Friday, June 23, 2017

Assorted Heap/Mindwaves/Vic Records/2017 CD Re-Issue Review


  Assorted  Heap  where  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  played  a  technical  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1992 album  "Mindwaves"  which  was  re-issued  in  2017  by  Vic  Records.

  An  almost  quiet  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  adding  in  a  heavier  direction  which  also  utilizes  some  atmospheric  sounds  briefly  and  after  awhile  the  riffs  going  into  more  of  a  thrash  direction  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  utilizing  a  great  amount  of  blast   beats  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  death  metal  growls.

  At  times  screams  can  be  heard  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  incorporating  more  technical  elements  along  with  spoken  word  parts  and  acoustic  guitars  also  being  used  at  times.
 
  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  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  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  clean  vocals  are  also  used  briefly  and  on  some  tracks  the  vocals  adapt  to  more  of  a  thrash  style  and  one  track  also  adds  in  symphonic  elements  and  they  close  the  re-issue  with  live  bonus  tracks  that  where  not  on  the  original  version.

  In  this  recording  Assorted  Heap  remained  true  to  the  technical  style  of  death/thrash  metal  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounded  very  professional  for  the  era  it  was  recorded  while  the  lyrics  cover  drugs,  crimes  and  rape  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Assorted  Heap  and if  you  are  a  fan  of  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Coloured  Eyes"  "Nice  To  Beat  You"  "Cardinal  Sin"  and  "Artificial  Intelligence".  8  out  of  10. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Subservience/Forest Of The Implaed/Black Bow Records/2017 CD Review


 Subservience  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal,  thrash  and  metalcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Forest  Of  the  Impaled"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Black  Bow  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  also  mixing  both  the  old  school  and  modern  styles  together.

  A  great  amount  of  groove  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  the  riffs  also  utilizing  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  ae  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  they  also  have  their  technical  moments  and  also  add  in  touches  of  thrash  and  metalcore  and  high  pitched  screams  are  also  used  briefly  and  keyboards  are  added  on  the  closing  track  which  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

 Subservience  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  modern,  brutal,  technical  and  old  school  forms  of  death  metal  and  mixes  them  in  with  elements  of  metalcore  and  thrash  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Subservience  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death  metal,  thrash  and  metalcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Beneath  The  Earth"  "The  Dying  Light"  and  "Descend  Into  Despair".  8  out  of  10. 

Khatano/Kundorez/Czech Madness/Symbol Of Domination Productions2017 CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Czech  Republic's  Khatano  and  Kundorez  called  "Czech  Madness"  which  was  released  by  Symbol  Of  Domination  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Khatano  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal  and  hardcore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  violent  soundscapes  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  heavy  direction  that  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  angry  hardcore  style  shouts  and  death  metal  growls  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  their  side  of  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  there  side  of  the  split  always  remains  heavy,  the  production  sounds  very professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Khatano  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death  metal  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "New  Generation"  and  "Hell".

  Next  up  is  Kundorez  another  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal  and  hardcore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  spoken  intro  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  heavy  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  and  after  awhile  the  riffs  incorporate  elements  of  hardcore  and  the  music  has  both  80's  and  90's  influences.

  Grim screams  can  be  heard  at  times  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  of  the  riffing  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  their  native  tongue  and  cover  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kundorez  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death  metal  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Necro  Man"  and  "Kunda'".

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

   

Phylactery/Necromancy Enthroned/Unspeakable Axe Records/2017 CD Review


  Phylactery  are  a  band  from  Edmonton,  Alberta,  Canada  that  plays  an  old  school  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Necromancy  Enthroned"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Unspeakable  Axe  Records.

  A  very  heavy  80's  influenced  thrash  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats  a  few  seconds  later  and  a  few  seconds  later  early  death  metal  style  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  music  also  invokes  a  very  dark  and  raw  atmosphere  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  songs  sound  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  30 years  ago  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  very  true  to  a  very  old  school  yet  extreme  style  and  at  times  the  riffs  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy.

  Phylactery  plays  a  musical  style  that  goes  back  to  the  mid  80's  era  of  the  death  and  thrash  metal  genres,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Undeath,  Necromancy  and  Plagues  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Phylactery  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Risen  Restless  Dead"  "Morbid  Existence"  "Enslaved  By  The  Dawn"  and  "Unholy  Empire".  8  out  of  10.

Khazaddum/Plagues Upon Arda/2017 CD Review


  Khazaddum  are  a  band  from  Wisconsin  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  brutal  and  technical  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Plagues  Upon  Arda"  which  will  be  released  in  August.

  Atmospheric  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  tribal  beats  and  symphonic  elements  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  and  when  the  songs  speed  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals are  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  bring  in  a  very  chaotic  style  while  the  riffs  also  get  very  technical  at  times.

  Khazaddum  creates  a  recording t hat  remains  true  to  the  brutal  and  technical  style  of  death  metal  from  their  last  release  while  also  mixing  in  more  symphonic  elements  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  are  based  upon  the  writings  of  J.R.R   Tolkien.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Khazaddum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  brutal,  symphonic  and  technical  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Deathless  Crown"  "The  Fell  Rider's  Scourge"  and   "Shelob  The  Great".  8  out  of  10.

Bloodphemy/Bloodline/Sleaszy Rider Records/2017 CD Review


  Bloodphemy  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  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  "Bloodline"  which  was released  by  Sleaszy Rider  Records.

  Radio  static  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  heavy  riffs  a  few  seconds  later  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  high  pitched  screams  are  also  used  at  times.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  synths  before  reverting  back  to  a  brutal  direction.

  Bloodphemy  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  brutal  death  metal  style  that  was  established  on  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  occult  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Bloodphemy  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  brutal  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Void"  "Infanity"  "Obsessed"  and  "Contravene".  8  out  of  10.

 

Ursinne/Swim With The Leviathan/Transcending Obscurity Records/2017 CD Review


  Ursinne  are  an  international  band  consisting  of  underground  veterans  from  Netherlands,  Sweden  and  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2017  album  "Swim  With  The  Leviathan"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Transcending  Obscurity  Records.

  Distorted  amp  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  yet  melodic  riffs  a  few  seconds  later  along  with  the  guitar  leads  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  make  their  presence  known  along  with  most  of the  music  being  rooted  in  the  90's.

  A  lot  of  the  riffs  mix  the  early  United  Kingdom,  Swedish  and  Dutch  styles  of  death  metal  together  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  they  also  bring  in  Osmonds,  Vapors,  Queen,  and  Siouxsie  And  The  Banshees  covers  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  melodic  vocals  and  synths.

  Ursinne  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  style  of  the  genre  and  true  to  the  style  the  band members are  known  for  with  their  other  groups,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ursinne  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 "Devil  May  Care"  "Chimes  Of  Midnight"  "Hollow  Hearse"  and  "Spellbound".  8  out  of  10.

     

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sentient Horror/Ungodly Forms/Redefining Darkness Records/Testimony Records/2016 CD Review


  Sentient  Horror  are  a  band  from  New  Jersey  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Ungodly  Forms"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Redefining  Darkness  and  Testimony  Records.

  A  very  heavy  Swedish  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodies  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Most  of  the  music is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  one  track  also  adds  in a  few  seconds  of  horror  style  keyboards  and  spoken  word  parts  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  they  also  bring  in  an  instrumental  which  also  uses  acoustic  guitars  before  closing  the  album  with  a  vocal  track. 

  Sentient  Horror  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  Swedish  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  horror  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sentient  Horror  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  "Into  The  Abyss"  "Blood  Rot"  "Ungodly  Forms"  "Suffer  To The  Grave"  and  "Celestial  Carnage".  8  out  of  10.

Verthebral/Regeneration/Satanath Records/More Hate Productions/Final Gate Records/2017 CD Review


  Verthebral  are  a  band  from  Paraguay  that  plays  a  brutal  and  blasphemous  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Regeneration"  which  will  be  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath,  Final  Gate  Records,  and  more  Hate  Productions.

  Rain  and  thunder  sounds  along  with  some  war  samples  and  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion.

  A  great  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies  can  be  heard  in  the  riffing  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  make  their  presence  known  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  while  also  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  time  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  there  is  also  a brief use  of  atmospheric  elements  while  the  main  focus  is  on  a  more  brutal  style  and  a  later  track  also  adds  in  a  few  seconds  of  acoustic  guitars.

  Verthebral  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that is  brutal  while  also  capturing  the  old  school  raw  aggression  of  the  90's  South  American  bands,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  religion,  philosophy,  death,  and  human  conduct  themes..

  In  my  opinion  Verthebral  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  "Place  Of  Death"  "Beyond  The  Garden  Of  Creation"  "The  Plague  Of  Insomnia"  and  "Inside  Of  Me".  8  out  of  10.

Paganizer/Land Of Weeping Souls/Transcending Obscurity Records/2017CD Review


  Sweden's  Paganizer  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  old  school  Swedish  death  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  the  2017  album  "Land  Of Weeping  Souls"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Transcending  Obscurity  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  sound  along  with  a  great  amount  of  brutal  blast  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  melodic  riffing  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  make  their  presence  known  along  with  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  Swedish  style.

  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  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a   very  melodic  style  along  with  screams  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  album  also  remains  very  heavy  from  beginning  to  closing.

  Paganizer  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  Swedish  death  metal  style  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  Christianity,  death,  murder  and  gore  themes.

In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Paganizer  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  Swedish  death  metal,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dehumanized"  "The  Insanity  Never  Stops"  "The  Buried  Undead"  and  "Pray  To  Death".  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Blood Of Seklusion/Sevants Of Chaos/FDA Records/2017 CD Review


  Blood  Of  Seklusion  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Servants  Of  Chaos"  which  will  be  released in  August  by  FDA  Records.

  War  sound  effects  start  off  the  album   and  a  few  seconds  later  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  aggressive  spoken  word  parts  and  the  riffs  also  utilize  melodies  at  times  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  start  to  make  their  presence  known  along  with  the  music  being  rooted  in  the  early  90's.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy.

  Blood  Of  Seklusion  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted in  the  90's,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  mythological  creatures,  and  social  issues  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Blood  Of  Seklusion  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  style  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Theatre  Of  Madness"  "Servants  Of  Chaos"  "The  Sun  Shines  No  More"  and  "Amen".  8  out  of  10. 

Lifeless/The Occult Mastery/FDA Records/2017 CD Review


  Lifeless  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  Swedish  influenced  form  of  old  school  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album "The  Occult  Mastery"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  FDA  Records.

  Ritualistic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  and  clean  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  introducing  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording.

  A  great  amount  of  Swedish  influenced  melodies  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  along  with  some  screams  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  but  with  a  more  modern  production  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

 When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  both  spoken  word  parts  and  clean  playing  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  stringed  instruments  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Lifeless  creates  another  recording  that remains  true  to  the  Swedish  influenced  death  metal  style  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Damnation  and  Armageddon  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding recording  from  Lifeless  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Occult  Mastery"  "Rites  Of  Desolation"  and  "Throes  Of  Dawn".  8  out  of  10.

Voids Of Vomit/Ritval Expiation/Everlasting Spew Records/2017 EP Review


  Voids  Of  Vomit  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Ritval  Expiation"  which  was  released by  Everlasting  Spew  Records.

  Horror  movie  style  synths  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  demonic  voices  which  also  leads  up  to  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  deep  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  and  they  also  mix  the  atmospheric  and  heavy  parts  together.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  riffs  also  utilize  morbid  sounding  melodies  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  high  pitched  screams  are  also utilized  briefly  and  some  of  the  fast  riffing  brings  in  a  decent amount  of  tremolo  picking.

  Voids  Of  Vomit  plays  a  style  of  death  metal t hat  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  while  also  mixing  in  more  of  a  sci-fi  or  horror  orientated  atmosphere,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Death,  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Voids  Of  Vomit  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  "Ritval  Expiation  Of  The  Parricide"  and  "Rite  Of  The  Shades".  8  out  of  10.

Sinister/Gods Of The Abyss/Vic Records/2017 Demo Review


  Netherland's  Sinister  have  returned  with  a  re-issue  of  their  2005  demo  which  led  to  them  getting  re-signed  to  Nuclear  Blast  in  2005  after  a  short  break  up  and  the  recording  is  called  "Gods  Of  The  Abyss"  and  will  be  re-issued  on  June  23rd  by  Vic  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  recording  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  very  melodic  as  well  as  demonstrating  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  the  music  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  90's  while  also  being  very  modern  for  2005  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  clean  guitars  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  On  this  recording  Sinister  remained  true  to  the  death  metal  style  they  at e known  for,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover Suicide,  Occultism,  Death,  and  Violence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sinister  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Grey  Massacre"  and  "Man  Down".  8  out of  10.   

Casket Robbery/The Ascension/2017 EP Review


  Casket  Robbery  are  a  band  from Madison,  Wisconsin  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  groove  orientated  form  of  brutal  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "The  Ascension"  which will be  released  in  August.

  Horror  movie  style  samples  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  heavy  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  that  also  adds  in  elements  of  groove  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly   and  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  main  focus  is  on  a  mid  paced  style  and  the  music  also has  an  atmospheric  touch  at  times  while  also  always  remaining  very  heavy  and  brutal.

  Casket  Robbery  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  brutal  groove  orientated  style  of  death  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  serial  killers  and  gore  themes  along  with  a  concept  to  them.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Casket  Robbery  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  groove  orientated  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Lilith".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Amentia Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
Hi!! The band or better to say the project AMENTIA exists in the virtual world. I continue to compose music and write lyrics. Artyom continues to do everything related to management and all the other stuff. That's actually the backbone of our band starting from the previous album. When we will have enough material we will record the new album, if the circumstances will allow us to do it of course. But we also do not leave attempts to gather a live line-up to perform some shows promoting the new album “Scourge” and actually not only the new one but also the whole discography: “Mind Degradation”, “Burn to Hate”, "Incurable Disease". We have quite a lot of material to play live but unfortunately we couldn’t find the proper musicians in our environment yet, who would have the professional approach to perform this music and to be in the band in general. 

2. Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
This is the first time that I tried myself as a sound engineer and sound producer. I wanted to achieve the sound that would be brutal enough but also legible, with the clear articulation of all instruments. It seems to me that I pretty much succeeded. And two different vocals gave the album more rigidity and anger. This time the vocalists were our good old friends, Dmitry Zubov – ex-vocalist of POSTHUMOUS BLASPHEMER, the fans will definitely recognize his brutal growl, and Valery Zubenko who did all the screaming vocals, this was his debut work and I think quite successful one.

3. This is your first album since 2011, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
Yes, quite a lot of time has passed between the albums. Unfortunately life forces us to adjust our plans and change them. After the release of “Incurable Disease” our country was overwhelmed by the financial crisis and many people including me were forced to search for ways to survive. Our live line-up split up so me and Artyom decided to continue AMENTIA as a studio project.
During this period of time we also have recorded a new album for DEATHBRINGER (Artyom’s band), where I performed the bass parts. And I returned to POSTHUMOUS BLASPHEMER and recorded “Exhumation of Sacred Impurity” album with them in 2014, and we were really active live playing many concerts and taking part in different festivals.
Artyom was also playing with his other bands: WOE UNTO ME, THY DISEASE, DISLOYAL, all of them released albums during these years and had very active concert activity too, WOE UNTO ME released “A Step Into The Waters Of Forgetfulness” in 2014, THY DISEASE – “Costumes Of Technocracy” also in 2014, DISLOYAL – “Godless” in 2015. He also took part in some recordings as a session musician and was pretty busy with his other musical job – as a booking agent and tour manager in Creative Music concert agency from Poland.
So it took a while until we could get back to AMENTIA. The recording of “Scourge” and my first mixing and mastering were also not fast processes. And a lot of time was spent searching for the label; Artyom did a great job in this regard.  

4. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
The topics are the same. A man and what happens to him, the negative aspects of life and of human consciousness. Philosophical reasoning on these topics. For example the first song “Kill Me” is about a son who kills his own mother to relieve her from anguish, from pain associated with cancer disease. And how the moral side differs from the generally accepted and legal one. Actually in every song there is a some kind of a similar meaning and music emphasizes this meaning.

5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Amentia'?
The meaning of the word “amentia” can be read in Wikipedia, the medical, the literal understanding. Giving this name to a band I wanted to accentuate that in our music there will always be a piece of insanity, strange musical moves, melodies and passages, a kind of musical madness. And the lyrics are corresponding, about people who act inappropriately, contrary to the public morality.

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?
Unfortunately in AMENTIA we didn’t have any shows for a long time so we never played live in this line-up. Me and Dmitry Zubov played many gigs with POSTHUMOUS BLASPHEMER, I also played shows with some non-metal bands, more like rock music, Artyom performed a lot of tours and concerts with his bands that I’ve mentioned before and as a session musician. All the bands that we have participated in look different on stage and have absolutely different images, and you have to act there differently, so it’s hard to describe how AMENTIA performance would look like. But I’m sure that insanity and aggression would dominate on stage.

7. Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
At the present moment we are trying to find a drummer. In Belarus it’s practically impossible, perhaps someone would like to cooperate remotely with us. This is our priority issue for now. We want to perform live but in a complete line-up, so until we find proper musicians there can be no question about it.

8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of brutal and technical death metal?
There are positive reviews, there are also negative, the main thing is that they are. We are happy about any opinions. In fact, we play this music just like we feel it and we don’t really focus on someone else's opinion. But it’s always interesting to read the reviews. If they are positive – it’s awesome, if not – it will not make us stop writing music or change our direction.

9. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I compose some new stuff right now, sitting with the guitar or just humming something to the voice recorder in my phone, maybe this will result in a new album in the future, who the hell knows. Hahaha. I always wanted to include orchestral stringed instruments in my music but haven’t found interesting ways to implement this yet. So only time will tell.

10. What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influenced on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
The bands that play in my car stereo like Suffocation, Cannibal Corpse, Meshuggah, Gojira, Spawn of Possession, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Blotted Science, Ihsahn – these are the fundamental metal bands for me, the favorite ones. There is also a lighter music like Jamiroquai – my favorite in funk, it’s great to feel this groove and stamp my foot while driving :))). Guthrie Govan is one of my favorite guitar players, Victor Wooten of course – I love his sense of music, rhythm and time signatures. And a bunch of other musical styles, even pop music :)).

11. What are some of your non musical interests?
For me music is more like a hobby which pulls finances. And I need to work hard to get these finances for it. For example I work as a design engineer, I develop various products from metal and not only metal :)). Something akin to making music :)). Dmitry Zubov is a bank employee, as I’ve mentioned before Artyom works in a concert agency as a booking agent and a tour manager, and also sometime as an interpreter, Valery is unemployed. Someone likes to party, to drink, I prefer just to have a rest, to make something with my own hands in the house or to repair my car, which breaks down from time to time, little piece of shit :))).

12. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I want to invoke metal fans to support all the bands that play and compose music. This is not a cheap pleasure and musicians very often sacrifice not only their finances but also their personal lives to record and release their songs and albums. Of course not everyone can like them, but be lenient. Download music for your reference and then buy CDs, write your feedbacks, because these are the main incentives for our music to become more interesting and more qualitative. Stay BRUTAL.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Dark Matter Secret Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Dark Matter Secret is an instrumental technical death metal project founded by Denis Shvarts and Pavel Semin.

2.Recently you have released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
The sound on our album is a compromise between modern and old-school ideas. Our goal was to make every instrument punch through clearly while keeping a somewhat live sound.

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the concept that is presented on the new album?
Our album is dedicated to the creation of the universe. We have decided to look at this from both scientific and mythological aspects. It's interesting how people in Ancient Greece or Egypt represented the creation of the world and how it's corresponding to modern theories. Each song embodies a certain stage in this process, like the creation of space, time and life and in the end, we come to the universe as we know it now.

4.All of the music is instrumental, are you open to working with vocals in the future?
For now, we see Dark Matter Secret as an instrumental project. Without vocals, we have way more space and can give attention to multiple guitar layers and bass lines. That allows us to make more complex instrumental parts without fear, that they would otherwise be unheard. This also gives us the opportunity to appeal to fans of extreme music and progressive music.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Dark Matter Secret'?
Pavel: The name Dark Matter Secret dates back to when Denis asked me to record one track on his solo album, and that was the name of the track. We were very excited about the result and decide to make the next album together to continue that story. Space has always inspired us. Today we live in the era when sci-fi becomes our reality, but still, there are so many mysteries and curiosities which lead us to the future.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
For now, Dark Matter Secret is studio only project so we have not performed any live shows.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
It depends on many terms. Currently, Dark Matter Secret is a duo, Andrey Ischenko helped us to record live drums on Perfect World Creation and he did awesome work. But we do not have a full line-up as of right now.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We are proud to be part of The Artisan Era label.

9.On a worldwide level, how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death and progressive metal?
Currently, we've released only two tracks from Perfect World Creation, but we already have very positive feedbacks from fans of that kind of music

10.What is going on with the guitar players solo project these days?
Denis: I wrote most part of music for the second solo album. I have music that does not fit very well for Dark Matter Secret, so I will release it as a solo album, but Pavel will be bassist on that record too.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We like the direction that we choose on this album, so in the future, I think we will continue to work in that way but try to make music more diverse. We are open to experiment but want to preserve the nature of our music at the same time.

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?
I think our influences on this album are pretty obvious. We like bands from the 90's-era like Cynic and Death, and also ones from the present such as Beyond Creation and Obscura. We also like instrumental music like fusion and progressive rock. Combining those things together leads us to the present DMS sound.
Denis: My favorites for today are Devin Townsend, Steve Vai, The Faceless, Alice Cooper, Inferi, Abigail Williams, Iron Maiden, Allan Holdsworth, Schizofrantic.
Pavel: I like bands like Exivious, Planet X, Counter-World Experience and Mindflowers. I also like stuff like Pryapisme, Perturbator, Soen, Indigo Jam Unit.

13.What are some of your non-musical interests?
Denis: I like art, cinema, travels, but music is still my main interest.
Pavel: For now, music takes most part of my life. I have several projects, musical session works, and a day job. So I don't have any special non-music interests right now.

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

No matter what you like, don't listen only to one genre. Try to keep mind and ears open, especially if you are a musician, or you will be stuck with the same ideas.
 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Narthraal/Screaming From The Grave/Inverse Records/2017 CD Review


  Narthraal  are  a  band  from  Iceland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays a  Swedish  influenced  form  of  old  school  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Screaming  From  The  Grave"  which  will  be  released  on  May  26th  by Inverse  Records.

  A  very  sound  along  with  morbid  sounding  melodies  start  off  the  album  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and w hen  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  style.

  Vocals are  mostly  death  metal  growls   along  with  a  few  screams while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Nordic  and  Swedish  style  of  the  genre  and  the  songs  also  sound  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  more  than  20  years  ago  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  very  true  to  an  old  school  style  and  war,  movie,  and  spoken  word  samples  are  also  used  briefly  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  heavy  musical  direction.

  Narthtraal  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  old  school  death  metal  style  from  the  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  human  greed,  the  evil  of  organized  religion,  gore,  death  and  zombie  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Narthraal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Screaming  From  The  Grave"  "Envy"  "Symbols  Of  Hate"  and  "Dismember  The  Entombed".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Deity/Beginning Of Extinction/2017 CD Review


  Deity  are  a  duo  from  Toronto,  Canada  that  plays  a  brutal  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017 album  "Beginning  Of  Extinction"  which  will  be  released  in  June.

  Tragic  sounding  pianos  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  brutal  direction  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  utilizing  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic   in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  true  to  a  traditional  death  metal  style  and  both  the  riffs  and  leads also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  a  couple  of  tracks  are  all  instrumental  while  a  later  song  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording.

  Deity  plays  a  style  of death  metal  that  is  very  brutal  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sound s very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Deity  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  "Beginning  Of  Extinction"  "Rituals"  and  "In  Turmoil(We  Rise)".  8  out  of  10.   

 

Dark Matter Secret/Perfect World Creation/The Artisan Era/2017 CD Review


  Dark  Matter  Secret  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  an  instrumental  and  progressive  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Perfect  World  Creation"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  The  Artisan  Era.

  Sci  fi  style  sound  effects  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  technical  direction  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  using  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Most  of t he  solos  and  leads  stick  to  a  very  technical  style  while  the  riffs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  prog  elements  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  classical  guitars  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  fretless  bass  also  bringing  in  plenty  of  leads.

  All  of  the  songs  are  instrumental  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  melody  in  the  riffs  and  solos  while  the  music  also  brings  in  the  heaviness  of  death  metal  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  atmospheric  elements  are  also  used  at  times.

  Dark  Matter  Secret  plays a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  technical  and  progressive  while  also  being  all  instrumental,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  song  themes  focus  on  the  creation  of  the  universe  from  both  scientific  and  mythological  points  of  view.

  In  my  opinion  Dark  Matter  Secret  are  a  very  great  sounding  instrumental  and  progressive  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ancient  Gods  Genesis"  "Constellation  Grows"  and  "Perfect  World  Creation".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Amentia/Scourge/Satanath Records/Amputated Vein Records/2017 CD Review


  Amentia  are  a  band  from  Belarus  that  plays  a  very  brutal  and  technical  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2017  album  "Scourge"  which  will  be  released  on  May  8th  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  and  Amputated  Vein  Records.

 A  very  technical  and  technical  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  deep  death  metal  growls  as  we;;  as  a few screams  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  demonstrating  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill.

  A  great  amount  of  prog  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  both  the  riffs  and  solos  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  blast  beats  can  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  and  the  album  also  remains  brutal  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  Amentia  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  brutal  and  technical  while  also  mixing  in  a  more  modern  prog  element,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  murder,  death  and extermination  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Amentia  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  and technical  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kill  Me"  "Slow  Decay"  and  "Paranoia".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Arkana Code Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1) Paolo. Oh ok. the band started in 2008 writing and playing inedits tracks... we were not interested to play covers... we had many changes in line up since to the current line up. I think this is the best line up for arkana code project.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
2) Paolo. try to say brutal, melodic, progressive,technical sound. I hope those that hear us for first time are agree about it.

3.This is your first release since 2010, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
3) Paolo. So many time has passed since 2010 because we had many changes in line up.. this towed away a lot of time before recording this new work Brutal Conflict.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
4) Francesco. I write all lyrics, the concept of all lyrics tell contrast between human and nature, describing cruelty of our human etichs and the inconsciousness of the system where we live.

5.What is the menaing and inspiration behind the name 'Arkana Code'?
5) Francesco. The name Arkana Code is a acces key to conscience of self-destruction of human race.
Paolo. I found this name in 2009... I liked how it sounds so I named the band as Arkana Code since to the primordial line up.. no inspiration in particular in this name... but lyrics of all our songs are connected to this name.

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) Paolo. The best shows are here in Italy at the moment.... Many venues in Rome and Pescara, our town where we come from... we never had a show out of Italy at this moment... I can describe our stage performance as brutal, technical, with loud volumes.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
6) Paolo. The best shows are here in Italy at the moment.... Many venues in Rome and Pescara, our town where we come from... we never had a show out of Italy at this moment... I can describe our stage performance as brutal, technical, with loud volumes.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?
8) Francesco. All webzine and magazine have reviewed a new album “Brutal Conflict” very well, we are excited, and fans appreciated our new album and in particular our new videoclip "Psychiatric Kingdom".

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) Francesco. I'm working in a release with my project one man band Phantasos and an other project funeral doom In Lacrimaes et Dolor, other members have other project over Arkana Code.

10.Where do you see the band headng into musically during the future?
 10) Francesco. We are worked on a new album for ten years of activity by Arkana Code. Paolo. I Prefer don’t see the future..... I prefer to live day by day.. better to avoid possible disappointments.
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?
11) Paolo. Many bands.... Nevermore, Carcass, Archenemy, Children of Bodom, Death, All Shall Perish. At this moment nothing in particular I’m listening.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
12) Paolo. ok I go gym... I like body building and powerlifting discipline...and bike... I’m a bikers during free time.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
13) Paolo. Yes, I would thanx all metal guys who hears and likes us on our facebook page .. I ask them to help us to grow up. And you for this interview and all staff of TheTrueBringerOfDeathZine. Thank you very much!


Fate Unburied Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1 - We are a four-member Death Metal band from Vicenza (IT), active from 2012. We came out with an EP “Dehumanized Society” (2012) and on 27th March of this year we released our first full-length album “Logos” via Sliptrick Records.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
- We developed our sound starting from Death Metal, which is the most recognizable one in our tunes, but it’s surrounded by various influences. We wanted it to be something new and very
personal, so we improved it with a progressive and groovy attitude, combining driven and 
punchy riffs with melodic and inspired ones.

3.This is the first release since 2012, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
 - In 2012, when we published our first EP, we played with a guy who was guitarist and the main vocalist. After he left the band we needed to replace him, so some time later our guitarist
Francesco joined us, but we still didn’t have a singer so the other guitarist Riccardo started to
sing. For this reason we needed some time to re-arrange and work on our songs, in order to
make them sound the best!

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
4 - Our lyrics mainly deal with psychological or philosophical topics. In particular, in our latest  album all the lyrics are connected by the Greek concept of “Logos”, a natural law which leads
the universe and the mankind. We describe and analyze the human behaviors and their relation with it. This law may be listened and told, and that’s what we did in this work.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Fate Unburied'?
5 - Our name is taken by Foscolo’s sonnet “To Zakynthos”. We made our interpretation of the lasts lines: “…and our fate already written, the unmourned grave.”. We think it gives us a deep and hidden meaning, which probably contributes to making our music more interesting.

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 - We played many shows in the last years, sharing the stage with amazing bands. Between them
there is a great metal fest in Venice (Death Over Venice), with amazing bands like Hideous Divinity and some shows supporting the european tours of Kingcrow, Votum and Darkfall. We try to make our live performances engaging and powerful, giving the best to amaze the audience.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
7 - We want to play around Italy next year to support our new album, but for the next one we are
planning to tour abroad maybe in Germany or east Europe.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of extreme metal?
8 - Our music is still not yet widely known abroad, but we had some very positive feedback from
people who listened to us for example in Norway, Germany or Japan. We are so glad that our
music is such appreciated!

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
 - We are already working on new tunes for our next album. In this one the progressive aspect of
our sound will be improved, we will make it more various and emphasize the difference between strong and atmospheric parts. We like to keep evolving our sound and experiment new solutions.

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?
10 - All of us has very different musical influences, but we have some bands that mainly influence our sound, such like Cynic, Gojira, Animals as Leaders, Meshuggah and Carcass. Anyway we keep discovering new music, for example nowadays our vocalist Riccardo is listening to The Dillinger Escape Plan, and the guitarist Francesco is very well engaged with Periphery. Not always our musical taste coincide, but this helps in developing an heterogeneous sound!

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11 - Music is our main interest and we put all our devotion into it, anyway some of us have other
hobbies like sports.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12 - As an emerging band, we know how hard can be to have visibility and get some results,
put if you believe in your music and do it with passion, you only have to persist with determination, and you’ll get where you want, don’t give up!


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Acid Death/Balance Of Power/Floga Records/2017 EP Re-issue Review



  This  is  the  final  review  of  a  recording  from  Greece's  Acid  Death  which  is  also  in  the  a  more  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  the  ep  was  originally  released  in  2008  and  consists  of  material  recorded  in  92  that  was  unreleased  and  called  "Balance  Of  Power"  and  was  re-issued  in  2017  by  Floga  Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  along  with  some  avant  garde  style  keyboards  start  off  the  ep  and  after  the  intro  the  music  gets  a  lot  more  heavier  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  also  being  added  onto  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  sound  very  powerful  along  with  some  elements  of  thrash.

  When  the  music  speeds  up a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  after  awhile death  metal  growls  start  to  make  their  presence  known  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  80's  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  closing  track  which  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts.

  On  this  recording  Acid  Death  went  for  more  of  a  straightforward  death/thrash  approach  which  was  different  from  their  more  progressive  mixture,  the  production  has  a  demo  feeling  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophy,  apocalypse,  and  destruction  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Acid  Death  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Apathy  Murders  Hope"  and  "Twilight  Spirits".  8  out  of  10.

Acid Death/Random's Manifest/Copro Records/2016 CD Re-Issue Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording f rom  Acid  Death  that  continues  the  progressive  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  album  was  originally  released  in  2000  and  called  'Random's  Manifest"  and  was  re-issued  in  2016  by  Copro  Records.

  Atmospheric  synths  start  off  the  album before  going  into a   very  fast  thrash  influenced  direction  along  with  some  death  metal growls  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  also  hear  a  lot  of  Brazilian  influences  in  the  bands  musical style  while  a  lot  of  the  riffing  has  a  style  that  was  very  technical  for  the  90's.

  All  of t he  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  giving  the  songs  a  progressive  metal  touch  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced and  fast  parts  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  prog  style  synths  that  also  gives  the  music a   more  sci  fi  atmosphere,

  Clean  playing  and  avant  garde  jazz  elements  are  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  a  couple  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  heavier  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  some  of the  guitar  leads  also  add  in  classic  metal  touches  and  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  a  couple  of  the  later  tracks  are  all  instrumental.

  On  this  recording  Acid  Death  remained  true  to  their  progressive  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  while also  making  the  music  sound  more  modern  than  the  previous  release  reviewed,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophy,  apocalypse,  and  destruction  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Acid  Death  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  progressive,  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Perfect  Enemy"  "Curse  The  Flesh" "Teach  To  Kill"  and  "W.A.R(Wong  And  Right)'.  8  out  of  10.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Acid Death/Pieces Of Mankind/Copro Records/2016 CD Re-Issue Review

  Acid  Death  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  progressive  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1997  album  "Pieces  Of  Mankind"  which  was  re-issued  in  2016  by  Copro  Records.

  Horror  movie  style  synths  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  that  go  to  the  early  days  of  the  genre  as  well  as  adding  in  a  death/thrash  touch  and  the  music  also  mixes  both  the  80's  and  90's  styles  together.

  At times the  music  gets  very  technical  and  atmospheric  sounds  are  also  added  into  some  of the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  using  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  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.

  You  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  tracks  also  mix  in a   great  amount  of  prog  elements  and  as  the  album  progresses  classical  guitars  along  with  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  a  couple  of  songs  also  mixes  in  a  small  amount  of  symphonic  touches  while  a  later  track  introduces  clean  singing  onto  the  recording.

  Acid  Death  played  a  progressive  style  of  death  and  thrash  metal  on  this  recording  that  had  a  very  vintage  old  school  style  while  also  being  very  experimental  for  its  times,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics cover  philosophy,  apocalypse  and  destruction  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Acid  Death  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "While  The  End  Is  Coming"  "Frozen  Heart"  "Liquid  Heaven"  and  "The  Mirror  At  The  Top  Of  the  World".  8  out  of  10. 

 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Fate Unburied/Logos/Sliptrick Records/2017 CD Review


  Fate  Unburied  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  progressive  mixture  of  death  and  groove  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Logos"  which  was  released  by  Sliptrick  Records.

  A  very  heavy  sound  along  with  blast  beats  and  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  groove  metal  style  vocals  a  few  seconds  alter  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  death  metal  growls  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  at times  and  the  also  give  the  tracks  a  more  progressive  feeling  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  along  with  a  small  amount  of  keyboards  and  after  awhile  the  solos  and  leads  also  start  getting  more  technical  and  a  couple  of  tracks  are  all  instrumental  and  the  closing  song  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length. 

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

  In  my  opinion  Fate  Unburied  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  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  "It's  Late"  "Life  Abuse"  and  "Unburied".  8  out  of  10.