Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Sepulchral Whore/Everlasting Morbid Delights/Metal Ways Records/2017 EP Review


  Sepulchral  Whore  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Everlasting  Morbid  Delights"  which  was  released  by  Metal  Ways  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  haunting  intro  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  death  metal  growls  being  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  and  when  synths  are  utilized  they  bring  in  a  horror  movie  atmosphere  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  All  of t he  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  80's  to  early  90's and  it  also  sounds  like  it  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  during  that  time  frame  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  the  vocals  are  more  close  to  death/thrash  at  times  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  an  instrumental  that also  introduces  classical  guitars  onto  the  recording.

  Sepulchral  Whore  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that goes  back  to  the  80's  era  of  the  genre  along  with  some  vocals  that  are  closer  to  death/thrash,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  metaphysical,  necrophilia,  atheism,  anti  humanism,  horror,  blasphemy,  death  and  nihilism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sepulchral  Whore  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of   this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Everlasting  Morbid  Delights"  and  "Necromancer's  Rites".  8  out  of  10.    

Monday, July 24, 2017

Obrij Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
V.: ОБРІЙ (Obrij) was formed back in 2013 in Uzhhorod, Ukraine. The members of the band also play in other bands like THE SYMBIOZ, DISPLEASE, SKRUTA, OMNIVERSE, SOLUREST. Since then we had a few line-up changes, current line-up was formed in spring of 2018. Current line-up is: Mykola - vocals, Vasyl - guitars (that's me, ha-ha), Ivan - guitars, Zoltan - bass and Petro - drums. Only Mykola and me are left from the first OBRIJ line-up.

2.So far you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
V.: I would describe this as a mix of a numerous influences: a bit of hardcore, a bit of metalcore (as it was back in the 90s, not the modern shittycore) and a large dose of European death metal. I think that our style can be described as "groovy death'n'roll".

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
V.: We sing about different topics. Themes can be taken from our personal experience or from history. We have one song about Pol Pot regime and our new release will be about the horrors of Stalinism. These lyrics will have a slight dystopian feeling (cheers to Mr.Orwell).

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Obrij'?
V.: As I mentioned before, the word OBRIJ means "horizon". It's about the new horizons, we have to discover in our life. As me and Mykola (our singer) had previously played only hardcore punk and grindcore, we are discovering metal  Well, if serious, I am a huge fan of metal music and I always wanted to play some. So, it looks like now I have the opportunity.


5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
V.: We haven't played a lot of shows with OBRIJ, so all of them were unique. As for me, I would mention our performance at Uzhhorod's KRUK Fest. It was our first show after the line-up change. I would like to describe our performances as "heavy as hell" but I'm not sure if I can do so  We don't play fast, so at least we're trying to create a heavy and hypnotizing atmosphere at out shows.


6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
V.: It would be great, but now we would like to record some new stuff. It's our priority now. Shows? Maybe later.


7.Can you tell us a little bit more about 'Trismus Records'?
V.: It's mostly hardcore punk/grindcore/metal label formed by Mykola and me. We have a few wuite interesting releases, you chould check out.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?
V.: We received various opinions about our music. Most of them are good, I mean it seems that people like our stuff. But we also had a few negative reviews. Well, for some guys we were not enough "metal". But I hope that they will enjoy our next release. It will have a bit heavier sound.

9.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?
V.: Now we have only one active project besides OBRIJ. It's THE SYMBIOZ. We play hardcore punk with strong metal influence. It can remind you bands like WOLFBRIGADE, TRAGEDY, ICTUS e.t.c. Our other project - SKRUTA is currently inactive. We used to play some fast and brutal oldschool grindcore influenced by INSECT WARFARE, WORMROT, NAPALM DEATH and TERRORIZER.
Also you should check the new album of our lead guitarist's band SOULREST. It's called IN SPITE. They play progressive death metal and if you like bands like PESTILENCE, you should check them. Few songs are available on their bandcamp. Also you should check their first album PATALOGICAL PROCESSES. As for me, it's a masterpiece.
Our drummer also plays not only in OBRIJ. If you like some experimental/progressive metal, check out OMNIVERSE. Petro playes guitar in that band.

10.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
V.: It's a tough question. As for now we plan to record a single and an EP. We had some changes in our line-up, so the style will change a bit. I think we'll move towards more dark and heavy sound and more complicated song structures.

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?
V.: We were influenced by European death metal acts like BOLT THROWER, ASPHIX, MORGOTH, BENEDICTION and doom metal bands like PARADISE LOST, early TIAMAT e.t.c. Also, don't underestimate the influence of crust bands like AXEGRINDER, AMEBIX, MISERY, EXTINCTION OF MANKIND and others. Nowadays I listen to different bands, mostly to those that I have mentioned in this interview. Also I like grindcore and Swedish punk rock. Well, I love Swedish bands in general. No matter what style they play, they do it in their own unique way.


12.What are some of your non musical interests?
V.: My main non-musical hobby is horror. I'm a fan of horror literature and horror movies, I even write some creepy stories myself. Some of them were included in Ukrainian horror anthologies. My favourite authors are Richard Laymon, Csáth Géza, Jack Ketchum, Bentley Little, Clive Barker, Robert Bloch and many others.


13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
V.: I would like to thank you and to all the readers of your zine for the interest in our band! Stay metal! Cheers from Ukraine!


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Reputdeath Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Hi mate! We’re just finish rehearsal some new song for our third demo and also the recording process will start early of November, we hope our third demo will unleash in the end of 2017 or maybe in January 2018.



2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recent demo?
Just dirty-raw and ugly of Old School Death Metal. Nothing less! We loved all the “demo-sound” feel that coming from the late 80’s and early 90’ bands. The unbalanced-structure, raw, and not to complex sound production really got us. We got D.Gore from Burial Grave on the “mixing-dance machine” to make our recording sounded more too primitive and raw production and we have a lot of fun in the studio to record this demo.



3.Your lyrics cover a lot of horror movie themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?'
Generally, all of REPUTDEATH members are obsessed by the old-horror, zombie and gore movies.  Maybe some people out there think, this topic are really bored but it’s not for us. We’re more comfortable to write a song that based in our imagination that embalmed from the G.A Romero, Tom Savini, Lucio Fulci and Italian horror films.



4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Reputdeath'?
Firstly, it’s just a word play by our vocalist to name our band as REPUTDEATH. In English, “REPUT” are the same words/meaning of “Rot”, it’s word from ours language. Sam, our vocalist firstly put the name “ROTDEATH” as the band name and draw a band logo similar to the “classic” ENTOMBED” logo in the rotten pieces of paper.  Ha! We used this logo in our first demo and we got some critics/review  that our music not be like Swedish Death Metal. Ha! Fvck yeah! We’re never try to play the Swedish Death Metal.  



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 can recall how many times we already festering and decaying onto the stage, seem our place it’s really hard for someone to organize a gig, a lot of Hardcore/Punk been held but when come to Metal it’s a little by. We have our first show in 2013 during Infernal Curse “The Awakening Of Damned” tour at Kota Kota Kinabalu, this is the time when we’re really scratched to figure out our live performances and we received a lot good response after that show. And it’s really hard for me to explain how stage performance for REPUTDEATH , seem you need to catch them alive and listen too it’s and we always believe the good music that you put in your release must be equal with your live performance, it’s need more better sometimes and I’m simply can say we just nailed and slaughtered on the stage with our horror and dirty tones.




6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We got an offer to crawled from our places before, but no tour in planning right now, seem we’re heavily trap with our work-job-family or other things. We’ll ready to festering and rotting onstage again this coming August of 2017, during Sabah Deathfest #4 and it’s our latest live-mangel this years.



7.The demo was released on Chickenshit R.E.K.O.D'. can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Chickenshit Rekod are the label that I’ve run. More focused on tape releases and paying devotions of Old school Death Metal sound in terms more ugly and dirty ways. It’s just a small low-budget label records that try to give some deadhead out here the real taste or feeling from the old primitive era of Death Metal. And you already can configure out when you listen up to REPUTDEATH, what kind of sound that the label are obsessed.



8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?
We received many good response from the outside than in our own place. Some of them say it’s just remember them to their old good days digging up some old classic demos. And we numerous got critics because the tones of guitar from our latest demo are more sounded like “Swedish-chainsaw of HM-2”. Ha! Ha! But we’re totally thankful for the all good response from the webzine, fanzine, Death Metal maniac and the Death Metal-underground scenes.



9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We never think what gonna happen in future, the future always keep their secret. I also can say, REPUTDEATH probably didn’t have any idea to release a full length album because when we start our band back then, we’re already set what we gonna play and what the band goal or direction that we’ll achieve . We’re a band that loved so much to the rotten sound and feel from a demo. We’re just a “demo-band”, nothing high to expected and we never have any idea to release a full length album.  



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?
We’re really dig all the AUTOPSY, NIHILIST and IMPETIGO sound. Certainly we’re don’t hide what the real music can be inspired to us when me start the band back then. At least we try to embalmed all the raw tunes of Death Metal into our song. Your definitely spot that our song didn’t have any solo guitar on the song, we try to make it’s more simple and straight forward structure without fvcking technical! Recently, there a lot of good and putrid Death Metal band rise up around the Death Metal Underground scenes, some of them are Cryptworm, Rest, Rotted, Disembowel etc. It’s really good to dig all the latest demo tape around the scenes and listening and do a “air” head-banging alone in your room like a mad man. Ha!



11.What are some of your non musical interests?
We’re always hang out with other deadhead around our places, have a good drinks and talk something new arise from our local or abroad scenes. Re-watching some old good classic horror, zombie or gore movies and playing football in the weekends and listen up some good Hardcore/Crust Punk music will accompany us.



12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for the never-ended support to us, we’ll keep your updated for the latest information or news regarding the band activity. And for those missed out our latest demo tape release, you can go to our bandcamp and listen up this raw and ugly tunes of old death and it’s available for fully stream and download.  Praise the horror and worship “Autopsy”!

Friday, July 21, 2017

All Out War/Give Us Extinction/Organized Crime/2017 CD Review


  All  Out  War  are  a  band  from  New  York  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  aggressive  and  brutal style  of  hardcore  with  some  elements  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Give  Us  Extinction"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Organized  Crime.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  after  awhile  angry  hardcore  style  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  they  almost  have  a  touch  of  death  metal  to  them  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard along  with  the  solos  and  leads  bringing  in  an  extreme  metal  style.

  Back  up  gang  shouts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  a  great  amount  of  thrash  and  crossover  influences  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  spoken  word  samples  are  also  used  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  are  used  briefly  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Nausea's  "Cybergod"..

  All  Out  War  remains  true  to  the  brutal  style  of  hardcore  from  previous  releases  while  still  having  touches  of  crossover,  thrash  and  death  metal,  the  production  sound s very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  end  of  the  world,  struggles  and  spiritual  disposition  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  All  Out  War  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Give  Us  Extinction"  "From  The  Mouth  Of  Serpents"  "Ingesting  Vile"  and  "Repulsive  Premonitions".  8  out  of  10.  

Decrepit Birth/Axis Mundi/Agonia Records/2017 CD Review


  Decrepit  Birth  are  a  band  from  Santa  Cruz,  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  "Axis  Mundi"  which  was  released  by  Agonia  Records.

  Sci-fi  style  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  brutal  direction  as  well  as  utilizing  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  samples  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  start  to  make  their  presence  known  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  High  pitched  screams  are  also  used  at  times  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  at  times  while  the  guitar  leads  and  solos  are  done  in  a  very  technical  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  symphonic  elements  along  with  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  while  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  prog  influences  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  all  instrumental  and  they  also  bring  in  cover's  of  Metallica's  "Orion",  Sepultura's  "Desperate  Cry"  and  Suffocation's  "Infecting  The  Crypts".

  Decrepit  Birth  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  brutal  and  technical  style  of  death  metal  that  has  been  established  on  previous  releases,   the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  cover  Esoteric  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Decrepit  Birth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Spirit  Guide"  "Transcendental  Paradox"  "Ascendant"  and  "Infecting  The  Crypts".  8/5  out  of  10.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Nephren-Ka/La Grande De L 'Epice/Dolorem Records/2017 CD Review


  Nephren-Ka  are  a  band  from  France  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  brutal  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "La  Grande  De  L  'Epice"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Dolorem  Records.

  Sci  fi  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  heavy  and  brutal  direction  along  with  the  vocals  being  a  mixture  of  guttural  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  a  traditional  style  of  death  metal  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  riffing  and  leads  also  gets  very  technical  at  times  and  on  one  track  the  vocals  almost  use  a  thrash  approach  and  when  synths  are  utilized  briefly  they  give  the  music a  more  epic  atmosphere  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Candlemass's  "Mirror  Mirror".

  Nephren-Ka  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  brutal  death  metal  style  that  was  established  on  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  Frank  Herbert's  Dune  novels.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nephren-Ka  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  brutal  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Plan  To  master  The  Universe"  "Idar  Fen  Adijica"  "Fenring's  Test"  and  "Mirror  Mirror".  8/5  out  of 10.

  

Slave One/An Abstract And Metaphysical Approach To Deceit/Dolorem Records/2017 EP Review


  Slave  One  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  technical  and  progressive  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "An  Abstract  and  Metaphysical  Approach  To  Deceit"  which  was  released  by  Dolerem  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  technical  guitar  leads  being  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  and  blast  beats  start  to  make  their  presence  known  along  with  some  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  clean  playing  and  prog  elements  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  spoken  word  parts  along  with  ethnic  style  instruments  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  used  briefly  and  most  of  their  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  close  the  ep  with  a  cover  of  Dimmu  Borgir's  "Blessings  Upon  The  Throne  Of  Tyranny"  which  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  synths.

  Slave  One  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  technical  and  progressive  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  cosmologies,  obscurantism,  and  symbolic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Slave  One  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  and  technical  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS INCLUDE  "Tunguska"  and  "Uroboric".  8  out  of  10.