Saturday, August 19, 2017

Dead Medusa/Riff City/2017 EP Review


   Dead  Medusa  are  a  band  from  Columbia,  Missouri  that  plays  a  blackened  mixture  of  death  and cosmic  thrash  with  a  touch  of  traditional  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Riff  City"  which  would  be  released  in  September.

  Distorted  amp  sounds  start  off t he  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  thrash  metal  direction  along  with  some  screams  that  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  80's  death  metal  feeling  while  also  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  time  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  leads  also  sticking  to  a  very  old  school  metal  style  and  elements  of   black  and traditional  metal  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  always  remains  heavy  and  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Dead  Medusa  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  both  the  modern  and  old  school  styles  of  death  and  thrash  metal  along  with  black  metal  and    a  touch  of  traditional  metal  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  real life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dead  Medusa  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  mixture  of  death  and  cosmic  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tunnel  Vision"  and  "Riff  City".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Sfera/Death Will Come/2017 EP Review


  Sfera  are  a  band  from  Northern  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  blackened  crust,  death  metal,  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "Death  Will  Come".

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  an  old  school  death  metal  fashion  and  the  vocals  are  blackened  style  screams.

  Death  metal  growls  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  while  dark sounding  melodies a re  also  used  at  times  as  well  as  most  of t he  tracks  being  very  short  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy.

  Sfera  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  death  metal,  crust  and  grindcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  s  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sound s very  heavy  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sfera  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  blackened  crust,  death  metal  and  gindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Death  Will  Come"  an d  "They  Tore  The  Sky".  8  out  of  10. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Luciferian Insectus/Godless/The Apollyon Entertainment Group/2016 CD Review


  Luciferian  Insectus  are  a  solo  project  from t he  Netherlands  that  plays  a  ritualistic  form  of  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Godless" which  was  released  by  The  Apollyon  Entertainment  Group.

  Horror movie  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  brutal  musical  direction  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  while  atmospheric  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  at  times   and  after  awhile  black  metal  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Grim  sounding  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  one  track  also  introduces  clean  vocals  onto  the  recording,  some  of  the  riffing  adds  in  thrash  influences  and  a  couple  of  the  songs  are  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars  and  pianos  on  later  tracks  while  one  of  the  songs  is  an  instrumental.

  Luciferian  Insectus  plays  a  style  of blackened  death  metal  that  is  very  brutal  while  also  having  its ritualistic  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian,  Occultism,  Anti  Christian  and  Anti  Muslim  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Luciferian  Insectus  are  a  very  great  sounding  ritualistic  blackened  death  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "666"  "The  Crowned  Deceiver"  "The  Awakening"  and  "The  Fall  Ov  Allah".  8  out  of  10.

    

Friday, August 11, 2017

Exterminator/Total Extermination/Greyhaze Records/2017 Vinyl Re-Issue Review


  Exterminator  where  a  band  from  Brazil  that  played  a  very  early  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 1987  album  "Total  extermination"  which will  be  re-issued  on  vinyl  in  September  by  Greyhaze  Records.

  Powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  and  drum b eats  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  influence  of  thrash  still  has  a  very  dominant  presence  throughout  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the solos  and  leads  bring  in  the  raw  South  American  style  of  the  80's  along  with  some  of  the  fast  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  an  instrumental  along  with  the  music  always  remaining  very  heavy.

  Exterminator  played  a  musical  style  that  was  rooted  in  the  first  wave  style  of  black  metal  but  also  mixed  in  the  more  raw  side  of  thrash  and  early  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti-Christianity,  Satanism,  Gore,  Death  and  Metal  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Exterminator  where  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  "Nightmare"  "Voyage  To  Hell"  "Speed  Metal"  and  "Haunting  The  Church".  8  out  of  10.

  

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Arroganz/Primitiv/F.D.A Records/2017 CD Review


  Germany's  Arroganz  have  returned  with  a  new  recording t hat  continues  the brutal  blackened  death  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Primitiv"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  F.D.A  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  with  a  few  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  you  can  hear  elements  of  doom  metal  in  the  slow  riffing.

  A  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  be  heard  in  the  riffs  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  id  paced  and  fast  parts  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly and  one  track  also  introduces  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  but t he  music  mostly  sticks  to  more  of  a  heavier  style.

  Arroganz  remains  true  to  the  blackened  death  metal  style t hat  was  established  and  previous  releases  while  also  mixing  in  a  decent  amount  of  doom  metal  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Death,  Possession,  Chaos,  Liberation  and  Anti  Religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Arroganz  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Obliviate"  and  "Cortege",  8  out  of  10.  

Affliktor/Self Titled/Transcending Obscurity Records/2017 CD Review


  Affliktor  are  a  solo  project  from  Big  Horn,  Wyoming  that  plays  a   mixture  of  black,  death,  thrash  and  speed  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self titled  2017  album  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Transcending  Obscurity  Records.

  A  very  heavy,  melodic and  old school  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  elements  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can be  heard  and  the  solos and  leads  also  mix  in  an  80's  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  ads  in  influences  from  death  and  speed  metal  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  always  sticks  to  a  very  heavy  musical  style  and  the  last  track  is  an  instrumental.

  Affliktor  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  old  school  thrash,  death  and  speed  metal  with  a  more  modern  black  metal  vocal  approach  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Philosophy  and  Left  Hand Path themes.

  In  my  opinion  Affliktor  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  death,  thrash  and  speed  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Storms  Of  Demogorgon"  "Chaos  Magick  Totality"  and  "Nothing  Shall  Arise".  8  out  of  10.

  

Monday, August 7, 2017

Geist/Disrepair/WOOAAARGH/2017 EP Review


  Geist are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays a  blackened  mixture  of  crust  and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Disrepair"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  WOAAARGH.

  Heavy  guitars  and  powerful  sounding  bass  riffs  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  hardcore  style  screams  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  crust  and  d  beat  elements  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  decent  amount  of  black  metal  influences  and  they  keep  every  in  a  very  heavy  musical  direction  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  short  in  length with  the  longest  one  being  3  and  a  half  minutes.

  Geist  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  black  metal,  hardcore  and  crust  together  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Gesit  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  mixture  of  crust  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Painkillers"  and  "Fiction  Souls".  8  out  of  10.   

Friday, August 4, 2017

Howls Of Ebb/Khthonik Cerviiks/With Gangrene Edges/Voiidwarp/I, Voidhanger Records/2017 Split Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  U.S.A's  Howls  Of  Ebb  and  Germany's  Khthonik  Cerviiks  called  "With  gangrene  Edges/Voiidwarp"which  will  be  released  in  September  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Howls  Of  Ebb  a  band  that  plays  a  very  progressive  and  avant  garde  style  of  blackened  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  Clean  playing  that  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  avant  garde  edge  between  adding  in  some  progressive  yet  heavy  riffing  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of t he  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  last  track  adds  in  more  of  an  experimental  style  while  also  adding  in  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occult  Rituals  and  Communing  With  Malign  Beings  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Howls  Of  Ebb  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  avant  garde  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "With  Gangrene  Edges'.

  Next  up  is  Khthonik  Cerviiks  a  band  that  plays  a  psychotic  form  of  blackened   death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  style  while  also  adding  in  spoken  word  parts  at  times  and  one  the  second  track  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  dissonant  direction  while  also  introducing  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  onto  their  side  of  the  recording.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  side  of  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  clean  playing  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  a  great  portion  of  their  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  apocalypse,  decline,  devolution  and  the  technoccult  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Khthonik  Cerviiks  are  a  very  great  sounding  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  TRACK  "Come  To  The  Subeth".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  avant  garde  and  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  8  out  of  10.   

Rebel Wizard/The Warning Of One/Prosthetic Records/2017 EP Review


  Australia's  solo  project  Rebel  Wizard  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  black  and  heavy  metal  mixture  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  ep  "The  Warning  Of  One"  which  will  be  released  on  August  18th  by  Prosthetic  Records.

  Clean  playing  and  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  traditional  metal  elements  and  all  of t he  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem.

  While  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  the  black  metal  vocals  gives  the  songs  a  more  modern  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  mixing  in  elements  of  thrash  at  times  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy  and  spoken  word  parts  are  used  on  the  closing  track.

  Rebel  Wizard  remains  true  to  the  black  and  thrash  metal  mixture  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  have  a  concept  to  them  with  every  track  starting  with  the  letter  'one'  and  cover  negativity  and  nihilism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Rebel  Wizard  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  heavy  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "One  I  Know"  and  "One  I  Call".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Mekigah/Autexousious/Aesthetic Death/2017 CD Review


  Mekigah  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  an  avant  garde  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album "Autexousious"  which  will  be  released  on  August  21st  by  Aesthetic  Death.

  Ambient  style  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  avant  garde  elements  a  few  seconds  later  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  on  the  second  track  heavy  guitar  riffs  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  they  add  in  elements  of  doom  metal  while  also  adding  in  dark  sounding  melodies.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  some  tracks  also  get  very  experimental  and  ritualistic  at  times  as  well  as  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  singing  can  be  heard  briefly.

  Mekigah  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  black,  doom  and  avant  garde  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mekigah  are  a  very  great  sounding  avant  garde  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Eroding  Will"  "Zmatek"  "A  Vast  Abyss"  and  "Rejection  Nostalgia".  8  out  of  10.  

Infest/Addicted To Flesh/Defying Danger Records/2017 CD Review


  Serbia's  Infest  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  their  blackened  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Addicted  To  Flesh"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Defying  Danger  Records.

  A  very  war  orientated  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  and  also  brings  in  the  atmosphere  of  an  epic  movie  before  going  into  a  very  heavy  thrash  metal  influenced  direction  where  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the recording  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  vocals.

  Back  up  shouts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  solos  and  leads  stick  to  a  very  old  school  style  of  extreme  metal  but  also  having  their  melodic  moments and  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  blackened  death  metal  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Infest  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  blackened  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  war,  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Infest  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal  and  thrash,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hail  The  Mother  War"  "Nailed  To  Your  Spine"  and  "The  Awakening  Failed".  8  out  of  10.  

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Totengott/Doppleganger/Xtreem Music/2017 CD Review


  Totengott  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  doom and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album "Doppleganger"  which  was  released  by  Xtreem  Music.

  Atmospheric  synths  and  ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  touches  of  classical  and  opera  music  before  adding  in  drum  beats  and  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  doom  metal  feeling  and  all  3  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  more  of  an  aggressive  80's  style  of  extreme  metal  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  thrash  and  first  wave  black  metal  along  with  some  touches  of  death  metal  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  true  to  an  old  school  metal  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  synths are  also  used  on  the  later  tracks  and  melodc  vocals  ae  also used  briefly.

  Tottengott  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  black,  doom  and  thrash  metal  together  to create  a  sound  of  their  own  while  the  influence  of  Celtic  Frost  really  shows  throughout  the  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  satanism,  Occultism,  Mental  Illness  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Tottengott  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  thrash   metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  track.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Satn  Beside  You".  8  out  of  10. 

Northern Plague/Scorn The Idle/2017 CD Review


  Northern  Plague  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released 2017  album  "Scorn  The  Idle".

  Distorted  amp  sounds  and  atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  drums  and  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  and  after  awhile  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  grim  black  metal screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  incorporating  more  death  metal  elements  and  spoken  words  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  a  later  track  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  and  some  of  the t racks  are  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Northern  Plague  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  blackened  death  metal  style  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Northern  Plague  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blindsight"  "The  Day  After"  "Vainglory  Altar"  and  "Versus  The  World".  8  out of  10.
 

  

Winds Of Leng interview

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

JT - The earliest version of the band formed in summer of 2006, with the founding members all starting over after leaving the band they all played together in before. After a few years of shuffling members trying to find the right line up and working on developing our sound the band fell dormant for a while, but became active again in 2012 and then everything just seemed to click and there was a new sense of focus. At the moment the band is a three piece, with two of the three founding members remaining.

2.In June you had released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

JT - Death/Black metal in short. We really went back and drew inspiration from the albums that made us want to play this stuff in the first place, or at least I did, and really drew inspiration from those without becoming a tribute band. There's a lot going on, some HM-2 stuff some black metal, there's a lot of elements in there. I think one of the strengths of the recording is the variety.

3.The band has been around since 2006 but waited until this year to release an album, can you tell us a little bit more about the long wait?

JT - Like I said above it took a few years to find the current lineup and then we were inactive for a while. When we reformed we started working on this album, but we recorded it ourselves and it took the member who spearheaded that whole side of things some time to put together the required gear and learn the whole process. We took our time for sure!

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

JT - Horror. Sums up the whole thing. A lot of apocalyptic stuff in there too. There are some songs inspired by some of our favorite films and books, and some of my own ideas. The album art is a pretty good representation of the subject matter too. there's a little something from each song in there.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Winds Of Leng'?

JT - Leng comes from H.P. Lovecraft, and is also used by another author we drew inspiration from, namely Brian Lumley, and fit the horror related side of the band. The rest we just thought sounded good.

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

JT - To date we have only been a studio band, but now that the recording is out there we have a new rehearsal spot and the three of us are getting tight playing with each other again, then we will look for members to make a live lineup.

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

JT - Not yet, but hopefully in the future.

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

JT - Definitely open to the possibility. There has been a little contact, but nothing happening as of yet.

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

JT - We've been blown away because we're complete nobodies and we've received an insane amount of positive feedback and some really great reviews too.

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

JT- Darker. Looking forward to working with some doomier elements and the idea of a concept is really exciting to me. We won't abandon our sound though. New material is already in the works and sounding good!

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?

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

JT - For me I like to read and write. Listening to and collecting music of course. And horror movies.

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

JT - Thanks so much for anyone who takes the time to check us out. More to come!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Ram-Page/The Grave Of Seven Billion/Grimm Distribution/2017 CD Review


  Russia's  Ram=Page  have  returned  with a  new  recording  that  continues  the  blackened  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Grave  Of  Seven  Billion"  which  was  released by  Grimm  Distribution.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  musical  musical  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  black  metal  screams  are  also  used  at  times  and  some  of  the  fast riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of tremolo picking.

  Ram-Page  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  blackened  death/thrash  mixture  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Ram-Page  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death/thrash,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Betrayer"  "The  President"  "Last  Defenders"  and  "Blood  Money".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Winds Of Leng/Horrid Dominion/2017 Full Length Review


  Winds  Of  Leng  are  a  band  from  Phoenix,  Arizona  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Horrid  Dominion".

  An  atmospheric  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  and  when  the  musical  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while t he  vocals are  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  with  a  few  black  metal  screams  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  some  of  the  faster  riffing  uses  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  along  with  a  few  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  most  of t he  tracks  stick  to  a  heavy  direction.

  Winds  Of  Leng  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  black  and  death  metal  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  horror,  apocalypse  and  the  unexplained  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Winds  Of  Leng  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Beneath  Unhallowed  Earth"  "Awakening  The  Over  mind"  and  "lord Of  The  Dead".  8  out  of  10.

 

    

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Celesterre/The Wild/Rain Without End Records/2017 CD Review


  Celesterre  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  progressive  and  epic  mixture  of  heavy,  doom,  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Wild"  which  was  released  by  Rain  Without  End  Records.

  Melodic  yet  heavy  doom  metal  riffs  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  touches  of  70's  traditional  metal  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  stick  to  a  very  old  school  style  while  the  vocals  start  off  in  a  more  clean  style  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Clean  playing  along  with  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  synths  are  also  used  at  times  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  along  with  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  they  also  add  in  elements  of  black  metal  and  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  high  pitched  screams  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  adds  in  a  few  seconds  of  growls.


  Celesterre  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  traditional  doom  and  heavy  metal  while  also  mixing  in  some  progressive  and  black  metal  elements  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Celesterre  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  mixture  of  heavy,  doom,  and  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Burst  Into  Life"  "The  Wild"  and  "A  Celebration  Of  Decay".  8  out  of  10.

 

  

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Epping Forest/LebaBVoid/Unexploded Records/2017 CD Review


 Epping  Forest  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2017  album  "LebaBvoid"  which  was  released  by  Unexploded  Records.

  Fly  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  black  metal  screams,  fast  riffs  and  blast  beats  while  death  metal  growls  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  a  small  amount of  melodic  singing  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion.

  A  decent  amount of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  faster  riffing  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  one  track  also  adds  in  middle  eastern  musical  instruments  briefly.

  As  the  album  progresses  avant  garde  style  piano's  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  a  brief  use  of  operatic  female  vocals  which  also  returns  on  some  of  the  later  songs  and  synths  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  saxophones  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Chants  Of  Maldoror's  "Cruel  With  Us".

  Epping  Forest  plays  a  style  of  blackened  death  metal  that  also  takes  the  genre  into  more  of  an  avant  garde  and  experimental  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Mythology  themes from  Sumerian  and  Ancient  Civilizations  sources.

  In  my  opinion  Epping  Forest  are  a  very  great  sounding  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  "Inception:  Everblasting  Doom"  "Kria:  Resistance  Is  Useless"  "Summong:  Three  Hundred  Out  Of  The  Sky"  and  "Herafter:  We  Are  Alone  In  The  End".  8/5  out  of  10.   

Thursday, July 13, 2017

De Profundis/Decayed 2007-2017/Zero Tolerance Magazine/CD Review


  De  Profundis  are  a  band  from t he  United  Kingdom  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  progressive  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  compilation  album  "Decayed  2007-2017"  which  was  released  with  the  79th  issue  of  Zero  Tolerance  Magazine.

 A  very  heavy  yet  technical  sound  starts  off  the  compilation  along  with  some  death metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of t he  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Black  metal  screams a re  also  added  into  certain  sections of  the  recording  along  with  the  slow  riffs  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

   The  fretless  bass  gives  the  tracks  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  and  some  tracks  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  acoustic  guitars  along  with  some  jazz  elements  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  a  few  seconds  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Throughout  the  compilation  De  Profundis  brings  out  a  very  progressive  style  of  blackened  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  negativity,  solitude,  despondency  and  contemplation  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  from  De  Profundis  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  progressive  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kult  Of  The  Orthodox" "A  Strange  Awakening"  "Silent  Gods"  and  "Nihilism  Vortex".  8  out  of  10.  

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Beneath/Ephermeris/Unique Leader Records/2017 CD Review


  Beneath  are  a  band  from  Iceland  that  started  out  more  as  a  brutal  and  technical  death metal  band  and  on  this  recording  mix  that  style  with  black  metal  and  a  touch of  prog  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Ephermeris"  which will  be  released  in  August  by  Unique  Leader  Records.

  Bass  leads  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  brutal  yet  technical  riffing  starts  off t he  album  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while t he  music  also  gets  very  progressive  at  times  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  at  times.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  technical  fashion  while the  mid  tempo  sections  also  add  in  touches  of  slam  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  elements  along  with  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  On  this  recording  Beneath  gives  a  blackened  touch  to  their  brutal  and  prog  style  of  technical  and  brutal  death  metal,  the production  sounds  very  professional  while the  lyrics  cover  science  fiction  and  futuristic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Beneath  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  brutal  technical  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Eyecatcher"  "Guillotine"  "Medium  Obscurum"  and  "Multiangular".  8  out  of  10.

  

Monday, July 10, 2017

Omnious Shrine Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Xahaal : Hello, first of all thanks for your support. Ominous Shrine is a French band I founded in
2016, After years of playing and composed for Malepeste I wanted to make something more
heavy, more death. I tried it with band called Temple of Worms, but I leaved this band in 2016 to
found Ominous Shrine with some friends. Seb from Dysylumn is our vocalist, he played rhythm
guitar too live. Tom is the drummer from Aeon Patronist a technical black/death band and Dimholt
is the ancient bass player of Osirion and Temple of Worms.
Ominous Shrine is an occult black/death metal band dedicated to the left hand path.

2.Recently you have released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is
presented on the recording?
Xahaal : Well this is old school death metal with some occult, dissonant black metal parts, with
powerful and deep vocals.

3.The lyrics on the album are very much in the Luciferian, Left Hand Path, Occultism and Sinister
Path traditions, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?
Xahaal : Yes, the lyrics describe more or less the path to deification like only Left Hand Path can
offer. I am passionate about all esoterism in general, I like to study all mythologies or current. But I
found myself in the sinister way. The Luciferian Gnosis is a glorification of personal knowledge and
spiritual strength, you are free, your mind stays yours, you are not a part of any God’s plan. YOU
are the only God you need in your life.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ominous Shrine'?
Xahaal : This name is to express a dark religion idea. Something between spirituality and devotion,
nothing is black OR white, this is always black AND white. A shrine is a place where you can feel
good, safe, but this one is ominous, as all sanctuary really are when you open your eyes to the
truth.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you
describe your stage performance?
Xahaal : Well, for the moment Ominous Shrine just played one show, others are planned but for
the moment we just have on experience with this band. We all have a lot with other bands, but
this first one for OS was really good. Great feedbacks and energies on stage. I wanted to do
something more “classic”, simpler than the Malepeste’s shows. No candles or other decorum, just
some incense to help us to feel it on stage. But nothing more.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Xahaal : Just a couple of shows in my town with bands like Pensée Nocturne, Anus Mundi, Azziard,
The Negation etc… But we are looking for more. The stage is very important for me.

7.The new album was released on 'Goathorned Productions', are you happy with the support they
have given you so far?
Xahaal : Goathorned Productions is a very good label, and Luis is now a friend. He is really involved
in his job and it’s a real honor for me to have his support for Ominous Shrine.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death
metal?
Xahaal : Maybe it’s too short to answer correctly, but for the moment feedbacks seems to be
really good.

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the
band members are a part of?
Xahaal : Malepeste and Dysylumn are working on a split together and an album for each band.
Aeon Patronist is going to release a really good EP too. And of course some shows in Europe like
Forest Fest, Ragnard Rock or Little Devil festival.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Xahaal : I will continue to compose music in this way, and I hope to play a maximum gigs in some
different places.

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?
Xahaal : This is bands like Grave Miasma, Dead Congregation, Maveth, Sheol or other bands of the
occult black/death scene who makes my vision of what I am looking for in death metal. But I am
listening a lot of things from In Solitude to Dalek, via Urfaust, Hetroertzen, Inferno, Subrosa,
Sektarism, Chelsea Wolfe or Schammasch. But these are just a very little parts.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Xahaal : Nothing more than saying thanks to you for your support. And to all people who
continues to make this music real.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Sons Of Crom/The Black Tower/Nordvis Produktion/Bindrune Reocrdings/2017 CD Review


   Sons  Of  Crom  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  an  epic  mixture  of  heavy,  doom,  pagan  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Black  Tower  which  will  be  released  in  August  as  a  joint  effort  between  Nordvis  Production  and  Bindrune  Recordings.

  An  epic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  synths  and  they  also  bring  in  the  atmospheric  of  a  fantasy  movie  and  after  awhile  melodic  pagan  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  black  metal  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  as  well  as  adding  in  some  high  pitched  screams.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  folk  instruments  are  also  used  at  times  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  stringed  instruments  along  with  the  guitar  riffing  and  leads  also  adding  in  touches  of  traditional  metal  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  tracks  while  the  slow  riffs  add  in  elements  of  doom  metal  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  sounding  very  different  from  each  other  an d they  also  close  the  album  with  an  instrumental  track.

  Sons  Of  Crom  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  an  epic  style  of  heavy/doom  metal  while  also  getting  very  aggressive  at times  and  mixing  in  more  of  a  pagan  black  metal  style,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  glory,  honour,  and  Norse  Mythology.

  In  my  opinion  Sons  Of  Crom  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  mixture  of  heavy,  doom,  pagan,  and  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  Fore  Reborn"  "Summoning  The  Starborn"  and  "Viimeinen  Laki".  8/5  out  of  10.   

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Whore Of Bethlehem/Extinguish The Light/Black Market Metal Label/2017 CD Review


  Whore Of  Bethlehem  are  a  band  from  Texas  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  brutal  form  of  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Extinguish  The  Light"  which  will  be  released  on  July  21st  by  Black  Market  Metal  Label.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  speeding  up  and  introducing  blast  beats  and  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording  while  black  metal  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  a  very  chaotic  black/death  metal  as  well  as  having  their  melodic  moments  style  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of   dark  sounding  melodies  at  times  along  with  the  fast  riffs  also  utilizing  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  all  instrumental  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy  and  brutal.

  Whore  Of  Bethlehem  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  brutal  blackened  death  metal  style  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Murder,  Hatred  and  Armageddon  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Whore  Of  Bethlehem  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  brutal  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Invocation"  "Extinguish  The  Light"  and  "Ravenous  Undead  Predators".  8  out  of  10.

 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Tchornobog/Self Titled/I, Voidhanger Records/2017 CD Review


  Tchornobog  are  an  international  duo  from  the  United  States  and  Iceland  that  plays  an  avant  garde  mixture  of  black, death  and funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2017  album  which  will  be  released  on  July  28th  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records.

  Death  metal  growls  and  brutal  riffs  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats can  be  heard  along  with  the  solos and  leads  also  bringing  in  a  chaotic  style  of  extreme  metal  and  the  music  also  has a   great  amount  of  black  metal  influences.

  Black  metal  screams  can  also be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  slower  riffing is  very  heavily  rooted  in  funeral  doom  metal  and  nature  orientated  soundscapes  can also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  some  avant  garde  elements  and  most  of  the  tracks are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing,  saxophones,  trumpets, bells,  cellos,  and  Grand  piano  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  the  solos  become  more  melodic  and  also  add  in  a  touch  of  post  metal  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly. 


  Tchornobog  plays  a  musical  style  that mixes  black,  death  and  funeral  doom  metal  together  with  an  avant  garde  touch  to  create  a  sound  of  their own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Slavic  Mythology,  metaphors of  religion,  psychological  disorder  and  auditory  hallucinations  of  the  human  animal.

  In  my  opinion  Tchornobog  are  a  very  great  sounding  avant  garde  mixture  of  black,  death,  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Vomiting  Tchornobog"  and  "Non  Existence's  Warmth".  8  out  of  10.

Ominous Shrine/Apothewsews Road/Goathorned Productions/2017 CD Review

  Ominous  Shrine  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  an  occult  and  dissonant  form  of  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  " Apothewsews  Road"  which  was  released  by  Goathorned  Productions.

  A  very  atmospheric  and ritualistic  intro starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  small  amount  of  tribal  style drumming  a  minute later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as w ell  as  introducing  deep  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  utilize  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  mixing  in  elements  of  doom  metal  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  A  great  amount  of  black  metal  influences  can  be  heard  throughout  the  recording  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  both  the  riffs  and  leads  also mix  in  a  great  amount  of  dissonant  structures  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  some  songs  also  bring  in a  small  amount  of  ritualistic  chants.

  Ominous  Shrine  plays  a  style  of  occult  blackened  death  metal  that  is  very  ritualistic  and  dissonant  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Left  Hand  Path,  Death,  Luciferian  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ominous  Shrine  are  a  very  great  sounding  dissonant,  occult  blackened  death  metal  band and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "V.I.T.R.I.O.L"  "Macrocosme"  and  "Ain  Soph  Aur".  8/5  out  of  10. 

King Leviathan/Paean Heretica/Infernum Records/2017 Full Length Review


  King  Leviathan  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  groove,  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Paean  Heretica"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Infernum  Records.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  where you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  vocals  mix  in the  more  aggressive  screaming  thrash  style.

  Clean  singing  is  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  along  with  a  few  growls  and  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  groove  metal  elements.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  last  track  is very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  On  this  recording  King  Leviathan  remains  true  to  the  blackened  thrash  metal  style  of  previous  releases  while  also  mixing  in  more  elements  of  groove  metal  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  King  Leviathan  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  groove  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Primitive  Baptism"  "Agony"  "Harrowing  Eyes"  and  "The  Grand  Congregation".  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Biesy/Noc Lekkich Obyczajow/Third Eye Temple/2017 CD Review

  Biesy  are  a  band  from Poland  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death metal    and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Noc  Lekkich  Obyczajow"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Third  Eye  Temple.

  Distorted  guitar  riffing  starts  off  the  album  which  also  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  a  few  seconds  later  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dissonant  structures.

  Grim  black  metal  screams  are  also  used  at  times  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  fast  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  give  the  songs  a  more  complex  atmosphere  while  spoken  word parts  are  also  utilized  at times  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  avant  garde  elements  are  also  used briefly.

  Biesy  plays  a  style  of  blackened  death  metal  that  is  very  modern  and  dissonant,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  urban  decay  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Biesy  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kazdego  Dnia"  "Czerri  Nas  Prosi"  and  "Noc  Lekkich  Obyczajow".  8  out  of  10.     

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Vehementer Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1. Founded by me in 2002, heavily inspired by Altars of Madness, Seven Churches and Morbid Tales/emperor`s return, and overall atmosphere of the heavier metal music of that time. Since than a lot of written material some of it recorded, never compromised in any sort of way.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
2. If we are speaking about Replenishment Circle ( The Black Spectrumfest ) EP, It`s four songs of rage written and recorded totally spontaneous for a short period of time with (for me) disappointing production back then in 2008.

3.The band has been around since 2002 but has only released a single, demo and an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the lack of material?
3. I had a vision about this band since I started it and many times it was hard in Serbia to fulfil that particular vision. Difficulty of finding proper drummer and a proper studio for achieving right kind of sound. Also I never wanted to push things just to have rich catalogue and on the other hand I played in other bands for couple of years including Bombarder and Infest and enjoyed being able to play easy music and go with the flow.

4.Your lyrics deal with Occultism, The Devil and The Apocalypse, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
4. I would say a wider understanding of the term ” Occult ” is more appropriate.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name ‘Vehementer’?
5. It is a latin word and it very well describes the intention and purpose of this band.

6.In the beginning you had a full line up but now a solo project, can you tell us a little bit more about going into this direction?
6. As I mentioned, I had a hard time finding proper line up and good studio that would do what I payed for. So when I got some inspiration and energy I made decision to start playing drums more seriously and make my own studio and learn production so I can do everything by myself without heaving to rely on humans. Funny thing is that when I achieved perfect conditions I found some awesome humans and I think that the band will have full lineup soon. I will always have respect and gratitude for my brother Zealot, Zombie the drumer, Kozeljnik, E.V.L., Marin Rudic, Dragan Kristo etc… for helping me with this band on occasions.

7.When you still did live shows, what where some of the best shows that you have done and also how would you describe your stage performance?
7. First show in 2004 and a show with Zemial in Belgrade. It`s always about atmosphere and vibe and right kind of energy around us, That is why we (I) do live shows on rare occasions.

8.Recently ‘Blood Harvest Records’ re-issued your 2014 ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the newer version?
8. It is a 2008 recording, but in 2016 I took dry tracks from the studio where it was recorded and did what I had to on my own equipment to make It sound as it was intended back then.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black, death and thrash metal?
9. I had some good label proposals but I was always changing my mind last minute because of not being satisfied with the sound. I never did any marketing as nowadays bands do and never gave a fuck about opinions. For me it`s being satisfied with the vibe and the energy and being able to share it with small amount of individuals with the similar perception.

10.You also did a ‘Bombarder’ cover for their tribute album, what was the decision behind doing on of your own versions of their songs?
10. Bombarder was always one of my favourite metal bands and I had the opportunity to play lead guitar, write music and record with the band for 5 years. One time Neso ( vocalist and leader of the band) asked me to pick a song and record it for tribute album so I did it.Then I got a little bit tired of live shows and left the band. I still consider them brothers and also the guy that took my place, he is a friend and a super talented guy even though he is a commie ha ha.

11.Are you currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
11. Well I play all kinds of different instruments and I am able to record it decently enough for my taste. I am doing some prog rock stuff inspired by my all time favourite band Smak and some other 70ies acts but far away from retro trend popular these days.
12.When can we expect new material and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
12. I am working on Full length right now, same goals same attitude.

13.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?
Bombarder Morbid angel, Possessed, Goblin, ELP, Sinan Sakić, Šemsa and early works od Dragana Mirković and off course Motorhead, Priest and Maiden… and many others.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
14. Thanks for the interest in my band, and remember the earth is flat.