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.  

Friday, August 4, 2017

Killer Refrigerator/Refrigeration Plague/2017 Full Length Review

  Killer  Refrigerator  are  a  band  from  Cincinnati,  Ohio  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  old  school  mixture  of  crossover,  death  metal  and  thrash  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self   released  2017  album  "Refrigeration  Plague".

  Drums  and  bass  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  a  few  seconds  later  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  aggressive  thrash  style  vocals  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  crossover  influences.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  also  brings  in  the  heaviness  of  death  metal  along  with  a  few  growls  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  bring  short  in  length    and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Humorous  style  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  a  couple  of  tracks  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of spoken  word  parts  as  intros while  also  having  the  atmosphere  of  a  tv  show  and  as  the  album  progresses  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  the  closing  track  is  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Killer  refrigerator  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  thrash,  crossover  and  death  metal  mixture  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  humorous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Killer  Refrigerator  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  thrash,  crossover  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vacuum  Doom  (Rise  Of  The  Dirt  Devil)"  "The  Revenge  Of  Frankenstove"  "A  Salad  Named  Elizabeth"  and  "Beyond  Frigid  Horizons".  8  out  of  10.

 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Disrepute/C9H13NO3/Defying Danger Records/2015 Full Length Review


  Disrepute  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  traditional  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album "C9H13NO3"  which  was  released  by  Defying  Danger  Records.

  Drum  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  yet  melodic  riffing  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  with  a  few  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  also  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  time  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet chaotic  fashion  and  the  fast  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  the  music  also  gets  more  brutal  as  the  album  progresses.

  Disrepute  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  traditional  and  brutal  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  hate,  death,  chaos, darkness,  war,  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Disrepute  are  a  very  great  sounding  traditional  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Atheism"  "Cold  War"  and  "Gates  To  Hell".  8  out  of  10.  

Harmony Dies/Indecent Paths Of A Ramifying Darkness/Defying Danger Records/2016 CD Review


  Harmony  Dies  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  brutal  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Indecent  Paths  Of  A  Ramifying  Darkness"  which  was  released by  Defying  Danger  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  brutal  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  that  are  easy  to  understand  along  with  a  few  screams  and  at  times  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  bring  in  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  a  one  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy  and  brutal.

  Harmony  Dies  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  brutal  and  traditional  sounding  along  with  a  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violence,  death  and  pain themes.

  In  my  opinion  Harmony  Dies  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Threshold  To  Enrage"  and  "I'll  Be  Your  Master'.  8  out  of  10.

In Demise/Behold, A Pale Sky/Kings Of Decay/2016 CD Review


  In  Demise  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  progressive  and  brutal  style  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Behold,  A  Pale  Sky"  which  was  released  by  Kings  Of  Decay.

  Melodic  yet  technical  guitar  leads  along  with  some  heavy  riffs  start  off  the  album  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  also  gets  very  brutal  at  times  and  screams  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs  along  with  the  guitars  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  harmonics  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in a  decent  amount  of  melodies  and  prog  elements  and  avant  garde  sounds  are  also  used  briefly  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  as  the  album  progresses  and  clean  playing  is  also  used  on  the  closing  track.

  In  Demise  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  brutal  yet  progressive  and  technical  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  politics,  philosophy,  psychology  and  weird  tales  themes.

  In  my  opinion  In  Demise  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  and  progressive  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Unfulfilled  Exigence"  "An  Ode  To  Wrath"  "Passing  Through  The  Polyhedral  Portal"  and  "Slowly  Dissolving  (Ubbo-Sathla)".  8  out  of  10.  

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Backbone Interview

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

With Backbone you can expect a brutal sound, that's for sure. We practice an extreme metal that contains some technical and at the same time melodic sense. I think that, despite making use of the guttural voices that usually belong to death metal, we consider that people from different musical backgrounds can enjoy the group.

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

Musically what we try to achieve with the EP is a synthesis of the bands that preceded the formation of Backbone. Alhazred was a groove-oriented band, thrash and a bit of old-school Death Metal. Mostly influenced then by Lamb Of God and Sepultura. On the other hand was Melisma, a Melodic Death band that had a style of composition a little more orchestrated, dramatic. Making use of these elements and the musical influence of each member, we were composing the songs. Some of them were old demos that we adapted to our new sound, and other songs emerged based on the rehearsals. We believe that this mix helps Backbone to get out of the standards for each style, and try to vary without tiring the listener.


3. A lot of the lyrics you write deal with the writings of H.P Lovecraft and Geometry, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

We consider Lovecraft as an inspirational engine. The theme he deals with in his stories is very much in line with the lyrics of the band, so who better than Lovecraft to represent much of our content? In one of his stories, Lovecraft refers to a submerged city called "R'lyeh" where almost unspeakable creatures inhabit. That city is of an impossible geometry, that escapes to the reality and the laws of the physics of our world. Therefore, and more reasons, we chose it for our EP.


4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Backbone'?
The name Backbone comes after several months of having formed the band. We were sitting in a bar listening to music, looking for a name that identifies us a bit more. By that time we called ourselves "Skeptic", and there was simply something of the name that did not sound right. So after a few drinks, brainstorming, we came up with Backbone (which was a cover that we made of Gojira). We thought that song was very closely related to the sound of the band. It is a strong name, and apart from its anatomical meaning, it is like the nucleus of what makes up the different parts, and in this case, the band.





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

The best shows we had so far, we think, were at a local bar called "El Carpo". It's not a very big place, but that's why the experience of playing there is very good. People are very close to the band, and you can see that they have a good time. We all had a good time. On the other hand, on the stage, we always try to generate a dynamic on and off the stage. Move with rhythm, jump, do headbang, and that’s what makes people also catch on and participate.
Also the time we were opening for the known Argentinian metal band "Malón", when they were touring near here. It was months after our first gigs, and it was our first experience with a big stage. That was a huge surprise to us.
We prefer to have fun and enjoy, than to be completely static and trying to play everything perfectly.


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

Yes, we will play in several Argentine cities: for example on August 5th in Corrientes. We also plan to play on Misiones in September. In addition, we will present our EP in The House of Cultures in Resistencia, Chaco Argentina. Then the idea would be to continue in Buenos Aires, Rosario and even, Paraguay. We would love to be able to travel more but there are economic issues and at the moment we do not have a record company to support the tours. Everything goes out of our pocket.


7. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

We do not have any deals yet, but we do not lose hope that someone might be interested in Backbone. We would love to have the support of a label.


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

It still surprises us every time we see some new followers from another country on our facebook, or when we see the statistics of our networks that indicate that in other countries they listen to us. The first time we noticed it was the day after launching the EP, when we entered bandcamp and saw that there was traffic coming from VK.com (the Russian social network). It's crazy that an emerging band goes so far in the world.
The good thing is that from what we could see, the response was mostly positive. It has a lot to do with what we said before, and is that the band is not closed in a single style, and I think it offers good doses of technical and galloping Death Metal, while using clean passages, which lead to progressive and melodic solos.


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

It is something we always talk about, precisely because we try to evolve and try to keep us always fresh and with an original sound. I could say that the groove is what we all have in common with the band, and we feel that it is the basis of the Backbone sound, so that aspect will not be lost. In the last compositions we try to incorporate more melodic elements too, even with some clean voices so as not to resort only to guttural voices.


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 had several influences since each of the members of the band has preference for different styles. Mainly, the ones we have in common, we could mention: Pantera, Sepultura, Death, Gojira, Cannibal Corpse, Lamb Of God, The Faceless, among many others. Mainly we try to move within the technical or progressive Death Metal as a reference. But outside of those styles, we listen to bands like Cloudkicker, Tesseract, even genres like Synthwave or Vaporwave. In some songs you can even listen parts of post-rock or ambient in the compositions.


11. What are some of your non musical interests?

We have varied interests outside music. Almost all members study or have university degrees. Parallel to music, we have a fairly normal and even dull life. Among our interests are: psychology, computer science, journalism, literature and even drawing. But music occupies a privileged place in our lives.


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

We want to thank everyone for their support. For these interviews that help us to promote what we do, the reviews of different portals and blogs from which we receive absolute support. To those who enjoy what we do and especially to all those people who disinterestedly believed in our work. Thank you.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Nekhrah/Cosmic Apostasy/2017 Full Length Review


  Nekhrah  are  a  band  from  Cyprus  that  plays  a  nihilistic  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Cosmic  Apostasy"  which  will  be  released  in  September.

  A  war  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  yet  heavy  riffing  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  and  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while t he  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  decent  amount  of  modern  influences  and  the  music  always  sticks  to  a  very  heavy  style.

  Nekhrah  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  mixes  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  cataclysm,  self  destruction  and  a  desire  of  non  existence.

  In  my  opinion  Nekhrah  are  a  very  great  sounding  nihilistic  death  metal  band  and  if  you  area  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cosmic  Apostasy"  "The  Face  Of  Pain"  and  "Let  There  Be  Nothing".  8  out  of  10.  

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Resurgence/Besieged/2017 Full Length Review


  Resurgence  are  a  band  from  Vancouver  B.C,  Canada  that  plays  a  modern  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Besieged"  which  will  be  released  in  August.

  Clean  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  and  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  exotic  feeling  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  they  also  have  a  touch  of  groove  metal  to t hem  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Aggressive  screams  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  while  the  solos  and  leads  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  technical  edge  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  songs  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  modern  metal and  prog  elements  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  solos  and  leads  start  adding  in  more  old  school  metal  influences  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Resurgence  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  modern  thrash  and  prog  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  real life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Resurgence  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  "Machine"  "In  The  Mirror"  and  "All  I  HAve  Left".  8  out of  10.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Necroheresy/Asylum/Symbol Of Domination Productions/Wings Of Destruction/Darknagar Records/2017 CD Review


  Necroheresy  are  a  band  from  Slovakia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Asylum"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Symbol  Of  Domination  Productions,  Wings  Of  Destruction and  Darknagar  Records.

  A  very  atmospheric  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  chanting  and  spoken  word  parts  before  going  into  a  heavier  thrash  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  blast  beats  as  well  as  adding  in  some  high  pitched  screams  and  death  metal  growls.

  Whispers  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  stick  to  a  very  old  school  extreme  metal  style  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Bathory's  "Satan  Is  My  Master"  and  they  also  bring in  a  brief  acoustic  instrumental  before  closing  the  album  with  a  heavy  track.

  Necroheresy  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  death  and  thrash  metal  mixture  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  blasphemy,  heresy,  insanity  and  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Necroheresy  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Silence  Before  The  Storm"  "Battle  Of  Sokolovo  "Blind  Monk"  and  "Portent".  8 out  of  10.    

Dig Me No Grave/Immemorial Curse/Satanath Records/Sevared Records/Wings Of Destruction/2017 CD Review


  Dig  Me  No  Grave  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  very   old  school  form of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Immemorial  Curse"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath,  Sevared  Records  and  Wings  Of  Destruction.

  Spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  horror movie  samples  before  going  into  a  faster  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  start  to  make  their  presence known.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  true  to  a  very  old  school  style  and  while  the  music  is  mostly  influenced  by  the  past  it  still  maintains  a  very modern  atmosphere  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Dig  Me  No  Grave  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  old  school  style  of  death  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Lovecraft  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dig  Me  No  Grave  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ritual  Slaughter"  "Dig  ME  No  Grave"  "Ancient  Aliens"  and  "Edge  Of  Eternity".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Inferum/Modern Massacre/2017 EP Review


  Inferum  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  mechanical  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "Modern  Massacre"  which will  be  released  in  August.

  A  very  heavy  sound  with  some  groove  elements  start  off  the ep  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount of  melody  along  with  the  vocals  being  death  metal  growls  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  High  pitched  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  some  of  the  fast  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  elements  of  djent  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  clean  playing  and  whispers  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  only  a  small amount  if  guitar  leads  are  utilized.

  Inferum  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  also mixes  in  elements  of  prog,  groove  metal,  metalcore  and  djent  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  violent,  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Inferum  are  a  very  great  sounding  mechanical  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blinding  Supremacy"  and  "Incineration".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Dyscarnate/With All Their Might/Unique Leader Records/2017 CD Review


  Dyscarnate  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  modern  form  of death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "With  All  Their  Might"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Unique  leader  Records.

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  a  few  seconds  later  death  metal  growls  start  to  make  their  presence  known  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  brutal  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  screams  are  also  used  at  times.

  A  decent  amount  of  groove  and  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  none  of  the  songs  ever  use  any  solos  or  leads  while  a  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  atmospheric  sounds.

  Dyscarnate  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is very  heavy,  aggressive  and  modern  sounding  while  also  being  very  different  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  humanity's  downfall  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dyscarnate  are  a  very  great  sounding  modern  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "This  Is  Fire"  "To  End  All  Flesh  Before  Me"  and  "Nothing  Seems  Right".  8  out  of  10.
  

Backbone/R'lyeh/2017 EP Review


 Backbone  are  a  band  from  Argentina  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  and groove  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "R'lyeh".

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  thrash  influenced  direction  along  with  some  death  metal  growls,  screams  and  groove  metal  elements  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  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  melodic  yet  technical  fashion  along  with  clean  playing  also being  added  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  progressive  edge  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Backbone  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  technical  death  metal  and  groove  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  writings  of  H.P  Lovecraft  and  Sacred  Geometry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Backbone  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  "Slit  The  Throat  Of  Your  God"  and  "Cryptic  Geometry".  8 out  of  10. 

Overoth/The Forgotten Tome/Hostile Media/2017 CD Review


  Overoth  are  a  band  from  Northern  Ireland  that  plays  a  very  brutal   form  of  death  metal  with  some  orchestral  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Forgotten  Tome"  which  will be  released  in  September  by  Hostile  Media.

  A  very  orchestra  oriented  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  the  atmosphere  of  a  fantasy  movie  or  show  while  opera  style  choirs  are  also  used  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  mixing  the  symphonic  and  heavy  parts  together.

  Vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  brutal  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  clean  playing  is  also utilized  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic fashion.

  The  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  elements  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  one  track  also  adds  in a   brief  use  of  clean  playing.  

  Overoth  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  brutal  and  old  school  while  also  adding  in  some  orchestra  touches  to  get  a  more  modern  atmosphere,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness, fantasy  and  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Overoth  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sigil  Of  The  Empty  Throne"  "The  Forgotten  Tome"  and  "Shadows  In  A  Thousand  Shades  Of  Black".  8  out  of  10.

Khatano Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1..Hallo for all !!!! We are KHATANO and we come from the Czech Republic from the city of Ostrava. The group was founded in 2012. Three people wanted to play and create music in the composition of (Peter-Vocal, Perry-Guitar and Milaňo-drums).. We started To play Mix Hardcore-death metal but we missed a bass guitar .. After finding a bass guy we found our good friend Harry and we were complete..We created songs differently we mixed them we made arrangements until 8 songs were made .. In 2013 in the spring We recorded a CD and eventually released a CD Under the name "Against this system"..Slowly we started to perform concerts in the Republic ... CDs we promoted ourselves .. In 2014 we accepted a new guitarist named Kubish..The band made a few changes and it is not worth To disassemble ... Today's compilation is Peter-Vocal, Perry-guitar, Kubish-guitar, Mirrek-basa and Mark-drums ...

2.So far you have released a demo and a split, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
2 .. The record should be originally as a (demo recording ).. in the final (demo- recording) was released as CD..Cd we released ourselves .. we have produced 100 cd .. Audio cd ?  I do not know how to describe it .. maybe only that We did maxium ... CD we recorded in a studio in Ostrava, which owns a friend .. then the studio had in basemant.. Guitar player recorded guitars through an amplifier Krank..Sound of guitar I think we have succeeded in certain boundaries ... Standing Mix and final mastering we did over sound cards over computeros ... And as for Kundorez .. it's the work of two people..and the same procedure as Khatano ...

3.The band has been around since 2012 but has only put out 2 releases, can you tell us a little bit more about the long wait in between releases?

3.. As I say ... First we released it ourself and later in 2015 my friend Marian sent me some label records and there was Satanth records, where we sent the recording and Alexey liked it and wanted to release it ... I sent him such a CD Kundorez .. Alexey from satanath records got the idea that it will be a split of two Czech groups and will bear the name of "Czech madness" ... The cd has also done, according to your ... so in 2013 version of the "Against this system" The version of "Czech madness" was published in 2017 ....

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
4 .. lyrics in Khatano are a lot against politics and against all the fucking bastards what they do evil on the ground .. maybe song kill has a subtext relationship man and woman hate among the people ... The topics of my text are mostly pissed ... song black "The doves" is about how wrong we are here and what we have the rights to a plain life ...And Kundorez are The lyrics are in Czech and they are a massive and perverse haaaaa ..... The last song hell .. this is my fantasy one leg you end up in Hell ....: D ....

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Khatano'?
5..Khatano has no meaning, the title was created in the pectis room from the word katana and subsequently we changed it to katano and in the finale we gave khatano.


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


6..I remember our first concert, which was not far from Ostrava ... The power of those concerts was not ... our entire existence we played about 25 concerts ... our best concert was Harry fest open ... Grabo fest in Karviná .. else Czech metal scene is quite good .... but we would like to play abroad ... we have not played outside the Czech Republic .....

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
7..Plans for the future we have such that we want to make a new CD we have prepared 9 new songs to studio... and concerts and we do not have plans for ... Perhaps I may play next year in Estonia on one metal festival....



8.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Kundorez', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?
8..The kundorez group is more of a project than my friend Marian, who asked me to make music for 9 songs, which are cover versions from famous artists .. In Kunorez are just two people and that's me and Marian .... I play in Kundorez On guitar and in khatano sing ...

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal and hardcore?
9..Some responses were positive and some were negative ... in one Czech fanzine we got a lot of criticism no and in a foreign country it praised ..... Otherwise we have a good base in the Ostrava region ..... but in the world probably not

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?
10..In khatano, nobody has any side project besides me .. the drummer Marek has different activities with bands and musicians from different genre .... Now I know a bass guessed a new friend who played in the band "Have the Munchies" from Ostrava..khatano is composed Of the musicians who had previously played in metal bands ...

11.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
11..A good question..haaa ... I guess the time will never come that I will make money with the music .. it's just a good hobby .....

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?
12..I think we are listening to a wide range of music. I've grown up on metal for 90 years ... like, for example, a Machine Head,Biohazard, Napalm Death ... and khatano guys are the same as me. Besides our drummer, who is younger, so he listens to another music ... we like punk, ska, regge, and more more music ....

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

13..I can not write what we do not like and what we have ... maybe only that the Czech commercial music is totally shit ... they cherish foreign melodies and they will add a Czech text to the song and they will make a hit ... it's a total mess ... .

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
14..The last thing is that I thank you for the interview ... and we greet all our fans ..Ave satanas...urghhhhh....Life for metal forever.....cheerssss.....show must go on muther fucker......


So here you write black on white .. hope you understand? ... where are you from?


Nemecic/The Deathcantation/Inverse Records/2017 CD Review


  Nemecic  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  modern  mixture  of  death,  groove  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Deathcantation"  which will  be  released  in  September  by  Inverse  Records.

  Hospital  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  thrash  direction  when  the  music  speeds  up  death  metal growls  and  blast  beats  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  groove  metal  elements.

  Throughout  the  recording  you can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  some  solos  and  leads  that  also  gives  the  songs  a  mid  80's  extreme  metal  feeling  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  more  of  modern  metal  style  as  well.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  vocals  also  adding  in  touches  of  groove  metal  along  with  clean  singing  also  being  utilized  at  times while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  of  the  later  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic guitars  and  spoken  word  parts  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Nemecic  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  death,  groove  and  modern  thrash  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  metaphysical  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nemecic  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death,  groove  and  thrash  metal  band  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "Locomotive  Tomb"  "Mercury  Vortex  Ritual"  "Apotheosis"  and  "Ouroboros".  8  out  of  10.

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!