Monday, July 31, 2017

Nekhrah/Cosmic Apostasy/2017 Full Length Review


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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Resurgence/Besieged/2017 Full Length Review


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

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

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

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

  In  my  opinion  Resurgence  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death  and  modern  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Machine"  "In  The  Mirror"  and  "All  I  HAve  Left".  8  out of  10.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Friday, July 28, 2017

Inferum/Modern Massacre/2017 EP Review


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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, July 27, 2017

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


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

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

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

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

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

Backbone/R'lyeh/2017 EP Review


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

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

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  technical  fashion  along  with  clean  playing  also being  added  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  progressive  edge  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

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

  In  my  opinion  Backbone  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death  and  groove  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Slit  The  Throat  Of  Your  God"  and  "Cryptic  Geometry".  8 out  of  10. 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Khatano Interview

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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



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

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

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
10..In khatano, nobody has any side project besides me .. the drummer Marek has different activities with bands and musicians from different genre .... Now I know a bass guessed a new friend who played in the band "Have the Munchies" from Ostrava..khatano is composed Of the musicians who had previously played in metal bands ...

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

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
12..I think we are listening to a wide range of music. I've grown up on metal for 90 years ... like, for example, a Machine Head,Biohazard, Napalm Death ... and khatano guys are the same as me. Besides our drummer, who is younger, so he listens to another music ... we like punk, ska, regge, and more more music ....

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

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

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


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


Nemecic/The Deathcantation/Inverse Records/2017 CD Review


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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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


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

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

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

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

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

Monday, July 24, 2017

Obrij Interview

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Reputdeath Interview

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



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



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



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



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




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



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



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



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



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



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



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

Friday, July 21, 2017

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


  Decrepit  Birth  are  a  band  from  Santa  Cruz,  California  that  has  been featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  technical  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Axis  Mundi"  which  was  released  by  Agonia  Records.

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

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

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

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

Thursday, July 20, 2017

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


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

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

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

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

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

  

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


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

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

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

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

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

Superbeast Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
  I was doing a metal band called Mad machine before, but I started Superbeast to express more straight anger, hatred.

2.Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
  Creating songs includes thrash and melodic elements with death metal as the axis. I tried to make the whole sound clearly heard. As for guitar solo, I made a     solo with melodic and impact.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
  The concept of this EP confronts a manipulated society, and those who awaken to true power create a new future.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Superbeast'?
  I made it 'superbeast' with a memorable name to express aggressive sound.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
  I would like to do the show which seems to be the best from now. One thing I would have appeared on behalf of the Australian band 'eternal' Japan tour. In the   stage we express anger and darkness.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
  I do not have any plans now but I want to go anywhere if there is a place I can play.

7,According to the facebook page the band is signed to 'Brutalbear Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
  'Brutalbear Records' is a label of independent production. (Self-release)

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death and thrash metal?
  The response of this EP is very good.

9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
  I want to release full length around February 2018. Moreover, I think that it becomes more brutal and melodic about musicality.

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?
   The affected bands are Pantera, Slayer, Emperor, Deicide. The music that I am listening now is German metal and progressive.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
    I like movies. Valan has also become a champion at the bodybuilding Tokyo tournament.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
   I would be happy if people who read this interview would like interest in Superbeast and like it. Thank you!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Aposento/Bleed To Death/Xtreem Music/2017 CD Review


  Aposento  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  very  brutal  form  of  old  school  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Bleed  To  Death"  which  was  released  by  Xtreem Music.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  after  awhile  deep  death  metal  growls  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  blast  beats  are  used  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark,  melodic  yet  old  school  fashion  of  the  genre  and  some  of  the  riffing  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  melody and  a  later  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing

  Aposento  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  old  school  and  brutal  in  the  90's  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Anti  Religion,  Blasphemy,  Death  and  Gore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Aposento  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  old  school  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bleeding  Flesh"  "Portrait  Of  A  Killer"  "Abandon  All  Hope"  and  "Revenge  Against  God".  8  out  of  10.
  

Soulskinner/Descent To Abaddon/Xtreem Muisc/2017 CD Review


  Soulskinner  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Descent  To  Abaddon"  which  was  released  by  Xtreem  Music.

  A  very  heavy  sound  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  blast  beats  a  few  seconds  alter  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  all  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  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  dark  and  melodic  fashion  and  a  couple  of  the tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  very  dark  and  gloomy  atmosphere  and  avant  garde  style  piano's  are  added  onto  the  closing t rack.

  Soulskinner  creates  another  recording  the  remains  true  to  the  old  school  style  of  death  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  ancient  myths,  literature,  philosophy  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Soulskinner  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fracticide" "Chorus  Of  The  Initiated"  "A  Spectral  Vision"  and  "Descent  To  Abaddon".  8  out  of  10.    

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Inanimate Existence/Underneath A Melting Sky/The Artisan Era/2017 CD Review


  Inanimate  Existence  are  a  band  from  the  Bay  Area  of  California  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  progressive  and  technical  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2017  album  "Underneath  A  Melting  Sky"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  The  Artisan  Era.

  Keyboards  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  technical  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  solos  and  leads  that  also  display  a  great  amount  of  talent  and skill  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  start  to  make  their  presence  known  along  with  clean  playing  also  being  used  at  times.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  high  pitched  screams  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  some  prog  elements  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  one  of t he  tracks  is  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Inanimate  Existence  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  progressive  and  technical  death  metal  style  of previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophy  and  metaphysics  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Inanimate  Existence  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  progressive  and  technical  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Underneath  A  Melting  Sky"  "The  Djinn"  and  "Formula  Of  Spores".  8  out  of  10.

Planet Eater/Blackness From The Stars/2017 Full Length Review


  Planet  Eater  are  a  band  from  Regina,  Saskatchewan,  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Blackness  From  The  Stars".

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  angry  shouts  that  are  more  on  the  aggressive  side  of  thrash  while also  utilizing  death  metal  growls  at  times  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  lot  of  modern  extreme  metal  elements  and  the  guitar  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark yet  melodic  fashion.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  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  the  riffs  also  add  in  grooves  and  melodies  at  times  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy.

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

  In  my  opinion  Planet  Eater  are  a  very  great  sounding  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  "The  Boats"  "Lies  Evolution"  "A  Fault  To  Fix"  and  "Blackness  From  The  Stars".  8  out  of  10.      

Monday, July 17, 2017

Reputdeath/Demo II/Chickenshit R.e.k.o.d/2016 Demo Review


  Reputdeath  are  a  band  from  Malaysia  that  plays  a  very  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2016  demo  which  was  released  by  Chickenshit  R.e.k.o.d.

  Horror  movie  samples  start  off  the  demo  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  melodies  at  times  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  start  to  make  their  presence  known  along  with  some  blast  beats  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's.

  A  lot  of  the  music  sounds  like  it  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  more  than  25  years  ago  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  horror  movie  samples  also  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  none  of t h  songs  ever  use  any  solos  and  leads  while  also  always  remaining  heavy.

  Reputdeath  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  gore,  horror and  zombie  movie  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Reputdeath  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  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Corpse  Of  The  Dead"  and  "The  Graverobber".  8  out  of  10.  

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Ingurgitating Oblivion/Vision Wallows In Symphonies Of Light/Willowtip Records/2017 CD Review


  Ingurgitating  Oblivion  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  dark  and  brutal  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Vision  Wallows  In Symphonies  Of  Light"  which  was  released  by  Willowtip Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  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  and  the  music  also  gets  very  technical  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  High  pitched  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  traditional  death  metal  style  and  the  music  also  gets  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  at  times  along  with  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  samples  and  some  songs also  ad  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  jazz  elements  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  pianos.

  On  this  recording  Ingurgitating  Oblivion  takes  their  brutal  style  of  death  metal  into  more of  an  avant  garde  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ingurgitating  Oblivion  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  either  avant  garde  or  brutal  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Amid  The  Offal,  Abide  With  Me"  and  "Vision  Wallows  In Symphonies  Of  Light",  8  out  of  10.    

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Centuries Of Decay/Self Titled/2017 Full Length Review


  Centuries  Of  Decay  are  a  band from  Toronto,  Ontario,  Canada  that  plays  a  very  progressive  and  atmospheric  form  of death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  and  self  titled  2017  album  which  will  be  released  in  August.

  Ticking  sounds  and  field  recordings  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  clean  playing  is  added onto  the  album  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  melodic  guitar  leads  and  heavy  riffs  start  to  make  their  presence  known  along  with  some  death  metal  growls.

  A  great  amount  of  prog  metal  elements  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  melodic  vocals  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  some  aggressive  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and epic  in  length  and  acoustic  guitars  are  added  on  the  closing  track.

  Centuries  Of  Decay  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  progressive  sounding  while  also  being  atmospheric  with  more  traditional  instruments,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical themes.

  In  my  opinion  Centuries  Of  Decay  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  and  atmospheric  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Centuries  Of  Decay"  "Odyssey"  and  "Demise".  8  out  of  10.

Satanic/Architecture Of Chaos/Brutal Records/2017 CD Review


  Satanic  are  a  band  from  Quebec,  Canada that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Architecture  Of  Chaos"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Brutal  Records.

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  before  adding  in  elements  of  thrash  metal  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  old  school  death  metal  style  growls  and  screams  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  music  has  roots  in  the  80's  and  90's.

  While  most  of  the  music  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  past  it  still  sounds  very  modern  at  the  same  time  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  stick  to  a  very  old  school  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  ans  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Satanic  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  death  and  thrash  metal  together  to  create  a  very  heavy  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  war  and  Conspiracy  Theory  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Satanic  are  a  very  great  sounding  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  "Mephistophelian"  "Armageddon"  and  "Biotech  Warfare".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, July 14, 2017

NYN Interview

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

Well, the album's coming in pretty hot. I'm working on arranging promotion, release and distribution. Making videos and coordinating things. Tom ("Fountainhead" Geldschläger) has many projects, he's writing a book, making production tutorials and putting out videos on his youtube channel. He's also guesting on many projects and working on the new Amogh Symphony album. Jimmy (Pitts)'s working on some new The Fractured Dimension material. It all sounds great! I've also started writing some new material but that's far out in the future for now...


2.In August you have a new album coming out, 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?


Well, I've always struggled with defining NYN's style somewhere between tech death and prog death. With the debut, I've tried to focus more on the tech stuff, but this time around I wanted to be more progressive. Longer songs, more riffs, and of course, keys and solos. Jimmy and Tom coming on board has changed the sound very significantly, and I hope one can hear that in the singles so far. The instrumentation is different for sure, but I think the overall approach is different as well. I've tried to experiment more on this album, pull in more influences across the spectrum, be it j-rock, surf, electronica, or my background in mediterranean and middle eastern music. In a way, this is closer to my original vision for the project. It's just that I'm finally able to achieve it thanks to having Jimmy and Tom on board with me.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new album?


This sounds a bit cliche, but the core concept of the album is nihilism. Before you roll your eyes, let me say that it's not your typical "nothing matters, I just read Nietzsche" brand. I think one question that anyone who seriously considers this philosophy must ask themselves is what they really want out of life and how they find their purpose. The album tries to tackle these questions. Speaking in terms of physics, the universe is entropic. It will tend towards chaos. Any consistent philosophical model we try to build atop it will fail to be complete and accurate. But we can accept that, let it wash over us instead of letting the chaos spiral us out of control. Instead of trying to fit this chaotic, unpredictable and complex world into a textbook definition that surely won't fully be able encapsulate it, we should just accept that we can't define it. Through this, we can each purify ourselves of self-doubt and find purpose. That's where the title comes from. Entropy: of Chaos and Salt, where salt is the metaphor for purification. If you think that's a load of nonsense, just think about it as an exploration of meaning, one's journey to find purpose.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'NYN'?


It's really as simple as it sounds. I just removed the vowels from my name. I went through many iterations of names for the band. Clad in Apathy, Reborn in Apathy, The Anachronist, but in the end this name was simple, unique, and made for a cool logo.


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?


The band has never played live, so I can't really answer here. I myself have played live in many other bands. I try to prioritize energy over being super precise when I play live. Usually, due to the live sound setup and the mood of the audience, minor technical mistakes kind of get lost when playing live, but conveying a stage presence makes a huge difference. So I go nuts. Move all around the stage, go into the audience, all that stuff. I'd like to be able to do a NYN show one day, but real life and distance gets in the way for now.


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


See above.


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


Actually NYN isn't unsigned! We're in Vmbrella, Tom and Jimmy's label, among with other amazing and creative artists like Amogh Symphony. I've been in talks with labels before but in the end I value independence and I have all the freedom I want here.


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


The feedback to NYN has always been quite positive. It's really heart-warming. I think having a sound that's a bit off the beaten path helps define a unique niche for the project, and that is attractive to people. I've heard feedback from people all over the metal spectrum. The most common criticism I hear is that the material is too complicated or varied, but that's something that I take pride in, and many others have praised that as well, so I'm fine with that. Production was a criticism for the debut album since I self-produced it, but Entropy was mixed and mastered by Tom and it sounds amazing thanks to him. So I hope this album will make everyone even happier!


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?


I think I mostly answered this with question #1. Tom is also in Defeated Sanity, and they're looking to tour again I think. Hopefully that happens soon!


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


I think I want to experiment even more with genre-bending and progressive writing. More elements from different styles, more complex songs that integrate motifs throughout, and more technical playing. It's ambitious, but I feel like there's no point in making a new album if I'm not going to try to one-up myself.


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?


Nile is one of my biggest influences. Them and Psycroptic were my go-to when I was writing earlier material. These days, I take influence from a large variety of artists. For Entropy, there's a bunch of bands that I've specifically drawn from. A Sense of Gravity (two members are on the album!), Keep of Kalessin, Dream Theater, Dodheimsgard and Gods of Eden were bands that really inspired me. I think I have enough of a core sound at this point that I can keep writing in my way and have somewhere to go, but adding elements from different bands and genres helps the sound evolve. Speaking of different genres, flamenco, surf rock and j-rock were some other styles that directly influenced me here.


12.What are some of your non musical interests?


Well, I'm a computer scientist so anything programming interests me. Yep, I'm a nerd. Of course, I play video games, on all systems and across all genres. As it's clear from some of my lyrics, I'm into sci-fi reading and anime as well. I devour a lot of books, sometimes multiple in a week. Finally, I'm a huge cinephile. Everything from schlocky horror to pretentious indie movies or blockbusters. It just fascinates me to see how people behind the camera tell a story using framing, pacing, editing and more. A plain narrative can be made much more interesting through visual mastery.


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


I hope everyone enjoys Entropy as much as we enjoyed making it. I'm also releasing an instrumental version that you can get on bandcamp, and I heavily recommend checking that out as well. Jimmy has a lot of intricate key work that becomes a lot more apparent that way. We at Vmbrella also have some exciting post-release plans for the album, coming up with different interpretations of the material, so keep your eyes peeled for that as well! I know that sounds cryptic, but I promise it will be interesting!