Sunday, May 28, 2017

Vehementer/Replenishment Circle(The Black Spectrumfest)/Blood Harvest Records/2017 EP Re-Issue review


  Vehementer  are  a  band  from  Serbia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "Replenishment  Circle(The  Black  Spectrumfest)"  which  was  re-issued  in  2017  by  Blood  Harvest  Records.

  Drum  beats  alonf  with  some  thrash  metal  influenced  guitar  riffing  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  black  metal  style  tremolo  picking  and  the  music  also  mixes  in element  of  both  the  r=first  and  second  wave  of t he  genre  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  blast  beats  can b e  heard.

  Vocals  are  mostly  black  metal  screams  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of t he  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  the  music  being  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  and  90's  and  you  can  also  hear  some  melody  in  the  riffing  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  remain  true  to  an  old  school  style  of  extreme  metal  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  decent  amount  of  death  metal  elements  with  a  small  amount  of  demonic  growls.

  Vehementer  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  old  school  styles  of  black, death  and  thrash  metal  to  create  a  heavy  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  The  Devil  and  Apocalypse  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vehementer  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Greatest  Of  Circles"  and  "Crush  The Oathbreaker".  8  out  of  10. 



Friday, May 26, 2017

Goatwhore/Vengeful Ascension/Metal Blade Records/2017 FUll Length Review


  Louisiana's  Goatwhore  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  mixture  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album "Vengeful  Ascension"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Metal  Blade  Records.

  Drum  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  death  metal  influenced  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  some  growls  and  black  metal  screams  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Elements  of  thrash  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  stick  to  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  old school  extreme  metal  style  and  a  couple  of  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  atmospheric  soundscpaes  are  added  onto  the  last  track  briefly  along  with  some  tremolo  picking.

  Goatwhore  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to t he  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  mixture  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  the  concept  of  Lucifer  from  John  Milton's  "Paradise  Lost".

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Goatwhore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Forsaken"  "Chaos  Arcane"  "Mankind  Will  Have  No  Mercy"  and  "Those  Who  Denied  God's  Will".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Marche Funebre/Into the Arms Of Darkness/BadMoodMan Music/2017 CD Review


  Marche  Funebre  are  a  band from  Belgium  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  doom,  and  death  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Into The  Arms  Of  Darkness"   which  was  released  by  BadMoodMan  Music.

  A  very  dark, heavy  and  atmospheric  doom  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  solos  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  and  death  metal  growls a re  also  used  at  times  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Clean  singing  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in   a  decent  amount  of  melody and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  percussion  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  tribal  feeling  while  a  later  song  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  as  well  as  speeding  up  a  bit  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use of  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard and  towards  the  end  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard..

  Marche  Funebre  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  death  and  atmospheric  doom  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics cover  literature,  grief,  and  philosophy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Marche  Funebre  are  a  very  great  sounding  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  "Capital  Of  Rain"  and  "The  Garden  Of  All  Things  Wild".  8  out  of  10.

Dominate/Calicem Serpente/Black Serpent Records/2016 CD Review


  Dominate  are  a  band  from  Colombia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Calicem  Serpente"  which  was  released  by  Black  Serpent  Records.

  A  very  fast  thrash  influenced  sound  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  they  also  mix  in  elements  of  the  first  wave  of  the  previous  mentioned  genre  while  having  a  more up  to  date  production.

  A  great  portion  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  while  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  melody  in  both t he  riffs  and  guitar  leads  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  a  more  second  wave  feeling  and  clean  guitars  are  also  used  briefly.

  Dominate  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  first  and second  wave  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  80's  thrash  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover Anti  Christianity  and  War  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dominate  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Brave  Warrior" "Evil"  and  "Cold  Bloody Murder". 8  out  of  10. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Blackevil/The Ceremonial Fire/F.D.A Records/2017 CD Review


  Blackevil  are  a  band  from  Germany t hat  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Ceremonial  Fire"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  F.D.A  Records.

  Church  fire  sounds  and  ritualistic  chants  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  synths  in  the  background  and  after  the  intro  the music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  that  mixes  thrash  and  black  metal  together  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Vocals  are  mostly  black  metal s creams  that  also  have  touches  of  the  first  wave  of the  genre  as  well  as  a  melodic  power  metal  edge  and  you  can  also  hear  melodies  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  guitar  leads  are  very  melodic  and  add  in  touches  of  traditional  metal  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  without  sounding  out  of  date.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on a  couple  of  tracks  along  with  one  song  also  adding  in  a few  seconds  of  choirs   and  spoken  word  parts  and  the  fast  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Blackevil  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  thrash  and  speed  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satan,  Purgatory,  Blasphemy  and  Heavy  Metal  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Blackevil  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Between  Fire  And  Fire"  "Seven  Bridges  Seven  Gates"  "Black  Magick  Riders"  and  "Under  The  Black  Sail  Of  The  Burning  Cross".  8  out  of  10.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Suffering Hour Interview

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

IsN: As of right now we have kind of been taking all the feedback in. It
has been amazing to see all the people who have been jamming the first
few tracks we've released. We're all so grateful for the support from
everyone.

2.You have a new album coming out in May, how would you describe the
musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it
differ from the ep you had released in 2014?

YhA: I’m not one for describing the music I write, but I’ll give it a
go.  Basically some of my favorite death metal bands include The Chasm,
Bolzer, Molested, Dead Congregation, and Akercocke to name a few.  One
thing I’ve always loved about these bands is the old school metal
influence is strong in their music, whether it’s with structure or the
actual riffs themselves.  While I try to write my music as with little
filter as possible, my ultimate subconscious end goal is to write death
metal that’s twisted and unpredictable while still having old school
structure and catchiness.  Whether or not I achieve that I’ll leave up
to the people who listen to the record; I don’t want to put opinions
into people’s heads without them giving it a listen.

Regardless of what music I write, I try to implement the same process
for how I put the riffs and songs together.  I’d like to assume the only
major difference between the EP and this full length is that it’s on a
thrash base instead of a death metal one, and that the songwriting in
general is still really similar.  Once again though, I’ll leave that up
to the listener.  Just for the sake of giving people a better idea of
what the EP might sound like, some of my favorite thrash bands and
influences for the EP were Massacra, Kreator, Deathrow, Anacrusis, and
Believer.

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

DgS: I touch upon a small variety of subjects, all filtered through my
own personal metaphorical trains of thought, which are sometimes
difficult for me to sum up in simple terms. Overall, most of it is stuff
about my hatred for humanity, the ignorance of man, history repeating
itself, the passing of time, despair, and the desire for greater
knowledge. Putting my feelings and thoughts on certain subjects into
cohesive and meaningful lyrics is an art I'm still striving to refine
and improve upon with every release.

4.Originally the band was known as 'Compassion Dies' and played more of a
progressive thrash metal style, what was the cause of the name and musical
direction change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name
'Suffering Hour?

YhA: The name Compassion Dies came from an ex member who left before we
started playing shows.  Being completely honest, we changed our name
from Compassion Dies simply because it’s a crap name for a thrash band.
If we were playing funeral doom or something it would be a cool and
fitting name for sure, but by the time we were getting ready to release
our EP we knew we had to change the name.  Our current name Suffering
Hour is from the same origin though, which is the old progressive thrash
band Anacrusis I mentioned earlier. At that point I knew we were
switching to more evil death metal after the EP, but I wanted our name
to reflect our past and make it known that the old school metal
influence and appreciation is still very with us.

On the topic of genre switch, it was very natural.  I’ve always written
for this band in a way that lets the music flow as organically as
possible; I basically listen to only non-metal while writing so there’s
not a lot of interference between my listening and what I’m writing at
the moment. When I started writing for Compassion Dies in 2010, I didn’t
have the same musical knowledge as I did by the time I started writing
this full length in 2014.  With getting into more music, I realized my
unfiltered way of writing left less room for thrash influence, and thus
the genre change. I still enjoy thrash a lot, but it just doesn’t come
out in my writing like it used to.

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?

DgS: It's actually been many years since we’ve played any shows and
we've yet to play live since we re-envisioned the band with the new
material. We had some fun little local gigs in the Twin Cities as young
kids, a couple opening for some national bands at some cool venues but
nothing particularly memorable or incredibly noteworthy. With these
upcoming shows from here on out I’d hope to say our stage performance
will be a powerful and engaging experience with a suitable atmosphere.

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

IsN: We do. This summer we're planning a short tour with a couple of
other bands. It has yet to be announced but we're happy to finally be a
live act again.

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

IsN: It's been great. We've been seeing positive comments from all over
the place. Europe seems to like us a bit, and of course South America is
all over us as well. But it is great to see support here in U.S. as
well. Seeing people on forums talking about the album and making
comparisons to other bands has been really cool to see. Strangest one
I've seen so far was “Like Voivod meets Deathspell Omega.” It's always
really interesting to hear people's interpretation of the music, because
it seems that a lot of the time people all have different influences
that come to mind when deciphering the music. But nonetheless I'm super
thankful for any support we get, whether it be here at home or all the
way across world.

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

YhA: I hope this isn’t giving away too much, but I actually have a full
EP’s worth of instrumental material written that’s one song close to 20
minutes in length.  IsN’s currently in the process of rewriting his drum
parts which I’m really excited for, and DgS is messing around with
lyrical content and vocal ideas.  Long songs were always something I
wanted to take a stab at, and I’m excited to see what people think of it
when the time comes.

I have plenty of other ideas too for new directions.  I’d like to get a
little more unpredictable in the future with our riffs, maybe mess with
some odd time signatures and rhythms here and there.  With that I’d like
to do more of just the opposite with some more simple hard-hitting riffs
than I usually write.  I’d also really like to do a longer instrumental
track at some point.  The instrumental tracks on the full length don’t
exceed 2 minutes, so writing a solid lengthed instrumental would be
really cool.  Maybe do some stuff on it we couldn’t do live, like
harmonies and lead guitar parts (no, half the guitarists I talk to about
Suffering Hour, we have no plans of getting a second guitarist in the
future, but thanks for asking).  I’d also really like to do some
Akercocke/ esque clean vocal parts in the future, but the rest of
the band isn’t quite as on board, so no guarantees on that one.  Oh
yeah, and more pedal fun.  Can’t go wrong with pedal fun.


9.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?

DgS: We have been influenced by so much different stuff over the years
starting from very basic thrash to super obscure death and black metal
and everything in between. The 3 of us have simultaneously been
discovering and feeding new music to each other since we all met and
still do constantly. I'm gonna stick with mentioning more recent
black/death metal stuff in the context of Suffering Hour’s vein. We've
gotten super into the extremely barbaric, bestial stuff like;
Teitanblood, Pseudogod, Bestial Raids, Genocide Shrines, Wrathprayer,
all the Canadian chaos like Antediluvian, Mitochondrion, Adversarial,
Revenge, Thantifaxath, Nuclearhammer, ect.. Some Insane stuff from New
Zealand/ Australia, the sheer amount of it is astounding; Diocletian,
Denouncement Pyre, Witchrist, Temple Nightside, Impetuous Ritual,
Vassafor, etc...  The black metal in Iceland with bands like;
Svartidaudi, Mis├żyrming, Sinmara, ect… Polish black metal like; Mgla,
Cultes Des Ghoules, Plaga, ect...Various black metal from all over like;
Cult of Fire, Negative Plane, Void Meditation Cult, Inferno, Goat
Torment and various death metal from everywhere in between, Dead
Congregation, Irkallian Oracle, Grave Miasma, Swallowed, Necros
Christos, Prosanctus Inferi, Krypts, Lvcifyre, Embrace of Thorns,
Malthusian, Venenum, plus many more.

10.Does Occultism play any role in your music?

DgS: Occultism does not act as any sort of super direct influence in
Suffering Hour, but it is something I have an interest in and respect
many bands that do. If compelled, I may possibly begin to delve into
such subjects more in the future.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

YhA: For the most part we honestly don’t have many hobbies outside of
music.  Jason (IsN) is a show photographer for Pure Grain Audio, which
while still related to music is still a different art within itself.
He’s shot Metallica before, which was a really cool experience for him.
Dylan (DgS) and I are both avid craft beer enthusiasts, and we very
often tickle the idea of starting a brewery together in the future.
There really isn’t a type of beer we don’t like, but DgS is heavily into
IPA’s while I’m more of a Porter and Scotch Ale type of guy for the most
part.

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

IsN: It's redundant but thank you to anyone and everyone who has been
supporting us. It's really nice to see great results from something
you've worked so hard on. A special thanks to you guys as well, we
really appreciate your interest in the band.
 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Gribberiket/Sluket/Dead Seed Productions/2017 CD Review


  Gribberiket  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  blackened  form  of  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Sluket"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Dead  Seed  Productions.

  Clean playing  and  amp  noises  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  heavy  yet  melodic  riffing  as  well  as  some  tortured  vocals  and   clear  vocals a re  also  utilized  briefly  before  adding  in  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  bass  guitar  also  has  a  dominant  sound  on  the  recording.

  When  guitar  leads a re  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  spoken  word  part  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  ritualistic  feeling  are  also  utilized  at  times  while  the  slow  riffs  are  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  Gribberiket  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  blackened  doom  metal  style  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Gribberiket  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Gjestebud"  and  "Nytelsen  Og  OpplA,sningen".  8  out  of  10.