Sunday, November 12, 2017

Grethor Interview

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

Marcus Lawrence [Vocals]: Just getting this stuff out. That's the primary focus.

Brian Frost [Lead Guitar]: Recording had been going on for a while. I moved to Chicago last year while we were hashing out demos.




2.You have a new album coming out in January, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Anthony Rouse [Drums]: Damnatio Memoriae is the result of us building on our sound we had established on our last EP with some new elements thrown in there. I would describe as what you get when you mix black metal, death metal, and grindcore into a sludgy stew and sprinkle it with melody, groove, and doom.

Frost: The previous release was very much a blackened death metal album. This time there was a lot more collaboration, which brought new elements to the band’s sound.





3.In the beginning the band played more of a raw black metal style but over the years have evolved into more of a blackened death metal band, what was the decision behind going into this musical direction?

Frost:

Marcus could probably answer this best, but there has been a constant flux of band members since it started. Different songwriters and change in musical preferences over the years have led us to what we have today.

Lawrence: When people join your band, they bring their own styles of playing and writing which will always have a big impact on songwriting.



4.Over the years your lyrics have covered some fantasy, existentialism and some of the writings of Robert W. Chambers, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

Lawrence: In the beginning I wrote as if I were writing a Hammer Film or something, the lyrics at that time were about things that provoked the fear of the unknown...it was all very tongue in cheek to me.  As the band came more into focus as my primary project, I wrote more seriously about things that I believed affected the human condition. Humans have always invented various social structures based on wealth or caste. They are illusions. We are outgrowing those castes. We no longer need shamans to make sense of the world.



5.I know that the band name means hell in the Klingon language from Star Trek, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

Lawrence: Gre'Thor is the Klingon Underworld. It is like Niflheim, a place of the dishonored to suffer. I think foreboding is a great start in describing it this time around.



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

Lawrence: Loud. I enjoy playing shows. It's hard to say which ones are my favorites. The band's first show was a mess, the monitors weren't working and we couldn't hear each other...it was a lot of fun, I thought. I laughed my ass off afterward. I also have enjoyed playing the VFW hall in Hagerstown, or that old church back in 2013. I don't know that I have ever NOT had fun doing it,
honestly.

Rouse: We played a show with a band called Heron at The Golden Pony in Harrisonburg, VA. That was a really cool show, and a very nice place to gig at for sure. Another favorite of mine was playing with Gloom, Cab Ride Home, and Venomspitter at Raw Ink back in 2016

Frost: Can’t say I have a favorite, all the shows I have played have been pretty great! I like to have a lot of energy on stage, it pumps people up and gives them something to remember. Playing out has always been a lot of fun for me, especially with this group.




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

Lawrence: No. Most of the band will be moving on, and there will have to be more retooling. This is just how it goes, how it's always been, and I know that, as I am the only original member left. It's hard to say what will happen beyond that, or what the music will be like, etc.



8.The new album is coming out on 'Edgewood Arsenal Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?


Tony Petrocelly [Guitar]: Edgewood Arsenal is a label I created to release albums by bands I'm in. Damnatio Memoriae will be the label's 4th release, with a couple more lined up as we speak.



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

Rouse: It's been incredible for us. Cloaked in Decay was a big release for us because we started reaching out to listeners in South America and Europe, and that was an awesome feeling for all of us. We received a lot of positive reviews for our last release, so I feel like we are on the right track.

Lawrence: Pretty good! I can't wait until they hear this one.

Frost: I’ve heard nothing but good things on our last release. I think this will be received well, and provide plenty of material for people to digest.




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?

Petrocelly: In addition to Grethor, I play guitar and bass in Construct of Lethe; we're in the middle of recording our upcoming album as we speak. I also play drums in LORD, which is on the doomier side of things, and a grind band called Pain Tank. I also run a small recording studio (Trepan Studios), so I tend to wind up playing session for bands...just recently I played drums on the upcoming EP's for Affasia (melodic doom) and Capricorn (old school doom/rock).

Frost:

I’m working on material for my grind band Angry Hate Infestation, we are long overdue for a release. I have a group of guys I jam with where we play jazz/latin/blues rock, which has been fun, I like getting out of my comfort zone. Hoping to have some other new projects on the horizon.

Lawrence: I actually have a Black Metal project called Nox Summos that I have to finish recording.



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

Lawrence: Hard to say. We'll have to see what happens when we decide who will be in the lineup.

Frost: I think we will have to see what the response of this release is.



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?

Lawrence: Emperor, Immortal, Mayhem, Dissection, Morbid Angel, and Meshuggah are all bands that made me get into Extreme Metal. I am constantly checking out YouTube for different stuff. Lately it's been Nightbringer, Akhlys, Aviichi, Hour Of Penance and such. I've also been revisiting Cypress Hill, especially their early 90's stuff, before they just talked about weed all the time.

Rouse: Bands that influenced me include but are not limited to Immolation, Gorguts, Morbid Angel, Dissection, and early 90's Gothenburg melodic death metal. I'm currently listening to Baring Teeth's Atrophy EP, Cyhra's Letters to Myself, and Insomnium's Above the Weeping World.

Petrocelly: Almost all music has had an influence on me in some fashion or another. Death metal is my favorite genre, and I make no bones about Morbid Angel and Hypocrisy being my favorite bands in that genre, but more often than not I'm inspired and motivated by musical elements I hear in disco or jazz or pop or classical music. Those things don't really find a 1:1 translation in the music I write, but something about them inspires me to pick up the guitar and play, or start practicing new drum techniques.

Frost:

I had a lot of non-metal influences when writing. Notably Steely Dan gave me some ideas to use some big piano chords in this album. I pretty much copied Robin Trower’s entire guitar rig setup, with some additional guitar pedals.

 I’ve been listening to the new releases from River Black, Incantation, Marty Friedman, Droid, Ende, Artificial Brain. I listen to everything from brutal death metal to the classic death metal. Other than that, I listen to mostly classic rock and some newer indie stuff.




13.What are some of your non musical interests?

Lawrence: Movies, books, and comic books. Right now, there's just so many good TV series; I just watched the latest episode of Mr. Robot, which I highly recommend, and Westworld. There's more than that, really, and it keeps me from sleeping. It's great.

Rouse: I work as a real estate agent in Northern VA.

Petrocelly: I'm an illustrator from time to time, and I'm slowly learning how to make sushi and Thai food.

Frost: I’m a gearhead, won’t be unusual to find me under the hood of a car. I also enjoy cooking and making cocktails, which I didn’t know I was good at until recently.



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

Lawrence: Definitely listen to the album when it comes out. Discuss it in a civil manner amongst friends, debate lyrical meanings amongst each other. If you want to discuss it with me, that is perfectly fine. If it influences you to create your own music, to further the genre, that's great. Enjoy it either way. Be engaged.

Rouse: Thanks for having us, and big thanks to all of our supporters and first time listeners!

Frost: Change is an essential process of all existence.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Darkyo/Kingdom Of Blind/Anthrazit Records/2017 CD Re-Issue Review

  Darkyo  are  a  solo  project  from  Russia  that  plays  an  instrumental  mixture  of  black and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Kingdom  Of  Blind"  which  was  re-issued  in 2017  by  Anthrazit  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  while  also  bringing  in  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier blackened death  metal  direction  which  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  sticking  to  an  instrumental    musical  direction.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  which  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  music also  having  its  atmospheric  and  progressive  moments  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion,  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  operatic  female  vocals  can  be  heard  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  a  couple  of  the  later  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length. 

  Darkyo  plays  a  musical style  that  mixes  black  and  death  metal  together  while  also  keeping  everything  in  an  instrumental  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  some  atmospheric  and  prog  touches  and  the  production  sounds  very  professional.

  In  my  opinion  Darkyo  are  a  very  great  sounding  instrumental  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Crown  Of  Ash"  "Lost  City"  and  "Last  Guardian".  8  out  of  10.   

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Total Inferno Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?


What's going on now is that we are recording our next album and putting all our energy on it to make it perfect for us and our fans.



2.How would you describe the musical sound of the newer music?


It will sound like before but with maybe even more energy than our previous album. Still PURE EVIL METAL FROM HELL. Our former fans will not be disappointed.



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


Everything from the pleasure to kill to vampires, beasts and un named deamons and creatures.





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


We wanted a cool name that reflects us and our music, it’s just as simple as that.



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


Every show has been good in one way or another. Our first show was good in the way that the reactions were so much better than we expected and our latest one we had at "ROCK AND ART FEST" about a month ago was good because it became apparent that the fans had become more.

Our stage performance is as it will on a metal show, energetic, hard and Metal!



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

This year we are focusing on our new album and getting it done but next year there are some gigs booked unofficially at the moment. And when we released our new album, there will be more shows after that.




7.Recently "Morbid Skull Records' re-issued your 2015 album, can you tell us a little bit more about the newer version?


It is an LP edition in two different colors. 100 pieces of Red and 200 pieces of black edition.



8.A year ago you where a part of a split with 'Disorder', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?


I (Jonny) had never heard of them before but have listened a bit to them after our split and thinks it sounds good.



9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of underground metal?


The feedback has been very good. The word spread quickly when we started in 2014 and we received good reviews from around the world from the start.





9.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?


Just Jonny who is also a member of MORDANT.



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


As I said earlier in this interview, we are in the studio and recording our upcomming album right now so it will be released hopefully at the beginning of next year. The music will be heading in the same direction as before, hard and uncompromising Metal.



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


Same as before. Just Classic Heavy, Thrash, Speed, Black Metal and of course some newer bands as well. I'm not going to start name drop all bands that influence us because this interview will not enough. Most people who are in to metal probably get what bands I mean in my description of Metal genres.



12.Does Occultism ply any role in your music?


No, not specific, but it's a cool and inspirational topic to write about.



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


Be prepared for our upcomming Swedish INFERNO of PURE EVIL METAL FROM HELL !!!

Thanx for your interest in our band.

Homepage: www.totalinferno.se

Facebook: www.facebook.com/totalinferno

Horror God/Techne/Lavadome Productions/2017 Split CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Russia's  Horror  God  and  Techne  which  will  be  released  on  November  20th  by  Lavadome  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Horror  God  a  band  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  Throughout  their  side  of  the  split  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  distorted  fashion  along  with  the  music  also  incorporating  a  decent  amount  of  black  metal  elements  and  they  close  their  side  of  the  split  with  a  cover  of  Purulence's  "Sinking  Into  Transparency".

  Horror  God  plays  a  style  of  blackened  death  metal  that  is  very  brutal  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  humanity  and  society  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Horror  God  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Golden  Billion"  and  "We  Are  Dust".

  Next  up  is  Techne  a  band  that  plays  a  very atmospheric form  of  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  acoustic  guitar  playing  along  with  some  synths  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  riffs also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  at  times  the  vocals  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  parts  of  the  music  also  bringing  in  melodic  vocals  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  most  of  their  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  closing  track  is  an  instrumental which  also  mixes  in  elements of  ethnic  music.

  Techne  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  progressive  sounding  as  well  as  being  very  original  and  different,  the production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Techne  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Breathe"  and  "Techne".

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

  

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Grethor/Damnatio Memoriae/Edgewood Arsenal/2018 Full Length Review


  Grethor  are  a  band  from  Virginia  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review of t heir  album  "Damnatio  Memoriae"  which  will  be  released  in  2018  by  Edgewood  Arsenal.

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  dissonant  and  avant  garde  structures  and  when  the  music  speeds  up it  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  being  rooted  mostly  in  brutal  death  metal.

  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  grim  black  metal  screams  and  deep  death  metal  growls  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  experimental  at  times  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful.

  The  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  while  the  guitar  leads  when  they  are  utilized   add  in  a  90's  progressive  death  metal  style  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  classical  music  elements  can  be  heard  and  the  fast  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking,  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.   

  Grethor  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  black  and  death metal  together  with  some  dissonant  and  avant  garde  structures,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  religion  and  existentialism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Grethor  are  a  very  great  sounding  and  original  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Imminent  Unknown"  "Embracing  Oblivion"  "Weaponized  Madness"  and  "Wounds  Of  Ruin".  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

In Defilade/Elude/2017 Full Length Review


  In  Defilade  are  a  band  from  North  Carolina  that  plays  a  militant  form  of  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Elude"  which  will  be  released  in  November.

  Radio  static  noises  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  the  fast  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  Defilde  plays  a  style of  blackened  death  metal  that  is  very  brutal  and  militant  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  In  Defilde  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  and  militant  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fearing  The  Worst"  "Drown  The  Child"  "Make  Them  Eat  Glass"  and  "Women  And  Children  First".  8  out  of  10.

  

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Total Inferno/Return Of Evil Chaos/Morbid Skull Records/2017 LP Re-issue Review


  Total  Inferno  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death,  thrash,  speed  and  heavy  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Return  Of  Evil  Chaos"  which  was  re-issued  in  2017  by  Morbid  Skull  Records

  Dark  yet  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy riffing  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while t he  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  elements  of  thrash,  speed  and  first  wave  black  metal  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  tracks  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls,  when  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  old  school  fashion  and  clean  vocals  and  traditional  metal  influences  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  music  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  synths  and  the last track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Total Inferno  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  death,  thrash,  speed  and  heavy  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  heavy  and  old  school,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  evil  and  slaughter  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Total  Inferno  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  death,  thrash,  speed  and  heavy  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Super  Antichrist"  "Evil  Black  Fire"  and  "Speed  Metal  Death".  8  out  of  10.       

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Daeva/Pulsing Dark Absorptions/20 Buck Spin/2017 EP Review


  Daeva  are  a  band  from  Pennsylvania  that  plays a  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Pulsing  Dark  Absorptions"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  20  Buck  Spin.

  A  very  fast  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  soem  blast  beats  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  thrash,  speed  and  first  wave  black  metal  as  well  as  adding  in  second  wave  style  grim  screams  and  while  the  music  is  rooted  in  the  80's  it  still  retains  a  modern  day  feeling.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  true  to  an  old  school  style  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  fast  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  they  close  the  ep  with  a  cover  of  Mayhem's  "Deathcrush".

  Daeva  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  first  and  second  wave  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  80's  trash  and  a  touch  of  speed  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Daeva  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "No  Effective  Banishings"  and  "Descending  The  Miasmal  Void".  8 out  of  10.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Rotem/Fuck Your God/Rot' Em Records/2017 EP Review


 Rotem  are  a  solo  project  from  Portugal  that  has  been   featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  with  a  punk  attitude  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Fuck  Your  God"  which  was  released  by  Rot'  Em  Records.

  A  very  heavy  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before going  into  a  very  fast  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of    dark  sounding  melodie.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  both  the  80's  and  tradition  of  black  and  death  metal  along  with  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  they  close  the  ep  with  cover's  of  Black  Flag's  "Terrorist  Story"  and  Anti  Nowhere  League's  "Lets  Start  A  War".

  Rotem  plays  a  style  of  blackened  death  metal  that  is  very  old school  while  also  adding  in  elements  of  punk,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  anti  Christian  and  anti  Islamic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Rotem  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal  and  punk,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fuck  Your  God"  and  "Nuke'  Em  All".  8  out  of  10.

Moonspell/1755/Napalm Records/2017 CD Review


  Moonspell  are  a  band  from  Portugal that  has  been  around  for  more  than  20  years  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  goth  and  dark  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "!755"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Napalm  Records.

  Atmospheric  keyboards  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  whispered  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  stringed  instruments  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  symphonic  feeling  while  angry  vocals  which  are  also  influenced  by  black  metal  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording.

  Male  and  female  choir  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  spoken  word  parts  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  some  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  electronic  musical  elements  and  they  also  mix  the  classical  influenced  sound  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.

  When  growls  are  utilized  they  add  in  a  touch  of  death  metal  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  elements  of  ethnic/world  music  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  all of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound to  them  and  when  clean  vocals  are  utilized  they  add  in  a  touch  of  goth  rock.

  On  this  recording  Moonspell  remains  true  to  their  dark  metal  style  of  previous  recording  while  also  experimenting  more  with  classical  and  world  music  as  well  as  continuing  their  tradition  of  making  each  album  sound  different  from  each  other,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Portuguese  and  cover  the  culture  of  their  home  country  along  with  some  poetic  touches.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  form  Moonspell  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "1755"  "Abanao"  "Ruinas"  and  "Lanterna  Dos  Afogados".  8/5  out  of  10.  

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Devilpriest/Devil Inspired Chants/Pagan Records/2017 CD Review


  Devilpriest  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  satanic  form  of  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Devil  Inspired  Chants"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Pagan  Records.

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.
 
  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  an  old  school  style  of  death  metal  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  faster  riffing  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Devilpriest  plays  a  musical  style  that  goes  back  to  the  blackened  death  metal  style  of  the  90's,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Blasphemous  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Devilpriest  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  'Withstand  The  Holy  Ghost"  "Sacred  Orgy"  "Awaken  In  The  Presence  Of  Satan"  and  "Upon  The  Blasting  Winds".  8  out  of  10.  

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Serotonin Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new ep?
We are currently continuing to pursue a course we set out on quite some time ago. The EP was a fairly spontaneous affair that sort of happened in the middle of it. In parallel to recording our previous full-length, ‘Provoke’, we had been writing a lot of the material for the next album. Since some of these songs are particularly challenging, writing them took a considerable amount of time. Moreover, recording, mixing, and mastering our material takes quite a bit of time. We do everything ourselves and we tend to make our lives rather difficult due to our multi-layered sound. In other words: it was always going to take a while before coming up with a successor to ‘Provoke’. To ease the pain of waiting, we decided to release ‘L’Enfer Gris’. We were particularly happy with the way ‘Graue Hölle’ turned out, so it was almost a no-brainer to base the EP around that song.
We completed a lyric video for ‘Graue Hölle’ just a few days ago. It can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5dB8jNgRbo&feature=youtu.be
Meanwhile, we managed to wrap up songwriting for the next album. Undoubtedly, the songs will be developed further once we start laying down the basic tracks, but that has been our modus operandi anyway. Once again, the process of making an album is rather painstaking, so don’t expect this album to see the light of day shortly. In the meantime,  there will be another EP. We’ve been writing rather prolifically recently, which resulted in a few new songs that we want to get out there. Also, our recording equipment has just been upgraded significantly, so it makes sense to record an EP rather than a full-length. Working on just a few songs allows us to get comfortable with the new gear and experiment a bit with the sound.

2.In June you had released a new ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
‘L’Enfer Gris’ is, first and foremost, a short sharp shock. That is intentional.  ‘Provoke’ was our most ambitious release to date, by a stretch. Several songs on that album are very long and the sheer number of audio tracks is staggering. On the EP we wanted to tone it down a little bit. We still go all out now and then. 12 layers of vocals aren’t that unusual for us, but mostly it’s drums, bass, 2-3 guitars and 1 or 2 tracks of vocals. When we do start adding layers to that, it adds contrast and dynamics. Essentually, that didn’t necessarily make life any easier: when you record less, every note counts.
The opener, ‘Graue  Hölle’ is the song most representative of our sound. It’s a fast and aggressive composition with a few twists and turns, especially in the vocals and the guitars. Overall, it gravitates to the black metal end of our spectrum. Closer ‘Grey Hell’ is essentially another take on the same concept, but the sound of this song is particularly inspired by Aeternus. ‘Hosannas From The Basements Of Hell’ was lovingly borrowed from Killing Joke, but we definitely gave it the Serotonin treatment.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
‘L’Enfer Gris’ follows a distinct lyrical concept. The image of Hell in the western world has fundamentally been shaped by Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’. Painters like Bosch visualised it and influenced our perception further. The East has a slightly different view, where it is not so much about eternal torment in the ever-burning flames, but rather a state of being. In particular, this means that when one lives a life devoid of joy and only filled with suffering, they are in Hell. Many people just trudge through existence, stuck in a life they do not desire. Rather than break out and seek joy or happiness, they stick within their own self-styled hell.
The German version references some famous German authors, though we prefer leaving it to our audience to scour through the lyrics and find all the references. The English version was written as a means to check the accuracy of what was intended with the lyrics. Eventually it morphed into its own song and serves as a counter point to German version.
Overall, we are happy to say we have a virtually unlimited source of inspiration: human stupidity. Whether we approach it from a religious, (neuro-)scientific, philosophical, psychological or historical perspective, all our lyrics explore the less than overwhelming, or overwhelmingly oblivious, aspects of humanity.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name ‘Serotonin’?
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, a chemical substance in the brain that allows nerve cells to communicate which each other. People who have been going through some sort of depression might recognise the name, as many antidepressant drugs alter the concentration of serotonin in the brain. It is too simple to say that a lack of serotonin causes depression, but we can definitely establish that serotonin affects everyone’s mood. Moreover, the realisation that our deepest thoughts and emotions are driven by chemical reactions, and vice versa, is vital to understanding human nature and its inherent tendency for stupidity. There is a beautiful paradox to be found in that: humans have always tried to transcend the restrictions of the human body and its chemical reactions, trying to find some kind of ‘soul’ or ‘spirit’. Many people don’t like the thought of being reduced to a set of chemical reactions, even if they describe themselves as atheists. At the same time, this whole search for ‘something’ to transcend the flesh is actually driven by those same chemical reactions!

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band are you open to expanding the line-up, or do you prefer to remain a duo?
The band started as a 4-piece but that line-up didn’t last very long. The main reason behind that was a significant difference in dedication between the band members. Musicians who are not willing to make an effort to push themselves and the band forward are, frankly, not welcome in Serotonin. We don’t necessarily want to remain a duo though. Communication between us is very efficient and working as a duo really allowed us to learn a lot about every single aspect of composing and recording music. However, we do feel that our live sound in particular would benefit greatly from at least one other band member. Sander plays both guitar and bass on the recordings, which is something we obviously cannot do live.
Most importantly, we are very open to the idea of other people contributing to our sound. We have worked with several guest musicians in the past, which can be really exciting. Allowing someone else to add their own touch to a song can lead to surprising results. We are particularly proud of ‘Gamma Aminobutyric Acid Jazz’, from the second album. The violin part took the song to a whole new level. 

6.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 don’t play live very often, but when we do, a great deal of effort goes into it. Opening for Svart Crown and Ulcerate a couple of years ago was probably our best show in terms of attendance and exposure. However, we have developed our live sound since then, so our most recent shows stand out as the ones we remember most fondly. Also, those shows finally allowed us to play outside the Nijmegen area, which is vital.
Serotonin’s live sound is considerably more stripped down in comparison to the recordings. It’s mostly just one guitar, a drum machine and vocals. That may not sound like much, but we make up for it in sheer ferocity. Our live drum samples are quite a bit gnarlier than their studio counterparts, and the guitar tone is quite abrasive, especially in the songs we play on baritone guitar. Moreover, it has to be intense: if we aren’t completely destroyed after a set, we didn’t work hard enough.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Not right now, but we should definitely make something happen sooner rather than later. We haven’t played any shows this year due to personal reasons but the time is right to change that, especially with the new EP out in the world. As said before, it would be great to expand the line-up with a third member, as this would certainly benefit our live sound, but we don’t intend to wait until that happens.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We certainly won’t say no to any serious offers from credible labels and it would help a lot in terms of exposure and promotion, but looking for a label is not our number one priority. We are able to write and record our music. We can release it through various online platforms. We value having this amount of control over our releases. It would be great to see our music released on vinyl and to find our albums in stores all over the world, but right now that’s simply not the case. There is no reason to be held back by that though. Rather, we focus on creating music that excites us and allows us to grow as musicians. 
Realistically, most any band is looking to find an ever expanding audience. A good label can be of tremendous value there.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
One of the great aspects of the internet is that our music somehow reaches the most remote corners of the world. We’ve been getting some feedback from very unexpected places.  Overall, most of the feedback has been very positive, and we got some feedback from musicians we respect a lot. That’s always a morale boost. At the same time, one of the internet’s drawbacks is its scale: there are just so many bands out there that it’s virtually impossible to overcome the anonymity of being just one of them. This can be frustrating. We hear even from well-respected musicians with longstanding careers that it’s almost impossible to get their new bands signed or properly promoted. We find the self-promotional aspect of being in a band rather dull and uninspiring and prefer to concentrate on creating music that stands out from the crowd. Whenever we do get recognition for that, it is very rewarding.

10.When can we expect another full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
As mentioned before, our third full-length is more or less completely written and we expect to start recording it in the next few months. We are very excited about those songs, and quite a few of them already snuck into our live set. Compared to earlier work our new material is a bit more immediate and mostly really brutal. There will be several songs in between that are very, very different though.
Lyrically, it’s going to be a very dark one, as the album will explore themes such as human weakness and (the fear of) death itself.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
It’s not easy to keep this short. Obviously, there is a strong black metal element to our sound. Bands such as Abigor, Deathspell Omega, Ved Buens Ende, Dødheimsgard, Obtained Enslavement, and Limbonic Art, to name but a few of our favourites, have definitely influenced us. Our influences reach far beyond the limitations of black metal, or metal in general, though. It doesn’t really matter if it’s metal, jazz, classical music, trip hop or Tibetan chanting; there can be hidden gems everywhere.  The thing that those artists usually push the limits or what they’re doing, not allowing their music to become stale.
A few albums that we find particularly inspiring are Celtic Frost’s ‘Monotheist’ and Killing Joke’s ‘Hosannas From The Basements Of Hell’ (hence our little tribute on the EP). Also, never underestimate Queen. Their approach to arranging and producing music in the mid seventies has been a vast source of inspiration.
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2.What are some of your non musical interests?
Again, it’s very tempting to write an essay on this, but let’s not do that. Music is a big part of our lives, but there is more. We definitely enjoy the finer things in life: reading, traveling or a fine glass of whisky. Other than that, we both have very fulfilling professional lives, which allow us to attack and reduce human stupidity by making some smart individuals a bit smarter. At least that’s what we try. It is important to practice what you preach, isn’t it?

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
First of all: Thank you.
Secondly, in the words of a very distraught man:
O the mind, mind has mountains; cliffs of fall
Frightful, sheer, no-man-fathomed. Hold them cheap
May who ne'er hung there. Nor does long our small
Durance deal with that steep or deep.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Samael/Hegemony/Napalm Records/2017 CD Review


  Switzerland's  Samael  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  them  continue  the  industrial  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Hegemony"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Napalm  Records.

  Epic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  while  black  metal  style  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  spoken  word  parts  also  add  in  a  touch  of  goth.

  Elements  of  industrial are  also  utilized  at  times  while  back  up  gang  shouts  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  the  tracks  when  the  music  speeds  up  and  the  main  focus  is  more  on  a  mid  paced  direction  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  The  Beatles's  "Helter  Skelter".

  Samael creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  industrial  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  while  also  adding  in  the  heaviness  of  their  earlier  material,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  space,  discovery,  spirituality  and  political  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Samael  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Samael"  "Red  Planet"  "This  World"  and  "Dictate  Of  Transparency".   8  out  of  10. 

  

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Desolate Shrine/Deliverance From The Godless Void/Dark Descent Records/2017 CD Review


  Finland's  Desolate  Shrine  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  their  blackened  mixture  of  death  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of   their  2017  album  "Deliverance  From  The  Godless  Void"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Dark  Descent  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  and  elements  of  doom  metal  can  be  heard  in  the  slower  riffing.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  dark  sounding  synths,  whispers  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  as  well  a s the  main  focus  being  more  on  a  heavier  style.  

  Desolate  Shrine  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  blackened  mixture  of  death  and  doom  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Misanthropy,  Nihilism,  Negativity  and  Occultism  themes,

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Desolate Shrine  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  death  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Primordial  One"  "Demonic  Evocation  Prayer"  and  "...Of  Hell".  8  out  10.     

Friday, September 22, 2017

Kartikeya/Samudra/Apathia Records/2017 CD Review


  Kartikeya  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  musical  style  they  describe  as  being  'carnatic  metal'  which  mixes  black,  death  and  groove  metal  with  elements  of  Arabic  and  Indian  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Samudra"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Apathia  Records.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  yet  melodic  riffing  that  adds  in   elements  of  groove  metal  and  djent  while  also  having  symphonic  synths  in  the  background  and  the  vocals  are death  metal  growls  with  some  groove  metal  touches  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Elements  of  blackened  death  metal  can  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  while  touches  of  prog  metal  are  also  added  into  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  a  great  amount  of  Arabic  and  Indian  folk  music  also  being  mixed  in  the  songs  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  ethnic  feeling.

  Melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  riffs also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  a brief  use  of  grim  black  metal  screams  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief use  of  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  and  some  of  the  later  tracks  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars.

  Kartikeya  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  death  and  groove  metal  and  mixes  it  with  Arabic  and  Hindi  folk  music  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Eastern  Mythology,  Philosophy  and  Hinduism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kartikeya  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  death,  groove  metal,  Arabic  and  Hindi  folk  music  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  very  original,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tandava"  "Mask  Of  The  Blind"  "We  Shall  Never  Die"  and  "Tunnels  of  Naraka".  8  out  of  10.  

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Luciferian Insectus Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project thee days?

LI: Well, I am in the writing process of my newest album, and currently up two songs. I plan on making a 12 track album for this release. I’ve been experimenting  around with some new energies that I have been experiencing lately, so mainly just getting in touch with the root of it all.

2.A few months back you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also howdoes it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

LI: Yes, I released GODLESS through Apollyon Entertainment. It was  , like every other album I write, done naturally and un pre-meditated. It took an extremely death-metal / black-metal influenced touch and had a very ritual through chaos style presence. Basically like all my other albums, but this one was done just a little more upbeat and thrashy.

3.With the band name and song lyrics, you do cover some satanic, occult and anti religion themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interests in these topics?

LI: Well. When it comes to the satanic detail, I am a Satanist. What kind of Satanist you might ask, it doesn’t really matter. I prefer to title myself as my own. I have always been a fan of the occult, so in that nature of support I base certain topics after the occult. As far as ritualist nature, I live that every day and every time I pick up my guitar, it is expressed though that nature as well. As far as for the anti-religion section of my material, I am just all against organized religion. I believe that such religious groups  such as the christian church  and the islamic nation are nothing but backwards hypocrites  that do nothing but try to strike fear and brainwash society , and have done so for many years. In my opinion I believe that to be free means to have no rule. To enjoy and be what you want, when you want. But for some reason the word “free”   has been somewhat pinned to the very sight of those two religions.

4.Originally the project was called 'Enemy Of Nazarene', what was the cause of the name change?

LI: I started my project in 2011 as Enemy Ov Nazarene mainly to express my hatred for the church. As my project matured into something more than a private obsession, I realized that I had a majority amount of my support being of the Luciferian nature . Mainly because of the satanic and sinful chaos I expressed in my very 1st  public demo, The Imperial Doom ov Mortus Crowe. I went to Los Angeles to express my album and musical nature further and decided to take it to Europe.  So as I got to Germany, I had a moment dawn onto me to name my project what it is titled to this day, Luciferian Insectus, meaning Luciferian Driven. The very force that started my projects dawn to light.

5.You record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?

LI: Yes I do record everything myself.  My project started off as a one man project. One can say that I had gotten pretty comfortable with doing my music solo. Of course I am open to working with others. I play currently in two other bands, Grim Reality and Critical Assult. But as far as Luciferian Insectus goes, I just haven’t found the right people for the project that could show it the personal dedication  and touch needed to preserve its origionality. If that day comes, I am definetly open to bringing in some other members and making it a full band.But for now, I stand alone.

6.This project has been based in both the Netherlands and the United States, how would you compare the metal scene in both countries?

LI: The metal scene is very different in NL than from the states. To put it in a nutshell,  Metal is a lot more of a lifestyle and tradition over in that region of the world. I love it. USA has its high points but personally for my genre of music that I am associated with, NL and EU has my vote.

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

LI: I haven’t played many shows but if I have to pick one, I would say Black Kvlt Fest. My presence was charged by a beautiful moon. I would have to say that I was at absolute peace because when I stared up into the sky all I saw was a bright moon.  Made my focus skyrocket. Show was great.

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

LI: I have some local shows coming up in November 2017 .  And I’m also working on the music for a Film by Fox Trot Productions called Savage.  As far as touring, I believe a whisper from Apollyon has been thrown around about Europe in the future, but that’s unofficial. I still am up for any task.

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

LI: To my knowledge I think that I have a decent feedback . Truly I don’t really care what the public think. If you like my music, awesome. If you hate it, even better. That means I am executing my purpose well.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

LI: In the future I cannot say where I will be. I could either be in a studio or on a stage. I prefer to be on a stage. But studio is fun. I have been working with some directors recently and it’s pretty cool. Doing things I have never done before, but always open for that stage date. It’s something I love to do the most.

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?

LI: I have a wide variety of influences. I like a lot of folk metal like Folk Earth, Glipnir, Fintroll and many traditional roots of folk music along with metal from Power to Black Metal. Some of those bands range from Stratovarius , Dio, Pantera, Dark Funeral, Dissection, Watain, Behemoth, Morbid Angel, Behexen, Akercoke, etc.  Nowadays I listen to a lot of Black Metal mainly of the cult genre. If I had to choose a specific genre for my musical nature, it would be Cult Black Metal. It just seems like the style that works for me both mentally and physically.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

LI: Some of my non-musical influences are of the crime documentaries. I love watching things on forensics and old war stories.

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

LI: The only thing I can say to anyone who made it this far through this interview is just stay true to who you are and what makes you happy. Even if it takes your whole life to get to, never quit. Because the way I see it, at least you got a goal that you will always fight for. Makes life a tad bit more interesting.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Kult Mogil/Portentaque/Pagan Records/2017 EP Review


  Kult  Mogil  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Portentaque"  which  will  be  released  on  September  29th  by  pagan  Records.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  dissonant  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  brutal  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  small  amount  of  melody.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times  while  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  distorted  yet  melodic  fashion,  clean  guitars  are  also  used  briefly.

  Kult  Mogil  creates  another  recording  that  remains true  to  the  dissonant  style  of  blackened  death  metal  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Kult  Mogil  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Non-Reconciliation".  8  out  of  10.  

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Serotonin/L 'Enfer Gris/2017 EP Review


  Serotonin  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "L  'Enfer  Gris".

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  black metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls onto  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  melodic  vocals  are  also  used  briefly  along  with  the  faster  riffing  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  atmospheric  synths  are  also  used  briefly,  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars  on  a  couple  of  songs.

  Serotonin  plays  a  style  of  blackened  death  metal  that  is  very  original  and  different  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  hell  as  an  absence  of  joy.

  In  my  opinion  Serotonin  are  a  very  great  sounding  original  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Hosannas  From  The  Basement  Of  Hell".  8  out  of  10.  

Friday, September 15, 2017

Dreadnought/A Wake In Sacred Waves/Sailor Records/2017 CD Review


  Dreadnought  are  a  band  from  Denver,  Colorado  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  doom,  psychedelic,  progressive  and  post  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "A  Wake  In  Sacred  Waves"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Sailor  Records.

  Female  vocals  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  keyboards  a  few  seconds  later  that  also  adds  in  touches  of   progressive  rock  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  while  also  adding  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  post  rock  style  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  alternating  between  soft  and  heavy  parts  and  the  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  At  times  the  music  adds  in  elements  of  70's  era  psychedelic  rock  while  saxophones  are  also  added  into some  parts  of  the  songs  along  with  the  guitars  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  clean  playing  and  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  are  very  heavily influenced  by  doom  metal  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Dreadnought  creates  another  recording t hat  sticks  to  the  black,  doom  metal,  psychedelic,  post  and  progressive  mixture  of  their  previous  release  while  also  getting  more  experimental  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  the  process  of  life  and  death.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dreadnought  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  doom  metal,  psychedelic,  progressive  and  post  rock,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vacant  Sea"  and  "A  Drifting  Reign".  8  out  of  10.          

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Evilheart/Quinquaginta/Test Your Metal Records/2014 CD Review


  Evilheart  are  a  band  from  Mexico  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Quinquaginta"  which  was  released  by  Test  Your  Metal  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  also  speeding  up  and  adding  in  blast  beats  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  when  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  they  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  with  some  black  metal  screams.

  A  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  in  the  faster  riffing  while  the  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  atmospheric synths  can  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  the  songs  as  well  as  one  track  adding  in  a  small  amount  of acoustic  guitars  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Cenotaph's  "Severance".

  Evilheart  plays  a  style  of  blackened  death  metal  that  is  very  heavy,  brutal  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy  and  modern  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Evilheart  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  "Perfection  Collapsed"  "Rebellion"  "Genetics  of  Betrayal"  and  "Severance".  8  out  of  10.  

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Goat War Interview

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

Goat War is true black heavy metal for the basement warriors that have yet to rise and slay the plastic idols that have taken over!

2.So far you have released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

This demo is the sound of the pure raw violence that is experienced when the mighty sword and scythe of Julius Bloodaxe and Dick Nekrowulf clash in a storm of fury! No fun no production no talent just war!

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

We use symbolism inspired by the great authors of sword and sorcery to invigorate those brought down!

4,What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Goat War'?

When Dick watched the goat die it fueled his thirst for war!

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 play in a basement!

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

We go where the hammer guides us. War knows no borders!

7.The demo is getting re-issued on 'Heathen tribes', can you tell us a little bit more about the newer version?

It's on tape.

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

We're popular in Europe!

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

As the hatred builds we add intricate concepts to our guitars. Expect more death, war, and chaos soon. Early 2018 brother!

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

Venom, Bathory, Celtic Frost, Boston, Thor, Semen Of Satan, Sabbat, Darkthrone, Midnight, Wodos, Mercyful Fate, 1983 Slayer, Nifelheim, Di'anno Maiden, Motörhead, G.I.S.M., Slambo, Necro Butcher from Mayhem!

11.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?

Yes.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Goat War/Warwolf/Heathen Tribes/2017 EP Review


  Goat  War  are  a  band  from  Michigan  that  plays  a mixture  of black  and  speed  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Warwolf"  which  will  be  released  in  the  autumn  by  Heathen  Tribes.

  A  very  fast  and  old  school  black  metal  style  starts  off t he  ep  which  also  mixes  the  first  and  second  wave  styles  together  while  the  vocals  also  mix  the  early  era  with  an  angry  thrash  approach  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  speed  metal  and  the  solos  and  leads  continue  the  old  school  tradition.

  While  the  music  is  heavily  influenced  by  the  80's  it  still  sounds  very  modern  at  the  same  time  and  at  times  the  vocals  have  a  semi  melodic  edge  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  grim  screams a re  also  used  briefly,  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  heavy  direction.

  Goat  War  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  first  and  second  wave  black  metal  with  speed  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Fantasy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Goat  War  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  speed  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Goathammer"  and  "black  Grave".  8  out  of  10.

   

      

Monday, September 4, 2017

Witchnight Interview

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

- We are a Heavy Metal band from Santa Fe, Argentina.
Axe Steeler on guitars, Ripping Corpse on drums, and Bütcher on bass and vocals, who is talking to you.

2.So far you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

- The style is quite old school, we wanted to achieve a sound similar to the 80's recordings

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

- The lyrics talk about heavy metal, horror movies, and dark topics from art to mysticism, old school stuff.

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

- I like mythology and witch stories. And how they are always rooted in the force of nature, the mysticism and the unknown

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

Every show has been good for us, and  we try to give the best of us up the stage.

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

- We are touring our country now. Next year we may go to Chile. Also we got offers to play in other counties.

7. Originally the ep was released on 'Tantafobia Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

- It is a label from Ecuador that was the first interested in editing our EP in Cassette format.
They work with underground metal, Black / Death / Thrash Metal, South American bands.

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

Very good. For example this year I went to Sweden and there were people there, who already knew the band, and had the ep released by Witches Brew.

9.On the ep you had also done a 'Retrosatan' cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?

- RetroSatan is a very important influence for me, and I decided to make them a humble homage, with one of my favorite songs from their album.

10.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Yes, I have another band of black thrash metal, called Municion and also I play in the Greek band, Metalmorfosis. The drummer and guitarist are brothers,
they have a thrash metal band called Psicocancer.

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

Hopefully next year we'll record the full length album. We'll keep our style, insane and evil speed metal.

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

The metal from the 80's is a pure influence to our music.
Also I listen to punk, AOR, Hard rock, 50's rock, 60's, 70's, post punk, new wave, stoner doom, and many other things.

13.How would you describe your views on Occultism?

- Is a complex subject to answer in an interview. But I see the possible of making true art and philosophy inspired in the occultism

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

- Thank you very much for the interview and stay Heavy! Cheers.