and  then  the  mixing  starts  mixing  clean  and  heavy  parts  together  which  also  leads  to  more  fast  and  crust  elements  being  added  into  the  music.

  As  the  ep  moves  on  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  are  added  into  the  music  and  by  the  3rd  song  clean  guitars  are  added  back  into  the  music  which  add  in  elements  of  post  hardcore  and  one  of  the  main  strengths  this  ep  possesses  is  the  bands  ability  to  put  a  blackened  touch  to  crust  and  hardcore.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  dark  sound  for  being  a  self  released  recording  and  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  ep.

  In  my  opinion  Mourner  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  mixture  of  crust  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Darkness  &  Ice"  and  "Whispering".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.


Sunday, December 29, 2013

Floating Nowhere/Self Titled/2013 Full Length Review

  Floating  Nowhere  are  a  band  with  members  from  both  Greece  and  the  United  States  that  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  gothic  rock  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  and  self  titled  2013  album.

  The  album  starts  off  with  some  clean  guitars  and  melodic  vocals  and  after  awhile t he  music  starts  adding  in  heavier  guitars  and  synths  along  with  some  melody  and  by  the  time  the  second  song  comes  on  the  album  starts  going  into  a  heavier  direction  as  well  bringing  in  female  vocals.

  As  the  album  progresses  clean  and  heavy  parts  start  mixing  together  and  black  metal  vocals  are  finally  added  into  the  music and  they  start  mixing  with  the  more  melodic  vocals  and  it  brings  some  originality  to  the  music  and  one  of  the  main  strengths  this  recording  has  is  its  ability  they  mixed  in  some  mainstream  sounding  rock  with  some  heaviness  and  black  metal  influences  and  who  knows  maybe  one  day  the  mainstream  will  start  accepting  this  genre  like  they  have  had  with  newer  metal  style  over  the  years  and  after  awhile  the  mix  in  in  faster  black  metal  elements  on  one  song.

  Song  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  melancholy  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful  and  heavy  sound  for  being  a  self  released  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Floating  Nowhere  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark  gothic/rock  metal  band  with  elements  of  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Monster"  "Sin"  "Shapeless,  Faceless"  and  "The  God  You've  Waited  For".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.  



Emperor Of Myself/Question Your Existence/2013 Full Length Review

  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Emperor  Of  Myself  which  continues  their  gothic  approach  to  blackened  death/doom  metal  with  the  album  being  self  released  in  2013  and  called  "Question  Your  Existence".

  The  album  starts  out  with  dark  sounding  guitar  riffs  and  blackened  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  some  drums  and  the music  starts  utilizing  some  melodic  guitar  leads  after  awhile  along  with  some  gothic  metal  influences

  As  time  goes  on  by  the  music  starts  getting  more  dark,  melodic  and  depressive  sounding  as  well  as  mixing  melodic  vocals  into  certain  parts  of  the  recording  and  the  vocals  also  start  incorporating  more  black  metal  influences  and  by  the  third  song  clean  guitars  start  mixing  in  with  the  more  heavier  parts  of  the  recording  and  on  the  forth  song  keyboards  are  brought  into  the  music  and  they  enhance  the  darkness  this  music  possesses  as  well  as  bring  in  some  symphonic  elements.

    This  album  shows  a  lot  of  progression  from t he  last  one  and  the  gothic  and  black  metal  influences  are  even  stronger  on  this  record  then  they  where  on  the  previous  one  and  this  recording  even  has  a  more  melancholic  edge  and  more  acoustic  guitars  than  the  previous  recording.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  for  being  a  self  released  recording  with  the  bass  guitars  this  time  around  being  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Emperor  of  Myself  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  gothic  blackened  doom/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Curse  of  Emptiness"  "No  One  Will  Remember"  and  "Revenge  is  Justice".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.



Emperor Of Myself/If It Bleeds You Can Kill It/2013 Full Length Review

  Emperor  Of  Myself  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  gothic  form  of  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2013  album  "If  It  Bleeds  You  Can  Kill  It".

  The  album  starts  out  with  some  dark  and  melodic  doom  metal  guitar  riffs  and  drums  and  then  blackened  death  metal  growls  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  a  mixture  of  clean  and  heavy  parts  and  the  bass  guitars  also  bring  a  very  powerful  sound  to  the  music  and  at  times  melodic  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  as  well  as  some  depressive  sounding  guitar  leads.

  As  the  album  progresses  a  lot  of  90's  doom,  gothic  and  black  metal  elements  are  added  into  the  music  and  the  album  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  melancholic  and  dark  elements  as  well  as  bringing  back  an  underrated  genre  from  the  90's  and the  band  sticks  to  the  more  underground  side  of  this  musical  genre  and  does  not  incorporate  any  of  the  more  mainstream  elements  that  bands  of  this  genre  started  using  regularly  towards  the  end  and  the  female  vocals  which  are  used  briefly  on  one  song  bring  an  operatic  feeling  to  the  recording.

  One  of  the  main  strengths  this  record  possesses  is  its  ability  to  mix  heaviness  with  melody  and  melancholic  elements  and  the  gothic  elements  do  not  take  over  this  record  and  it  is  more  in  a  metal  direction  than  a  gothic  direction  while  still  utilizing  some  influences  from  that  genre.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  for  being  a  self  released  recording  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  album.

  In  my  opinion  Emperor  of  Myself  are  a  very  great  sounding  gothic  blackened  doom/death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Your  Dreams  Your  Promises"  "Temple  Of  Darkness"  and  "My  Despair".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.


Saturday, December 28, 2013

Disschrist/An Out Recordings/2010 Demo Review

  Disschrist  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,   noise,  screamo  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2010  demo.

  The  demo  starts  out  with  some  post  hardcore  style  guitar  riffs  and  drums  and  after  awhile  screams  and  blast  beats  are  added  into  the  music  before  going  for  more  of  a  doom  metal  direction  but  also  keeping  the  fast  parts  around.

  As  the  demo  moves  on  the  music  starts  getting  more  diverse  and  post  hardcore,  black  metal  and  doom  metal  parts  being  mixed  together really  bring  out  an  original  sound  in  the  music  and  the  blast  beats  when  they  are  utilized  bring  a  lot  of  brutal  elements  into  the  recording.

  Song  lyrics  cover  war  and  hateful  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it  with  the  bass  guitars  being  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix.

  In  my  opinion  Disschrist  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  screamo  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Country"  and  "Torsten's  Son".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.



Friday, December 20, 2013

Upyr/Altars/Tunnels/Serpent Eve Records/2013 Full Lrngth Review

  Upyr  are  a  band  from  Bulgaria  that  plays  a  blackened  from  of  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  theri  2013  album  "Altars/Tunnels"  which  was  released  by  Serpent  Eve  Records.

  "Before  the  Altars  Of  Necrotic  Karma"  which  is  also  the  first  song  on  the  ep  opens  up  with  distorted  amp  sounds  before  adding  in  sound  effects  and  drums  as  well  as  some  slow  and  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  a  few  seconds  alter  black  metal  screams  are  added  into  the  music,  as  the  song  moves  on  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  death  metal  growls  and  towards  the  end  melodies are  added  into  the  guitar  riffing.

  "Into  The  Tunnels  Of  My  Sleep"  begins  with  clean  guitar playing  and drums  which  then  leads  to  heavy  doom  metal  guitar  riffs  and  a  few  seconds  alter  melodic  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  as  well  as  the  clean  parts  mixing  in  with  the  heavier  elements  which  also  leads  to  growls  and  screams  making  their  presence  known  while  also  coming  around  clean  vocals  in  certain  sections  and  adding  in  melodic  guitar  riffing  towards  the  end.

  "Hymn  To  Pan"  starts  up  with  distorted  amp  sounds  and  clean  acoustic  guitar  playing  before  adding  in  spoken  word  parts  and  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  some  clean  singing  and  halfway  through  the  song  heavy  guitar  riffs  are  finally  added  in.

  "Welcome  To  Mr  Ritual"  which  is  the  last  song  on  the  album  kicks  in  with  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  drums  as  well  as  some  demonic  growls  and  after  awhile  dark  sounding  melodies  are  added  into  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  black  metal  screams  and  as  time  goes  on  by  the  vocals  get  more  diverse  as well  as  the  bass  guitars  getting  heavier  along  with  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads..

  Song  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occult  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  along  with  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Upyr  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  doom  metal b and  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Before  the  Altars  Of  Necrotic  Karma"  and  "Welcome  To  Mr  Ritual".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Warfather/Orchestrating The Apocalypse/Greyhaze Records/2014 CD Review

  Warfather  are  a  band  from  Ohio  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Orchestrating  The  Apocalypse"  which  will  be  released  by  Greyhaze  Records.

  "XII"  which  is  also  the  first  song  on  the  album  opens  up  with  fast,  heavy  and  brutal  guitar  riffs  as  well  as  some  blast  beats  before  adding  in  deep  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  alternating between  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  adding  in  guitar  solos  and  leads  that  come  in  and  out  of  the  music.  

  "Legions"  begins  with  fast,  heavy  and  brutal  guitar  riffs  as  well  as  some  blast  beats  form  the  drums  before  adding  in  growls  as  well  as  alternating  between slow  and  fast  parts  and  after  a  minute  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music.

  "My  Queen  Shall  Not  Be  Moaned"  opens  up  with  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  drums  as  well  as  some  melody  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  and  then  the  music  speeds  up  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  growls  and  then  the  music  slows  down  and  adds  in  female  vocals  and  melodic  guitar  leads  as  well  as  alternating  between  slow  and  fast  parts.

  "Taunting  the  Deity" which  is  also  a  very  short  intro  begins  with  drum  beats  and  synths  as  well  as  female  vocals  and  growls  and  is  under  a  minute.

  "The  Shifting  Poles"  starts up  with  slow  and  heavy  guitar  riffs  before  adding  in  blast  beats  from  the  drums  as  well  as  going  into  a  faster  direction  with  growls  and  then  the  music  alternates  between  slow  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  small  amount  of  female  vocals  and  screams.
  "Waltz  Of  the  Solstice"  kicks  in  with  female  choirs  before  adding  in  fast  and  heavy  guitar riffs  along  with  some  drums  as  well  as  bringing  in  growls  and  melody  and  the  music  also  mixes  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  time  goes  on  by  guitar  solos  and  leads  start  coming  in  and  out  of  the  music.

  "Summoning  The  Warfathers"  which  is  also  another  intro  starts  with  dark  sounding  synths  and  guitars  and  is  under  a  minute  with  some  death  metal  growls.

  "Ageless  Merciless"  comes  in  with  heavy  and  melodic  sounding  guitar  riffs  along  with  drums  and  growls  as  well  as  mixing  in  a  mixture  of  fast  and  slow  parts  and  towards  the  end  there  is  a  brief  use  of  blast  beats  and  screams.

  "The  Chaos  Of"  another  short  intro  kicks  in  with  drums  and  guitar  riffs  that  also  use  effects  as  well  as  some  female  vocals.

  "Gods  And  Machines"  breaks  in  with  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  drums  along  with  some  technical  elements  before  speeding  up  and  adding  in  blast  beats   as  well  as  some  growls  and  then  the  music  starts  to  alternate  between  slow  and  fast  parts  and  after  awhile  guitar  leads  are  added  into  the  music  and  towards  the  end  chanting  and  a  few  seconds  of  female  vocals  are  added  in.

  "Ashes  And  Runes"  hits  it  off  with  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  drums  which  evolve  into  blast  beats  as  well  as  introducing  the  growls  and  a  few  seconds  alter  guitar  solos  and  leads  start  coming  in  and  out  of  the  music.

  "We  Are  The  Wolves"  which  is  also  the  last  song  on  the  album  comes  in  with  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  drums  before  adding  in  growls  as  well  as  going  into  a  fast  direction  and  adding  in  blast  beats  before  alternating  between  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  adding  in  screams.

  Song  lyrics  cover  occult  and  philosophical  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  while  the  bass  guitars  are  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix.

  In  my  opinion  Warfather  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  death  metal b and  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "XII"  "The  Shifting  Poles"  "Ashes  And  Runes"  and  "We  Are  The  Wolves".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.


The Meatfuckers/Porn Again/Asenath Records/2013 CD Review

  The  Meatfuckers  are  a  band  from  Mexico  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  musical  style  I  would  describe  a  being  a  porno  form  of  black/thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Porn  Again"  which  was  released  by  Asenath  Records.

  "Legion  Of  Sadism"  which  is  also  the  first  song  on  the  album  opens  up  with  heavy  thrash  guitar  riffs  and  drums  before  adding  in  black  metal  screams  and  dark  sounding  melodies  and  towards  the  end  there  is  a brief  use  of  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  "The  Filth"  begins  with  heavy  old  school  guitar  riffs  and  drums  and  a  few  seconds  later  it  speeds  up  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  and  as  a  minute  goes  on  by  their  is  a  brief  use  of  guitar  solos  and  leads  being  utilized  as  well  as  the  music  sticking  to  a  more  mid  paced  direction.

  "Orgasmic  Mayhem"  opens  up  with  fast,  and  heavy  guitar  riffs  as  well  as  blast  beats  from  the  drums  before adding in  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  some  brutal  blast  beats.

  "Lady  Baphomet"  starts  up  with  heavy  and  melodic  old  school  thrash  metal  guitar  riffs  as  well  as  some  drums  and  black  metal  screams  and  the  song  alternates  between  mid  paced,  fast  and  slow  parts.

  "Bitch  Seeker"  kicks  in  with  fast  and  heavy  old  school  thrash  metal  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  some  drums  and  screams  as  well  as  throwing  melody  in certain  sections  of  the  song  along  with  a  small  amount  of  growls  which  leads  up  to  a  guitar  solo.

  "Depravity"  comes  in  with  heavy  80's  style  death/thrash  guitar  riffing  along  with  some  drums  and  screams  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  slower  direction  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  riffing.

  "Copulation  Tenebrae"  breaks  in  with  old  school  thrash  metal  guitar  and  bass  riffs  as  well  as  some  drums  and  you  can  also  hear  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  after  awhile  black  metal  screams  kick  in  which  also  leads  up  to  some  blast  beats.

  "March  Of  Fornication"  hits  it  off  with  fast  and  heavy  guitar  riffs  along  with  some  drums  and  blast  beats  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  and  you  can  hear  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  before  adding  in  screams.

  "True  Fuck Of  Evil"  which  is  also  the  last  song  on  the  album  begins  with  fast  and  heavy  old  school  thrash  metal  guitar  riffs  and  blast  beats  from  the drums  as  well  as  some  black  metal  screams  and  a  brief  sue  of  demonic  growls  and  ritualistic  chanting.

  Song  lyrics  cover  porn  and  blasphemous  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  raw,  old  school  and  heavy  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion t his  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  Meatfuckers  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Legion  Of  Sadism"  "Lady  Baphomet"  and  "True  Fuck Of  Evil".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.    


Friday, December 13, 2013

Deprived of Light/The Foetal Mind/Psycholypse/Colored Death/Hypnotic Dirge Records/2011 Split Album Review

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  France  And  Sweden's  Deprived  of  Light,  The  Foetal  Mind  and  Psycholypse  which  was  released  by  Hypnotic  Dirge  Records  in  the  year  of  2011  and  called  "Colored  Death"  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Deprived  of  Light  a  duo  that  plays  post  rock  with  elements  of  black  and  doom  metal.

  "Intro"  starts  off  the  album  with  dark  and  melodic  sounding  post  rock  guitar  riffs  and  a  minute  alter  shoegaze  sounds  start  to  kick  in.

  "Dark  And  Sad"  opens  up  with  heavy  and  melodic  sounding  guitar  riffs  and  leads  along  with  some  drums  and  a  few  seconds  later  blackened  death  metal  growls  and  screams  kick  in  and  a  minute  alter  clean  guitars  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  melodic  clean  singing  vocals  as  well  as  some  doom  metal  elements.

  "Colored  Death"  which  is  also  the  title  track  for  the  album  begins  with  distorted  and  esoteric  sounding  synths  before  adding  in  some  heavy  melodic  guitar  riffs  and  leads  as  well  as  some  drums  and  growls  and  after  awhile  screams  and  melodic  vocals  make  their  way  into  the  music  and  after  a  few  minutes  the  music  goes  into  a  more  post  rock  direction  before  getting  heavy  again.

 "Interlude"  which  is  an  instrumental  opens  up  with  dark  ambient  synths  and  melodic  post  rock  guitar  riffs  and  as  time  goes  on  by  the  music  gets  more  diverse  while  not  adding  in  much  of  the  way  of  heavier  parts.

  "Cast  Into  The  Shade"  begins  with  dark  sounding  ambient  synths  and  drones  before  adding  in  heavy,  melodic  guitar  riffs  and  leads  along  with  some  drums  which  also  leads  to  growls  and  screams  kicking  in  and  a  minute  alter  melodic  vocals  become  a  part  of  the  song  before  mixing  clean  and  heavy  parts  together.

  "Forgotten  Minds"  kicks  in  with  drums  along  wit h some  heavy,  melodic  guitar  riffs  and  leads  and  a  few  seconds  alter  growls  and  screams  start  to  kick  in  as  well a s  a  mixture  of  clean  and  heavy  playing  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  melodic  vocals.

  "Outro"  closes  their  side  of  the  album  with  dark  ambient  synths  and  drones  as  well  as  elements  of  trip  hop  and  clean  post  rock style  guitar  playing.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Deprived  of  Light  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  post  rock,  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Cast  Into  The  Shade".  RECOMMENDED.

  Next  up  is  The  Foetal  Mind  a  band  that  plays  post  rock  with  elements  of  black  metal.

  "Soul  Mate"  which  is  the  first  song  on  his  side  of  the  split  opens  up  with  clean  post  rock  style  guitar  riffs  and  a  few  seconds  alter  bass  guitars  and  drums  kick  in  before  getting  heavy  and  adding  in  guitar  solos  and  leads  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  adding  in  elements  of  drone  and  noise.

  "My  Metal  Ways  I"  begins  with  drones  before  adding  in  heavy  and  melodic  sounding  guitar  riffs  as  well  as  some  drum  programming  and  a  few  seconds  later  clean  and  heavy  guitars  mix  together  as  well  as  some  guitar  leads  kicking  in.

  "My  Metal  Ways  II"  which  is  also  his  last  on  on  this  split  starts  up  with  clean  guitar  playing  and  a  few  seconds  later  heavy  and  melodic  post  metal  guitar  riffing  kicks  in  along  with  some  programmed  drum  beats  and  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads..

  Lyrics a re  all  absent  from  this  side  of  the  recording  with  all  of  the  music  being  all  instrumental,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  The  Foetal  Mind  are  a  very  great  sounding  post/rock  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Soul  Mate".  RECOMMENDED.

  Next  up  is  Psycholypse  a  band  that  plays  a  very  melodic  form  of  death  metal.

  "Within  Your  Heart"  which  is  also  the  first  side  on  their  side  of  the  split  opens  up  with  heavy  and  melodic  sounding  guitar  and  bass  riffs  as  well  as  some  drums  before  adding  in  high  pitched  melodic  death  metal screams  as  well  as  some  growls  and  sticking  to  a  mid  paced  direction.

  "Bursting  Night"  which  is  also  the  last  song  on  the  album  begins  with  heavy  and  melodic  sounding  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  some  drums  and  after  awhile  it  goes  into  a  faster  direction  along  with  some  elements  of  thrash  before  slowing  down  again  along  with  a  mixture  of  heavy  and  clean  guitars  and  towards  the  end  elements  of  electronic  music  are  added  into the  song.

  Song  lyrics  cover  everyday  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Psycholypse  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  death metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Within  Your  Heart".  RECOMMENDED.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  post  rock,  black,  doom  and  death  metal.  RECOMMENDED  BUY.





Tuesday, November 26, 2013

C.O.A.G Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the musical project for those
that have never heard of you before?
. COAG, short for "Coalition of Abnormal Grindcore", is of course a Grindcore side project of mine, in which I am all alone, and I will keep it that way. Stylishly speaking, it's a mixture between oldschool & oldschool grind, including influences like black / death / brutal stuff, as well as hardcore, punk or even chaotic stuff. It was called "War Grind", I like this term.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is present on the ep?
. Mostly the beginning of all projects, a sound trying to be original but still hailing the names of the leaders (Napalm Death, Dead Kennedys, Nasum, Siege, ...). It is a weird sound, brutal & raw but audible, meant to be as straightforward as possible.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
. Paradoxes, anti-society, anti-humanism, order from chaos, never stop the madness.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name C.O.A.G?
. COAG is meant to inspire people to act, not to facebookshare something. If you want people to be vegan, act. If you want to stop animal cruelty, act. As well, COAG stands for this huge stupid amount of ignorant people. It is completely against modern society, in which there's no more than hypocrisy. This is what it's all about.

5. With this musical project you are all solo, how would you compare
being solo to being in a full band?
. Solo, you're doig everything, so firstly you're saving time and money. Secondly, you've got all freedom. If I want to put dubstepchristianblackcore in my music, I'm doing it. Of course I would like to make this live but I don't want to spend time/money to find people, rehearse, etc. I already have enough bands for this. COAG might be live one day, but I would be alone on stage.

6.What is going on with your other  full time band these days?
. Well, Deviant Messiah is on hiatus for now since I switched countries, far away from France. But we will do the first album, it's composed. We just need to record it, and we will all do it. As for Maladie, we finished the recording of the second album, already working on something new. That second album will be soon mixed/mastered by a big name in the german scene. Expect just but a quality release.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your solo project
by fans of extreme music?
. I have two kind of feedback : the first coming from people, "fans" or friends, telling me how awesome it is and how it's giving them strenght and aggressivity. The second feedback comes from reviewers, telling how this release is really good but can be better, which is definitely true. As for now, I am really happy with the opinions of everyone concerning this. It just makes me want to go for more, and more.

8.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
. Chaos, violence, noise. Stylishly speaking, you will, so, find even more violence, more chaotic moments (think mathcore), and some completely noise moments (I don't mean the "noise" music style like Merzbow or Masonna, but more like noise guitars, basses, voices on blast beats). I have for now one release ready for an upcoming split that will harshly introduce the new elements, and I am working on the first album which will be like a blast.

9.What are some of the bands and musical styles that have influenced
this project and also what are you listening to nowadays?
. Influences are like I said, NapalmDeath, Nasum, Rotten Sound, Siege, SOD, Anaal Nathrakh, FuckPig, Unphatomable Ruination, Robinson, Elisabeth, Nostromo, Hatebreed, ...
. These days I am listening mainly to "Eye of Solitude - Canto III", best funeral death/doom album of the year / "Ildjarn & Hate Forest" split / CarBomb / Stevie Wonder / Deathspell Omega / Possession (Belgium)

10.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
. Art in general, but I suck at painting, drawing, etc. I'm having fun with photoshop sometimes for artworks. Also, I am a music producer (recording, mixing, mastering), but know that I am not a professionnal, I don't have +10K€ gear, I am doing what I know and I am mostly into raw but hearable sounds. I did work for Zalys (Dark Ambient), Descent Into Despair (Funeral Doom), LVTHN (Raw Black Metal), and I am actually working on some funeral post doom band, as well as a progressive heavy/thrash band. I will work also for a pop/rock band from Bulgaria, and some others. Music is eating all my time, and I'm quite happy with it.

11.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
. Act
. Stop whining

Sunday, November 24, 2013

C.O.A.G/Sociopath/Kaotoxin Records/2013 Single Review

  C.O.A.G  are  a  1  man  band  from  Bulgaria  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2013  single  "Sociopath"  which  was  released  by  Kaotoxin  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  great  amount  of  brutal  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music,  while  the  bass  guitar  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars  and  at  times  they  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  pace d to  fast  riffs  that  combine  grindcore,  crust  and  black  metal  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  along  with  some  melodic  riffing, as  for  the  lead  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  are  very  chaotic  sounding  grindcore  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  range  from  deep  death  metal  growls  to  high  pitched  black  metal/grindcore  screams  as  well  as  some  crust  style  vocals  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts,  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  brutal  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  C.O.A.G  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  grindcore  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  single.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I"  "V"  "IX"  and  "Defeatist".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.


Friday, November 22, 2013

Preludium/Redemption/Transcending Obscurity/2013 CD Review

  Preludium  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  musical  style  I  would  describe  as  being  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Redemption"  which  was  released  by  Transcending  Obscurity.

  "Soul  Torment"  which  is  also  the  first  song  on  the  album  opens  up  with  dark  sound  effects  before  adding  in  some  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  guitar  riffs  and  a  few  seconds  later  drums  kick  in  which  also  leads  to  deep  death  metal  growls  coming  into  the  music  shortly  after  that  and  a  minute  later  guitar  solos  and  leads  start  coming  in  and  out  of  the  song  and  you  can  also  hear  the  bass  guitars  in  certain  sections  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  black  metal  influenced  vocals.

  "Altars  Of  Redemption"  begins  with  some  fast,  heavy  and  brutal  blackened  death  metal  guitar  riffs  along  with  some  drums  before  adding  in  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  black  metal  screams  and  the  drums  also  utilize  some  blast  beats  before  alternating  between  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  song  moves  on  you  can  hear  bass  guitars  as  well  as  atmospheric  background  sounds  before  getting  heavy  again  as  well  as  mixing  melody  into  the  guitar  riffing.

  "Incarnations"  opens  up  with  heavy  and  dark  sounding  guitar  riffs  before  adding  in  drums  and  blackened  death  metal  vocals  and  then  the  music  speeds  up  along  with  some  brutal  blast  beats  as  well  as  the  guitar  riffing  utilizing  some  melody  and  then  the  song  starts  to  alternate  between  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads  and  towards  the  end  the  bass  guitars  start  utilizing  more  power.

  "Root  Of  Suffering"  picks  up  where  the  last  song  left  off  with  sound  effects  before  going  into  some  fast,  heavy  and  brutal  guitar  riffs  along  with  blast  beats  from  the  drums  as  well  as  mixture  of  death  and  black  metal  vocals  before  alternating  between  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  brief  use  of  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  "Circle  Of  Life"  starts  off  with  heavy  guitar  riffs,  drums  and  blackened  death  metal  vocals  and  then  the  music  speeds  up  a  bit  as  well  as  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  alternating  between  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  "The  Seven  Gates  of  Hell"  kicks  in  with  fast  and  brutal  guitar  riffs  and  drums  before  adding  in  the  growls  and  going  for  a  more  mid  paced  direction  and  then  alternating  between  fast  and  mid  paced  parts  as  well  as  bringing  in  blast  beats  and  black  metal  screams   and  halfway  through  the  song  there  is  a  brief  use  of  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  "Destiny  Of  Mortals"  hits  it  off  with  heavy  and  melodic  guitar  riffs  along  with  some  drums  before  adding  in  deep  growls  and  then  the  music  goes  into  a  faster  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  then  alternating  between  slow  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  melody  into  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  a  small  amount  of  black  metal  screams.

  "Arena  Of  Souls"  makes  its  way  in  with  fast  and  heavy  guitar  riffs  along  with  some  blast  beats  from  the  drums  and  deep  growls  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  to  alternate  between  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody.

  "Hatred  Brings  Suffering"  is  introduced  with  heavy  and  melodic  guitar  riffs  along  with  some  drums  and  a  few  seconds  alter  blackened  death  metal  vocals  make  their  way  into  the  song  and  then  the  music  goes  into  a  faster  direction  along  with  some  brutal  blast  beats  and  then  alternating  between  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  halfway  through  the  song  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  added  in  the  music  and  you  can  also  hear  bass  guitars  in  the  background.  

  "Sins  Of  Mankind"  which  is  also  the  last  song  on  the  album  begins  with  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  and  background  atmosphere  before  going  into  a  more  fast ,  brutal  and  melodic  guitar  riffs  along  with  some  blast  beats  from  the  drums  as  well  as  a  mixture  of  death  and  black  metal  vocals  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  more  mid  paced  direction  and  then  speeding  up  again  towards  the  end.

  Song  lyrics  cover  morality,  determination,  and  escapes  from the  circles  of  life  and  death,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  to  it  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Preludium  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Soul  Torment"  "Root  Of  Suffering"  "Destiny  Of  Mortals"  and  "Sins  Of  Mankind".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Immortal Bird/Akrasia/Closed Casket Recordings/2013 EP Review

  Immortal  Bird  are  a  band  from  Chicago,  Illinois  that plays  a  blackened  form  of  death/thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  ep  "Akrasia"  which  was  released  by  Closed  Casket  Recordings.

  "Spitting  Teeth"  which  is  also  the  first  song  on  the  ep  opens  up  with  dark  and  heavy  sounding  guitar  riffs  before  adding  in  some  drums  and  black  metal  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  the  bass  guitars  in  the  background  and  the  song  also  utilizes  death  metal  growls  and  melodic  guitar  riffing  and  after  awhile  the  music  also  utilizes  some  blast  beats  and  thrash  influences.

  "Ashen  Scabland"  begins  with  brutal  blast  beats  and  fast  guitar  riffs  and  a  few  seconds  later  thrash  influences  and  black  metal  screams  make  their  way  into  the  song  and  a  minute  later  death  metal  growls  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  song  and  then  the  music  goes  into  a  more  slow  and  melodic  direction  and  halfway  through  the  song  there  is  a  brief  use  of  guitar  solos  and leads  being  utilized  and  then  the  song  starts  to  alternate  between  fast  and  slow  parts.

  "Akratic  Seminar"  starts up  with  a  mixture  of  heavy  and  clean  guitars  as  well  as  some  drums  a few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  up  to  some  black  metal  vocals  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  melodic  clean  singing  vocals  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  in  certain  sections  of  the  song  and  later  on  the music  goes  into  a  faster  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  for  a  few  seconds  before  returning  back  to  a  more  normal  pace.

  "The  Pseudoscientist"  which  is  also  the  last  song  on  the  ep  begins  with  heavy  and  melodic  sounding  death  metal  guitar  riffs  and  drums  and  a  few  seconds  later  black  metal  vocals  are  added  in  and  the  music  goes  into  a  faster  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  then  goes  more  into  a  mid  paced  direction  but  also  speeding  up  again  at  times  and  adding  in  elements  of  thrash.

  Song  lyrics  cover  rage,  resentment  and  anguish,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful  and  heavy  sound  with  the  bass  guitars  being  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix.

  In  my  opinion  Immortal  Bird  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  death/thrash  metal  band  and  if  you  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Spitting  Teeth"  and  "The  Pseudoscientist".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.



Obsidian Kingdom/Torn & Burnt/2013 Remix Album Review

  This  is  the  final  review  of  an  album  from  Obsidian  Kingdom  which  is  all  remixes  and  continues  their  progressive  black/death  metal   sound  while  also  adding  in  elements  of  dubstep,  Idm,  and  hip  hop  with  the  album  being  self  released  in  2013  and  called  "Torn  &  Burnt".

  "And  Then  It  Was( Oktopus  Remix)"  which  is  also  the  first  song  on  the  album  opens  up  with  drum  beats  and  elements  of  electronic  music  which  also  brings  in  ambient  elements  and  a  minute  later  heavy  guitar  riffs  are  added  into  the  song  as  well  as  some  melodic  vocals  shortly  after  that  which  also  lead  up  to  dubstep  elements  as  well  as  black  metal  vocals.

  "Last  Of  The  Night(Subheim  vs  Poordream  Remix)"  begins  with  dark  ambient  sounds  and  drones  and  a  minute  later  elements  of  breakcore  and  idm  are  added  into  the  song  and  the  song  is  all  instrumental.

  "Awake  Until  Dawn(Necro  Deathmort  Remix)"  starts  up  with  ambient  sounding  keyboards  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  you  can  hear  some  black  metal  vocals  being  utilized  in  the  background.

  "Fingers  In  Anguish(Jr.  Morgue  Remix)"  kicks  in  with  ambient,  and  tip  hop  style  beats  which  also  lead  to  some  melodic  clean  singing  vocals  and  the  song  is  under  2  minutes.

  "Haunts  Of  the  Underworld(Drumcorps  Remix)"  hits  it  in  with  dark  sounding  keyboards  which  have  a  dark  ambient  feeling  to  them  and  a  few  seconds  later  drum  beats  kick  in  as  well  as  some  heavy  guitar  riffing  a  few  seconds  later t hat  also  utilizes  some  melody  before  adding  in  the  idm  and  breakcore  elements  and  towards  the  end  you  can  hear  some  clean  guitars  and  then  the  song  starts  adding  in  prog  elements.

  "The  Nurse(Larvae  Remix)"  makes  its  way  in  with  trip  hop  sounds  and  drum  beats  as  well  as  some  synths  which  also  leads  up  to  some  drum  beats  and  after  a  minute  you  can  hear  elements  of  dubstep  being  added  into  the  song.

  "Answers  Revealing(Mothboy  Remix)"  which  is  also  the  last  song  on  the  album  opens  up  with  dark  ambient  sounds  and  as  time  goes  on  by  idm  and  breakcore  elements  find  their  way  into  the  song  along  with  some  dubstep  elements  which  also  leads  up  to  some  melodic  clean  singing  vocals  and  drumbeats.

  Song  lyrics  are  used  rarely  with  the  album  being  all  remixes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  for  being  a  self  released  recording.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Obsidian  Kingdom  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  metal  or  electronic  music  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "And  Then  It  Was( Oktopus  Remix)"  "Haunts  Of  the  Underworld(Drumcorps  Remix)"  and  "Answers  Revealing(Mothboy  Remix)".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

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