Friday, March 24, 2017

Dethlirium/Asymmetrical Disorder/Brutal Arratia Records/2017 EP Review


  Dethilirium  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death  metal  and  thrashcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Asymmetrical  Disorder"  which  was  released  by  Brutal  Arratia  Records.

  Atmospheric  sound  effects  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  drum  beats  and  choirs  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  influences  and  you  can  also  hear  a  lot  in  melody  in  the  leads.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  blackened  screams  and  death  metal  growls  while  the  mid  tempo  sections  are  more  influenced  by  thrashcore  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music also  mixes  both  the  modern  and  old  school  styles  together.  and  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Dethlirium  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  black,  death  metal  and  thrashcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  heavy  and  original,  the  production  sound s very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  scientific  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dethlirium  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  death  metal  and  thrashcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "i  Want  Your  Head  Cut"  and  "Cerebral  Dystrophy".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Loathfinder/The Great Tired Ones/Godz Ov War Productions/2017 EP Review


  Loathfinder  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "The  Great  Tired  Ones"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Godz  Ov  War  Productions.

  A  very  heavy  doom  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  and  growls  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark   yet  melodic   fashion  and  clean  playing  is  also  used  briefly.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar riffing  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  tracks  also  have  their  atmospheric  moments  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  sticking  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  and  mixing  in  touches  of  90's  era  doom/death  metal.

  Loathfinder  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  doom/death  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  black  metal  vocals  to  create  a  very  dark  yet  heavy  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Loathfinder  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  doom  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Feat  On  My  Entrails"  and  "The  Great  Tired  Ones".  8  out  of  10.

 

Sincarnate/In Nomine Homini/Hatework/2017 Ful lLength Review


  Sincarnate  are  a  band  from  Romania  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  blackened  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2017 album  "In  Nomine  Homoni"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Hatework.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  atmospheric  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  death  metal  growls  and  you  can  also hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  along with  the  tremolo  picking  being  heavily  influenced  by  black  metal.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  melodic  singing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  after  awhile  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in a   very  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  being  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  onto  some  of  the  tracks  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Sincarnate  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  an  atmospheric  form  of  doom/death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  black  metal  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Gnosticism,  Religion,  Heretical,  Philosophical,  and  Human  Thinking  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sincarnate  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  mixture  of  black,  doom,  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Agrat  Bt  Mahlet"  "She-Of-The=Left-Hand(Pistis Sophia)"  "Dies  Illa"  and  "Atonement".  8  out  of  10. 

  

 

The Loom Of Time Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We are The Loom of Time from Aberdeen, New South Wales, Australia – a tiny rural town out in the middle of nowhere, and we got together about two years ago to discreetly rehearse and record our debut record before announcing our existence and diving into playing shows last year.

2.In 2016 you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
The record, “NihilReich” is a progressive foray into melodic death metal, black metal and old school doom riffs, all pulled together in ever changing song structures that do not look backwards, but continually evolve. It's also very up-front and rock'n'roll, not like the modern atmospheric or “post-” movement – not that there's anything wrong with being post-something, but I wanted something exciting and interesting to play!

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
We deal with the questions about our existence that the majority of people seem content to ignore, to face people with the futility of achievement in the face of mortality, or that anything desirable in mankind are either ultimately self serving or simply pre-programmed biological mechanisms. It's a ride through nihilism and it's surrounding suburbs.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'The Loom Of Time'?
I came across that phrase in Herman Melville's “Moby Dick”, in a passage where he describes weaving the threads of your life's path by making decisions that tie yourself to certain fates. It's an interesting attempt at balancing free will and predestination, a question we'll perhaps never truly have the answer to.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Like the music, our performance is grounded in seriousness and a dark metal aesthetic, but at the same time, we do this because we enjoy it and that energy and excitement comes out of us unbidden on stage – the music was written with the live scene in mind, so what you hear on the record translates well to the stage. Australia is a pretty laid back place, so the crowds are always full of happy drunkards more that ready to come down and bang their heads, so it's hard not to have a good show here!

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We're not currently touring because of various commitments, but that doesn't stop us playing regular shows up and down the east coast of Australia – keep an eye on our social media pages and you'll see if we end up coming your way.

7/The album was released on 'Aeternitas Tenebrarum Musicae Fandamentum'?
ATMF are an Italian label that mainly deal with forward thinking black metal, and although we're probably one of the least black metal bands on the label, I think it's a good fit. If you want to check out some of their other bands, check our Haar from Scotland and Ur Draugr from here in Australia.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and doom metal?
It's been great – lots of support from all over the place! I wasn't sure if we'd easily get our music off the island we live on, but hey, the internet has made it easier than I ever anticipated to connect with the community of metalheads that appreciate the sub-genres we work in. I'll be honest though, it hasn't been universally acclaimed – there are some reviews out there that have complained about aspects of our music that most reviews have praised! I don't mind being divisive. We didn't come here to please anyone, but to challenge them.

9.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Yep, our bassist Brad (and one of our touring guitarists, Vaughn) play in a progressive thrash outfit called Evocatus set to release their second LP this year, our drummer Steven plays in about twenty bands, one of which is a punk band called No Offense and our other live guitarist James also plays in a tech-death band called Blade of Horus who debuted their first LP last year too.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Writing for our follow up album is seeing the music become more “musical” for lack of a better word – where NihilReich was a real riff monster, the new material is getting broader in influence, more dynamic, more varied, more interesting. I doubt it'll be done this year, but look to 2018 and you'll be able to judge for yourself.

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?
I'd definitely say bands like Behemoth, Immortal and Emperor have made their blackened mark, but also Candlemass like doom, the Gothenburg sound and progressive stuff like Opeth, Wintersun and so on. What am I spinning at the moment? I can recommend Mizmor's “Yodh”, Dead Quiet's self titled, Lesbian's “Hallucinogenesis”, and Rebel Wizard's “Triumph of Gloom”. That should give you a pretty good black/death/doom/prog balance.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
I can only speak for myself really, but there are all sorts of escapism I enjoy – Ridley Scott, Laphroaig, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Franziskaner Weissbier, Dungeons & Dragons, dachshunds, burritos, sex. You know... normal stuff.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for featuring us! The metal community is just one big family, so support your brothers and sisters in metal!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Loom Of Time/NihilReich/Aeternitas Tenebrarum Musicae Fundamantum/2016 CD Review


  The  Loom  Of  Time  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays a  mixture  of  black,  doom,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "NihilReich"  which  was  released  by  Aeternitas  Tenebrarum  Musicae  Fundamantum.

  Doom  metal style  riffing  and  clean  singing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  while  blast  beats  can  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  solos  and  leads  are d one  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  songs  also bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length while  the  riffs  also  incorporate  a  good  amount  of  both  modern  and  old  school  thrash  metal  influences  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  death  metal  along  with  a  few  growls  can  be  heard  along  with  some  touches  of  traditional  metal  in  the  guitar  leads  and  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.  

  The  Loom  Of  Time  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  black  metal  and  mixes  in  elements  of  death,  doom,  and  thrash  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes.

 In  my  opinion  The  Loom  Of  Time  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  doom,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Cries  Of  The  Weak"  and  "The  Fight  For The  Subhuman".  8  out  of  10.

    

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Conjonctive/In The Mouth Of The Devil/Tenacity Music/2017 CD Review


  Conjonctive  are  a  band  from  Switzerland  that  plays  a  blackened  mixture  of  death  metal  and  deathcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "In  The  Mouth  Of  The  Devil"  which  was  released  by  Tenacity  Music.

  Horror  movie  style  keyboards  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  tortured  voices  in  the  background  and  they  also  mixed  in  with  the  metalcore  riffing  while  the  guitar  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  nu  metal  style  shouts  on  one  of  the  tracks  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  some  of  the  fast  riffing  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  pig  squeals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  atmospheric.

  Conjonctive  plays  a  musicak  style  that  takes  black,  death  metal  and  deathcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Conjonctive  are  a  very  great  sounding  technical  and  blackened  mixture  of  death  metal  and  deathcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "You're  Next"  "Let  Blow  The  Grim  Wind"  "Hills  Of  Abomination"  and  "Constellations  And  Black  Holes".  8  out  of  10. 

Acid Cross.Sardu/Metalpunx From Beyond/Von Frost Records/2017 Cassette Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  cassette  between  Ottawa,  and  Toronto,  Canada's  Acid  Cross  and  Sardu  called  "Metalpunx  From  Beyond"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Von  Frost  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Acid  Cross  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  punk,  and  thrash.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  spoken  word  samples  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  melodic  riffing  which  also  mixes  in  elements  of  punk  and  thrash  and  while  the  music  has  its  roots  in  the  80's  and  90's  it  still  has  a  very  modern  feeling  and  all  of  the  instruments  sound  powerful.

  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  stick  to  an  old  school  extreme  metal  style  and  element s of  speed  metal  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  the  music  also  always  remains  heavy,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  violence  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Acid  Cross  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  thrash  and  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Glowing  Ones"  and  "Witchmaker".

  Next  up  is  Sardu  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  thrash  and  punk.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  bass  guitar  lead  along  with  some  traditional  80's  metal/punk  style  guitar  leads  while  the  vocals  are  a  mostly  black  metal  screams  that  have  elements  of  both  the  first  and  second  wave  style a s  well  as  a  few  seconds  of  clean  singing  and  they  make  a  retro  style  sound  modern.

  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  and  speed  metal  influences  along  with  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  faster  sections  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount of  blast  beats,  the  production  sounds  very  heavy  while  the  ylrics  cover  metal,  punk  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sardu  and  if  you  are  a fan  of  black  metal,  punk,  and  thrash,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Total  Devotion"  and  "Bird  of  Prey".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  punk  and  thrash,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  8  out  of  10.