Thursday, December 14, 2017

Cruelty Force/Cruelty Void/2017 Demo Review

  Cruelty  Force  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  hateful  mixture  of  black  and  thrash metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  demo  "Cruelty  Void".

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  demo  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  old  school  direction  along  with  some  80's  underground  demo  extreme  metal  style  vocals  which  also  use  grim  black  metal  screams  at  times  while  the  music  is  heavily  influenced  by  both  the  first  and  second  wave  eras  of  the  genre.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them as w ell  as  the  riffs  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  influences,  when  guitar  solos and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  an  80's  style  of  black  metal  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Mortuary  Drape's  "Evil  Death".

  Cruelty  Force  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  the  80's  and  early  90's  style  of  black  metal  with  80's  style  thrash  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the   production  sounds  very  old  school while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cruelty  Force  are  a  very  great  sounding  hateful  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  "Slave"  and  "Dealing With  Death".  8 out  of  10

   

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Cryptae Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
René came up with the idea of the band after slipping and bumping his head while standing on his toilet to hang a clock.

2.So far you have released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
It sounds like a Twisted Mass Of Burnt Decay As Autopsy would say it. But hey, why describe what you can hear yourself:
Sentient Ruin Laboratories: https://sentientruin.bandcamp. com/album/cryptae
Cryptae: https://cryptae.bandcamp.com/a lbum/cryptae

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Death, madness, the cosmos. It's death metal, what did you expect?

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Cryptae'?
See question 1. For those who wonder: We pronounce it as crypt-aye (like aye in Canada).

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 just started with this demo. So far no shows.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We need to write some more first!

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your  music by fans of experimental, black and death metal?
It has been overwhelmingly positive. We just wanted to record and release this demo ourselves, but before we knew it Mattia of Sentient Ruin mailed us to ask us if we were interested in joining the roster. Of course we said yes and he's doing a great job!

8.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?
René is working on 666 projects at once, like Dead Neanderthals (https://deadneanderthals. bandcamp.com), Celestial Bodies (https://anticosmicwarfare. bandcamp.com), DungeönHammer (https://dungeonhammer. bandcamp.com/) and his solo stuff (https://reneaquarius. bandcamp.com/). Kees has a non metal related solo project (https://keespeerdeman.bandcam p.com) and occasionally plays live bass for the blackened punkband Invunche.

9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Our demo is 1 month old at this moment. We haven't had the time to work on anything else yet.

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?
Most of the times we're too busy with out own bands/projects, but we listen to a very diverse range of things. We're both very fond of Macabre, the album Exploiting Dysfunction by Cephalic Carnage and former Dying Fetus drummer Kevin Talley.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
More music.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for the support! Keep death metal sloppy.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Mausoleum Of Death Interview

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

Untermensch: There's probably alot of folks that have not heard of us.
Essentially MoD is made up of 3 guys heavily into black/thrash and death metal.
As I've been involved already in a black/death n roll and black-ish kind of band. I really wanted to pursue something closer to the death metal genre as that's where my vocal capabillities are the strongest.
That and the fact that the horror/gore style stories and the morbidity present in the genres lyrics have always fascinated me.
The time had also come to step up and really try to deliver something worthwhile.
When I felt the time was right I asked Snarl if he wanted to do something with me, he did some kick-ass demo riffs. We played them for Bonecrusher who(if memory serves right) instantly agreed to join us.
Both Snarl and Bonecrusher are perfectionists, wich further fuels me and makes me strive for the best possible. The constant throwing around of ideas, tweaks and re-edits of things has shaped our EP in the most astonishing way.
I could not be any prouder working alongside these 2 very talented musicians.

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

Untermensch: Dark, hopeless, angry, cathartic, lost, driven by rage.
Are probably some of the words that best describes the sound.
What we set out to do was create  something in the vein of old-school death metal, wich in my mind we have done rather well. You can obviously here the thrash influences from our guitar player, and the love of black metal in our drummers beats.
But we did not set out to reinvent the wheel or anything like that, the initial objective was to create some fucking great music and have a good time doing so!

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

Untermensch: Obviously we touch in on some of the more typical DM related topics as murder, gore & necrophilia. There are some personal touches also in the mix, including alot of rage and hatred.
I might potentially be the biggest misanthrope within the fold, happier without people around me...
Keep in mind I do have some manners of sorts, so I can socialize when I must.
And basically just a desire to see the world burn, we are most likely not gonna keep going in the traditional lyrical direction for the genre further on.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Mausoleum Of Death'?

Untermensch: At first I went through a bunch of different ideas, why I ended up with this I can't really say.
To me it just sounds good, and resonates that, well...we are all eventually gonna die and be left  to rot in a tomb. And it has a kinda grim ring to it, right? ;)


5.The band members live in both Italy and Norway, how does this work out in the recording process?

Untermensch: This process is potentially something that can break the camels back for some.
Snarl goes ahead and creates his riffs, then asks around for any potential changes we might want to make to them. Then he discusses with Bonecrusher the basic ideas he has for BPM, the what goes where talk. And when Bonecrusher has delivered his final pieces, Snarl goes back to record the final guitar/basslines.
And after the drums are done, I usually come in and complete my lyrics and add titles to the tracks.This process might change a little for the next EP

Snarl: With me being the only strings player, clearly the composition must start by me. For this Ep the aim was just a little more than kickstarting it all and have a bunch of songs that could be a starting point to create our own sound, so I basically sent the guitar lines of 4 tracks done in different times and inspiration to Untermensch and Bonecrusher. They liked it, we recorded them. The composition of our next material will be much more organic. I will write down songs and at the same time will leave my buddies more involved in the composition. Stuff like thinking about the perfect drum beat, speeding or slowing it up... stuff like that. Surely they won't be mere players, but rather creators alongside me.

6.If the opportunity came would the band be open to live shows?

Untermensch: Currently, no . As we have Snarl filling the role of 2 gutarplayers and doing bass. In due time, who knows. Never say never is a good motto in that regard.

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

Untermensch: For this EP we have not actively tried find a label. At the moment I rather enjoy having complete and total control, should however someone approach us with an offer. It would have to be discussed and agreed upon by all 3 of us. Kind of like the Musketeers, all for one or none at all!

Snarl: Finding a label is like finding a girlfriend: Having one is great but we don't want no half-assed one. We are no megalomaniacs, we just don't want to go around with a release that nobody knows about or saw around just because it was released in 33 copies or thereabout with no promotion at all. I've seen good records go totally unseen because of that. Which is a shame.

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

Untermensch: So far we have only gotten in 2 reviews, yours of 8/10 and we got a 10/10 from Keep The Metal Flowing. The EP isn't officially released until january 15th, I am considering doing the digital launch via bandcamp soon tho.
But the general feedback from those who have heard the whole EP has been very damn good.
Some jaws have been left hanging, some don't care and others seem to really dig the sounds we have offered them.

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

Untermensch: The most important thing will probably be finding that defining sound, that will give it away as a Mausoleum Of Death song. We need to fine tune all of our inspirations and make them converge into a entity that really makes people go: what the fuck was that?
Work has already begun on chapter 2, and we will eventually get there .

Snarl: In many things you don't want to look at the final destination: you want to enjoy the trip and have constructive time. So we are doing.

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?

Untermensch: As of late, I have been getting into Cattle Decapitation  for inspiration vocalwise. Travis is a beast on vocals. Cannibal Corpse, Death  and Grave must be mentioned also, probably my all time fave death bands.
But the inflience really goes back to when i got my first Maiden tape (Killers) and Nirvana - In Utero (the biggest fuck you ever delivered to a label?).
And as i've gotten older I've learned to appreciate more genres. Currently there's usually always Tom Waits, Frank  Zappa or Tusmørke spinning at my house.
I keep going back and forth between the 70's rock and 90's/00's metal scene. Bak then when stuff was good, there really is not that many brand new bands that can keep my interest too long.
2 of my latest discovered bands tho are Death Worship and Autokrator!
Higly recommended!

Snarl: Basically I tend to like everything that ends with "Metal" and to dislike everything that ends with "Core", but I'm very open minded too. I still listen to a lot of Black Metal, but I am a deep lover of 80s Speed/Thrash Metal, and I also adore every form of Gothic Metal and every form of the so called Dark music, from the softest Synth Pop to the heaviest Harsh/EBM music. Outside Metal, I grew up with the best Rock band from Italy, Litfiba, but also with Tazenda, Angelo Branduardi, Carmen Consoli, Matia Bazar and some more. With me, you can talk about early Slayer, Clan of Xymox, Agent Steel, After Forever, Angel Witch and Hocico and I'd always know what you mean.

11.How would you describe your views on Satanism?

Untermensch: Most people dabble with it, but with no real clue as to what it's about. Me included.
I consider myself more of an atheist with LaVeyan tendencies. Wich in itself is kinda hypocritical as I despise all kinds of organized religion, be it Islam, christianity or even satanism.....
If you want something real to worship, look out your window and behold mother nature. Now THAT'S a force to be reckoned with!

Snarl: Satanism early view is like an emetic medicine that allows us to throw up Christianity and all its indoctrination stuck in our brains for years. You can't just refuse christianity like an atheist: you gotta hate its damage done to you. I was a Satanist. I am no more like that since some years, but I'm not here to talk about myself so I'll end it here.

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

Untermensch: To those interested, you can follow us at: https://www.facebook.com/MausoleumOfDeath/
We may not post alot, but we try and keep it somewhat updated. Other than that, make sure to pour yourself a Lemmy tonight and spin some great records!


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Mausoleum Of Death/Ecstatic Violence & Hatred/2017 EP Review


  Mausoleum  Of  Death  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  both  Italy  and  Norway  that  play  a  very  satanic  and  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "Ecstatic  Violence  &  Hatred".

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  angry  screams  which  also  add  in  touches  of  black  metal  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  deep  death  metal  growls.

  A  lot  of  the  music  goes  back  to  the  early  90's  era  of  black  and  death  metal  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  while  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  very  true  to  a  very  chaotic  and  old  school  style  of  black/death  metal,  when  spoken word  parts  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling.

   Mausoleum  Of  Death  plays  a  style  of  blackened  death  metal  that  is  very  dark,  heavy  and  old  school  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Violence  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mausoleum  Of  Death  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Killing  Your  Illusions"  and  "Odium  Manifesto".  8  out  of  10.  

Friday, December 8, 2017

Cryptae/Self Titled/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2017 EP Review


  Cryptae  are  a  band  from t he  Netherlands  that  plays  an  avant  garde,  dissonant  and  experimental  mixture  of  black  and  death metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2017  demo  which  will  be  released  on December  21st  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  Drum  beats  along  with  some  noise  rock  elements  start  off  the  ep  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  introducing  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording.

  A  great  amount  of  black  metal  influences  can  also  be  heard  in  he  songs  along  with  a  few  screams  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  influences  of  industrial  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the music also  brings  in  a  lo-fi  atmosphere.

  Cryptae  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  dissonant  black  and death  metal  while the  experimental,  avant  garde,  industrial  and  noise  rock  elements  gives  the  songs  more  originality,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cryptae  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental,  dissonant  and  avant  garde  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ventrum"  and  "Maze".  8  out  of  10.   

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Necrodancer/Void/Throatruiner Records/Lost Pilgrims Records/2018 CD Review


  Necrodancer  are  a  band  from  Belgium  that  plays  a  musical  style  they  describe  as  being  funeral  grunge  which  is  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  noise  rock  and  crust  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Void"  which  will  be  released  in  2018  as  a  joint  effort  between  Throatruiner  and  Lost  Pilgrims  Records.

  A  very  dark  yet  melodic  punk  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  post  punk  style  synths  and  grim  black  metal  screams  while  crust  style  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  when the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music also  mixes  in  elements  of  grunge,  noise  rock  and  black'n'roll  while  some  songs  also  show  the  vocals  also  adding  in  more  of  a  hardcore  punk  approach  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  semi  melodic  vocals  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  mostly  a  mid  tempo  style  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Necrodancer  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  metal,  noise  rock,  grunge  and  crust  punk and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Necrodancer  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  crust  punk,  noise  rock  and  grunge  and  if  you  are  a  looking  for  something  very  original,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Necrodancer"  "The  Turning"  "The  Inquisition"  and  "The  Battlefield".  8  out  of  10.

 

  

Monday, December 4, 2017

Untervoid/Self Titled/Osmose Productions/2018 EP Review


  Untervoid  are  a  duo  Form  Poland  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  ep  which will  be  released  in  2018  by  Osmose  Productions.

   A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  grim  grim  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  vocals  also  bring  in  a  mixture  death  metal  growls and  black  metal  screams  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  distorted  yet  melodic  fashion.

  All  of   the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them  while  the  songs  also  bring  in a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  clean  vocals  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  some  of the  riffing  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  black'n'roll  as  well  as  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  electronics  and  the  closing  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  brings  in  a  small amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  avant  garde  elements.

  Untervoid  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  black  and  death  metal  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,   the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Untervoid  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  Include  "Twilight"  and  "Inner  Shrine".  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Encrypted/The Purge/Star Spawn Society/2017 EP Review


  Encrypted  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "The  Purge"  which  was  released  by  Star  Spawn  Society.

  Distorted amp  sounds  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  direction which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  morbid  sounding  melodies  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  elements.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  elements  of  doom/death  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  riffing  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion,  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Encrypted  plays  a  style  of  blackened  death  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  along  with  a  touch  of  doom  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Encrypted  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Doomed"  and  "Order  Of  Purity".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Abhordium/Omega Prayer/2017 Full Length Review


  Abhordium  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017 album  "Omega  Prayer".

  A  very  dark  and  avant  garde  sound  starts  off t he  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  while t he  faster  sections  of t he  songs  also  bring  in a   great  amount  of  brutal  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  also  bringing  in a   mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams.

  A  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  bring  in a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  melodic  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly, when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  yet  melodic  fashion  and  atmospheric  synths  and  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  on  a  few  tracks  as  the  album  progresses.   

  Abhordium  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  brutal  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  misanthropy,  human  conflicts,  chaos,  damnation,  rituals  and  dark  arts  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Abhordium  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Challenged  Be  My  Hate"  "Obsidian  Chamber"  "Dreary  Touch  Of  The  Void"  and  "Omega  Prayer".  8  out  of  10.

Perpetrator/Altered Beast/Caverna Abismal/2018 CD Review


  Perpetrator  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  blackened  form of  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Altered  beast"  which  will  be  released  in  2018  by  Caverna  Abismal.

  Ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  heavy  German  influenced  thrash  metal  style  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  old  school  yet  melodic  style  while  the  vocals  also  bring  in  an  aggressive  thrash  style  of  vocals  and  the  music  also  brings  in  elements  of  fist  wave  black  metal.

  Back  up  gang  shouts  can  also  be  heard  at times  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  even  though  the  music  is  rooted  in  the  90's  it  still  maintains  a  very  modern  day  aggression.

  As  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  touches  of  death  metal  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and one  track  also  brings  in  a  track  that  has  a  ritualistic  touch  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  some  tracks  also  add  in  power  metal  style  screams.

  Perpetrator  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  equally  influenced  by  both  the  bay  Area  and  Teutonic  styles  of  thrash  metal  while  also  mixing  in  the  aggression  of  modern  blackened  thrash  and  a  touch  of  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nuclear  war,  metal,  society,  and  psychological  strife  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Perpetrator  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  thrash  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Altar  Of  The  Skull"  "Fires  Of  Sacrifice"  "Jungle  War"  and  "Hell  Thrasher".  8  out  of  10.

Dreadful Fate/The Sin Of Sodom/Edged Circle Productions/2017 EP Review


  Dreadful  Fate  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep "The  Sin  Of  Sodom"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Edged  Circle  Productions.

  A  very  heavy  and  fast  thrash  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostyl  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  influences  from  the  first  wave  of  the  previous  mentioned  genre  as  well  as  all  of the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  an  old  school  extreme  metal  style  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  while  the  music  has  its  roots  in  the  80's  it  still  brings  in  a  very  modern  atmosphere  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Kreator's  "Tormentor".

  Dreadful  Fate  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  old  school  styles  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  update  them  for  the  modern  era,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dreadful  Fate  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  TRACK  "Unholy  Lust".  8  out  of  10.   

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Hellish God/The Evil Emanations/Everlasting Spew Records/2018 CD Review


  Hellish  God  are  a  band  from  Italy  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  brutal  and  satanic  form  of  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is a  review  of  their  album  "The  Evil  Emanations"  which  will  be  released in  2018 by  Everlasting  Spew  Records.

  Ritualistic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  brutal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  during  the  faster  sections  of the  songs  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  some  black  metal  screams.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  an  old  school  death  metal  style.

  Hellish  God  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  blackened  death  metal  style  of  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Qlipoth  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hellish  God  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  brutal  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Qlipoth"  "Burning  The  infidel"  and  "I  Am  Belial".  8  out  of  10.   

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Epitaphe/Demo MMXVII/Chaos Records/2017 Demo Review

 Epitaphe  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  demo  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Chaos  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats   and  tremolo  picking  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  as  well  as  all  3  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  slower  riffing  is  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal.

  Vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  along  with  some  screams that  have  a  black  metal  influence  to  them  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  morbid  sounding  sounding  melodies  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion.

  Psychedelic  and  harsh  noise  effects  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  at  times  the  music  also  gets  very  ritualistic  and  experimental  sounding  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  being  added  for  a  few  seconds  on  the  closing  track. 

  Epitaphe  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  black  ,  doom  and  death  metal  together  with  some  experimental  elements  to  create  a  very  dark  yet  heavy  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Epitaphe  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  TRACK  "Embers".  8  out  of  10.    

Friday, November 24, 2017

Vecordious/Anthropogenic Detorioration/2017 Full Length Review


  Vecordious  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Anthropogenic  Detorioration"  which  will  be  released  in  December.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  chants  and  female  vocals  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  melodic  vocals  also being  used  at  times  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  A  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  in  the  fast  riffing  and  when  keyboards  are  used  briefly  they  add  in the  atmosphere  of  a  horror  movie  as  well  as a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars  before  returning  back  to  a  more  brutal  direction while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Vecordious  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  modern  form  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  brutal  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,  philosophical  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vecordious  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Purging"  "Awaiting  Decimation"  "Ghastly  Septicity"  and  "Deomon  Of  Demise".  8  out  of  10. 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Visions Of The Night/Supreme Act Of War/2017 CD Review


  Visions  Of  The  Night  are  a  band  from  Toronto,  Ontario,  Canada  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Supreme  Act  Of  War".

  Folk  instruments  and  nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  as  well  as  bringing  in  the  sound  of  war  which  is  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  mixing  atmospheric  synths  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  one  track  also  mixes  in  elements  of  thrash.

  Visions  Of  The  Night  create  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  blackened  death  metal  style  that  was  established  on  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  war  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Visions  Of  The  Night  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lurking  In  The  Jungles"  "Western  Trench  Line"  "Allied  Airpower"  and  "Deus  Vault".  8  out  of  10.

  

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Grethor Interview

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

Marcus Lawrence [Vocals]: Just getting this stuff out. That's the primary focus.

Brian Frost [Lead Guitar]: Recording had been going on for a while. I moved to Chicago last year while we were hashing out demos.




2.You have a new album coming out in January, 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?

Anthony Rouse [Drums]: Damnatio Memoriae is the result of us building on our sound we had established on our last EP with some new elements thrown in there. I would describe as what you get when you mix black metal, death metal, and grindcore into a sludgy stew and sprinkle it with melody, groove, and doom.

Frost: The previous release was very much a blackened death metal album. This time there was a lot more collaboration, which brought new elements to the band’s sound.





3.In the beginning the band played more of a raw black metal style but over the years have evolved into more of a blackened death metal band, what was the decision behind going into this musical direction?

Frost:

Marcus could probably answer this best, but there has been a constant flux of band members since it started. Different songwriters and change in musical preferences over the years have led us to what we have today.

Lawrence: When people join your band, they bring their own styles of playing and writing which will always have a big impact on songwriting.



4.Over the years your lyrics have covered some fantasy, existentialism and some of the writings of Robert W. Chambers, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

Lawrence: In the beginning I wrote as if I were writing a Hammer Film or something, the lyrics at that time were about things that provoked the fear of the unknown...it was all very tongue in cheek to me.  As the band came more into focus as my primary project, I wrote more seriously about things that I believed affected the human condition. Humans have always invented various social structures based on wealth or caste. They are illusions. We are outgrowing those castes. We no longer need shamans to make sense of the world.



5.I know that the band name means hell in the Klingon language from Star Trek, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

Lawrence: Gre'Thor is the Klingon Underworld. It is like Niflheim, a place of the dishonored to suffer. I think foreboding is a great start in describing it this time around.



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

Lawrence: Loud. I enjoy playing shows. It's hard to say which ones are my favorites. The band's first show was a mess, the monitors weren't working and we couldn't hear each other...it was a lot of fun, I thought. I laughed my ass off afterward. I also have enjoyed playing the VFW hall in Hagerstown, or that old church back in 2013. I don't know that I have ever NOT had fun doing it,
honestly.

Rouse: We played a show with a band called Heron at The Golden Pony in Harrisonburg, VA. That was a really cool show, and a very nice place to gig at for sure. Another favorite of mine was playing with Gloom, Cab Ride Home, and Venomspitter at Raw Ink back in 2016

Frost: Can’t say I have a favorite, all the shows I have played have been pretty great! I like to have a lot of energy on stage, it pumps people up and gives them something to remember. Playing out has always been a lot of fun for me, especially with this group.




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

Lawrence: No. Most of the band will be moving on, and there will have to be more retooling. This is just how it goes, how it's always been, and I know that, as I am the only original member left. It's hard to say what will happen beyond that, or what the music will be like, etc.



8.The new album is coming out on 'Edgewood Arsenal Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?


Tony Petrocelly [Guitar]: Edgewood Arsenal is a label I created to release albums by bands I'm in. Damnatio Memoriae will be the label's 4th release, with a couple more lined up as we speak.



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

Rouse: It's been incredible for us. Cloaked in Decay was a big release for us because we started reaching out to listeners in South America and Europe, and that was an awesome feeling for all of us. We received a lot of positive reviews for our last release, so I feel like we are on the right track.

Lawrence: Pretty good! I can't wait until they hear this one.

Frost: I’ve heard nothing but good things on our last release. I think this will be received well, and provide plenty of material for people to digest.




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?

Petrocelly: In addition to Grethor, I play guitar and bass in Construct of Lethe; we're in the middle of recording our upcoming album as we speak. I also play drums in LORD, which is on the doomier side of things, and a grind band called Pain Tank. I also run a small recording studio (Trepan Studios), so I tend to wind up playing session for bands...just recently I played drums on the upcoming EP's for Affasia (melodic doom) and Capricorn (old school doom/rock).

Frost:

I’m working on material for my grind band Angry Hate Infestation, we are long overdue for a release. I have a group of guys I jam with where we play jazz/latin/blues rock, which has been fun, I like getting out of my comfort zone. Hoping to have some other new projects on the horizon.

Lawrence: I actually have a Black Metal project called Nox Summos that I have to finish recording.



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

Lawrence: Hard to say. We'll have to see what happens when we decide who will be in the lineup.

Frost: I think we will have to see what the response of this release is.



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?

Lawrence: Emperor, Immortal, Mayhem, Dissection, Morbid Angel, and Meshuggah are all bands that made me get into Extreme Metal. I am constantly checking out YouTube for different stuff. Lately it's been Nightbringer, Akhlys, Aviichi, Hour Of Penance and such. I've also been revisiting Cypress Hill, especially their early 90's stuff, before they just talked about weed all the time.

Rouse: Bands that influenced me include but are not limited to Immolation, Gorguts, Morbid Angel, Dissection, and early 90's Gothenburg melodic death metal. I'm currently listening to Baring Teeth's Atrophy EP, Cyhra's Letters to Myself, and Insomnium's Above the Weeping World.

Petrocelly: Almost all music has had an influence on me in some fashion or another. Death metal is my favorite genre, and I make no bones about Morbid Angel and Hypocrisy being my favorite bands in that genre, but more often than not I'm inspired and motivated by musical elements I hear in disco or jazz or pop or classical music. Those things don't really find a 1:1 translation in the music I write, but something about them inspires me to pick up the guitar and play, or start practicing new drum techniques.

Frost:

I had a lot of non-metal influences when writing. Notably Steely Dan gave me some ideas to use some big piano chords in this album. I pretty much copied Robin Trower’s entire guitar rig setup, with some additional guitar pedals.

 I’ve been listening to the new releases from River Black, Incantation, Marty Friedman, Droid, Ende, Artificial Brain. I listen to everything from brutal death metal to the classic death metal. Other than that, I listen to mostly classic rock and some newer indie stuff.




13.What are some of your non musical interests?

Lawrence: Movies, books, and comic books. Right now, there's just so many good TV series; I just watched the latest episode of Mr. Robot, which I highly recommend, and Westworld. There's more than that, really, and it keeps me from sleeping. It's great.

Rouse: I work as a real estate agent in Northern VA.

Petrocelly: I'm an illustrator from time to time, and I'm slowly learning how to make sushi and Thai food.

Frost: I’m a gearhead, won’t be unusual to find me under the hood of a car. I also enjoy cooking and making cocktails, which I didn’t know I was good at until recently.



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

Lawrence: Definitely listen to the album when it comes out. Discuss it in a civil manner amongst friends, debate lyrical meanings amongst each other. If you want to discuss it with me, that is perfectly fine. If it influences you to create your own music, to further the genre, that's great. Enjoy it either way. Be engaged.

Rouse: Thanks for having us, and big thanks to all of our supporters and first time listeners!

Frost: Change is an essential process of all existence.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Darkyo/Kingdom Of Blind/Anthrazit Records/2017 CD Re-Issue Review

  Darkyo  are  a  solo  project  from  Russia  that  plays  an  instrumental  mixture  of  black and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Kingdom  Of  Blind"  which  was  re-issued  in 2017  by  Anthrazit  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  while  also  bringing  in  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier blackened death  metal  direction  which  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  sticking  to  an  instrumental    musical  direction.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  which  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  music also  having  its  atmospheric  and  progressive  moments  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion,  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  operatic  female  vocals  can  be  heard  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  a  couple  of  the  later  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length. 

  Darkyo  plays  a  musical style  that  mixes  black  and  death  metal  together  while  also  keeping  everything  in  an  instrumental  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  some  atmospheric  and  prog  touches  and  the  production  sounds  very  professional.

  In  my  opinion  Darkyo  are  a  very  great  sounding  instrumental  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Crown  Of  Ash"  "Lost  City"  and  "Last  Guardian".  8  out  of  10.   

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Total Inferno Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?


What's going on now is that we are recording our next album and putting all our energy on it to make it perfect for us and our fans.



2.How would you describe the musical sound of the newer music?


It will sound like before but with maybe even more energy than our previous album. Still PURE EVIL METAL FROM HELL. Our former fans will not be disappointed.



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


Everything from the pleasure to kill to vampires, beasts and un named deamons and creatures.





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


We wanted a cool name that reflects us and our music, it’s just as simple as that.



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?


Every show has been good in one way or another. Our first show was good in the way that the reactions were so much better than we expected and our latest one we had at "ROCK AND ART FEST" about a month ago was good because it became apparent that the fans had become more.

Our stage performance is as it will on a metal show, energetic, hard and Metal!



6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

This year we are focusing on our new album and getting it done but next year there are some gigs booked unofficially at the moment. And when we released our new album, there will be more shows after that.




7.Recently "Morbid Skull Records' re-issued your 2015 album, can you tell us a little bit more about the newer version?


It is an LP edition in two different colors. 100 pieces of Red and 200 pieces of black edition.



8.A year ago you where a part of a split with 'Disorder', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?


I (Jonny) had never heard of them before but have listened a bit to them after our split and thinks it sounds good.



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


The feedback has been very good. The word spread quickly when we started in 2014 and we received good reviews from around the world from the start.





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


Just Jonny who is also a member of MORDANT.



10.When can we expect new music and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?


As I said earlier in this interview, we are in the studio and recording our upcomming album right now so it will be released hopefully at the beginning of next year. The music will be heading in the same direction as before, hard and uncompromising Metal.



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


Same as before. Just Classic Heavy, Thrash, Speed, Black Metal and of course some newer bands as well. I'm not going to start name drop all bands that influence us because this interview will not enough. Most people who are in to metal probably get what bands I mean in my description of Metal genres.



12.Does Occultism ply any role in your music?


No, not specific, but it's a cool and inspirational topic to write about.



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


Be prepared for our upcomming Swedish INFERNO of PURE EVIL METAL FROM HELL !!!

Thanx for your interest in our band.

Homepage: www.totalinferno.se

Facebook: www.facebook.com/totalinferno

Horror God/Techne/Lavadome Productions/2017 Split CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Russia's  Horror  God  and  Techne  which  will  be  released  on  November  20th  by  Lavadome  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Horror  God  a  band  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  Throughout  their  side  of  the  split  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  distorted  fashion  along  with  the  music  also  incorporating  a  decent  amount  of  black  metal  elements  and  they  close  their  side  of  the  split  with  a  cover  of  Purulence's  "Sinking  Into  Transparency".

  Horror  God  plays  a  style  of  blackened  death  metal  that  is  very  brutal  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  humanity  and  society  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Horror  God  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Golden  Billion"  and  "We  Are  Dust".

  Next  up  is  Techne  a  band  that  plays  a  very atmospheric form  of  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  acoustic  guitar  playing  along  with  some  synths  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  riffs also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  at  times  the  vocals  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  parts  of  the  music  also  bringing  in  melodic  vocals  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  most  of  their  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  closing  track  is  an  instrumental which  also  mixes  in  elements of  ethnic  music.

  Techne  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  progressive  sounding  as  well  as  being  very  original  and  different,  the production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Techne  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Breathe"  and  "Techne".

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

  

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Grethor/Damnatio Memoriae/Edgewood Arsenal/2018 Full Length Review


  Grethor  are  a  band  from  Virginia  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review of t heir  album  "Damnatio  Memoriae"  which  will  be  released  in  2018  by  Edgewood  Arsenal.

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  dissonant  and  avant  garde  structures  and  when  the  music  speeds  up it  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  being  rooted  mostly  in  brutal  death  metal.

  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  grim  black  metal  screams  and  deep  death  metal  growls  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  experimental  at  times  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful.

  The  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  while  the  guitar  leads  when  they  are  utilized   add  in  a  90's  progressive  death  metal  style  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  classical  music  elements  can  be  heard  and  the  fast  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking,  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.   

  Grethor  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  black  and  death metal  together  with  some  dissonant  and  avant  garde  structures,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  religion  and  existentialism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Grethor  are  a  very  great  sounding  and  original  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Imminent  Unknown"  "Embracing  Oblivion"  "Weaponized  Madness"  and  "Wounds  Of  Ruin".  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

In Defilade/Elude/2017 Full Length Review


  In  Defilade  are  a  band  from  North  Carolina  that  plays  a  militant  form  of  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Elude"  which  will  be  released  in  November.

  Radio  static  noises  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  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  the  fast  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  Defilde  plays  a  style of  blackened  death  metal  that  is  very  brutal  and  militant  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  In  Defilde  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  and  militant  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fearing  The  Worst"  "Drown  The  Child"  "Make  Them  Eat  Glass"  and  "Women  And  Children  First".  8  out  of  10.

  

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Total Inferno/Return Of Evil Chaos/Morbid Skull Records/2017 LP Re-issue Review


  Total  Inferno  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death,  thrash,  speed  and  heavy  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Return  Of  Evil  Chaos"  which  was  re-issued  in  2017  by  Morbid  Skull  Records

  Dark  yet  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy riffing  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while t he  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  elements  of  thrash,  speed  and  first  wave  black  metal  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  tracks  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls,  when  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  old  school  fashion  and  clean  vocals  and  traditional  metal  influences  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  music  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  synths  and  the last track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Total Inferno  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  death,  thrash,  speed  and  heavy  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  heavy  and  old  school,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  evil  and  slaughter  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Total  Inferno  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  death,  thrash,  speed  and  heavy  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Super  Antichrist"  "Evil  Black  Fire"  and  "Speed  Metal  Death".  8  out  of  10.       

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Daeva/Pulsing Dark Absorptions/20 Buck Spin/2017 EP Review


  Daeva  are  a  band  from  Pennsylvania  that  plays a  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Pulsing  Dark  Absorptions"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  20  Buck  Spin.

  A  very  fast  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  soem  blast  beats  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  thrash,  speed  and  first  wave  black  metal  as  well  as  adding  in  second  wave  style  grim  screams  and  while  the  music  is  rooted  in  the  80's  it  still  retains  a  modern  day  feeling.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  true  to  an  old  school  style  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  fast  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  they  close  the  ep  with  a  cover  of  Mayhem's  "Deathcrush".

  Daeva  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  first  and  second  wave  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  80's  trash  and  a  touch  of  speed  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Daeva  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  "No  Effective  Banishings"  and  "Descending  The  Miasmal  Void".  8 out  of  10.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Rotem/Fuck Your God/Rot' Em Records/2017 EP Review


 Rotem  are  a  solo  project  from  Portugal  that  has  been   featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  with  a  punk  attitude  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Fuck  Your  God"  which  was  released  by  Rot'  Em  Records.

  A  very  heavy  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before going  into  a  very  fast  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of    dark  sounding  melodie.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  both  the  80's  and  tradition  of  black  and  death  metal  along  with  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  they  close  the  ep  with  cover's  of  Black  Flag's  "Terrorist  Story"  and  Anti  Nowhere  League's  "Lets  Start  A  War".

  Rotem  plays  a  style  of  blackened  death  metal  that  is  very  old school  while  also  adding  in  elements  of  punk,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  anti  Christian  and  anti  Islamic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Rotem  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal  and  punk,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fuck  Your  God"  and  "Nuke'  Em  All".  8  out  of  10.

Moonspell/1755/Napalm Records/2017 CD Review


  Moonspell  are  a  band  from  Portugal that  has  been  around  for  more  than  20  years  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  goth  and  dark  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "!755"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Napalm  Records.

  Atmospheric  keyboards  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  whispered  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  stringed  instruments  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  symphonic  feeling  while  angry  vocals  which  are  also  influenced  by  black  metal  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording.

  Male  and  female  choir  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  spoken  word  parts  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  some  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  electronic  musical  elements  and  they  also  mix  the  classical  influenced  sound  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.

  When  growls  are  utilized  they  add  in  a  touch  of  death  metal  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  elements  of  ethnic/world  music  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  all of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound to  them  and  when  clean  vocals  are  utilized  they  add  in  a  touch  of  goth  rock.

  On  this  recording  Moonspell  remains  true  to  their  dark  metal  style  of  previous  recording  while  also  experimenting  more  with  classical  and  world  music  as  well  as  continuing  their  tradition  of  making  each  album  sound  different  from  each  other,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Portuguese  and  cover  the  culture  of  their  home  country  along  with  some  poetic  touches.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  form  Moonspell  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "1755"  "Abanao"  "Ruinas"  and  "Lanterna  Dos  Afogados".  8/5  out  of  10.