Saturday, December 9, 2017

Apophys/Devoratis/Ultimate Massacre Productions/2018 CD Review


  Apophys  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  very  technical  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Devoratis"  which  will  be  released  in  2018  by  Ultimate  Massacre  Productions.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  with  a  few  screams  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Shouts  and  whispers  can  also  be  heard  briefly while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  technical  fashion  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Apophys  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  brutal  and  technical  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  on  a  science  fiction  story  written  by  the  vocalist.

  In  my  opinion  Apophys  are  a  very  great  sounding  technical  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "Children  Of  The  Stars"  "Matters  Unresolved"  "What  We  Will  Be"  and  "Occacus".  8  out  of  10.   

    

Brute/Henchmen/Slovak Metal Army/2017 CD Review


  Brute  are  a  band  from  Slovakia  that  plays  a  brutal  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Henchmen"  which  was  released  by  Slovak  Metal  Army.

  Dark  sounding  keyboards  and  choir  vocals  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  direction  which also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the guitar  riffing  while  high  pitched  screams  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  demonstrate  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  as  well  as  having  their  melodic  moments  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  a  few  tracks.

  Brute  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  brutal  and  also  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  North  America  version  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  cover  corruption  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Brute  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  "The  Last  Feelings"  "Walls  Of  Purple  Hue"  and  "The  Downheartedness".  8  out  of  10.    

Worstenemy/Deception/WormHoleDeath Records 2017 CD Review


  Worstenemy  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  brutal  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Deception"  which  was  released  by  WormHoleDeath  Records.

  Atmospheric  and  epic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  militant  yet  programmed  beats  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful.
 
  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  yet  modern  fashion  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in a  good  mixture  of  both  modern  and  old  school  influences  as  well  as  the  fast  riffs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard,  a  cover  of  Alice  In  Chains's  "Grind"  could  also  be  heard  closer  to the  end  and  also  uses  a  small  amount  of  high  pitched  screams.

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

  In  my  opinion  Worstenemy  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  "Deception"  "Fog  Or  Shine"  "Seasons  Of  War"  and  "I".  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Dehydrated/Resurrection/Immortal Souls Productions/2017 CD Review


  Dehydrated  are  a  band  from  Slovakia  that  plays  a  very  brutal  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Resurrection"  which  was  released  by  Immortal  Souls  Productions.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  and  also  bring  in  the  atmosphere  of  a  horror  movie  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  brutal  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of t he  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls.

 Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also b e  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  while  grim  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times along  with  some  spoken  word  part  also  being  heard  briefly  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  epic  synths  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Massacre's  "Dawn  of  Eternity".. 

  Dehydrated  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  brutal  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  pathology,  gore  and  human  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dehydrated  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  "Don't  laugh  Your  Dying"  and  "Dying  And  Asking".  8  out  of  10.

Red Dead/Therapy Of The Evil/Great Dane Records/2017 CD Review


  Red  Dead  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Therapy  Of  The  Evil"  which  was  released  by  Great  Dane  Records.

  Chainsaw  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  along  with  a  few  high  pitched  screams  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies  and  horror  movie  samples  are  added  onto  the  outro.

  Red  Dead  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  old  school  and  traditional  sounding  and  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  evil  and  violent  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Red  Dead  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  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "All  Hallows  Evening"  "Vengeance"  "Demons  Visions"  and  "Bestial  Human".  8  out  of  10.

Blames God/Christianity In Flames/Star Spawn Society/2017 EP Review


  Blames  God  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  plays  a  very  blasphemous form  of  death metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Christianity  In  Flames"  which  was  released  by  Star  Spawn  Society.

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  evil  and  demonic  screams  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams.

  A  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  be  hear  in t he  guitar  riffing  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  good  balance  between  both  modern  brutal  and  old  school  death  metal  influences  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  90's  style and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  synths  are  also  used  briefly  as  the  ep  progresses.

  Blames  God  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  brutal,  blasphemous,  old  school  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti  Christianity  themes.

  In  my  opinion Blames  God  are  a  very  great  sounding  blasphemous  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rejection  To  The  Savior"  and  "Christianity  In  Flames".  8/5  out  of  10.    

Akephalos/Headless Demon Angel/Immortal Souls Productions/2017 CD Review


  Akephalos  are  a  band  from  Kentucky  that  plays  a  very  brutal  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  ""Headless  Demon  Angel"  which  was  released  by  Immortal  Souls  Productions.

  Evil  sounding  synths  start off  the  album  along  with  some  operatic  female  vocals  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  brutal  musical  direction  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  musical  direction  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  A  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  synths  also  make  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Akephelos  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  brutal  while  also  capturing  a  ritualistic  atmosphere,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  blasphemous  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Akephelos  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  "Spewed  Forth  From  The  Womb  Of  Hell"  "Sermon  Of  Evil"  "Corpse  Made  Halo"  and  "Ophidian  Desecration".  8  out  of  10.

Nocturnal Hollow/The Nuances Of Death/PRC Music/2018 CD Review


  Nocturnal  Hollow  are  a  band  from  Venezuela  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their   album  "The  Nuances  Of  Death"  which  will  be  released  in  2018  by  PRC  Music.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  while t he  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  a  few  screams  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  but  also  mixing  in  a  more  modern  atmosphere.

  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  chaotic  yet  old  school  style  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy  and  brutal.

  Nocturnal  Hollow  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  old  school,  brutal  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sound s very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Mysticism,  Death  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nocturnal  Hollow  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  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Demonic  Breath"  "Raven  Eyes"  "An  Evil  Wrath"  and  "Martyr's  Path".  8  out  of  10. 

Corrosive/Lucifer Gave The Faith/Black Sunset/MDD Records/2017 CD Review


  Corrosive  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Lucifer  Gave  The  Faith"  which  will  be  released  on  December  8th  as  a  joint  effort  between  Black  Sunset  and  MDD  Records.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction  that  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  of  the  genre  and  when the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls.

  Screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  riffs  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard.

  Corrosive  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  influenced  by  both  the  old  school  American  and  Swedish  styles  of  the  genre  while  also  updating  the  sound  for  the  modern  era,  the  production  sound s very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Luciferian,  War,  Destruction  and  Political  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Corrosive  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  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Taste  The  Pain"  "Crown  Of  Bones"  "Zombie  Apocalypse"  and  "Lucifer  Gave  The  Faith".  8  out  of  10. 

    

Morbid Angel/Kingdoms Disdained/Silver Lining Music/2017 CD Review


  Morbid  Angel  are  a  band  from  Florida  that  has  been  around  for  more  than  30  years  and  are  pioneers  in  the  death  metal  scene  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Kingdoms  Disdained"  which  was  released  by  Silver  Lining  Music.

  A  very  heavy  sound  along  with  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  blast  beats  onto t he  recording  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  demonstrate  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  when t hey  are  utilized.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  making  a  return  back  to  more  of  a  pure  death  metal  and  the  music  is  mostly rooted  in  the  90's  style  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy.

  On  this  recording  Morbid  Angel  returns  back  to  their  roots  ditching  the  industrial  style  and  making  a  pure  death  metal  album,  the  production  sound s very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Ancient  Sumerian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Morbid  Angel  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Piles  Of  Little  Arms"  "The  Righteous  Voice"  "The  Pillars  Crumbling"  and  "The  Fall  Of  Idols".  8  out  of  10.

  

Monday, November 6, 2017

Aynsophar Interview

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

I've been writing songs and lyrics since my childhood but even later on I felt that I don't have the technical knowledge to record them. But after a while I decided to take the first step and I got into the world of recording. It was really just the baby step of a beginner. I started it around 4 years ago and I can't stop laughing when I listen to my very first recordings. So happy to met with Richard Ruszkai who helped me a lot to develope my recording skills. Aynsophar was in my head for a couple of years now but always on different names. And one day I felt it's enough of daydreaming and let's work! I had a lot of riffs and ideas in my mind so I had to fix the number of the songs I wanted to release and I also had to decide by the songs itself. I tried to join to bands earlier just to learn, just to get experience around other musicians but after the disappointment of the last band I was in I determined to go on my way. To my mind there are two types of musicians: The ones who write their own stuff and the ones who play other's happily. Later on it just wasn't enough for me to play other's songs, I wanted my own. I wanted to put all my spare energy and spare time into my songs so I grabbed the control to make Aynsophar alive.

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

I tried to sound heavy and dark. But it wasn't enough for me. I wanted to avoid to sound the same in all the songs. I wanted melodies too which can offer a little break from the heavy riffs. I love to play with ambivalence and contrast. I am really satisfied with the singers on the EP as all of them sound like the hell itself and this makes the sound more darker. I feel that their work prefectly fit into the world I created. The song Abysmal Secrets of Unknown reminds me of Morbid Angel's Secured Limitations, I think it's because of the highs and lows together. When I heard it for the first time I couldn't get my jaw back from the floor. I feel that the EP itself has its own atmosphere and I hope that the listeners feel the same. I love how Eternal closes the album, as the keys fade away at the end. When I listen to it I have a strange pressure on my chest and I have the feeling that I need to digest what I've just heard and I don't want to listen to anything else for a while: that is what I want to achieve with the listeners too.

3.Your lyrics are inspired by spiritual theories, psychology and philosophy, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?

I am really interested in the things of the world and not only the ones which you can see with your naked eyes. I am also constantly following what happens around us, but I try not to believe everything I hear or see. I also believe that the world is more than what we can perceive. I would just like to have an open mind. I also like to perceive the things from more different views. I like to study the human psyche and mind. Mysterious.

4, I know that the bands name comes from the Hebrew language, do you have an interest in the Qabalah?

 I am not that deeply into it. My interest towards Quabalah began when I started to read about Thelema. In fact I am an open minded person and I try to widen my knowledge about the things around us. I love to read about how the universe and life might work. And you know I always look for how to receive fulfillness in our lives. Music is one of the main aspects of this for me. Spiritualism is looking for this fulfillment. I am interested in Thelema because it highlights the „will”. It supports the idea of will power. I truely believe that the human mind and nature are two of the biggest creators.

5.Originally the musical project was from Hungary but now relocated to the United Kingdom, can you tell us a little bit more about the move?

I feel that now, until I don't have a fixed life form, I don't have a husband neither kids and don't have responsibility which affects the others I have opportunity to follow my heart and goals. The fact that I moved out doesn't affect anyone deeply. I am in the position that I can decide freely about a thing like this and I can move freely. As I see I there are more opportunities here to feed a band/project. I consider Aynsophar my child. I really feel that these songs are my unborn children. It might sound stupid but I just try to care for them. And I feel that the UK is a better place to rise them.

6.Currently the musical project is all solo, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work by yourself?

I always preferred to work on my own on any ways of life. I would be more than happy to form a band so we could have live performances too. In fact at this time I wanted to know what I can create and achive on my own. Basically I wanted to record everything but unfortunately I can't sing neither growl so I needed help. I reall want Aynsophar to be a live production too but I want to keep it in my own hands as it's my child.

7.The ep was released on 'Neverheard Distro', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

In fact only the cassette tapes were released by the Distro but Balázs helped me with the distribution of the CD's too however they are self-released. I am happy with his support. He's really the person who does what he's doing because he loves it and it's a passion for him. I think music is one of the things which is only worthy to do if you feel the passion. It was a huge surprise for me when I got the offer to release my EP and I can't be thankful enough.

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

Fortunately I got only positive feedbacks so far. I'm not the best at promotion but I try to spread my music as much as I just can. I am always looking for opportunities and try to get more people into my „metal army”. I sent the EP to a couple of persons who are important for me, I hope they will get it soon and will love it too. Nothing warms a musician's heart more than his/her music being liked by the people she/he looks up to.

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

It's a very hard question. Of course I would like to have gigs, writing more albums. I can absolutely clearly see myself writing more stuff.I could rather answer on what Í would like to achive. Such a beautiful vision to be a respected and known musician of course. I think I would like to be an inspiration. I'm more than sure that everyone knows the feeling when you are in some kind of mood, good or bad and you just reach out to your favourite music for help. It's kind of like a shelter, a cure. Being someone who is respected by the others and being someone who gives energy hope and perseverance to the others by her activities behaviour and personality. Someone who has the light when it's dark and shows the way when there's nothing left. I feel music is my tool. Arts are wonderful and music is a thing I really enjoy, why couldn't I use it for good? I would like to see myself as this type of musician in the future.



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?

Chuck Schuldiner is a very huge inspiration for me. He also had a dream and he also followed his heart, you can see what he achieved. Only by being persistent and trusting himself. This is something I'm learning still. Basically I love to listen to a lot of kind of music, it depends on my mood. I listen to bands like for example Megadeth, Savatage, King Diamond, Iced Earth, Beyond Creation, Obscura, Morbid Angel, Nevermore daily. Metal is the main genre I like but I love jazz, sometimes I'm listening to few classical music (really depends on my mood). There is a Hungarian band called Ghymes I really like, they are rather folk group and  sounds strange but I love shaman songs, throat singing.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I love to cook! I love to create food. I love nature too, I like to have walks while listening to music. In fact I am also interested in arts generally. I was drawing for long years however I stopped since a while. I can embroider, I like to make decorations. I made some decorations for my home with the technique of decoupage.I used to make jewelries too using artwork of my favourite metal bands. Photography is also a thing which I like to do and to edit photos. Basically I can tell I am interested in anything which can help me to make real the visions in my head.
I often read about psychological things, spiritual things. I love to learn about how the human mind and soul work. And as I mentioned earlier I also believe that the world is much more than we can percieve.

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

Since my childhood even up to recent days people think I'm crazy for running after a dream. But if you look around you will see how fragile life is. You can never know what tomorrow brings. „Live your life like this is your last one” is a lame cliché but might be true. I know that people have responsibilities and it's always easier to say things than do them but if you have a dream then never give up. Sometimes it's all that keeps the spirit in an individual. 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Engulf Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
HM: Certainly! I started writing material with the intent to release it under the Engulf moniker sometime during  my sophomore year of college (2015) after I realized that my old high school band (Chapel of Ruin) wasn't going to work out. We were all in school or working jobs at the time, and we were all in different locations. The music I wrote/write for Engulf is a continuation on the musical styles I was aiming for in Chapel of Ruin. I was going to look for other musicians to play with, but I didn't have a desire to work with anyone else at the time, so I went the "One-man band" route that others in the genre have before me (Putrid Pile, Bloodsoaked,etc). Currently the project is just me writing and recording all guitar, bass, and vocals (some lyrics contributed by friends) and me handling the drum programming as well.

2.In November, you have an ep coming out, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
HM: Musically, it is the conscious (but also non conscious) effort to blend my old school death metal influences (Suffocation, Gorguts, Morbid Angel) and funnel it through a more modern sounding audioscape. I also try to structure the songs in a fashion that they are digestible and memorable. I really hate records that take a million spins to remember anything that you listened to. The only objective I have going into a writing session for Engulf is Death Metal. Whatever comes out naturally to me is what you hear on the record. I've found that if I get too detailed into what I want for an Engulf song, it sounds forced and usually pretty bad and/or boring.

3.This ep is the first in a 3 part series, can you tell us a little bit more about this concept?
HM: At a high level, they will be tied together by a lyrical concept which was initially explored in my aforementioned high school band. The antagonist, an all knowing sentient being, "recruits" 3 otherworldly beings to terraform the earth. Each of the 3 beings have a unique background and description that I came up with, which will all be described in more detail in the planned liner notes for each release. I would divulge into more detail, but I would like the listener to read the liner notes when they come out and develop a visual all of their own. I owe huge thanks to my best friend Gary and brother Nick for the overarching lyrical concept; they laid the original base idea back in the CoR days, and I ran with it, expanding it into my own original story. They each contributed all of lyrics to the 2 songs on the Subsumed Atrocities EP.

4.Some of your lyrics cover fantasy, space and comics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topics?
HM: To put it simply, I feel like there is the most "new ground" to cover. I'm not an angry or hateful person by any means, so it's really hard to write anything along those lines that you might hear in a hardcore song, and the gore-themed lyrics that so many bands talk about are just not of interest to me and I believe they are overdone. I have always been a fan of sci-fi movies, as well as comics books. While you're watching/reading, you're able to put yourself into that world and disconnect, so to speak, from your current situation. I always thought that was a cool effect that those types of movies and books had on me.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Engulf'?
HM: To be honest, not a whole lot. I didn't want a super long name, and I wanted something that sounded "huge" enough to encompass the lyrical themes I was going after. Engulf wasn't taken, and fit that criteria, so I went with it. I was trying to think of the biggest thing that could happen to planet earth out of our control, and I though us being sucked up or "Engulfed" by a black hole. So I guess that is what spawned the name.

6.Currently this project is all solo, are you open to working with a full band or do you prefer to work by yourself?
HM: At the moment, and at least for EP II, it will be a solo effort. The songs planned for EP II were actually all written at the same time that Subsumed Atrocities was being written, so I could have released them all together. The songs for EP III and the full length are not fully written, so if an opportunity comes along in the meantime to collaborate, and I feel like I need some help finishing the songs, I am certainly open.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of brutal death metal?
HM: So far, reception has been 99.9% positive. I've had a further reach due to the help of Tito and Giorgio from Everlasting Spew Records, as they have been able to show alot of people the music on their side of the pond. The comparisons that have been made to other bands are humbling and the enthusiasm for more material showed by both my label owners as well as those who have found the material online is very encouraging.

8.Are you or have you ever been involved with any other bands or  musical projects?
HM: As I mentioned before, I had a band back in high school, Chapel of Ruin. It was a death metal project, similar to what you hear on the Engulf releases, but much more crude and not as well put together; my writing style hadn't fully developed and it showcased me and the rest of the band learning how to construct songs. I also play live and write with a Philadelphia based Melo-Death/Black metal band called Blasphemous. I joined that band in June 2016 and we have played many shows in the Northeast area. We are looking to record a full length before the end of the year and continue playing shows in 2018.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
HM: I would like to continue playing with Blasphemous to get my live performance fix as well as collaborate with the guys in that band; I've really enjoyed it so far. We'd like to try and play more shows along the coast as well as other places in the states. The good thing about the Engulf project is that I will always have a desire to write that style of death metal, and since it is at the core a solo studio effort, I can do it anywhere, anytime. I'd like to continue writing for Engulf and see what comes of the style as I gather more influence from other bands in other genres as well as my peers.

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?
HM: As far as my influences go, some of the traditional old school death metal records that inspired me to pick up the guitar include:
Suffocation-Effigy of the Forgotten (the solo in Liege of Inveracity and the sheer brutality of the record as a whole is still unrivaled)
Gorguts-Considered Dead (I really loved Luc's vocal delivery, as well as the unique nature of the riffs. Gorguts' later, more disjointed material is also a big influence on me)
Morbid Angel-Covenant (Vincent's vocals were absolutely monstrous on this record and the 7 string songs on the album are sooooooo heavy. Definitely a big influence musically and guitar tone wise; I love the dark tone Trey was able to achieve)

I've really been digging what Dark Descent has been doing (Spectral Voice, Desolate Shrine, Krypts), as well as Profound Lore (Bell Witch, Artifical Brain, Pallbearer, Grave Miasma). Extreme metal is in an awesome place right now, and the blending of styles that you see in some bands is just getting darker, heavier, and more twsited. I love it!

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
HM: I really enjoy going to the gym every morning before work, as well as cycling when time permits. Both activities really help me clear my head and get in good "thinking time". I also like watching sports and exploring new bars and restaurants with friends and family. I'm also a big foodie and love to cook (check my personal instagram for proof! @halmicroutsicos)

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or  thoughts?
HM: Just want to say thank you for the opportunity for being able to talk about the project a bit and the feature! Also thank you for everyone who has supported the EP and has had kind words to say, it really makes me want to continue writing more sick death metal for the Everlasting Spew Crew!

Eternal Hails,
HM

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Redemptor/Arthaneum/Selfmadegod Records/2017 CD Review


  Redemptor  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  technical  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Arthaneum"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Selfmadegod  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  while  clean  playing  is  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.
 
  Vocals  are  mostly deep  death  metal  growls  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  brutal  sounding blast  beats  along  with  some  screams  and  spoken  word  parts  being  utilized  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  technical  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  when  solos  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  technical  fashion  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars are also  added  onto  the  recording.

  Redemptor  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  technical  while  also  adding  something  different  to  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  life  and existential  topics.

  In  my  opinion  Redemptor  are  a  very  great  sounding  technical death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Enormous  Absolute"  "Arthaneum"  "Tremor"  and  "Departure".  8  out  of  10.    

Ketha/0 Hours Starlight/Selfmadegod Records/2017 CD Review


  Ketha  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  experimental,  avant  garde  and  technical  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album "0  Hours  Starlight"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Selfmadegod  Records.

  Clean  yet  distorted  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  synths  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  some  spoken  and  melodic  vocals  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  long and  epic  in  length.

  Avant  garde  and  mathcore  elements  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  music  is  also  very  experimental  along  with  some  psychedelic  sounds  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  progressive  style,  death  metal  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  one  song  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  slide  guitars.

  Ketha  plays  a  musical style  that  takes  experimental,  avant  garde,  death  metal and  mathcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  based  upon  the  writings  of  Stainslaw  Lem.

  In  my  opinion  Ketha  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  experimental,  avant  garde,  math  core  and  technical  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Khranda"  "Bliss"  "Holos"  and  "HyperGiant".  8  out  of  10.    

Atena/Possessed/Indie Recordings/2017 CD Review


  Atena  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  modern  and  progressive  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Possessed"  which  was  released  by  Indie  Recordings.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  modern  prog  metal  elements  and  angry  shouting  vocals  are  also  used  at  times.

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  vocals  along  with  female  vocals  also  being  used  briefly,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  synths  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  nu  metal  can  also  be  heard  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Atena  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  progressive  while  also  adding  in  some  nu and  modern  metal  elements  to  create  a  sound  of  their own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  and  cover  depression,  hate  and  fear  of  the  unknown.

  In  my  opinion  Atena  are  a  very  decent  sounding  modern  progressive  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Possessed"  "Death  Eating"  "Lock  Shut"  and  "Heartless".  7  out  of  10.       

Aynsophar/Abysmal Secrets Of The Unknown.Neverheard Distro/2017 EP Review


  Aynsophar  are  a  solo  project  from  Hungary  that  plays  a  very  progressive  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  her  2017  ep  "Abysmal  Secrets  of  the  Unknown"  which  was  released  by  Neverheard Distro.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  some  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times.

  A  great  amount  of  progressive  structures  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark,  melodic  and  technical  fashion  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  adding  clean  playing  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  melodic  vocals  and  the  ep  closes  with  an aboustic  instrumental.

  Aynsophar  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is very  progressive  and  technical  sounding, the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  spiritual  theories,  psychology  and philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Aynsophar  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  death metal  solo project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Abysmal  Secrets  of  The  Unknown"  and  "Inhuman  Conditions".  8  out  of  10.



  

Engulf/Subsumed Atrocities/Everlasting Spew Records/2017 EP Review


  Engulf  are  a  solo  project  from  New  Jersey  that  plays  a  very  dark  and  brutal  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  ep  "Subsumed  Atrocities"  which  will  be  released  in  November by  Everlasting  Spew  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutla  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  when  the  musical  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  A  great  amount  of  mid  90's  brutal  death  metal  influences can  be  heard  in  the  musical  style  while  both  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy  and  brutal.

  Engulf  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  heavy  and  brutal  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  fantasy,  space  and  violent  comic  book  themes,

  In  my  opinion  Engulf  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  death  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Aeons  Of  Hate".  8  out  of  10.  

Manhattan Lovestory/Self Titled/2017 Full Length Review


  Manhattan  Lovestory  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  modern  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released and  self  titled  2017  album.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  deep  death  metal  growls  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  having  more  of  a  modern  approach  to  the  genre  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  A  decent  amount  of  breakdowns  can  also  be  heard  in  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  one  of  the  songs  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  high  pitched  screams  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion.

  Manhattan  Lovestory  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  brutal  and  modern  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  apocalyptic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Manhattan  Lovestory  are  a  very  great  sounding  modern  and  brutal  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Manna  Hata"  "False  Existence"  and  "The  Manhattan  Project".  8  out  of  10.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sodomic Baptism/Black Fire Pandemonium/Iron, Blood And Death Corporation/2017 CD Review


  Sodomic  Baptism  are  a  band  from  Belarus  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  satanic  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Black  Fire  Pandemonium"  which  was  released  by  Iron,  Blood  And  Death  Corporation.

  Ritualistic  spoken  words  and  demonic  voices  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction  where  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while t he  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  with  a  few  screams.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  remaining  very  true  to  an  old  school  style   and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  spoken  words  are  also  added  briefly  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  horror  movie  style  keyboards  and  clean  playing  can  be  heard  as  well  as  a  couple  of  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,

  Sodomic  Baptism  plays  a  style  of  satanic  death  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's while  also  adding  in  a  creativity  that  was  rarely  used  in  the  9's,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sodomic  Baptism  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  satanic  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Angel  Of  Death"  "Legion  Noctis"  and  "Rex  Stachus".  8  out  of  10.   

  

Asylum 8/Repressed/Inverse Records/2017 CD Review


  Asylum  8  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  industrial  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Repressed"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Inverse  Records.

  Industrial and  ebm  elements  start  off  the  album  while  also  mixing  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  as  well  as  some  power  metal  vocals  also  being  utilized  at  times.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  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  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  David  Hasselhoff's  "True  Survivor".

  Asylum  8  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  industrial,  ebm  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  with  a  touch  of  power  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Asylum  8  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  industrial  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Disarray"  "Passing"  and  "Deliverance".  8  out  of  10. 

  

Monday, October 16, 2017

Dehydrated/Resurrection/Immortal Souls Productions/2017 CD Review


  Dehydrated  are  a  band  from  Slovakia  that  plays  a  very  old  school  and  brutal  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Resurrection"  which  was  re;eased  by  Immortal  Souls  Productions.

  Synths  start  off  the  album  and  give  the  music  an  atmosphere  of  a  horror  movie  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  when  guitar  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  high  pitched  screams  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  symphonic  elements  can  be  heard  on  a  track  and  they  also  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Massacre's  "Dawn  Of  Eternity"..

  Dehydrated  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  old  school  and  brutal  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  pathology,  gore,  and  human  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dehydrated  ate  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  and  old  school  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Don't  Laugh  Your  Dying"  and  "Dying  And  Asking".  8  out  of 10.

  

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Jumpin Jesus/The Art Of Crucifying/Vic Records/2017 CD Re-Issue Review


  Jumpin  Jesus  where  a  band  from  Germany  that  played  a  traditional  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Art  Of  Crucifying"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  November  by  Vic  Records.

  Rain  and  thunder  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  small  amount  of  horror  movie  style  keyboards  before  going  into  more  of  a  darker  and  heavier  musical  direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  screams.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  brutal  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  fashion  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  at  times  the  riffs  also  bring in  elements  of  thrash  which  is  also  mixed  in  some  of  the  vocals.

  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  onto  some  of  the  later  tracks  along  with whispers  also  being  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  songs  as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Jumpin  Jesus  played  a  style  of  death  metal  that  was  very  different  for  the  time  it  was  released,  the  production  sounds  professional  for  a  recording  that  was  released  in  the  early  90's  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophical  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Jumpin  Jesus  where  a  very  great  sounding  traditional  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS INCLUDE  "Out  Of  The  Unknown"  "Cloning  The  Future"  "Important  Gain"  and  "Lost  Yourself".  8  out  of  10.  

Annihilation/The Undivided Wholeness Of All Things/Nice To Eat You Records/2017 CD Review


  Annihilation  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  brutal  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Undivided  Wholeness  Of  All  Things"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Nice  To  Eat  You  Records.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  demonstrating  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  brutal  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  while the  music  also  has  a  very  modern  approach  to  the  genre  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  angry  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Annihilation  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  brutal  style  of  death  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  writings  of  David  Icke,  Omniverse,  and  Nagas  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Annihilation  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  brutal  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Universal  Dismal  Collapse"  "Emptiness  Defiled"  and  "Nagas".  8  out  of  10.    

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Ashen Epitaph Interview

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

Hi bro, thanks for the opportunity.
We started recording 2 years ago. Our recording sessions are always very slow and this occasion was no exception. But finally we made it and it will be kickass stuff.
We had a couple of live shows till last year’s summer, but after that, we made a long break (over a year long). We needed time and freedom to finish the new album, and now we think that it was a good decision concerning the band’s future. But now, Ashen Epitaph has awoken and is stronger than everyone else. :)


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

Yes, we have a new album which will be released by a Serbian label “Grom Records”.
The music genre isn’t different, but maybe a bit faster than the older albums. This time we tried some instrumental things we haven’t done before – faster skank beats / ultra slow beats, dual vocals in classic Carcass style, different kinds of solos and stuff like that.
Regarding the sound, this is a big step forward. Big thanks for our studio guy – Árpád Deák.  He also progressed with us, both in knowledge and studio gear.
It’s a natural progression anyway.

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

We don’t have any changes on the lyrical side. The singer/guitarist – Attila Boros – wrote the lyrics about casual problems in the world spiced with religious criticism... Old school thrash metal themes. :)

4.I know that the band was named after a Benediction song, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

Our name has no specific message or anything like that. We always liked Benediction, especially the Ashen Epitaph EP, so we didn’t have a better idea... Still better than Infernal Deathvomit or Unmerciful Godslaughter. :D
And what could be better for a good death metal band name than an old, rotten grave?!

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

Hmmm… It’s very hard to pick just one. Every single show is equally important for us. We had a blast with gigs in major cities like Belgrade, Budapest, Skopje, Novi Sad and also in the small towns/villages.
On the stage we always want to do a 110% show full of energy, headbanging, and blasting. But sometimes have problems, like the sound guy is not the best, the size of the stage, or somebody in the band is unfit... Or a hangover! :D

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

Yes of course, but unfortunately not tours, just simple shows. Actually, we’re doing a big return/album release/ 14th birthday party with 3 awesome bands in our hometown, Senta. After that, we will play some gigs in Novi Sad, Belgrade, Szeged, Budapest. For the next summer, we’re invited a couple of festivals. I hope to add some shows in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. We really like Czech festivals but never played in the country. Maybe on Brutal Assault, on the Jägermeister Stage, after a Deicide show. Hahahahaha. :)


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

Sincerely I have no idea because I’m not really into that kind of investigation! :) I just know that the metalheads like our music. Of course, I always read reviews if we have something exclusive, a new record or a show. But I’m not a big searcher.

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

Not really. Our guitarist – Norbert – has a project called Jane Dark with our studio guy. But they only made bedroom album recordings. :) There were only two Jane Dark shows, and I was the session drummer.
I played a few shows with our buddies, the legendary beer thrashers M.A.D. Goya a few years ago. I also got a few calls from bands to do something in the studio or helping them live, but I’m a redneck and I don’t like to learn the songs. :) For me, it’s better to practice and jam in the rehearsal room, cleaning up blastbeats or footwork and trying out some non-typical metal parts.
In the early days, our bassist Mihajlo had a crusty grind project but nothing serious.
And from 2002 to 2004 (the other) Attila and Norbert played in a thrash metal cover band. They played songs from Slayer, Sodom, Motörhead, Venom, etc.

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

In my opinion, the music will be the same in the future, much like in the last 14 years. Maybe more or less complex; a perfect mixture of the American and European styles of death metal. We aren’t planning to use insane classic keyboard rounds like Stratovarius, and also not clean vocals like Dream Theater. Just shitty, powerful death metal!!! Hahaha! :)


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

We don’t really listen to many new bands. Of course, sometimes we discover something new, like Mgła, Dead Congregation, Wolves In The Throne Room, Mithras, Ne Obliviscaris, Vallenfyre, etc. But for example, I don’t hunt for new bands. We still listen the same music as 15 years ago – Carcass, Gorefest, Morbid Angel, Edge Of Sanity, Dismember, Death, Malevolent Creation, Kreator, Vomitory, Slayer, etc.
To make a long story short, the classic scene of death/thrash metal and naturally these bands’ new albums; and much more, from Aerosmith to punk music and dark rock, from Soundgarden and Billy Idol to Cryptopsy.


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

Hmm, that’s a nice question but I don’t have any special interests or hobbies. For me, the best way to “turn my brain off” is playing the drums for 2-3 hours daily.
I’m a big fan of Bud Spencer &Terrence Hill. Sometimes I play games on my old Playstation 1 like Resident Evil 2, Silent Hill, Metal Gear Solid. Also, drinking beer and partying till dawn in my workplace which is a blues rock pub. Classic rockstar life! Hahaha! :)
I (and also Norbert) love good horror movies. The classics are the best in this genre as well – Hellraiser, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Alien, Predator, Fly, THE THING, etc.
And Mihajlo is a very big fan of fishing! It has happened before the he didn’t come to rehearsal because he caught a big carp or some huge beast, and he stayed on the riverside under the influence of victory. :)

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

Thank you for this interview, and thank YOU, everyone who read these lines.
We hope to see you soon during a concert somewhere.
Listen to our new stuff “The Formed Filth Enigma” because it kills... And also the older records.
Thank You! Keep grindin’!!!


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Ditheist Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
.Ditheist is a Death Metal band from Chicago IL here is what others think about us :

When you go to McDonald’s, do you want your Big Mac to taste different every time? Hell no, you want a Big Mac. Same with Ditheist. You want some solid death metal, these are your dudes.

DITHEIST - Eternity of Nothingness
These guys are 100% legit. They blast out metal steeped in the great tradition of old school death metal while never sounding dated and boring. The drums are fucking amazing and the heavy riffs are deep dark and brutal.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
2.Me & our drummer Narcyz were heavily influenced by bands like Atheist, Death,Morbid Angel, Nile,Vader, Krisiun, Behemoth, Decapitated so what you hear on our records is a death metal written by big death metal/extreme music fans plus some progressive/jazzy passages .

3.The band has been around since 2006 but so far has only released one ep and full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the gaps in between releases?

3.We released only one EP & LP because for many years we couldn't find a vocalist even when recording Seduction of Demons EP we had to ask Erik Pertl to handle the vocals .
For the very same reason we didn't play shows for two years.

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

 4.Our lyrics focus on : Sense of existence , History,Anti-Christianity, Blasphemy,Black Humor.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ditheist'?
5.Ditheist  It's a doctrine that maintains the existence of two coequal gods or powers of good and evil , like in Manicheism(dualism).
Manichaeism taught an elaborate dualistic cosmology describing the struggle between a good, spiritual world of light, and an evil, material world of darkness.


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

6.One of my favorites was a show with VITAL REMAINS! & VALE OF PNATH
how often do you get to play with death metal pioneers? They destroyed that night!
We had a set with lots of very fast songs we had a blast.
Our first show ever in 2006/07 was also very cool we played with couple rock bands they couldn't believe how fast & technically sound we were ,that experience encouraged us to play more shows.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
7.We had an opportunity to tour Europe but we we're all busy working  at that time .
No touring plans for 2018 as of now

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?
8.The feedback has been amazing!
We get emails Brazil ,Russia ,UK people really like our music .

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?
9.Jarek Badzioch our bassist is playing in a melodic death metal band called Inner Decay he also in a rock band now.

10.When can we expect another recording and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
10. We already have about 10 new songs but we need to get tight playing them,it's hard to tell when we will enter the studio all I know is that we will probably record at Bell City Sound with engineer Chris Wisco (Gorgasm, Jungle Rot,Broken Hope, Michael Angelo Batio).

Friday, September 22, 2017

Nekrohowl/Epitome Of Morbid/Diabolcurst Productions/Slaughter House Records/2017 EP Review


    Nekrohowl  are  a  band  from  Bangladesh  that  plays  a  very  dark,  blasphemous  and  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017 ep  "Epitome  Of  Morbid"  which  will  be  released  on  September  30th  as  a  joint  effort  between  Diabolcurst  Productions  and  Slaughter  House  Records.

  Clean  playing  along  with  a  small  amount  of  ambient  sounds  start  off  the  ep  and  on  te  second  track  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  direction t hat  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavy  rooted  in  the  90's  while  morbid  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  more  of  a  chaotic  atmosphere  as  well  as  having  its  dark  and  melodic  moments.

  Nekrohowl  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  dark,  blasphemous,  brutal  and  old  school  sounding  in  the  90's  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  blasphemy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nekrohowl  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark,  blasphemous,  brutal  and  old  school  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blasphemy  Still  Unnamed"  and  'Mortal  Incubation".  8  out  of  10.