Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Arkaik/Nemethia/Unique Leader Records/2017 CD Review


  Arkaik  are  a  band  from  Riverside,  California  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  technical  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Nemethia"  which  will  be  released  in September  by  Unique  Leader  Records.

  A  sci-fi  atmosphere  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  brutal  direction  where  you can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  and  the  riffing  also  gets  very  technical  at  times.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  technical  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along with  elements  of  classical  and  symphonic  music  also  being  used  on  a  few  tracks  and  at  times  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  prog  influences  and  one  of  the  tracks  is very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  there  are  also  a  couple  of  instrumentals.

  Arkaik  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  technical  style  of  death  metal  from  previous  releases  and  also  adding  in  symphonic  elements  this  time  around, t he  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  continuing  the  saga  of  Cyrix  who  goes  on a  journey  through  a  dystopian  society  and  meets  dark  occultists,  magickal  allies  and  hidden  forces.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Arkaik  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  technical  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Occultivation"  "Dweller  On  The  Threshold"  and  "Nexion  Stargate".  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Scum/Humana/Sliptrick Records/2016 CD Review


  Scum  are  a  band  from  Italy that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Humana"  which  was  released  by  Sliptrick  Records.

  An  atmospheric  soundscape  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  small  amount  of spoken  word  samples  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  which  also  uses  death  metal  growls  while  the  riffing  also  mixes  in  elements  of  djent  and  modern  thrash  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Touches  of  groove  metal  are  also  mixed  in  the  vocals  while  the  guitar  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  along  with  spoken  word  samples  also  being  used  briefly  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  main  focus  being  more  on  a  mid  tempo  style  and  on  the  last  track  the vocals  get  semi  melodic.

  Scum  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  a  modern  form  of  thrash  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Hatred,  Depression  and  Anti  Religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Scum  are  a  very  great sounding  mixture  of  death  and  modern  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Under  The  Worm"  "Collapsed"  and  "Humana".  8  out  of  10.  

Friday, August 11, 2017

Neck Of The Woods/The Passenger/2017 Full Length Review


  Neck  Of  The  Woods  are  a  band  from  Vancouver  B.C,  Canada  that  plays  a  progressive  form of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "The  Passenger"  which  will  be  released  in  September.

  Atmospheric  sounds  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  prog  metal  direction  as  well  as  introducing  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording  and  at  times  the  vocals  add  in  a  touch  of  hardcore  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  technical  fashion  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  technical  at  times  and  a  couple  of  the  later  tracks  are  acoustic  instrumentals.

  Neck  OF  The  Woods  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  progressive  along  with  some  elements  of  hardcore  and  groove  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Neck  Of  The  Woods  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bottom  Feeder"  "Open  Water"  and  "Before  I  Rest".  8  out  of  10.  

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Sepulchral Whore Interview

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

Necrospinal: Sepulchral Whore is a Brazilian entity from Recife city, who plays a relentless death metal tethered in the classic icons of this genre, more especially from the 90s era.

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

Necrospinal: Overall, I'd say "Everlasting Morbid Delights" - our debut EP - is a gathering of our longtime wishes as extreme metal fans and horror movie enthusiasts and I think that's a varied mix of each atmosphere of terror which we've possibly heard in some dark film soundtracks in our teenage years. Musically, this release is more into the Scandinavian and Austrian ways of early death metal.

3. You refer to your music as 'necrotic death metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

Necrospinal: [Laughs] As I said, we always like horror movies, and this expression is used generically to describe this kind of tale and make people quite disgusted. Trypophobia effects, for example, may cause repulsive shifts and chills over simple minded people.

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

Necrospinal: Our lyrical content is various. All the songs flow through themes like anti-humanism, the insignificance of being, metaphysical chaos,  necrophilia, blasphemy and many other horrid acts.

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

Necrospinal: Necrophiliac! [Laughs] When I was younger (a scatterbrain), Hell Awaits' lyrics has frightened me at that time. At the same time, the fascinating riffage on that track just blew me away. Wondering about names for our new band, I thought on an opposite female to the Kerry King's necromancer character. A woman who acquired Necrophilia as a compulsive sexual behavior as the result of weird experiences lived through her entire life. I suggested the name "Sepulchral Whore" to my band mates, and they immediately approved it.

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

Necrospinal: Our stage performance is very balanced! C Le Sorcier (drums) is frenetic and technical, Nyarlathotep IV's position (guitars) demands more focus and responsibility to create the dark atmosphere for our shows (to an example of this darkened approach "In Slumber they Succumb" is the song to keep). I'm an intense guy who likes to incite people to have a bruising awakening in the morning after. We always aim to make all heads bang with us. About live gigs; not much yet, because Sepulchral Whore was born at the end of 2014 and we thought we should make our first live performance when done the whole recording process for our debut release (November 2016). Our last appearance alongside Apocalyptic Raids, Whipstriker, and the brand new black metal act called Hellishkiller were great.

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

We have some scheduled gigs within the next months, where we'll promote our debut release. Schedule a tour is impossible now, due to our duties as citizen workers. We'd like to fly overseas someday. In first, we want to take the path of the railroad to play a couple of shows at venues around the country and south American continent, in places where we haven't been played before with our past bands, but for this, we need to align our vacations.

8. The ep was released on 'Metal Ways Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Necrospinal: "Metal Ways Records" is a Mexican label, more focused on heavy/speed and thrash metal. Sepulchral Whore is the first traditional death metal act on their roster. Antonio Sánchez (the label's owner) stake on our proposal at his first sight, after to listening to our promo and launched our EP on the market worldwide (compact disc - limited to 500 copies).

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

Necrospinal: Considering "Everlasting Morbid Delights" as a debut release, we've had a very positive response at the moment. Physical copies were now launched, which could bring more exposure to the extreme metal supporters and specialized media.

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

Necrospinal: Our creative process for upcoming releases is already on the way. We've enough songs to fill more than 1-hour show. And of course, these recent songs should be part of one full-length album (planned for 2019) or perhaps a split album (2018 - not yet assured). We mostly prefer to not think about the future at all. Just let the blood run red [Laughs].

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?

Nyarlathotep IV: My particular influences go from classic rock to extreme metal. In a non-rock pathway, I like classical music, some MPB stuff (which means Brazilian Popular Music) and Frevo (a frenetic brass-band music from our hometown, Recife City). But the last two do not influence our composition process. I just quoted it because these local music genres are cool as fuck for me [Laughs].

About bands that I listen to frequently, from the golden age of death metal: I like Sentenced's first two albums, Grave, Celtic Frost, Bolt Thrower, Massacre (US), Autopsy, Morgoth, Entombed, Darkthrone's debut, Asphyx and Headhunter D.C. 1990s provided so many cool bands. Will be harder to list all here. You will need a new page to fill it up [Laughs]. Nowadays, my favorite one is Skeletal Remains! I love so much that kind of sound. They had never left my playlist! They kick ass! The Brazilian ones, Devouring, Poisonous, Inside Hatred (these are all from Bahia state - a neighbor state in northeast Brazil). Such as Belo Horizonte city was in the past (Sarcofago, Sepultura, Mutilator, Chakal, and others), Bahia state is the perfect cradle for death metal in Brazil nowadays.

From our city, I have to listen to a new death metal act called Trovador. Their characteristic sonority and mostly their lyrics, which caught my attention because the content is about Brazilian serial killers and singing it in our native language. Also our neighbor, Elizabethan Walpurga does a good mix of traditional heavy metal and black metal with vampiric themes.

Necrospinal: I have been listening to a lot of bands: Vastum, Blood Incantation, Grave Miasma, Unaussprechlichen Kulten, Nightfell, and many others. But now talking about favorite bands: Hooded Menace, Morbus Chron (parted ways), Desaster, Voivod, Razor, Enslaved, Beyond Belief (have also parted ways), Suffocation, Benediction, Pungent Stench, Asphyx, and others.

12. What are some of your non-musical interests?

Nyarlathotep IV: Keeping struggling to survive on this shitty planet, mainly in this country full of corruption, where poor people, workers as we are sweats blood, meanwhile, politicians and employers enjoy at our expense.

Necrospinal: I'm a football (soccer) fan, addicted to technology, digital design, movies and TV series enthusiast.

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

Nyarlathotep IV: We are glad because Sepulchral Whore, even a new band, has received a good response from the extreme metal audience in a worldwide scale. Perhaps this may be due to our acquired experience on the lessons of past bands. At this time we had no hurry during the recording process. A lot of quiet, by the way! More than normal. But the final result was 666% more than I expected. Thank you so much and long life to the underground.

Necrospinal: Until the end of this year, "Everlasting Morbid Delights" will also be released on cassette (via Metal Throne Recs from Greece, El Conjuro Recs from Argentina, Von Frost Recs from Canada) and LP formats (Burning Skull Records from Sweden and Flesh Vessel Records from the United States).

Metalheads, keep supporting your local scene and bands that you like. Going to the shows, acquiring any merch stuff, etc. If you discovered a cool new band via streaming or free download find a way to buy something from them. That is essential to keep the metal flame burning higher than ever.

Thanks for this interview! NECROHAILZ!!
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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Post Pulse/Halls Of The Damned/Inverse Records/2017 CD Review


  Post  Pulse  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  original  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Halls  Of  The  Damned"  which  was  released  by  Inverse  Records.

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  but  keeping  it  modern  while  all  of  the  musical instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  angry  shouts  that  are  very  easy  to  understand.

  A  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  can  be  heard  from  the  instruments  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  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  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  be  heard  briefly  on  a  few  tracks.

  Post  Pulse  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  heavy  yet  different  than  most  bands  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Post  Pulse  are  a  very  great  sounding  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  different,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "When  The  Snakes  Are  Dead"  "Frozen  Heart"  "Halls  Of  The  Damned"  and  "No  More".  8  out  of  10.    

Requiem For Oblivion/Burning Nation/2017 CD Review


  Requiem  For  Oblivion  are  a  band  from  Eerie,  Pennsylvania  that  plays  a  very  progressive  and  technical  form  of  death  metal  with  some  ambient  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Burning  Nation".

  Drum  beats  and  technical  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  riffing  and  death  metal growls  a  few  seconds  later  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  after  awhile  prog  elements  and  high  pitched  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  they  also  display  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  as  musicians  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  and  ambient  elements  are  added  onto  the  recording and  a  couple  of  songs  also  adds  in  melodic  vocals.

  Requiem  For  Oblivion  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  progressive  and  technical  while also  adding  in  touches  of  ambient  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  originality,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  inner  struggles  and  humanity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Requiem  For  Oblivion  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  and  technical  death  metal  band  with  elements  of  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Shards  Of  Glass"  "Burning  Nation"  and  "Disguised".  8  out  of  10.      

Hostilian/Monolith/2017 EP Review


  Hostilian  are  a  band  from  India  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  and  groove  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "Monolith".

  Death  metal  growls  and  groove  metal  riffing  starts  off  the  ep  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  riffing  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  When  solos  and  leads a re  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  touches  of  modern  thrash  while  the  vocals  also  add  in  aggressive  screams  at  times  and  the  music  always  remains  heavy.

  Hostilian  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  death  and  groove  metal  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hostilian  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death  and  groove  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Culling"  and  "Warbringer".  8  out  of  10.