Thursday, July 20, 2017

Blk Ops/Cave Bastard/Accident Prone Records/2017 Split Album Review

  This  is a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Austin,  Texas's  Black  Ops  and  San  Diego,  California's  Cave  Bastard  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Accident  Prone  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Blk  Ops a  band  that  plays  a mixture  noise,  doom  metal  and  grindcore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a very  heavy  yet  melodic  sound  along  with  some  theremin's  in  the  background  and  after  awhile  angry  hardcore  style  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  music  also  mixes  in elements  of  sludge  and  noise  rock  as  well  as  some  touches  of  harsh  noise.

  Spoken  word  samples  are  also  used  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  elements  of  grindcore  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  start  bringing  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  in  some  math  rock  structures,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Blk  Ops  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture of  noise,  doom  metal,  grind  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Temple  Of  My  Own"  and  "Suicide-Laced  Sugar  Cubes".

  Next  up  is  Cave  Bastard  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge,  death  metal  and  hardcore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  fast  and  melodic  riffing  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  elements  of  grind  and  hardcore  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  their  side  of  the  recording.

  When  guitar  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  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  are  heavily  influenced  by  sludge  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cave  Bastard  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  sludge,  death  metal  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hobocide"  and  "Red  Star".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  sludge,  doom  metal,  grind  and  hardcore.  8  out  of  10.



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Hell/Self Titled/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2017 Cassette Review

  Hell  are  a solo  project  from  Salem,  Oregon  that  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge,  drone and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  self  titled 2017  album  which  will  be  released  in  August  on  casette  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  Drones  and  amp  noises  start  offm the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  doom  and  sludge  metal  direction  while  spoken  word  samples  are  also  used  at  times  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  screams  make  their  presence  known  along  with  all   of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  while  growls  are  also  used  at  times  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  psychedelic elements  and  the  bass  is  also  used  as  a  lead  instrument  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  chants  and  acoustic  guitars  along  with  some  violins  are  also  used  for  a  few  seconds  on  another  song  while  the  closing  track adds  in  operatic  female  vocals.

  Hell  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  drone,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while the  lyrics  cover  misery,  pain,  darkness,  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hell  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  drone,  sludge  and  doom  metal  na d if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "SubOdin"  and  "Victus".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Noothgrush/Corrupted/20 Buck Spin/2017 Split CD Re-Issue Review

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  California's  Noothgrush  and  Japan's  Corrupted  which  was  originally  released  in  1997  but  will  be  re-issued  in  August  by  20  Buck  Spin  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Noothgrush  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge  and  doom  metal.

 Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  slow,  dark  and  heavy  doom  metal  sound  which  also  mixes  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  after  awhile  aggressive  screams  and  growls  are  added  onto  their  side  of  the  recording  and  distorted  amp  noises  and  spoken  word  samples  are  added  onto  the  second  track

  Both  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  and  also  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy  and  ant  animal  cruelty  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Noothgrush  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Hatred  For  The  Species".

  Next  up  is  Corrupted  another  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge  and  doom  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  distorted  amp  drones  before  adding  in  some  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  which  also  leads  up  to  more  of  a  heavier  doom  metal  direction  as  well  as  some  drum  beats  and  their  track  is  15  minutes  in  length  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  are  added  onto  their  side  of  the  recording.

  A  great  amount  of  sludge  elements  and  dark  sounding  melodies  can  be  heard  in  the  track  and  the  song  also  sticks  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  while  also  keeping  everything  very  heavy,  the  production  sounds very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  politics  and  decadence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Corrupted  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  doom  and  sludge  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

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


Elder Devil/Graves Among The Roots/Medusa Crush Recordings/2017 EP Review

  Elder  Devil  are  a  band  from  California  that  plays  a  mixture  of  grindcore,  crust  and  sludge  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Graves  Among  The  Roots"  which  will  be  released  on  July  28th  by  Medusa  Crush  Recordings.

  Distorted  amp  sounds  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  alter  as  well  as  some  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  and  after  awhile  angry  shouting  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  which  also leads  up  to  a  heavier  sludge  metal  musical  direction  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  short  in  length.

   When  the  music speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  grindcore  elements  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  some  crust  influences  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  vocals  after  awhile  evolve  more  into  screams  while  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody and  the  music  always  remains  heavy  and  brutal.

  Elder  Devil  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  grindcore,  punk  and  sludge  metal  and  mixes  them  together to  create  a  brutal  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Elder  Devil  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  grindcore,  crust  and  sludge  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Collected"  and "Needless".  8 out  of  10.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Svartstorm/Illusion Of Choice/Requiem Distribution/2017 CD Review

  Svartstorm  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  goth,  doom  and  melodic  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Illusion  Of  Choice"  which  was  released  by  Requiem  Distribution.

  Heavy  guitar  riffs  and  clean  goth  style  vocals  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  symphonic  elements  a  few  seconds  later  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  the  vocals  start  getting  more  aggressive  along  a  few  death  metal  growls.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  slow  riffs  also  mix  in  elements  of  doom  metal  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  when  guitar  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  female  vocals  are  also  used  briefly.

  Svartstorm  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  goth  and  mixes  it  with  melodic  death  and  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in Russian  and  cover  humanity,  tragedy  and  decadence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Svartstorm  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  goth,  doom  and  melodic  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "We  Begged The  Eternity  For  Paradise"  "Damned"  "These  Houses  Walls"  and  "In Eternal  Oblivion".  8  out  of  10.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Hybreed Chaos Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the bands since the recording and release of the new album?
Hey, we’ve been going back to a touring regime, trying out different sets with the new songs, trying to see which would sound better live and practicing a lot. We had a couple of shows since the release, and about three are already planned, so we’re keeping ourselves busy!

2.Recently you have released a new album, 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?
Our new album, intitled K-Pop Extreme Survival, is a concept album about a young girl trying to get into a Korean pop boys band. I’m not kidding.
Ok I may be kidding. It’s hard to describe really, but I would say it’s death metal that goes in many weird, interesting directions while the keeping some old school roots. Compared to the first record, some differences are clear, while some aren’t. The production is obviously the first change that people will notice, and for good reasons : when you involve Chris, it’s bound to make a difference. The sound is heavier, and a good part of that effect is accomplished by the bass’ ominous presence in the mix. I think the snare sound is also quite unique, and much bigger than previously heard.
In term of the song-writing, It’s hard to say really. There are crazier and more technical parts, especially when it comes to rhythmical complexity, but there are also more ambient and immersive moments, as well as more emotions, especially in some vocal parts. Even with that in mind, I would say the album’s sound is more focused and, dare I say it, mature (sincerely sorry for pulling out the clichest of all clichés). Even though the songs go in all kinds of direction, the whole thing is pretty coherent. We also experimented with longer songs, with Cognitive Dissonance at 6:23 and my personal favorite, Eroded, standing out at 7:46. I also feel that’s a sign of musical maturity.

3.This is your first release in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
Mostly touring and writing, lots of both! We have done a lot of shows during that time, including shows in places we’ve never been before, including Rimouski and Québec City. But the writing itself was pretty long, since the writing process is very old-school in Hybreed. Basically, Dex writes the riffs, then we meet up and build the songs from his riffs, a task that begins by cryptic rituals needed to actually understand the riffs. Once this is done, Franck adds the basic drum structure (to be polished later) and we have something like a song.
Then, it’s simply a matter of adding the remaining ingredients (namely, the bass and the vocals) and refining each part according to the others, organically. We actually have a video on our youtube channel showcasing our writing process : be warned though, there are a lot of odd time signatures 😊

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
In the first album, all my lyrics were political or anti-religious. I had two songs where I took a good shit at two of our ex-politicians (Stephen Harper and Jean Charest, in Emperor and Charogne), and the other were mostly about expressing my anger and despair at the state of the world, and raging against capitalism. There are also two anti-religious songs, which is a pretty cliché subject. I wouldn't do other songs like that, but they represent what I was concerned with at the time ahah.
On the second album, the lyrics still revolve around political/social subjects, but they are more abstract and philosophical on the whole. There is a song about democracy, a song about cognitive dissonance, one about the search for eternal truths. But there are also songs about police brutality and one about the Baltimore riots, so really there is a mix of abstract and concrete outlooks.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Hybreed Chaos'?
Beyond the pun, the idea is that we actually breed chaos through our music. It’s a hint to the very weird and experimental side we explore in the songs, and the ‘hybrid’ part could be taken to mean the mix of old and new, both in the musical influences and in the member’s age.

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?
The Gorguts opening show sure comes to mind, it was jam-packed, and opening for such a behemoth obviously felt great. Our tour with our PRC mates Saccage, Replicant and Vortex in Rimousky, Québec and Montreal was also memorable.
I would say our stage performance is characterized by a huge wall of sound, thanks to careful tone crafting by out string duo, and by the energic antics of our singer (when he isn’t too tired).

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We are obviously looking to promote the album as much as possible, which could include some small tours, but nothing is set for now. We do have a couple of shows planned in Montréal, Québec and Trois-Rivière though.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?
It’s been very good! People are comparing us to a broad variety of bands, which is always a good sign, and I think people are very impressed by the quality of the production. Overall I think it’s a step further than our EP, and people are recognizing that.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Only our guitarist knows! I don’t think any drastic change is on the line, but the writing will certainly continue to evolve organically, song per song, so you can be assured that we will not stall stylistically.

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?
I would say, Morbid Angel, Meshuggah, Origin, but mostly Gorguts and Negativa. Nowadays, I can speak for everyone, but I know Dex listens to a lot of chugcore/doomcore, while our singer is busy catching up on djent, especially Periphery and Tesseract.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Again, it’s hard to speak for everyone, but Franck has a passion for snake collection, while François (singer) is a pretty huge gamer.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
You guys are not ready, but you will come out stronger after letting our album rip you to shreds 😊

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Timeworn/Venomous High/Fysisk Format/2017 CD Review

  Timeworn  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  sludge  and  post  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Venomous  High"  which  was  released  by  Fysisk  Format.

  Distorted  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  melodic  singing  and  post  rock  style  guitar  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  after  awhile  the  music  gets  more  aggressive  along  with  some  sludge  style  growls  and  screams.

  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  at  times  while  also  adding  clean  playing  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  the  energy  of punk  and  noise  rock  along  with  some  touches  of  hardcore  and  they  also  bring  in  a  brief  experimental  track  which  also  introduces  spoken  word  samples  onto  the  recording  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  tracks  also  add  in  a  touch  of  stoner  rock  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Timeworn  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  mixture  of  sludge  and  post  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Timeworn  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  sludge  and  post  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Measure  Of  Gold"  "Black  Peak  Blues"  "Night  Of  Owls"  and  "Venomous  High".  8  out  of  10.